John Coleman was born in New York City. In the spring of 1776, he enlisted in a company of Rangers under Captain Fundy and Colonel Livingston. During his ranger service Coleman was stationed at Fort Edwards and Fort Anne. In March of 1777, Coleman re-enlisted for nine months in Captain William's Company of Colonel Graham's Regiment of the New York Line, then stationed at Fort Edwards. Coleman saw action as he scouted against the Tories in Burgoyne's Campaign. At the expiration of his enlistment with the New York Line, Coleman re-enlisted in the Rangers serving in Captain Hauper's Company of Rangers. He engaged in scouting work against the Tories and Indians in up state New York. Coleman was stationed at Fort George (formerly Fort William Henry) when the post fell on October 11, 1780, to a mixed force of Tories and Indians. Coleman, by then a sergeant, managed to escape and later related, I was followed by Indians for several miles but being a swift runner, I escaped. Coleman earned a pension for his service.
After the Revolutionary War, John Coleman lived in New York and Ohio, later moving to Wisconsin. Coleman died at the age of 84 in Kenosha. The exact location of his burial place is unknown. It is speculated that Coleman is buried in an unmarked grave in the Green Ridge Cemetery of Kenosha. It was the cemetery used by residents of the Town of Southport, where he died. However An "In Memory Of" bronze government marker has been placed on the grounds of the Green Ridge in tribute to John Coleman. Coleman's marker is in the Potter's Field section of the cemetery, not far from Jonathan Elkins grave.
Take John's birth year, subtract 1594, then subtract from North.
Take John's year of death, subtract 1751, then subtract from West.
I request that you bring a flag with you and place it by John's grave before heading for the final. If not for men like him we would not be where we are today.
A bicentenial $2.00 bill goes to the First to Find.
The WSQ in the title of this cache is an acronym for Wisconsin Spirit Quest. Wisconsin geocachers have adopted this acronym to designate their cemetery caches. As this is classified as a cemetery cache please note it is NOT hidden on any grave marker or site. If there is a service going on, or folks are visiting their loved ones when you arrive please be respectful and come back at a later time. Your understanding and compassion for those folks will be appreciated.
PLEASE FOLLOW ANY POSTED VISITING HOURS, RESPECT THE RESIDENTS HERE, AND ONLY VISIT DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS IF NO HOURS ARE POSTED
The cache is not located near a grave...Do not disturb monuments. If you find a fallen US flag, please stick it back in the ground. You must sign the cache log to claim a find. As always, please be respectful, and cache in, trash out.