Shelby County

William E. Coleman

Male 1861 - Yes, date unknown


W.E. Coleman

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 687

W. E. COLEMAN, general fanner and a highly respected citizen of Jackson township, who works 120 acres of fine land in section 35, which belongs to Mrs. Margaret Gilfillen, his mother-in-law, was born November 11, 1861, one mile southeast of St. John's, in Auglaize county, O., and is a son of Arnold and Sarah Ann (Miller) Coleman.
Arnold Coleman and wife are now deceased and their burial was at St. John's. In his young manhood he was a farmer and later he became a soldier in Company B, Twentieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and although he lived to return from the Civil war, it was with shattered health which caused his death a few years later. It is customary to call those who fall on the field of battle the nation's heroes but those who gave their strength and health may just as truly be named as heroes and there are those who will ever recall them as such.
W. E. Coleman attended the public schools of Jackson township and farming has been his business all through life and he has been very successful. His present home is the old Gilfillen homestead and he owns fifty-five acres adjoining this farm. His industries include a moderate amount of stock raising and the growing of crops which experience has taught him do best in this locality.
Mr. Coleman was married to Miss Emma Gilfillen, who was born in Salem township and is a daughter of William and Margaret Gilfillen, the former of whom is deceased but the latter resides with Mr. and Mrs. Coleman. Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Coleman: Arnold, who lives on a farm lying southwest of the home place, married Etta Hawkins; and Roy, who is a student in the Ohio State Business College at Columbus. The family belong to the United Brethren church. A republican in his political views, Mr. Coleman has loyally supported his party's candidates but has desired no public recognition for himself, in fact has never accepted any office except membership on the board of education, to which he has belonged for four years and has been faithful to the duties involved.

Owner/SourceDiana (Souders) Smith
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