Although the Rev. James Coleman was a pioneer in spreading Methodism in the early years of the United States, little is known or has been published about Ridgefield’s “saddlebag preacher.”
Coleman was born in 1766, probably in England. He lived in Stamford in 1804 when he married Martha DeForest, a local woman. Six years later, the two moved to the Scotland section of Ridgefield, and had five children.