Monday, November 24, 2014

Dead and largely forgotten

This woman's name is Fanny Brown Coleman. She was born in 1861 and died in 1935 after a long illness. She lived in Lebanon, Pennsylvania and never married. Fanny traveled frequently, usually to Europe but once as far as China. She was active in charity work. Her family was a prominent one. The first Coleman in America was Robert Coleman, who came from Ireland. He worked his way up from clerk to head of a foundry and supplied iron to Revolutionary War troops. George Washington was a personal friend of his. Coleman's foundries made him Pennsylvania's first millionaire. 
Fanny is the Complete and Total Loser's second cousin, four times removed, and he'd never heard of her until he found the photograph in a drawer, scanned it, and sent it to a cousin who is retired and does the Loser's maternal side of the family tree. She knows everything about the family's history. The Loser is grateful to her and thinks every family should have such a person in it.
Fanny Brown Coleman
Fanny Brown Coleman

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