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Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Robert M. Coleman

ROBERT M. COLEMAN by Artie Hope Parker

Robert M. Coleman came to Texas in 1831 with his family and settled in Mina Municipality. In 1832 he wrote a letter to Empresarios Austin and Williams requesting permission to settle in their colony. In addition to being one of the 59 signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Coleman served as a Texas Range in 1835 and again in 1836 after San Jacinto (Republic of Texas Claim 7508). He commanded a company of men at the Battle of Gonzales, the Battle of Conception and the Grass Fight, part of the Siege of Bexar. His wife and oldest son were killed by Indians between Bastrop and Austin on February 18, 1839.

The photo is over Artie and her niece, Mary Louise Parker Ansari, standing by the signers memorial at the 2016 signers celebration.


Photo below is of Artie pointing to her name in the signers registry.

Photo below is of a monument located between Bastrop and Austin that honors Coleman.









Photo below is of the plaque on the monument mentioned above. It reads

Robert Morris Coleman was the first president of the Mina Municipality (title given by Mexican government). After the Texas Revolution, Mina was renamed Bastrop and the municipality was divided into several counties, one being Bastrop County.

Robert Morris Coleman built and was the Commandant of Fort Coleman to protect against Indians. It was located in what is now the City of Austin. Site marked by Historical marker.

Coleman County as well as the City of Coleman was named for Robert Morris Coleman.