Birthabt 1749, Spotsylvania Co, VA
Death6 Jan 1788, Richmond Co, GA
On 17-Mar-1762, Caleb was a witness to a Will for John Coleman. (Virginia County Records, Spotsylvania Co, Virginia 1720-1800, Wm Crozier, p 20) 21-Sep-1780, DB J, 1774-1782, Caleb bought 262 acres Spotsylvania Co land (Berkley Parish) from William Childs. This land was sold to Edward Brasfield in 1786. (DB L 175501788 Spotsylvania Co.)
From Spotsylvania Co. Public Service Claims, “court held Apr 1732, claim of Caleb Coleman was allowed, for having furnished 1250 lbs of hay during the war.” (Spotsylvania County Court Booklet, Reel 4, p 5) In 1783, Caleb was on a list of slave owners in Spotsylvania Co with 15 slaves. Part of Caleb’s estate in Georgia included 19 slaves.
Caleb and Anna moved to Georgia in 1786 at the urging of his brother Reuben. On 6-Jan-1788, Caleb died from an injury received from Robert Farish. According to the Coroner’s Inquest, Caleb had been suffering from insanity for several weeks prior to the incident with Robert Farish. In the afternoon of 4-Jan-1788, Caleb harrassed Farish and another person and threw a wooden stake at them. Farish picked up the stake and carried it with him until that evening, when he was again accosted by Caleb. At that time, Caleb threatened Robert Farish with a thorn bush and a pole. Farish hit Caleb on the shoulder with the wooden stake, and then struck a violent blow to Caleb’s head, which felled him. Caleb died two days later. Robert Farish was indicted for the murder of Caleb Coleman, was tried and found guilty of manslaughter, but because of “so many alleviating circumstances” every “lenity” the law can allow should be exercised in Farish’s favor. (Marriages & Deaths 1763-1820, abstracted from Extant Georgia Newspapers, by Mary B Warner, 1968, p 23, Georgia State Gazette, Augusta GA, 12-Jan-1788. Also Proceedings of the House of Assembly, Augusta, GA, 17-Jan-1788.)
Birth27 Oct 1753
FatherDr Samuel WORTHAM
MotherMargrett ELLIOT (-1788)
Anner “Anna” was born 27-Oct-1753. Her mother, Margaret Elliot Wortham died 27-Mar-1788.