Thomas Coleman, Ensign

The Coleman brothers have many tales that surround them. It was said that they came to the area after the death of their younger brother in an attack by Native Americans while making Syrup in the mountains.

Thomas Served as an Ensign in the Rifle Regiment, and acted as a guide and spy. In his pension application he states that in November of 1777 while scouting “he discovered tracks of a parcel of Indians pursuing the path from Kittanning toward Frankstown; that he followed until he found them in the act of making their fires; that he immediately warned the inhabitants of the settlement of their danger who made their escape”[1]. In 1778 he was chosen to go to Kittanning to see if the Tories had joined forces with the Native Americans who lived there. In 1778 he served at Fort Roberdeau, along with John Moore, who would later be his commander.

In 1780 he received a commission from the Supreme Executive Council to serve as an Ensign under Captain John Moore. He also served under Colonel Jack, Captain Black, Colonel Piper and many others. They ranged to Hannastown and at times as far as Fort Pitt.

He mentions eating jerked beef in his pension, and running out during the scout to Kittaning.

Served at the Battle of Frankstown.[2]

Born in Cumberland County in 1748. He spent most of his life in Logan Township. He is buried at Grandview Cemetery in Altoona. Phebe was his wife’s name.


[1] (U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900)

[2] (Hoenstine, 1940)

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