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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Zill Coleman was born in 1819, in Hickman County, Tenn., and is a son of Enos and Mary (Harrington) Coleman. The father was an early settler in Hickman County, where he spent the greater part of his life engaged in farming. He was an educated man, and served some time as constable. The mother was born in North Carolina, and was nearly grown when she went to Tennessee, traveling there by wagon. She was the mother of ten children: John and Eliza (twins), Erzilla, Zill, E., Caldedonia, Alexander and James (twins), Emeline and Caroline (twins). She and her husband died in Tennessee. The grandparents on both sides were natives of North Carolina, immigrated to Tennessee and died in the latter State. Mr. Coleman, our subject, grew to manhood in Tennessee, where he received a common-school education and worked upon the farm. After becoming fifteen he worked for wages three years, and when eighteen married Fannie Neal, who died in 1862, and was the mother of seven children, five now living: Enos, Young, Erzilla, Thomas and Sarah. Those deceased are Martha and McIlvina. Mr. Coleman was married a second time, to Mrs. Harriet (McCurdy) Lucas, daughter of Samuel and Rachel McCurdy, natives of Bedford County, Tenn. Mrs. Coleman was born in the same county, and when a young girl came to Arkansas. She is the mother of two children, Robert R. and Charles (deceased). By her first husband she also had two children, William F. and Samuel. Mr. Lucas died in California. Mr. Coleman came to Crawford County in 1841, and is now the largest tax payer in this section of the county, owning 1,040 acres of land, 200 acres being finely cultivated. He is a strong Republican. Two of his sons, Jasper and Young, served in the Confederate army, and Enos was a Union soldier. Having been a resident of this county so many years, Mr. Coleman enjoys the respect and esteem of the community, but although a public spirited man has never wished to hold public office. He is a zealous worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which Mrs. Coleman also belongs. He belongs to the Farmers’ Alliance.

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This family biography is one of 222 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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