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Daniel Coleman, Patriot - Our Chapter's Namesake:

Daniel Coleman 1768-1860

Born in Cumberland, Virginia, on July 7, 1768, Daniel Coleman first served his country at the age of 12 by acting as an express courier under General Lafayette to deliver general orders. One set of orders he carried sent troops to aid General Greene, who was in active retreat from the British columns of General Cornwallis. Daniel delivered the orders and the troops moved promptly, allowing General Greene to cross the Dan River in safety. General Cornwallis was so upset at Greene’s escape, he returned to North Carolina.

Daniel Coleman married Anne Harrison Payne in 1798. Together they had 12 children. Throughout his life, Daniel Coleman held numerous public offices as well as assuming military responsibilities. For the public, he served as deputy sheriff, general assemblyman, justice of the peace, and magistrate. A handwritten letter by Daniel Coleman is now in the State Archives in Austin, Texas. His portrait still hangs in the courthouse at Chatham, Virginia. The inscription under the portrait reads, “Express to General Lafayette, Justice of the Peace, Pittsylvania County, Captain Militia 101st Regiment, Captain Militia 42nd Regiment. Successively he was Major and Colonel of said regiment in the War of 1812, Colonel Commandant of a regiment in Norfolk, VA, and Colonel Commandant in General Breckinridge’s Militia.”

Colonel Coleman died at his mansion in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on April 8, 1860. A quote from his obituary made this observation: “In appearance Colonel Coleman was literally a head and shoulders above the average height of men. In full dress, either in the drawing room or in the field, but especially in military costume, in which he was arrayed at the head of his regiment, he was the Beau Ideal of an officer – a soldier and a gentleman.”

Mabel Quebedeaux


History of the Daniel Coleman Chapter, NSDAR:

The Daniel Coleman Chapter, NSDAR, was organized on December 7, 1925, with fourteen charter members. The chapter was named in honor of an ancestor of Fannie Taliaferro Taylor. Fannie's daughter, Mabel Taylor Quebedeaux, was the organizing regent. Their ancestor, Daniel Coleman, was born in Cumberland County, Virginia, on June 7, 1768.

This chapter is an organizing member of Capital Area Regents' Council which sponsors the Nathaniel Maxwell and Sybil Ludington Societies, Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.). The Sybil Ludington Society, C.A.R., is a newly organized society located in the Georgetown area.

Numerous members of the chapter have been elected to state DAR offices and appointed as state chairs.

Members have been active in placing markers at historical sites in Williamson County and have rededicated those important markers. One of these markers, which commemorated the founding of Georgetown in 1848, was placed in 1930 and rededicated in 2010. A tree was planted in downtown Georgetown to enhance Founders Memorial Park, the site of the marker. Chapter members have a history of commitment to the Georgetown community.

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