Born June 2, 1827
|Adney Coleman, deceased, who for many years was one of the representative farmers of Jones county and was one of the old settlers of Hale township, assisted very materially in its development and advancement. He was a man of broad charity and kindly spirit and made friends wherever he went, so that there were many to mourn his loss when he passed away January 9, 1897. He was born near Lexington, Richland county, Ohio, June 2, 1827, a son of Nathaniel and Peggy Coleman, who had eleven children.
Hearing of the advantages offered by the rich Iowa lands, he came to this state in 1851 and, locating near Tipton, Cedar county, lived on a farm for thirteen years. He then spent a short time at Red Oak, after which he settled on a farm in Hale township, buying eighty acres of the one hundred and sixty acre farm he owned at the time of his death and was then operating. All his interests were centered in his farming and although he had begun with nothing, he died well-to-do owing to his industry, perseverance and thrift.
On April 11, 1851, Mr. Coleman married Sarah A. Simmons, who was to be his helpmate and the guiding star of his useful life. She was born in Butler, Richland county, Ohio, February 15, 1829, and she was brought to Tipton, Cedar county, Iowa, by her parents, Richard and Mary (Myers) Simmons. They were natives of Richland county, Ohio, and died in Cedar county, Iowa, Mrs. Cole man was one in a family of eleven children. She and her husband also had a family of eleven children, as follows: Amanda S., who lives at Tacoma, Washington; Mary S., who married George Lane, of Olin; Lewis K., who died at the age of two years, Ida B., who married T. Gordon, of Olin; George W., who lives in Hale township; Nancy, who married A. A. Cole, attorney and editor; Adney Allen, who lives in Hale township; and Edward Lee of Stanwood, Cedar county, who is a twin of Adney; William R., who died at the age of seventeen years, in 1885; Franklin B., who died at the age of seventeen years, in 1886; and Minnie A., who married Irvin Hart, of Olin. Mrs. Coleman has resided in Olin since 1899, having disposed of the farm.
During a revival held at the Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist church about twenty-five years before his death, Mr. Coleman became converted and soon thereafter joined that denomination and continued faithful to its creed until his demise. The funeral services were held in the United Brethren church in Olin, the Rev. A. B. Statton officiating, and the remains were interred in Olin cemetery. Mr. Statton was assisted by Rev. Nathan Potter and the services were very affecting. Although never aspiring to public office or high places, Mr. Coleman influenced many by his gentle personality and kindly love of his fellowman. He was devoted to his family, faithful to his church, always anxious to see his community progress, and few men were more missed than he when his accustomed place was made vacant by his death.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 456.
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