February 18, 2005

Children of John Trousdale Coffee

Charles Franklin Coffee was the eldest son of John Trousdale and Harriet Weir Coffee. He was born in Dade County, Missouri of March 22, 1847, and died in December, 1935 in Chadron, Dawes County, Nebraska. He was 88 years old.

Charles was a veteran of the Civil War, and trailed cattle from Texas to Wyoming while working for the Snyder Brothers and their Coldwater Cattle Company. I do not know when or where he married Virginia Ashland Toney, but based on the birthdates of their first child, I can estimate the year to be 1880-81, and the place to have been Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming.

According to information found at www.nebraskahistory.org Charles Coffee was the founder of a large pioneer ranch headquartered on Hat Creek in Nebraska, and Rawhide Creek in Wyoming. Charles wanted to send dressed meat to Chicago so he and others arranged to have the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad (that became the Chicago and North Western) siding built near his ranch on Hat Creek. The siding, called Coffee Siding is said to have been over 1000 feet in length with seven cattle pens.

Children of Charles Franklin Coffee and Virginia Ashland Toney were:

John Toney Coffee, born June 23, 1882 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and died 1959 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. He married Martha Sagert in 1910. John was a rancher and banker. In 1935 he was president of Sioux National Bank of Harrison, and held interests in several Wyoming ranches where he bred Hereford cattle. Unfortunately, I do not yet have a list of his children.

Blanche McLain Coffee, born March, 1884 in Wyoming, died unmarried in 1929.

Charles Franklin Coffee, Jr., was born October, 1887 in Wyoming. He married Catherine Morgan Richtly on October 9, 1912 in Chadron, Dawes County, Nebraska. I only know of one child, Charles Franklin Coffee III, born about 1914 in Dawes County.

The second child of John Trousdale and Harriet was Marietta. I have no information other than she married Hi Webb.

Third born was Arthur B. Coffee, born February, 1850, died 1880. I have found no other information.

Fourth was Samuel Buffington Coffee, born March, 1856. Samuel married May Elizabeth Tisdale (no dates). Together they had four children: Harry Buffington, born March 16, 1890, died 1972; Rexford T. Coffee, born February, 1892; Guy Hyman (Chick) Coffee, born Dec. 7, 1893; and Edna Coffee, born December, 1896.

Harry Buffington Coffee served in the US Army during World War 1, and from 1935-1943 was a US Representative from Nebraska's Northeast 5th Congressional District. He was also in real estate, and organized the Coffee Cattle Co., Inc. in 1915. Readers needing more information on Harry can find a short biography on the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website:


Guy "Chick" Coffee was a Vice President and general manager of the Coffee Cattle Company and recognized as a specialist in registered Hereford cattle. He married Ila Florence Conn on October 12, 1915 at Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Fifth was William F. Coffee, born about 1857, and died in 1944. No other information.

The last child was Lula Coffee, born about 1861. All I know of Lula is that she married Lum Bradford.

Some of the Coffee homes in Chadron can be found at:


Please contact me at jkcoffee@yahoo.com if you find factual errors, or can add to the information presented here.


  1. Anonymous11:00 PM

    Hello. My name is Ann Coffee Radil and my grandmother is Virginia Kennedy Coffee, wife of Bill Brown Coffee. We are writing you from Harrison, Nebraska. The Coffee Family still owns and runs the Warbonnet and Hat Creek Ranches. Bill Brown Coffee is the son of John Toney Coffee and the grandson of Charles Franklin Coffee. Your website said you didn't know who John Toney Coffee's children are, so here you go...John Toney Coffee's children with Peg Hazel Berry Coffee are Bill Brown Coffee and Jane Coffee Fitch Sumpter. John Toney Coffee also had a son, John Toney Coffee Jr., by a prior marriage with Emma Sagert. Thanks for the information on the Coffee's legacy in Sioux County, Nebraska.

  2. Anonymous4:48 PM

    Hello, My name is Gary Webb in Nashville, Tennessee. John Trousdale Coffee's daughter Marietta Coffee married Albert Hiram Webb. She was born February 15, 1851 in Missouri and settled in Colorado City, Mitchell County, Texas where she died April 17, 1926. In the 1870 and 1880 census there was a sister Loula Coffee living in their household. She was born 1861 in Missouri. Albert Hiram Webb's sister Elizabeth Beatriss Webb may have married a Coffee. Any suggestions would be appreciated. gary@garyawebb.com

  3. Hey Gary,

    Thanks for dropping by the blog!

    Your family is in the Peter Coffee line – as you are probably well aware. I haven’t completed a lot of research on his line except for putting together a few details on John Trousdale’s descendants after a visit to Nebraska a few years ago.

    I have Beatrice Eliza Webb married to William Trousdale Coffee, a son of John’s, born Jul 28, 1857 in Nevada, Vernon Co., MO, died Oct 10, 1942 in Mandeville, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Beatrice was born in 1860, Jackson Co., TN and died Dec. 30, 1939 in the same place as her spouse.

    There were at least six children:

    Samuel DeAlma, born Nov. 9, 1882 in San Angelo, Tom Green Co., TX, died Mar. 7, 1968 in Chadron, Dawes Co., NC

    Neota, born 1883, died 1944 in Mandeville, La.

    Naomi, born 1883 (twin to Neota?), died 1958. No place info.

    Ethel, born 1885, died Jan. 1944. No place info.

    Arthur Brown, born Sep. 28, 1887, died Dec. 18, 1970 in Lacombe, St. Tammany Parish, LA.

    Leora, born Jun. 21, 1898 in Mandeville, La., died Jun. 1, 1962

    1910, St. Tammany Parish, Ward 4, ED98, Sheet 16A, dwelling 273, family 275, Coffee, William T., head, male, white, age 51, married once for 28 yrs., born MO, parents born MO, truck farmer; Beatrice, wife, female, white, age 40, married once for 28 yrs., mother of 6, 6 living, born TN, parents born TN; Neota, dau., female, white, age 25, single, born TX, father born MO, mother born TN; Neoma, dau., female, white, age 25, single, born TX, father born MO, mother born TN; Ethel, dau., female, white, age 23, single, born TX, father born MO, mother born TN; Leanora, dau., female, white, age 11, single, born LA, father born MO, mother born TN

    Name: William T Coffee Death Date: 10 Oct 1942 Estimated Birth Year: 1858 Age: 84 Years Gender: Male Race: White or Mexican Parish: St. Tammany Certificate Number: 40994 Volume: 50 Title: Louisiana Statewide Death Indices 1940-1944

    Hope this helps!



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