Patrick Coleman

Patrick Vincent Coleman (1872 - 1917)

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Patrick Vincent "Vince" Coleman
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
Husband of — married in Halifax, Nova Scotiamap
Father of
Died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Dec 2013 | Last significant change: 10 Nov 2018
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Vince Coleman was a train dispatcher whose warnings stopped unsuspecting trains from arriving in Halifax at the time of the Halifax Explosion.

Patrick Coleman is a person of National Historic Significance see the Canadian History Project.

"Hold up the train. Ammunition ship afire in harbor making for Pier 6 and will explode. Guess this will be my last message. Good-bye boys."

On the eve of the 96th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion a tree is being lit in Boston. The tree is an annual gift of thanks from Nova Scotia to the prople of Boston and Massachusetts for their assistance in time of great need.

On the morning of December 6th 1917 the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship fully loaded with wartime explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo. The ensuing blast was the largest man-made explosion prior to the advent of the atomic bomb.

Close to 2000 people were killed and some 9000 were injured. Much of the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia was destroyed. A tsunami caused more damage and loss of life in the aftermath of the explosion.


1881 Ward no. 6, Halifax City, Nova Scotia, Canada

In 1881, Daniel Coleman, 47 b. Ireland, lived with his wife "Agnus" Coleman, 36 b. , and seven children b. Nova Scotia: Elizabeth, a 17 year old dress maker; James, a 15 year old news agent; Christopher, 12; Mary Ann, 14; Patrick V., 7; Agnus, 4; and Dan'l. E.G., 1. All belong to the Church of England except father Daniel, who is a Roman Catholic.[1]

1891 Ward 6a, Halifax City, Nova Scotia, Canada

In 1891, "Danl." Coleman, 50 year old b. Ireland, worked as a store issuer for a railway. He lived with his wife Agnes, 46 b. Nova Scotia, and six children b. Nova Scotia: James, a 24 year old Pullman con.; Chris, 20, a fireman for the ICR (Intercolonial Railway); Patk. V., 16, a telephone operator; Agnes, 13; Danl., 12; and Eleanor, 7. All are listed as being Roman Catholics.[2]

1901 Ward 6, Halifax City, Nova Scotia, Canada

In 1901, Daniel Coleman, 69 years old b. Ireland Dec. 14, 1831, worked as a laborer. He lived with his wife "Angness", 58 b. Nova Scotia May 26, 1842, and three children b. Nova Scotia: Vincent, 26 b. Mar 14, 1875; Agness, 24 b. April 14, 1876; and Helena, 16 b. Sept. 10, 1884. All are Roman Catholics.[3]


Vincent J. Coleman, a 42 year old telegrapher born in Halifax County, was buried December 09, 1917, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Halifax, Section: 2; Plot: V; Grave: 82; Cremation: No[4]

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  1. 1881 Census of Canada, Nova Scotia, District 9 Halifax (City), sub-district G, Ward 6, Sub-Div 1; citing Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: RG31; digital images. Page 65, Family 311.
  2. 1891 Census of Canada. Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1891. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2009. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6290 to T-6427.
  3. Canada Census, 1901; Census Place: Halifax (City/Cité) Ward/Quartier No 6, Halifax (city/cité), Nova Scotia; Page: 24; Family No: 221.
  4. Catholic Cemeteries of Halifax


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On 28 Feb 2018 at 14:47 GMT Natalie Gardner wrote:

1. Explosion 2. Tsunami 3. Severe snowstorm complicates relief efforts

"On the morning of Dec. 7, snow began to fall on the ruins of Halifax. By the afternoon, temperatures dropped to –4 C as the winds intensified from the northwest to 55 km/h, with gusts over 90 km/h, producing wind chills of –15 C. A combination of blowing and drifting snow gave blizzard-like conditions, and by the end of day, 40 centimetres of snow had fallen over the city." Source

On 1 Jul 2014 at 22:34 GMT Joseph St. Denis wrote:

The Maritime Museum of Nova Scotia has an excellent exhibit on Explosion and the Coleman Family.

Patrick is 30 degrees from Claude Monet, 30 degrees from Gigi Tanksley and 30 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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