Biography of Pamela Colman Smith


Colman Family - Thomas Colman (1602-1685), Immigrant Ancestor




Drawing of Corinne Colman Smith (1836-1896) as a young girl. Corinne was Pamela Colman Smith's mother.  This sketch was included in a children's book authored by Corinne's mother, Pamela Chandler Colman, entitled The Mother's Present (first published in 1847).







Photograph of the landscape artist, Samuel Colman (1832-1920); he was Corinne Colman's older brother and the maternal uncle of Pamela Colman Smith.


Painting by Aaron Draper Shattuck (1832-1928) entitled Marion Colman in the Granby Meadows (1859), oil on canvas, measuring 5 x 4 1/8 inches.  Marion Colman (1837-1932) was Corinne Colman's younger sister; she married Aaron Shattuck in 1860.






Photo of Marian Colman Shattuck (1837-1932) and her husband, Aaron Draper Shattuck (1832-1928) on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1910.



Descendants of Thomas Colman


Generation No. 1

1. THOMAS1 COLMAN was born 1602 in Wiltshire County, England, and died 14 Aug 1685 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. He married SUSANNA RAULINES 24 Nov 1623 in Wiltshire County, England. She was born 1605, and died 17 Nov 1650.


The following information has been taken from this website:

The name Coleman first appears in history in AD 664 in the person of a noted Scotch Bishop of Lindsparne, he died 676.

Five branches of the family have been honored with coats of arms.

Thomas Colman was one of fifty-three men (plus women and children) who shipped at Southampton (15 miles southwest of London, England) on 6 April 1635, on the brig "James" and landed at Boston on 3 June 1635, William Cooper, Master. Joshua Coffin says he spelled his name "Coultman."

Thomas was 1 out of 2885 immigrants from England to New England from 1620 to 1650.

Sir Richard Saltonstall, Henry Sell, Richard and Stephen Drummer with others from Wiltshire, England, had organized a company for the purpose of stock raising at a time when prices for cattle horses and sheep were at their highest, and Thomas Colman had been employed by the projectors of the company to provide feed for the cattle and take care of them for a specified 2 years.

Thomas Colman becoming dissatisfied, for some reason, declined to carry out his part of the contract, and the General Court finally ordered a division of the grain that had been imported and instructed each owner to take care of his own cattle.

On 17 May, 1637, in a move to prevent the re-election of Governor Sir Harry Vane, ten men of Newbury walked the forty miles from Newbury to Cambridge and qualified to vote by taking the Freemen's Oath. Winthrop was elected.

Thomas received two lots in Newbury in 1635.

Moved to Hampton, NH in 1650, stayed until Susanna died.

Moved to Nantucket 1680. Nantucket Island had been purchased from the Indians by twenty men, one of which was Thomas, for 26 pounds in English money, 10 May 1660.

Thomas was chosen by John Swain as his partner.

Thomas was a selectman, 1654.

Deputy to General Court, 25 sessions, and Deputy from Wethersfield, Connecticut.

He was an Original Signer at Hadley, Massachusetts, 1661.


2. i. TOBIAS2 COLMAN, b. 1638, Newbury, Massachusetts; d. 1715, Newbury, Massachusetts.


Generation No. 2

2. TOBIAS2 COLMAN (THOMAS1) was born 1638 in Newbury, Massachusetts, and died 1715 in Newbury, Massachusetts. He married LYDIA JACKSON 16 Apr 1668 in Essex, Massachusetts. She was born 23 Jun 1647 in Essex, Massachusetts.


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Tobias was listed for personal service or supplier at block houses in

exposed places from Newbury to Bradford.

Tobias and Lydia are listed as one of the first settlers of New England.

Lived in Nantucket 1673 until after Thomas's death, then moved back to Rowley or Newbury.


3. i. THOMAS3 COLMAN, b. 26 Mar 1672.


Generation No. 3

3. THOMAS3 COLMAN (TOBIAS2, THOMAS1) was born 26 Mar 1672. He married PHOEBE PEARSON 06 Jan 1701 in Essex, Massachusetts. She was born 14 Jul 1682 in Essex, Massachusetts, and died 28 Jun 1754 in Essex, Massachusetts.


4. i. BENJAMIN4 COLMAN, b. 06 Feb 1720; d. Jan 1797, Massachusetts.


