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Martha Coleman (Sharpe)

Also Known As: "Sharp"
Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Hanover County, Virginia
Death: June 4, 1836 (78-86)
Rockingham County, NC, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Sharpe and Catherine Sharpe
Wife of Robert Coleman
Mother of Elizabeth "Betsy" Stubblefield (Coleman); Robert "Spill" Coleman; Tilman Sharpe Coleman; William Coleman; Rebecca Barnett and 1 other

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About Martha Coleman

•Name: Martha SHARPE

•Surname: Sharpe

•Given Name: Martha

•Sex: F

•Birth: 1754 in , Hanover, Virginia, USA

•Death: 4 Jun 1836 in Rockingham, North Carolina, USA

Father: John SHARPE b: in England

Marriage 1 Robert Spilsbe COLEMAN Sr. b: ABT 1752 in of, Spotsylvania, Virginia, USA

•Married: in Virginia, USA


1. Elizabeth (Betsy) COLEMAN b: ABT 1774 in Leaksville, Rockingham, North Carolina, USA

2. Robert Spilsbe COLEMAN Jr. b: 26 Feb 1776 in Rockingham, North Carolina, USA

3. Tilman COLEMAN b: ABT 1779 in Leaksville, Rockingham, North Carolina, USA

4. William COLEMAN b: ABT 1783 in Rockingham, North Carolina, USA

5. Rebecca COLEMAN b: 16 Feb 1790 in Leaksville, Rockingham, North Carolina, USA

6. Garland Lee COLEMAN b: 1798 in , Rockingham, North Carolina, USA

Mentioned in the estate file of her husband Robert (1811 Rockingham county, NC).

She received a slave named Lyddia (about 8 years of age) from the estate. She also received Lot No 1 consisting of two slaves, Rachel and Isham.


Through the estate of her husband (1811 Rockingham county, NC) she was awarded 85 acres of land on the north side of the Dan River.


[1820 Census Extract, Rockingham Co. NC, roll 82]

[transcribed by Mark A. Murphy, 10/6/2000]

[head/FWM: to10 16-18 16-26 45 45+/FWF: to10 16 26 45 45+/Foreign-not naturalized

Agri Com Manuf/ M slaves to14 26 45 45+/ F slaves to14 26 45 45+/ Free colored

M to14 26 45 45+ /F to14 26 45 45+]

Martha Coleman /0 0 0 1 0 0 /1 0 1 0 1 /0 5 0 0 /2 2 0 0 /1 1 1 1 /0 0 0 0 /0 0 0 0

She was probably living in the home of her youngest son Garland Lee Coleman in the 1830 census as it shows a Female age 70 thru 79:

Garland L Coleman in the 1830 United States Federal Census

Name: Garland L Coleman [Garland Lee Coleman]

Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Rockingham, North Carolina

Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1

Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1

Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1

Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1

Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1

Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1

Free White Persons - Females - 70 thru 79: 1 ***

Slaves - Males - Under 10: 1

Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1

Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 1

Slaves - Females - Under 10: 2

Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 2

Free White Persons - Under 20: 3

Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3

Total Free White Persons: 7

Total Slaves: 7

Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 14

1832 Martha Coleman appears as the grantee on a deed for 46 acres on north side of the Dan River in Rockingham Co, NC. Named on deed are James and Rebecca Barnett (her daughter and son-in-law).

Martha Sharpe was a daughter of John Sharpe and Catherine nee?, who were probably married in Goochland County, Virginia. The parents of John Sharpe are speculated, but unknown. The surname is documented as Sharpe and Sharp. Catherine's surname is speculated, but unknown. The order listed below does not infer the order of birth of children speculated and known to be born of this union: Richard, married Sarah Virginia Joyce; .Elizabeth, married Matthew Peggs [Pegg, Pegs, Pigg]; Samuel C., married Susannah Nowlin; Sarah "Sary"; Agness; Susannah, married Elijah Oliver; Martha, married Robert Coleman***; Mary "Polly", married Samuel Gann [Gunn]; Isham, married (1) Unknown, (2) Mary "Polly" Holt; James, married Unknown.

Mar. 26, 1739, unto John Sharpe 200 acres in the County of Goochland on the branches of Phill's Creek, a branch of the Bird Creek.

Aug. 20, 1745, unto John Sharpe 400 acres lying and being in the County of Goochland on both sides of a branch of Slate River known by the name of the Great Creek; John sold this land May 19, 1759.

Sep. 12, 1746, Albemarle County Court ordered the Road from Meridith Mannings to the Court House be kept open and the hands of John Lee, William Rickel, James Goss, Adrian Angle, Hugh Green, William Louhoon, John Sharp, Meridith Manning and Gideon Marr do clear the same.

