September 19, 2005

Ausburn and Winnie K. Berry Coffey

Ausburn was the third child and third son of Elias Henry and Hannah Bullen Coffey. He was born in Rockcastle Co., KY on Feb. 2, 1856, and married Winnie K. Berry in that county in Sep., 1877. Their first child, a daughter named Eliza was born there on Jul. 8, 1878.

Sometime after 1880 the family moved from Rockcastle Co. to Carroll Co., in Arkansas. They appeared there in the census record from 1900 to 1930. In the 1930 census, Winnie was a widow; Ausburn had died on May 30, 1927.

Their second child Causby was born in Carroll Co. on Nov. 4, 1881. Eliza died single at age 28 on March 8, 1907, and Causby died single at the age of 18, on Mar. 17, 1901. I speculate that both died as a result of influenza.

Ausburn and his two children are buried in the cemetery at Eureka Springs, but Winnie's grave has not been located.

Sometime before 1912 Lawrence Lasenby Coffey, his wife Susan Melvina Barker and some of their 11 children moved from Illinois to Eureka Springs. Lawrence and Ausburn were 4th cousins through their common ancestor John Coffey and wife Jane Graves. Lawrence was a son of Archelus (Achilles?) and Jane "Jennie" Dean Coffey.

Lawrence was born Aug. 20, 1841 in Gallatin Co., IL, and died Jun. 9, 1912 in Eureka Springs. He is buried there. I have not been successful in locating Susan's final resting place. Of their 11 children, I have found only one:

Amon Hume Coffey. He was born Oct. 17, 1865 in Saline Co., IL, and died Mar. 25, 1953 in Logan Co., OK. He was married to Paulina Hunt on Sep. 8, 1886 in Harrisburg, Saline Co., IL, and together they at seven children: Glemma Grace, born Jul. 1889; Amon E., born Oct. 1895; Earl Ovelton, born c1896; Allie Fern, born Jan. 1897; Maud May, born Jul. 1898; Nellie Eldine, born c1901, and Noah Eddie, born c1904.

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