is for Coleman. My great-grandmother Mary Frances Jollett Davis’s sister Emma Jollett married Andrew Jackson “Jack” Coleman in 1880. They had 5 children, including one set of twins:
Mattie Coleman (12 Mar 1882 Greene Co, VA – 10 Feb 1978 Page Co, VA)
John Franklin Coleman (9 Jul 1883 Page Co, VA - )
Minnie Coleman (May 1888 Page Co, VA – Jan 1981 Arlington, VA)
Russell Coleman (29 Jul 1896 Page Co, VA - )
Reba Hildred Coleman (29 Jul 1896 – 12 Jan 1994 Chesapeake, VA)
|Standing: Mattie, Minnie, John|
Seated: Jack holding Russell, Emma holding Reba
Jack Coleman was known for his often long-winded prayers before the meal at the annual family reunions. Invariably someone would have to interrupt to remind him the food was getting cold.
|Mary Frances Jollett Davis|
Jack and Emma Coleman
What else do I know about the Colemans? Very little. I don’t remember ever knowing the boys, but I have vague memories of Mattie and Minnie, and stronger memories of Reba. Mattie became a teacher, a stern one at that, and was always called “Miss Mattie.” My cousin insists Mattie and Reba were terrible gossips. Minnie, on the other hand, was very sweet. Her husband was a minister and president of Shenandoah College (now University).
Left: Reba Coleman (Morris)
Center: Russell Coleman and John Coleman (seated)
Top right: Minnie Coleman (Maiden)
Bottom right: Mattie Coleman (Escue)
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