The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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        Daniel Coleman, (born 28th March, 1799,) was born in Rowan County; moved to Cabarrus in 1823.

        Educated at Rocky River Academy, conducted by Dr. J. M. Wilson, father of J. Harvey Wilson, of Charlotte, and finished under Dr. John Robinson, at Poplar Tent, 1823, and the latter part of this year settled at Concord.

        In the Spring following he was elected Clerk of the County Court, and served till 1828. Read law with Judge David F. Caldwell, and was licensed to practice. In 1830 to '33 he was engrossing clerk, and 1834-'35, reading clerk of the State Senate.

        In 1836 he was appointed Third Assistant Postmaster-General under Amos Kendall, and served till May, 1841.

        He returned home and resumed his practice at the bar, and in 1848, was elected by the Legislature, Solicitor of the Sixth Judicial District. After serving for four years he retired from the practice, and engaged in construction, with Dr. E. R. Gibson, of the North Carolina Railroad. Appointed to office in the Treasury, in 1871, which position he held until the time of his demise.

        He married Maria, daughter of John E. Mahan, of Concord, and had two sons, William M., late Attorney General of North Carolina, and Daniel Raymond, who is now a teacher in the Deaf and Dumb Institution, at city of Belville, Province of Ontario, Canada.

        J. McCalib Wiley was born in Cabarrus County, in 1806; removed to Bibb County, Alabama, 1836; served in the army in the war with Mexico; member of Board of Visitors to West Point; elected Judge of the Eighth Circuit of Alabama 1865; elected member of 39th Congress, and in 1871, again elected judge.


        Caldwell County has no Revolutionary worthies to present, having been formed in 1841, from the counties of Burke and Wilkes. But she presents a number of names worthy of regard.

        Samuel F. Patterson lived and died in this county. He was highly esteemed, and filled many positions of much responsibility with integrity and honor. As a financier he had few superiors. He was, in 1836, Treasurer of the State, and President of the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad. He was averse to popular promotions, but was elected to the Senate of the State Legislature in 1864.

        He married a daughter of General Edmund Jones, long a member of the Legislature from Wilkes, and universally respected for his probity and intelligence. His son, Rufus L. Patterson, worthily enjoyed the regard and respect of his country. He died recently, much regretted.

        James C. Harper, who represented the district in 42d Congress (1871-'73;) resides in this county. He is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Cumberland County, 6th December, 1819; raised in Ohio on a farm, and settled in this county in 1840, which he represented in the Legislature in 1866 and 1868. He in Congress, as in the Legislature, was distinguished for his close and faithful attention to his duties, never in the way in obstructing useful legislation, and never out of the way in opposing wild and extravagant measures.

        He married Louisa, daughter of Athan McDowell, and the granddaughter of General Charles and Grace Greenlee McDowell. The
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