Generation No. 4

4. BENJAMIN4 COLMAN (THOMAS3, TOBIAS2, THOMAS1) was born 06 Feb 1720, and died Jan 1797 in Massachusetts. He married ANN BROWN 06 Feb 1742. She was born 02 Apr 1724.


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Woodcarver and made calico textile prints.

"Deacon Benjamin Colman" under Rev. Moses Parsons, suspended from his church in 1780 over slavery. He was re-instated 26 Oct 1785 after the death of Rev. Parsons. "A thorough-going abolitionist in advance of his time, brought serious charges against (Rev. Parsons) for violating the divine law and holding men and women in bondage of slavery."

Owner of shoe factory.


5. i. SAMUEL5 COLMAN, b. 25 Dec 1759, Newbury, Massachusetts; d. 07 Dec 1810, Newburyport, Massachusetts.


Generation No. 5

5. SAMUEL5 COLMAN (BENJAMIN4, THOMAS3, TOBIAS2, THOMAS1) was born 25 Dec 1759 in Newbury, Massachusetts, and died 07 Dec 1810 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He married SUSANNA ATKINS 14 Oct 1787 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She was born 12 Apr 1762 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and died 09 Jul 1827 in Salem, Massachusetts.


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He was a medical doctor - graduated from Harvard in 1780.

As a Doctor, he had a medical practice in Hallowell ME from 1783-1787.

Practiced in Augusta ME, after 1787, for 20 years.

In 1806, he moved to Newburyport.

Had drug store in 1807.

Opened private school for boys and girls in1809.

Was a teacher at Newburyport.


The following information has been taken from this website:

"Doctor Samuel Colman of Hallowell and Miss Susanna Atkins of Newburyport, joined in marriage by the Rev. Edward Bass of Newburyport, October 14, 1787."

Source: Charles Elventon Nash, The history of Augusta; first settlements and early days as a town, including the diary of Mrs. Martha Moore Ballard, 1785 to 1812 (Augusta, Me., Charles E. Nash & Son, 1904).


6. i. SAMUEL6 COLMAN, b. 18 Apr 1799, Augusta, Maine; d. 19 Nov 1865, Brooklyn New York.


Generation No. 6

6. SAMUEL6 COLMAN (SAMUEL5, BENJAMIN4, THOMAS3, TOBIAS2, THOMAS1) was born 18 Apr 1799 in Augusta, Maine, and died 19 Nov 1865 in Brooklyn New York. He married PAMELA CHANDLER 02 Sep 1824 in Portland, Maine, daughter of JOEL CHANDLER and PAMELA LINCOLN. She was born 30 Jun 1799 in Freeport, Maine, and died 08 Nov 1865 in Brooklyn, New York.


Samuel Colman, Sr. was born in Maine. He and his family resided in Boston from the late 1820s until about 1837, when they removed to Brooklyn, New York..

In both Boston and New York, Samuel was a fine arts bookseller and publisher. Upon occasion, he would also do engravings for some of the books that he published.

Both his wife Pamela Lewis Chandler Colman and his eldest daughter, Pamela Atkins Colman, were successful authors of children's books.


7. i. PAMELA ATKINS7 COLMAN, b. 01 Jun 1825, Brookline, Massachusetts; d. 25 Dec 1900, Brooklyn, New York.

8. ii. SAMUEL COLMAN, b. 04 Mar 1832, Portland, Maine; d. 26 Mar 1920, New York City.

9. iii. CORINNE COLMAN, b. 04 Jul 1834, Portland, Maine; d. 1896, Saint Andrews, Jamaica.

10. iv. MARIAN COLMAN, b. 20 Aug 1837, New York County, New York; d. 1932, New York.

v. ISABELLA COLMAN, b. 20 Aug 1837, New York County, New York.

vi. CATHERINE JACKSON COLMAN, b. 01 Mar 1830, Portland, Maine.


Generation No. 7

7. PAMELA ATKINS7 COLMAN (SAMUEL6, SAMUEL5, BENJAMIN4, THOMAS3, TOBIAS2, THOMAS1) was born 01 Jun 1825 in Brookline, Massachusetts, and died 25 Dec 1900 in Brooklyn, New York. She married SAMUEL EMERSON HOWARD 11 Jun 1846 in Brookline, Massachusetts, son of STEPHEN HOWARD and LUCY FROTHINGHAM. He was born 20 Mar 1820 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and died 03 Oct 1896 in Brooklyn, New York.


