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Spilsbe Coleman

Also Known As: "Spilsby", "Spilsbee", "Spilsbey"
Birthplace: Tappahannock, Essex, Virginia
Death: before September 21, 1727
Tappahannock, Essex, Virginia (died intestate )
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Robert Coleman and Ann Coleman
Husband of Mary Coleman
Father of Robert Spilsbe Coleman; Capt. Richard Coleman and elizabeth tribble
Brother of John Coleman; William Coleman, Sr; Robert Spilsby (Spilsbe) Coleman, III; Elizabeth Brown; Edward Coleman, Sr. and 7 others

Occupation: Operated an Ordinary in Tappahannock
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About Spilsbe Coleman

b.  ca. 1692 Essex Co. VA
d.  intestate before 21 Sept 1727  \(Essex Co. WB 4, p. 242)
m.  before 30 Nov 1715 Mary Crow

Mary was a daughter of John and Elizabeth Crow. John’s will was dtd. 20 Jan 1717/18, Essex Co. VA Records 1717-22, p. 42, J. F. Dorman.

In 1717, Spilsbe inherited from his father, Robert Coleman, the property (900 acres) purchased jointly by Robert Coleman and Leonard Chamberlain on 22 Jan 1688, Old Rappahannock. This land later became part of Essex Co.

Spilsbe married Mary Crow prior to 30 Nov 1715, the date of his mother’s will in which Mary was referred to as ‘daughter Mary, the wife of son Spilsbe".

Essex Co. Records:

On 22 Mar 1715/6 Spilsbe witnessed a Power of Attorney between William Evered of Liverpool, England, mariner, and William Daingerfield of Essex Co. VA, planter. Evered, a sea captain, wanted Daingerfield to represent his business interests in Virginia. (VA Colonial Abstracts, Beverley Fleet, Vol. II, p. 71 from Essex Co. Deeds & Wills 1714-17, p. 543)

19 Feb 1722: Spilsbe put up a bond of 10,000 lbs. tobacco to keep an Ordinary in Tappahannock Town. Securities were brother-in-law Daniel Brown and John Farguson, father of Daniel Brown’s son-in-law.

21 Jun 1726: Spilsbe Coleman was granted a license to operate an Ordinary for one year in Tappahannock Town "who with Thomas Hardy his security acknowledged their bond for the same which is admitted to record". \(Essex Co. VA OB 1725-29, Pt. I\)

21 Sep 1727: "Mary Coleman came into court and made oath that Spilsbe Coleman died without making any will so far as she knows or believes and having performed what the law in such cases requires, certificate is granted her for obtaining Letters of Administration of ye sd Deceedts Estate. James Griffin, Henry Reeves, Thomas Crittenden and Benjamin Waggoner were directed to appraise Spilsbe’s estate. \(OB7, p. 193, Essex Co. Records\) William and Richard Covington were appointed guardians of Spilsbe’s two sons, Robert Spilsbe Coleman and Richard Coleman. (OB 1729-33, p. 108 & 110, Essex Co. Records\)"

21 Sep 1727: "License was granted to Mary Coleman to keep an Ordinary at her house in Tappa Town, she having with her security acknowledged their bond for ye same."

Court 19 Mar 1728: "The action upon the case brot by Mary Coleman against John Townshend is dismist."

Essex Co. OB 1725—27, Pt. II, Jul 1728: "On the complaint of Mary Coleman against John McGuier and William McIntosh for abusing her and breaking her door in the night. On hearing the parties and evidences, the sd McGuier is dismist. And it is ordered that the Sheriff take the sd McIntosh into custody til he gave bond and security for his good behavior in L20 currt. money and also for his appearance at next Court to answer the sd complaint."

19 Nov 1728: "On the Petition of Mary Coleman for License to keep an Ordinary at Tappahannock, liberty is granted to keep the same. Mary Coleman, Thomas Coleman and William Covington (brother-in-law) acknowledged their bond for the sd Mary’s keeping an Ordinary according to Law."

