By Wm H Newman; M J Clements; G W Cambron, 1886

Isaac Jackson Coleman, who is a descendant of the oldest pioneer families in the county, is the son of Isaac and Elenor (Boyd) Coleman; subject's father was born in Woodford County, Kentucky, in 1796, and married in Fayette County when young. In 1830 he moved to this county where he died, November 17, 1872, aged seventy-six years, Mr. Coleman was one of Union's best citizens, a man of ability and the will to do right by his fellow man. Subject's mother was born in Fayette County, February 22, 1800, and died June 15, 1879; subject's paternal grandparents were Thomas and ------ (Johnson) Coleman, born in Virginia. Thomas was one of the first settlers of the county and once lived on the old Waggner tract of land in Shiloh Precinct, twenty-two hundred acres in all, that was said to have been won by a man from New Orleans from old Colonel John Waggener, of this county, on a horse race. Thomas was conscripted in the War of 1812, but his place was taken by his brother, William; subject's maternal grandparents were John and ----- (Smith) Boyd of Virginia.

Subject was born in Union County March 11, 1835; he was educated principally under his father, who was one of Union County's first school teachers, having gone in all, about ten years.

Subject in 1880 was married to Miss Ellis Walker Garr, who was born in Jefferson County, Kentucky, in 1854, and is the daughter of Abram Murray and Mary (Simms) Garr, of Jefferson County, Kentucky. They have four children, Mary Ellen, Mattie Annie, Emma and Xantippe. Subject enlisted in the Confederate army in June 1862, in Richeson's company, Tenth Kentucky Cavalry, and was in many of the hardest fought battles. He was captured at Gallipolis, Ohio, and imprisoned on Johnson' Island whence he made his escape. Our subject made a brave and fearless Southern soldier; his comrades say he was never known to shrink from duty; in politics he is a Democrat. For three years he taught school in this county, but is now farming and owns one hundred and thirteen and a half acres of good land near Morganfield; at present he is farming in Shiloh Precinct with his brother-in-law, Benjamin F. Garr; subject also is one of the stockholders in the Ohio Valley Railroad. He has been a member of the Baptist Church for twenty-one years. Mr. Coleman makes a good farmer and raises everything that the fair land of old Union will produce.