October 27, 2005

John Taylor Coffey (1847-1926)

John Taylor Coffey
John Taylor Coffey
John Taylor Coffey was a son of James Wilson Coffey and Louisa T. Norman. He was born May 23, 1847 in Morgan Co., IN, and died Jun. 6, 1926 in Svenson, Clatsup Co., OR. He married Sarah Adeline (Sofie) Gates on Jun. 12, 1880 in Wahkiakum Co., WA.

His obituary:
"Death claimed John Taylor Coffey here yesterday. He was 79 years old and a native of Indiana. For the past 43 years he has been a resident of Svensen. Mr. Coffey is survived by seven children, four sons, F. W. of North Bend, S. N. of Kalama, A. B. of Svensen and T.T. of Grants Pass, and three daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Knutsen, Mrs. Frankie Larsen and Mrs. Ida Larsen, all of Svensen, also five brothers, L.M. Coffey of Svensen, B.F. of Hammond, J.N. of Vallejo, Cal. V.H. of Warrenton and Lane of Iowa. Funeral services will be under the direction of John Gilbaugh and will be held at Svensen Thursday afternoon at 2 O'clock, with Rev. Ferguson officiating.  Interment will be at the Svensen Cemetery. The G.A.R. of which Mr. Coffey was a                                                 member, will take part in the funeral services."
Sofie was the daughter of Thomas Waterman Gates and Cynthia York. She was born Jul. 31, 1860 in Milwaukie, Multnomah Co., OR*, and died Nov. 28, 1929 in Svenson.

Together they were the parents of 10 children: La Rina; Florian W.; Sherman Nathan; Eveline Louisa; Franklin Louetta; Emma May; Ida L.; Augustus Benjamin; Tillman Taylor; and Lemuel D.

John Taylor Coffey was brother to Lemuel Lewis Moses Coffey.

Update, Sep. 3, 2015:  According to the 1890 Veteran's census for Clatsop Co., OR, Knappa, Bear Creek Pct., John reported that he had served with the 70th Oregon Infantry Regt. from Mar. 18, 1864 to Aug. 18, 1865 for a total of 1.5 years.  His obituary reports that he was 79 years old at the time of death and had lived in Svensen, Clatsop Co. for 43 years. Prior to that, he was in Wahkiakum Co., WA where he and Sarah Gates were married. So, is this John T. the same John T. that served in the 17th Indiana Regiment?

Sarah Adeline Gates
Sarah Adeline (Sofie) Gates

Sarah Adeline (Sofie) Gates

Photos and obituary are courtesy of Dorothy Louise Crawford, Union City, CA, a descendant of Lewis Moses Coffey

*The larger portion of Milwaukie is in Clackamas Co., while a small portion extends into Multnomah Co.

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