Alexander County

Biography - Albert Coleman

ALBERT C. COLEMAN, traveling passenger agent of the Illinois Central Railroad, is a native of Oneida County, N. Y., born March 7, 1824, son of John and Ama (Smith) Coleman, the father a native of Hartford, Conn., and a descendant of an English family, who were first represented in the United States about 1760. He grew to manhood in Connecticut, and in 1808 became a settler in Oneida County, N. Y., then a wilderness; he was there married to Miss Ama Smith, a native of Vermont, and of English origin, and a daughter of Asal Smith, a Revolutionary soldier. A. C. Coleman is the youngest of a family of ten born to these parents. He grew to manhood in Oneida County, N. Y., receiving the benefits of an academic education. From 1841 to 1857, he was chiefly employed on steam and sail vessels, becoming a master. In 1852, however, he was employed by Messrs. Phillips & Vandusen, contractors on the Illinois Central Railroad, as foreman of a part of their work, and superintended the first of their earthwork at La Salle, Ill. Since June, 1864, he has been in the employ of the Illinois Central Railroad Company, as traveling passenger agent, with his residence at Cairo, Ill. He was first married in Bellows Falls, Vt., to Miss S. A. Carter, a native of New Hampshire. She died in 1851, at La Salle, Ill. Subsequently he was married, in Chicago, to Miss Susan E. Mclntyre, of Fabius, Onondaga Co., N. Y. She died in Cairo, Ill., February, 1876, leaving two children — Effie May and Albert V. Coleman.. His present wife was Miss Flora Van Cleve, daughter of Dr. William Van Cleve, of Centralia, Ill., and was born in Illinois in 1844. Mr. Coleman is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 12-13.


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