Andrew Coolman, the subject of this sketch, was born near the town of Warren, Huntington Co., IN, July 31, 1840, the third in a family of ten children born to William and Mary Ann (McKee) Coolman. William Coolman was a native of Montgomery Co., OH, and in early life married Sophia Harvey, who died a few years later. He subsequently married Mary A. McKee, and in 1835 moved to Huntington Co., IN, settling east of Warren, having been one of the earliest pioneers in the sourthern part of the county. Being possessed of limited means, he was obliged to sell his team to pay for his land, and his hardships during the first few years spent in the new country were such as would quickly discourage the bravest hearted of the present day. He made a good farm, however, and lived to see the wilderness of Salamonie developed into one of the most fertile and highly favored regions of Northern IN. His death occurred in 1874, at the age of 67 years. His wife preceded him to the grave, dying in 1869. Andrew Coolman grew to manhood on a farm and early became familiar with the hard work of clearing and chopping, having, while yet a mere child, frequently assisted his father in the rugged task of removing the forest growth and preparing the rough ground for cultivation. His early educational training was received in the old back woods school house, where, by close application, he obtained the rudiments of an education which, supplemented by subsequent reading, has made him a comparatively well posted man. He remained under the parental roof until the call to arms for the defense of the Union resounded throughout the country, at which time, 1861, he entered the army as a member of Co. D, 34th IN Infantry, with which he shared the fortunes and viscissitudes of war in many hard campaigns and bloody battle fields. He reenlisted February, 1864, at New Orleans, and from that time until February 4, 1866, served with distinction as a brave and trustworthy soldier. During his long period of service, four years and five months, he was always ready for duty, participated in fifteen engagements, and was held a prisoner for six days, having been captured in his last engagement, a short time prior to Lee's surrender. On leaving the army he returned home and invested his savings in eighty acres of land, upon which he at once went to work improving a farm. By industry and economy he has been enabled to add to his original purchase, and at this time owns quite an area of valuable land in Rock Creek Township. He was married February 25, 1875, to Miss Sarah E. Reed. She was born in Preble Co., OH, Dec 1, 1845 and departed this life on the 13th day of August, 1883, leaving one child, Charles H., born July 5, 1876. Mr. Coolman married his present wife, Sarah E. Shoemaker, February 28, 1884. She was born in Fairfield Co., OH, September, 1861, and is the mother of one child, William A., born November 30, 1884.
p. 761 & 762 Biographies of Rock Creek Township
History of Huntington Co., IN (Brant&Fuller:Chicago) 1887