The following is from the book entitled "Howard Genealogy" (1884) by Jarvis Cutler Howard, pages 38-39:

Mr. S. E. Howard acquired his early education in the schools of Newburyport, and three years spent in Exeter Academy, Exeter, N. H. At the age of sixteen, he went to Boston, an apprentice in the dry goods business, where he remained some five years. He then went to New York City, as clerk, at a small salary, in the house of William H. Carey & Co. After two years he became a member of the firm, and has since continued one of the house, though under different firm names. The one long and favorably known was that of Howard, Sanger & Co. This is one of the few mercantile houses of New York that has stood unshaken by the many gales of financial disaster that have swept over the country during the past forty years. In 1880, Mr. Howard relinquished to his sons, under the firm name of Howard Brothers & Reed, the more active duties and responsibilities of the business, though he still retains a large interest therein. Few men have applied themselves more constantly, carefully, and assiduously to business, or with more uniform success. Commencing with a small capital, he has added to it from year to year, and multiplied it to an ample fortune. Though naturally modest and unassuming, and shrinking intuitively from public notice, he has held high official positions, both in New York and Brooklyn, in various financial and other incorporated institutions, and is held in great confidence and esteem by all with whom he has business and social relations.


i. LEWIS EMERSON8 HOWARD, b. 25 Mar 1847, Brooklyn, New York.

ii. HELEN GERTRUDE HOWARD, b. 09 Oct 1848, Brooklyn, New York; d. 27 Feb 1873, Amalfi, Italy.

iii. KATHERINE PARKER HOWARD, b. 14 Jul 1850, Brooklyn, New York.

iv. WILLIAM COLMAN HOWARD, b. 02 Jun 1851, Brooklyn, New York.

v. BERTHA OSGOOD HOWARD, b. 28 Aug 1854, Brooklyn, New York; d. Jan 1920, Milford, Pike County, Pennsylvania.

vi. CORINNE COLMAN HOWARD, b. 13 Oct 1856, Brooklyn, New York.


8. SAMUEL7 COLMAN (SAMUEL6, SAMUEL5, BENJAMIN4, THOMAS3, TOBIAS2, THOMAS1) was born 04 Mar 1832 in Portland, Maine, and died 26 Mar 1920 in New York City. He married (1) ANN LAWRENCE DUNHAM 1862 in Newport, Rhode Island, daughter of EDWARD DUNHAM and MARIA PARKER. She was born 06 Nov 1832 in New York City, and died 28 Jul 1902 in New York City. He married (2) LILLIAN MARGARET GAFFNEY 1903.


The information set forth below is taken from the White Mountain Art & Artists website at the following URL:

"Although Samuel Colman's name is often spelled with an "e," the family spelled the name "Colman," and the Aldine Press in its art column (1868-79) referred to the artist as Colman. He studied under Asher B. Durand and became an associate of the National Academy of Design in 1854 and a full academician ten years later. In 1866 he helped found the American Society of Painters in Water Colors and was its first president. He became interested in etching in 1867 and, in 1877, at the founding of the New York Etching Club, exhibited a number of landscape etchings.

"Colman spent the summer of 1856 in Jackson, NH, sharing a studio with his brother-in-law, Aaron Draper Shattuck. The Crayon of that year noted: "Mr. Colman has made wide advances on all his previous studies ... He has a study of Mote [sic] Mountain and the Ledges at North Conway, with a wheat-field in the foreground."

"As early as 1853, he exhibited at the National Academy of Design and shortly thereafter at the Boston Athenaeum. He was also a frequent exhibitor at the Brooklyn Art Association.

"In 1867, Henry Tuckerman wrote of Colman, "to the eye of refined taste, to the quite lover of nature, there is a peculiar charm in Colman's style which, sooner or later, will be greatly appreciated." Implicit in Tuckerman's statement is his observation of a strong individualism in Colman's style.

"He visited Spain and Morocco and painted scenes in a combination of pastel and gauche. He was a partner of Louis Comfort Tiffany in interior design and worked on Samuel Clemens's house in Hartford, CT. For a time he was a member of the Century Association but resigned in 1884.Colman's paintings are represented by the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Union League Club among other prominent collections."

The following is taken from his obituary that appeared in the New York Times on 30 March 1920:

"SAMUEL COLMAN, PAINTER, DIES AT 88; Noted Etcher Succumbs at City Home from Recent Injuries in His 89th Year.

