Matthew K. Hamilton

COLEMAN, J. G. (ca. 1815–?). J. G. Coleman, farmer, slaveholder, and Confederate military officer, was born about 1815 in South Carolina. He was married to an “Isabella” from Georgia. Before coming to Texas, he and his family resided in Alabama where he and his wife had two children, Adella and William. Land deeds in 1854 list a J. [possibly standing for John] G. Coleman and wife Isabella of Chambers County, Alabama, as having sold land in Greene County, Alabama, where he had formerly lived. It is unclear when Coleman and his family moved to Texas, but in 1860 they resided in Starrville, Smith County, Texas, where he worked as a farmer and estimated his real property at $6,000 and his personal property at $25,000, including the ownership of eight slaves.

Probably due to his age, Coleman did not immediately enlist for service in the Civil War. However, in late 1863 he helped organize the Texas First Cavalry Regiment, State Troops, and was elected to the rank of major of the regiment. Coleman and the unit enlisted for a service of six months in the Texas State Troops, and in January 1864 the regiment was mustered out of service. Coleman’s daughter Adella died in 1863 and was buried in the Starrville Cemetery. Information on the remainder of Coleman’s life cannot be located.


J. P. Coleman, "The Robert Coleman Family from Virginia to Texas, 1652–1965" (, accessed November 20, 2012. Stewart Sifakis, Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Texas (New York: Facts on File, 1995).

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