Rev Tuff Coleman





Project 1885-1

District #4

Spartanburg, S. C.

May 31, 1937



FOLKLORE: EX-SLAVES





"I was born about 1857 and my wife about 1859. I lived on Squire

Keller's farm, near the Parr place, and after the squire died I belonged

to Mrs. Elizabeth (Wright) Keller. My mother died when I was a boy and

my father was bought and carried to Alabama. My father was Gilliam

Coleman and my mother, Emoline Wright. My master and mistress was good

to me. The old Squire was as fine a man as ever lived on earth. He took

me in his home and took care of me. After the war the mistress stayed on

the place and worked the slaves right on, giving them wages or shares.



"The slaves were not whipped much; I 'member one man was whipped pretty

bad on Maj. Kinard's place. He had a colored man to do whipping for

him--his name was Eph. There was no whiskey on the place, never made

any. Us did cooking in the kitchen wid wide fireplaces.



"When the Yankees came through at the end of the war, they took all the

stock we had. The mistress had a fine horse, its tail touching the

ground, and we all cried when it was taken; but we got it back, as some

men went after it.



"I married in 1874 to Ellen T. Williams. She belonged to Bill Reagan.

After I married I worked in the railroad shops at "Helena", and

sometimes I fired the engine on the road, for about eight years. Then I

went into the ministry. I was called by the Spirit of the Lord,

gradually, and I preached 51 years. I have been superannuated two years.



"I have one child, a son, who is in the pullman service at Washington,

D. C.



"I owned my little house and several acres and am still living on it."



Source: Rev. Tuff Coleman and wife (80 and 78), Newberry, S. C.

Interviewer: G. Leland Summer, Newberry, S. C.





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