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Monticello's gatehouse during the Levy era, home of the Coleman-Henderson families
Special Collections, University of Virginia

Monticello's gatehouse during the Levy era, home of the Coleman-Henderson families
Special Collections, University of Virginia

Residence (at time of interview): 
Mitchellville, Maryland

Maxcine Sterling and four other descendants of Monticello gatekeeper Eliza Tolliver Coleman were interviewed together in 1995. All live in the Washington, DC, area and work (or worked) in various departments of the federal government. They shared their memories of Eliza Coleman’s daughters Lucy Coleman Barnaby Page and Grace Coleman Harris and recalled summers spent at the Monticello gatehouse. Members of the extended Coleman family lived at Monticello for more than a century—far longer than any of the property’s owners. 

Interview Information: 

28 Apr. 1995, Mitchellsville, MD
Interviewees: Maxcine Sterling, Anne Slaughter, Ozella Harvey, Barbara Graves, Ereselle Brooke
Also present: Karen Branson-Butler, Jay Slaughter

Excerpts: 
Ancestry: 
  • Thomas Coleman ca. 1808–1888 Jane Coleman
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  • Thomas Coleman 1845–post 1910
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  • Grace Coleman Harris 1879–1947
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  • Maxcine Mercer Sterling
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