Francis Coleman is the youngest son of Rev Samuel & Sarah (Albin) Coleman. Coleman family along with some other relatives moved to Illinois in 1855, here is a bio of Francis, who was born in Mercer Pa.
Knox County, Illinois Bio's
Francis Coleman, one of Knox County's energetic and successful farmers, residing on section 12, Victoria Township, was born in Mercer County, Pa., March 12, 1844. He is a son of Samuel and Sarah ( Albin ) Coleman, natives of the Keystone State. The parents, upon their arrival in Illinois, in 1855, made their first purchase of 160 acres on section 30, Victoria Township, to which they subsequently added by purchasing 320 acres. The father of our subject for 20 years was local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was elected Supervisor of the township, but did not qualify. Mr. Samuel Coleman resided on his purchase until his demise in 1875. Their family consisted of 14 children, 10 of whom are still living, our subject being the youngest but one.
Francis Coleman, of this brief notice, assisted his father in the farm duties until 27 years of age, when, in 1883, he purchased for himself 80 acres. He was also the recipient of a like acreage given him by his father in 1870. Our subject has been extensively engaged in the raising of grain and stock, and since 1884 he has made a specialty of the breeding of Short-horn cattle.
Mr. coleman's marriage to Miss Susan Johnson took place March 9, 1871. She was a native of Knox County and the daughter of Ransler and Emeline ( Wilkinson ) Johnson, natives of Virginia and Ohio. The parents of Mrs. Coleman were married in 1849, in Knox County, at which place they resided until their death, in 1883 and 1876 respectively. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are now five in number--- Harriet, Susan, Jason, James and Edith. Mr. Johnson was the first Justice of the Peace in Truro Township, performing the duties of that office for 25 years. He was also School Director, and ranks among the substantial and highly respected citizens of Truro.
Fredrick C. and Edith I. are the names of the children born to our subject and wife. In political affinity and belief Mr. C. Is a Republican, and has held the office of Pathmaster for three terms, and is recognized as one of the leading men of this part of Knox County.