October 29, 2005

James Norman Coffey (1853-1934)

James Norman Coffey was born Sep. 30, 1853 in Morgan Co., IN, and died in Vallejo, Solano Co., CA in 1934. He and his family can be found in the 1880 Washington Co., IA census, and the 1900 Clatsop Co., OR census. He has not been found in the 1930 census, and he is not listed in the CA death index. In 1910 he was enumerated in the Clatsop Co., OR census as a widower. In 1920 he was living in the household with his son Emond in Multnomah Co., OR.

He married Laura Ellen Hays on Sep. 27, 1877 in Lime Creek, Washington Co., IA. Laura was born Jun. 22, 1862 in Texas. According to some researchers, they had seven children: Benjamin Franklin, Hannah (Lida), Louisa H., Ernest Garfield; Lemuel Louis (Lem), Henry Harrison, and Emond Willard. Laura died Sep. 19, 2002 in Svenson, Clatsop Co., OR.

In 1900 Laura told the census taker that she was the mother of five children, and that five were living. The five children listed in 1900 were Hannah, Ernest, Lemuel, Henry and Emond. It is therefore questionable whether Benjamin and Louisa are her children.

James was the son of James Wilson and Louisa T. Norman Coffey.

Photo courtesy Dorothy Louise Crawford, Union City, CA, a descendant of Lewis Moses Coffey

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