Source – Entry #184 in Paxton’s Marshall Family
(written circa. 1885)
(written circa. 1885)
184 ·(a) Lucy Ambler Marshall b. in Washington,Ky., December 30, 1802, d. in Vicksburg, Miss., July 3,1858, = October 19 ,1826, Nicholas D. Coleman, b. April 22, 1800, d.at Vicksburg, May 11, 1874. Cousin Lucy was a pleasant, and amiable lady. Her wedding was the first I ever witnessed. After the removal of the :family :from Washington, I never met her. She died in Vicksburg, and was brought home for burial.
Mr. Coleman was raised in Harrison Co. ,Ky. was well educated, studied law, represented Harrison County in the State Legislature in 1824 and 1825; was elected to Congress in 1829, as a Jackson Demoorat, :from the Mason District. The next election he was de feated by his wife’s cousin, Thomas A. Marshall. He was then appointed postmaster at Maysville, Ky.
About 1840, he was appointed postmaster at Vicksburg, Miss. While superintending the performance of official duties, Col. Coleman contined the practice of law, and was an ardent advocate of many laudable enterprises. The. Maysville and Lexington Turnpike was his earliest scheme, and chiefly through his powerful advocacy Congress made a liberal appropriation for the road; but the bill, greatly to Mr. Coleman’s chagrin ,was vetoed by President Jackson.
Another of his projects was a Southern Pacific Railroad, by way of Vicksburg, Shreveport and El Paso. He was overjoyed when ground was broken for his darling enterprise, and for a time accepted the presidency of the DeSoto road. In 1855, Col. Coleman removed to New Orleans; was in the Senate of Louisiana when the war broke out; opposed secession, but when the State went out of the Union, he gave an ardent support to the Southern cause. His three sons were in the army; two of them lost their lives, and all were covered with martial chaplets.
After the war Col. Coleman found himself impoverished, and engaged in life insurance. He died at the houseof his son, Major James T. Coleman, of Vicksburg. He died of disease of the heart. Col. Coleman was a handsome, accomplished and agreeable gentle man. His iron honor and adamantine integrity were joined with agreeable condescension and polished grace. He was equally loved and admired.