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.
Thomas Colemanca. 1808–1888
Thomas Coleman1845–post 1910
Grace Coleman Harris1879–1947
Maxcine Mercer Sterling
28 Apr. 1995, Mitchellsville, MD
Interviewees: Maxcine Sterling, Anne Slaughter, Ozella Harvey, Barbara Graves, Ereselle Brooke
Also present: Karen Branson-Butler, Jay Slaughter