Descendants of Richard Coman of Salem Massachusetts and Providence Rhode Island
Author: Shirley Louise Purtell Bickel and Helen Schatvet Ullmann
This volume traces the descendants of Richard Coman, a tailor who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, in the late 1600s and played a small role in the 1692 witchcraft tragedy. Although he had an abundant progeny, the family had heretofore occupied only an obscure niche in genealogical literature. By 1700, Coman, his second wife Elizbeth (Dynn) Kallum, and his children had moved to North Providence where they intermarried with many well-known Rhode Island families, including Angells, Tourtellottes, Browns and Smiths. The name ""Coman"" was evidently often pronounced with a final ""r"", often written ""Comer"", and a whole branch of the family consistently used ""Coomer"". When published genealogies cover marriage with this family, the name is often spelled in ways that would never suggest ""Coman"". This thoroughly-documented book, compiled in ""Register"" style, follows the lines of many daughters for two or three generations. By the mid-nineteenth century few Coman descendants were left in Rhode Island. Some moved to Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and then west. Others went directly to New York and the Midwest - particularly Ohio and Michigan - and the West Coast. A substantial subgroup has remained in the Thompson/Killingly area of Connecticut.