May 19, 1759, John Sharp of Parish of Tillotson (formed in 1757 after separation from St. Anne’s Parish) in the County of Albemarle and Katharine, his wife, granted to Warham Easley of same 400 acres on both sides of a branch of Slate River known by the name of Great Creek in the County of Albemarle. Witnesses: Samuel Jordan, Adrian Anglin, John Nicholas. Jun. 20, 1772, Dr. Thomas Walker granted 350 acres in Louisa County on the branches of Great Creek, beginning at Robert Sharp's corner.

After the sale of the Albemarle land, the John Sharpe family removed to North Carolina when the area of Guilford was within the bounds of Rowan County. Guilford was formed in 1771.

On Feb. 10, 1772, Martha entered into a marriage bond with Benjamin Carter, both of Guilford County. Nothing is known about the final disposition of this relationship.

1773, inhabitant signers of a Guilford County, North Carolina petition concerning public buildings were, among others, John Sharpe, Richard Sharpe, Nathaniel Harris, John Glen, John and Joel Walker, James Sanders, Giles and Benjamin Carter, James McCuistion, George Peay, Thomas and John Joyce, John Davis; Adam, Nathan and Samuel Gann; John, David and Joel Walker.

No record of marriage has been found, but it is certain Martha married Robert Coleman before 1774 in Guilford County. Refer to the memorial of Robert Coleman for Martha's family history after her marriage to him.

Martha's father, John Sharpe, died before the May 1778 session of Guilford County Court. In his Last Will and Testament, dated Mar. 6, 1778, John left everything to wife, Catherine, and after her death to be devised to his children: Richard, James, Elizabeth, Mary, Sary, Isham, Susannah and Agness.

The Sharpe plantation fell within the bounds of Rockingham County when it was formed in Dec. 19, 1785. Martha's brother Richard Sharpe was the builder of the Court House when land was allocated for that purpose in 1787.

Catherine Sharp wrote her Will on Dec. 23, 1800, and devised all that remained of her estate to her daughter Elizabeth Pegg.

Martha's husband, Robert Coleman, died in 1810 after the census. Land divised to her son Garland L. Coleman in 1811, was Martha's for life, and may have been the site of the Robert Coleman home. Location of the land is described as beginning at the letter E and the corner of No. 4; thence South 53 degrees West 75 poles to a grub on a Willow Oak; thence South 52 degrees West 56 poles to a Thorn Bush on the north bank of Matrimony Creek; thence as the Creek meanders down South 31 degrees East 36 poles; thence South 45 degrees West 22 poles; thence South 15 degrees West 34 poles; then South 20 degrees East 38 poles to a ham-beam standing on the north bank of said Creek in the John Menzin [Menzies] line; thence with his line East 71 poles to a grub in the corner of No. 4; thence along that line North crossing of one branch of Matrimony Creek 154 poles to the first station; and contains 56 acres of land.

About 1832, Garland Coleman removed from North Carolina. In that year, Martha's daughter and son in law, Rebecca and James Barnett, deeded to her 47 acres on the north side of the Dan River.

Martha died on Jun. 4, 1836 in Rockingham County. Her place of burial is unknown.

Biography by Connie Blackwell, a 5th great granddaughter of Martha Sharpe and Robert Coleman.


John Sharpe of England was left an orphan there under a guardian with a large estate but the guardian became severe with him, so he left all and came over to this, then the "New Country" and settled in Virginia near Hanover, his occupation becoming the importing of Negroes from Africa to this country. He educated a son, or sons, to go back for his estate that he, John Sharpe, had left in England, but they died about the time they were completing their education. John Sharpe had one daughter, Martha, who was born near Hanover, Virginia - was married to Robert S. Coleman I, who to her father as an overseer and worked for him, and won her and carried her back to Rockingham County, North Carolina, near Leaksville; five children were born to them, Vis: Robert Spillsby II, Tillman, Betsey, Rebecca, and Garland.


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Martha Coleman's Timeline

Hanover County, Virginia
Age 20
Guilford (now Rockingham) County, North Carolina
February 26, 1776
Age 22
Guilford (now Rockingham) County, NC, USA
Age 26
Guilford (now Rockingham) County, NC, USA
Age 30
Guilford (now Rockingham) County, NC, USA
February 16, 1790
Age 36
Rockingham, NC, USA
Age 45
Rockingham, NC, USA
June 4, 1836
Age 82
Rockingham County, NC, USA