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Truman Rowley Colman

 6-61. Sophia Mersena Beecher, b. in New Hartford, Conn., Oct. 5, 1813, d. in Dunkirk, N. Y., Sept. 30, 1867, aged 54. Her death was justly regarded as "a bereavement of the whole community," which had long felt the influence of her practical virtues and unostentatious charities." She m. April 21, 1831, TRUMAN ROWLEY COLMAN1, who was b. in Coventry, Conn., Nov. 9, 1809, and resides, 1873, in Dunkirk. His parents removed to Madison county, N. Y., in his boyhood. At the age of twelve he left home, and thenceforth not only supported himself independently, but assisted, to some extent, his father's family. He first lived two years with the Hon. Gerrit Smith, who, discerning in him capacity superior to his position, procured for him a clerkship in Peterboro, in the store of his brother-in law, Mr. Backus. In 1826, his employer discontinuing business, he went to Utica, where he found a situation with a mercantile firm whose business was transferred to Rochester in 1828, and to Ellicottville in 1829, he going with it, and remaining as clerk in the establishment until 1832, when he became a partner. The next year he became sole owner. The stock consisted of dry goods, groceries, drugs and medicines, and a large variety of miscellaneous goods, including, as was common in the country stores of the time, spirituous liquors. He signalized his new position by discontinuing wholly the sale of the latter, thus becoming the first merchant in the county to adopt this reform. He has ever since been a consistent and influential advocate of the temperance cause. He continued in the mercantile business at Ellicottville until 1844, when he became agent for the proprietors of extensive tracts of lands in western New York, known as the "Holland Land Purchase." Three years later he purchased a large interest in the property, to the management and sale of which he afterwards devoted several years. In 1854 he removed to Dunkirk, and established the Lake Shore Bank, of which he is now president. Mr. Colman is distinguished for his liberality and public spirit. That "the liberal hand maketh rich " has been abundantly verified in his case. His charities are manifold and ungrudging. They had seven children, all b. in Ellicottville: 
7-157. Charles Henry, b. July 5, 1832, d. Aug. 19, 1832. 
7-158. Emily, b. July 3, 1833, d. Dec. 9, 1833. 
7-159. Albert Emilius, b. Feb. 8, 1835, res. 1873, in Dunkirk; m. 
7-160. Lydia Beecher, b. June 8, 1837, d. in Dunkirk, Oct. 8, 1872, aged 35. VAN  BUREN. 
7-161. Ellen Sophia, b. Aug 25, 1840, res. 1873, in Dunkirk. BARRET. 
7-162. Mary Melissa, b. Dec. 31, 1842, res. 1873, in Dunkirk. GIFFORD. 
7-163. William Truman, b. Feb. 18, 1845, res. 1873, in Dunkirk; m. 

1Son of Asa Colman (b. in Coventry, Ct., Nov. 7, 1785, d. in Dunkirk, N. Y., July 19, 1859), and w. Betsey Trapp (b. July 17, 1787, d. April 30, 1833, dau. of William Trapp, of Coventry, m. in Coventry, Oct. 17, 1804; gr. son of Asa Colman (d. in Logan Co., O., about 1845, aged 87) and w. Hannah Babcock (d. about 1847, aged 87), m. in Coventry about 1775, moved thence to Cazenovia, N. Y., about 1811, and thence to Logan Co., O., about 1817. The father of the last named Asa Colman, lived to be over 90 years of age. The Colmans were at Coventry as early as 1713, and probably earlier.--See Records, town clerk's office. 

Source: Dawson, Charles C. A record of the descendants of Robert Dawson of East Haven, Conn.: including Barnes, Bates, Beecher, Bissell, Calaway, Carpenter, Cary, Colman, Doolittle, Doud, Douglass, Dresser, Evans, Fox, Fuller, Grannis, Johnson, Meloy, Morse, Parsons, Perkins, Richmond, Rogers, Sigourney, Sill, Smith, Stone, Tuttle, Van Buren, Walker, Werdon, Whittlesey, Woodruff, and numerous other families, with many biographical and genealogical notes concerning the same. Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell, 1874, pp. 62-63.



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