Court, 19th day of Jun 1728: "On the petition of Thomas Hardy, License is granted him to keep a Ferry from his house over Hoskin’s Creek to Mrs. Coleman’s Long Point. And the Court doth rate the Ferriage over the same for a man 3 pence and for a horse 3 pence." \(Thomas Hardy was married to Grizzell, Spilsbe’s sister.)

"It is ordered that Benjamin Waggoner be Surveyor of the Highways with the male laboring tithables in his precinct clear a road from the Landing on Mrs. Coleman’s Long Point to Tappahannock Town and keep the same in repair according to Law."

"It is ordered that Richard Gatewood be Surveyor of the Highways with the male laboring tithables in his precincts clear a Road from Piscattaway Ferry the best and most direct way to Thomas Hardy’s Ferry Landing on Hoskin’s Creek and keep the same in repair according to Law."

5 Aug 1730, pp. 293-94; Spilsbe Coleman inventory made pursuant to order of 22 Jul 1730. Total valuation L106.16.6-1/2 including 2 negroes valued at L48. Signed by William Covington, Richard Covington, James Griffing, Benjamin Waggoner, John Armstrong, Returned 20 Oct 1730.

In 1730, Mary married Francis Crane./a>, but their marriage was not successful. On 15 Jun 1731 she sued Francis Crane for separate maintenance on the grounds that "he beat and abused her so unmercifully that she could not live with him". The court agreed with her and awarded her separate maintenance of one-half the rents belonging to Francis Crane. (OB 1729-33, p. 158, Essex Co. Records\) The rents were to be paid to William Covington "for just support of the aforesaid Mary Crane".

VA Colonial Abstracts, King & Queen Co., p. 126, 20 May 1747. Dispositions of Thomas Coleman Sr. and John Farguson of Essex Co. Ages not shown. Regarding a house and lot in Tappahannock. That Robert Coleman, father of Thomas Coleman Sr. and Spilsbe Coleman, owned it and left it to Spilsbe Coleman, now deceased. That Spilsbe rented it several years to Joannah Smith at L3 per annum. Farguson agrees with Thomas Coleman Sr. in his statements regarding his father and brother and signs the disposition.

Source: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mobjackbaycolemans/index.html

Spilsbe married Mary Crow prior to 30 Nov 1715, the date of his mother's will in which Mary was referred to as daughter Mary, the wife of son Spilsbe. Spilsbe put up a bond of 10,000 lbs. tobacco to keep an Ordinary in Tappahannock Town. Securities were brother-in-law Daniel Brown and Joh Farguson, father of Daniel Brown's son-in-law. He was granted a license to operate an Ordinary for one in year on 21 Jun 1726. (Essex Co. VA OB 1725-29, Pt. I)


•Name: Spilsbe Coleman

•Sex: M

•Birth: ABT 1692

•Death: 1727

Father: Robert Coleman , Jr. b: ABT 1656

Mother: Ann Spilsbe b: ABT 1659

Marriage 1 Mary Crow b: ABT 1695 in Hanover County, Virginia


1. Richard Coleman , Capt. b: ABT 1719


•Name: Spilsbe COLEMAN

•Sex: M

•Birth: 1692 in Essex Co., VA

•Death: BEF 21 SEP 1727 in Essex Co., VA

•Occupation: Ordinary Operator

Essex County, Virginia Marriages, 1655-1900

Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia, pg61

1715 Spilsby Coleman married Mary, daughter of John Crow.

Book: D&W 15,Pg. 93

Father: Robert COLEMAN b: 1656 in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester, VA

Mother: Ann SPILSBE b: 1659 in England

Marriage 1 Mary CROW b: ABT 1695

•Married: 30 NOV 1715 in Essex Co., VA


  1. Robert Spilsbe COLEMAN b: 1717 in Essex Co., VA
  2. Richard COLEMAN, Capt. b. 1719 in Essex Co., VA
  3. Elizabeth COLEMAN b: ABT 1722 in Caroline Co., VA

Scots Arms Tavern: http://www.tappahannock.us/scots.htm

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Spilsbe Coleman's Timeline

Tappahannock, Essex, Virginia
Age 25
Essex, Virginia
Age 27
Essex, Virginia
September 21, 1727
Age 35
Tappahannock, Essex, Virginia