"Samuel Colman, one of the foremost American landscape painters and a noted etcher, died Saturday afternoon at his home at 320 Central Park West from shock as a result of two serious accidents which occurred during the year. Being in his 89th year, Mr. Colman was one of the oldest members of the National Academy of Design and was the oldest in point of service. He had the fate of being the fourth academician in a little more than two weeks to die.

"Mr. Colman commenced dabbing in paints when still a boy, his artistic abilities being inherited from his father, Samual, who was a publisher and, in his time, a well-known etcher. At the age of 18 Samuel, the second, placed some of his works on exhibition in the Academy of design and these assured those who viewed them of great sucess for him in future years. Ten years later, he was chosen as an Associate National Academician and in 1864 was honored as an Academician.

"The same year that he was accepted as an associate member of the Academy he left for Europe where he visited France, Italy, Spain and Morocco for the purpose of increasing his knowledge of art and painting. He spent two years in the art centres of Europe at this time, but returned again in 1870, remaining there five years.

"He was born in Portland, Me. March 4, 1832, the son of Samuel and Pamela Chandler Colman. Thirty years later he married Ann Lawrence Dunham, who was the daughter of Edward Dunham, President of the Corn Exchange Bank. After her death he took for his wife in 1903, Lillian Margaret Gaffney of Claremont N.H. She and their son Samuel, third, survive. ... "


Date of her death was obtained from her obituary that appeared in the New York Times on 30 July 1902.




9. CORINNE7 COLMAN (SAMUEL6, SAMUEL5, BENJAMIN4, THOMAS3, TOBIAS2, THOMAS1) was born 04 Jul 1834 in Portland, Maine, and died 1896 in Saint Andrews, Jamaica. She married CHARLES EDWARD SMITH 28 Sep 1870 in New York, son of CYRUS SMITH and LYDIA LEWIS. He was born 27 May 1846 in Brooklyn, New York, and died 01 Dec 1899 in Brooklyn, New York.


Source for date of birth: book entitled The Descendants of Rev. Thomas Hooker, Hartford, Connecticut, 1586-1908

Charles Edward Smith's obituary appeared in the New York Times for 3 Dec 1899 as follows:

"SMITH - On Friday, Dec 1 at his residence in New York City, Charles Edward Smith, son the the late Cyrus P. Smith of Brooklyn, in the 53d year of his age.

"Funeral services will be held at the residence of his brother-in-law, Willis L. Ogden, 73 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn. on Sunday, Dec 3, at 2:30 o'clock."


i. CORINNE PAMELA COLMAN8 SMITH, b. 16 Feb 1878, Middlesex County, England; d. 18 Sep 1951, Bude, Cornwall.


10. MARIAN7 COLMAN (SAMUEL6, SAMUEL5, BENJAMIN4, THOMAS3, TOBIAS2, THOMAS1) was born 20 Aug 1837 in New York County, New York, and died 1932 in New York. She married AARON DRAPER SHATTUCK 1860 in New York City. He was born 1832 in Francestown, New Hampshire, and died 1928 in New York.


The following is taken from the Questroyal Fine Art, LLC Website at this URL:

Aaron Draper Shattuck was one of the leading artists of the Hudson River School’s second generation, known for his small, intimate views of nature. His gentle pastoral landscapes proved immensely popular with nineteenth century audiences. As Henry Tuckerman, the foremost art critic of the period, explains: "Shattuck imparts a rural feeling so genial and genuine that we feel transported to the very spot he represents."

Born in Francestown, New Hampshire, Shattuck trained in the area under Alexander Ransom, a portrait and landscape painter. He left with Ransom for New York in 1855, submitting his first painting to the National Academy of Design that same year and quickly establishing himself in the leading art circles of the time. Best known for his White Mountain scenes, he summered there from 1854 to 1860, sharing an old farmhouse with Samuel Colman, Sanford Robinson Gifford and Richard William Hubbard. In 1859, he opened a studio in the famous Tenth Street Studio Building, forming close working relationships with his neighbors, Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Church; he married Samuel Colman’s sister, Marion, the following year. In 1870, he and his family moved to Granby, Connecticut, a cattle-raising town steeped in rustic tradition, which provided continual inspiration for his landscape paintings.

Shattuck was remarkably successful throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. He was named an Associate and Academician of the National Academy of Design and exhibited at all the major venues, including the National Academy of Design, the Boston Athenaeum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Washington Art Association and the Brooklyn Art Association. Today, his work is featured in the collections of the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, the Hudson River Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, and the New Britain Museum of American Art.










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