Daniel Coltrane was the seventh of William Coltrane's eight children.When William died, he divided his land among his 5 sons giving each about 600 acres.Therefore, Daniel started with a good property.When he died, intestate, he owned approximately 1650 acres and a profitable mill. To my mind he was a good businessman.The North Carolina Department of Archives in Raleigh sent me copies of Daniel's estate papers--some 40 pages--and the following is my compilation of them.
Daniel died from an accident in his mill.After Daniel's death on November 17, 1835, at 55 years, the family went to court to have John, his oldest son, declared administrator of Daniel's estate and guardian of the four youngest children.Sophia McGee, his widow petitioned for her dower rights (1/3 of the land and tenements thereon for her life) and money to sustain her household for one year.Also she requested that the 13 slaves be apportioned to the heirs.
In February 1836 the family petitioned the court to have disinterested persons divide the land estate of about 1650 acres among the heirs.All 10 children received land which was located in the northwestern part of Randolph County and the lower part of Guilford County with Deep River flowing through it.The Coltrane Mill was 250 years old in 2001 and, according to a source, was soon to be dmolished.It is unclear when the children actually got clear title of the land--considering the dower rights--but in any case Sophia outlived all but 4 of her children.She was 99 years old when she died.
Daniel and Sophia are buried in Centre Friends Cemetery in Guilford County along with 2 of their children, Abigail and Branson.
My line continues through their third child, Samuel.I have information on him but on no other.