Robert Coleman1

Male, #1366, (circa 1754 - 22 Feb 1825)
Birth*circa 1754 Robert was born circa 1754. 
American Revolution*between 1775 and 1783 He provided service in the American Revolutionary War between 1775 and 1783
(DAR Listing: Robert Coleman, born circa 1755 in South Carolina, died 22 Feb 1825 in South Carolina, married Prudence ___, Sergeant, South Carolina, Widow Pensioned, Heirs Pensioned

Revolutionary War Pension W23858 Application Transcript
     To the best of my ability, the following is a transcript of the application by Prudence Coleman. Editorial notes are in parentheses () and a question mark indicates the location of an unintelligible word and the word "guess" means my best guess. /s/ Robert E. Ericson, II, January 14, 1998
State of South Carolina, District of Marion
     On this Twenty Eigth day of November in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Fourty.
     Personally appeared before the (?) a Justice of the Peace, Mrs. Prudence Coleman a resident near Lynch's Creek, in the District of Marion, and the State of South Carolina, aged Eighty Four years since the 28th day of August last past, who being duly sworn according to the law, doth, on her Oath, make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 4th 1836:
     - That she is the widow of Robert Coleman, who was a Sergeant, during a part of the Revolutionary War - afterwards a First Lieutenant under Captains Simonds and Witherspoon.
     - That her husband entered the service of the United States by enlistment at the commencement of the Revolutionary struggle, and continued in the service until the close of the war.
     - That her husband was a resident of this State and District when he entered the service.
     - That he was draughted under General Marion's (Francis Marion, a.k.a. The Swamp Fox) command and was often sent in pursuit of the Tories (colonist loyal to Briton)
     - In several skirmishes with them, particularly in one at Bass's Mill on the Great Pee Dee River where he lost a valuable horse, the Whigs (Patriot colonist) were commanded there by (?) Murphy (probably Capt. Malachi Murfee who is reported as wounded there).
     - That her husband was also in the memorable Battle of Fort Moultrie near Charleston and was a Sergeant in that Battle. (Fort Moultrie is located on Sullivan's Island at the mouth of Charleston harbor. Battles record are: 6/28/1776 (first major victory of the war), 6/8/1780 (huge defeat of the war when Charleston fell) and 5/12/1781).
     - That he was one of Marion's Riflemen, often sent into the little Pee Dee Country after the Tories.
     - That he acted often as a scout in the pursuit of the British and Tories through the Country of Monk's Corner (battle was there on 4/14/1780) and then Biggen (or Biggin) Church, chasing them into Charleston. (British evacuated in 12/1782)
     - That he served too in the army of General Marion under the immediate command of Captain Snipes.
     - That her husband was discharged for faithful service but that it is lost or mislaid.
     She further declares that she was married to the said Robert Coleman on the 14th day of June the year Seventeen Hundred and Seventy Seven. That her husband the aforesaid Robert Coleman died on the Twenty Second day of February Eighteen Hundred and Twenty Five and that she has remained a widow ever since that period (guess) as will more fully appear by a Reference to the proof here to annexed.
     Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written
     Signed Prudence Coleman

Source of the following: Jim Coleman, Huntsville, Ala., as sent to, September 2000. His source was: James P. Colemans, The Robert Coleman Family, from Virginia to Texas, etc., pages 438-439.

Robert Coleman, Revolutionary War service from South Carolina (Widow, Prudence), W 23858
     Robert Coleman, a resident of the District of Marion, S.C., when he entered the service under Captain N. Simonds and Witherspoon, in General Marion's command. He was in several skirmishes, one at Bass's Mill on Gread Reeder River against the Tories. Also served a tour guarding the Tories. He was also in the Battle of Fort Moultrie, near Charleston as a Sergeant in Marion's riflemen, later a 1st Lieutenant.
     June 14, 1777 Robert Coleman married Prudence. (Her maiden name not given).
     The soldier died February 22, 1825 (or May 22, 1825). Both dates given.
     On November 28, 1840, Prudence Coleman, widow of Robert Coleman, filed for a pension on the service of her husband. The widow was a resident of Marion District, S.C., near Lynches Creek. she was at the time 84 years old, "since 28th of August."
     The widow died September 18, 1841. At the time of the widow's death, her children were: Prudence Poston, Elizabeth Poston, Celia Turner, John L. Coleman, Jane Finklea, Margaret O. Hearnden
     Henry Culpepper served as the legal administrator, (His relationship to daughter of veteran, Mary Culpepper, not given.)
     In May 17, 1852, from Marion District, S.C., this statement was made: "William Coleman, oldest child of Robert and Prudence Coleman, would, if living, be 73 or 74 years of age.")2 
Marriage*14 Jun 1777 He married Prudence (?) on 14 Jun 1777. 
Death*22 Feb 1825 He died at South Carolina on 22 Feb 1825. 


Prudence (?) (circa 1756 - circa 1852)
Last Edited30 Apr 2012


  1. Virgil D. White, compiler, Genealogical abstracts of Revolutionary War pension files, Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Co., 1990-1992.
    p. 710.
  2. DAR Patriot Index, Washington, DC: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2003.