December 28, 2004

Alexander Curry Yell and Martha D. "Patsy" Coffey

Thanks to Betty Landers for giving me a lead to the family of Martha Coffey, daughter of Rice Coffey and Sarah "Sally" Bradford.

According to information found at: (Apparently no longer on-line)

Alexander Curry Yell was born Nov. 12, 1805 in Rutherford Co., TN. He married Martha in Fayettville, Washington Co., AR. Martha died Oct. 24, 1881 in Robinson, Washington Co., AR.

From a Bedford Co. Family History book summited by Linda Pitts via Betty Landers ( on Dec. 18, 2004:

Martha D. Coffey daughter of Rice Coffey 1805-1849 d. in Benton Arkansas married in 1831 to Alexander Curry Yell 1805-1881 b. in Rutherford Co. Tn. d. in Benton Arkansas. they reared six children who all died in Arkansas.

A census search for this family finds them in Washington Co., AR in 1840, but a female of the correct age to be Martha is not found with the family!

Alexander and his children are found in the 1850 Benton Co., Ball Township, AR census:

Sheet 52, dwelling/family 115, A. C. Yell, age 44, male, farmer, $2000, born TN; Sarah J., age 21, female, born TN; Mary E., age 19, female, born TN; Martha E., age 15, female, born TN; Elizabeth, age 9, born AR; Marna E., age 6, female, born AR; Archibald M., age 2, male, born AR

According to information found at:

Alexander's parents were Moses Archibald Yell, born about 1746, location not given; married Jane Curry about 1790 in Delaware. He died in 1817 at Wartrace, Bedford Co., TN. Jane was born Feb. 1, 1764 in Kent Co., DE, and died Jan. 27, 1832 in Shelbyville, Bedford Co., TN.

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