November 7, 2005

Augustus Benjamin (Buster) Coffey

Augustus Benjamin (Buster) Coffey was the seventh child and third son of John Taylor and Sarah Adeline (Sofie) Gates Coffey. He was born July 23, 1894 in Svenson, Clatsop Co., OR, and died Jan. 22, 1972 in that county.

(l-r: Velma, Dorothy, Howard, Buster, and George)

He married Dorothy Odessie (Dolly) Lousignont on Feb. 11, 1914 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR. Dolly was born Oct. 21, 1897 in Portland, and died Nov. 21, 1988 in Stanislaus Co., CA.

Together Buster and Dolly had four children: George Norman, born Sep. 27, 1915, died Jul. 17, 1996 in Redwood City, San Mateo Co., CA. Following the divorce and remarriage of his mother to Lewis Nessel, a Belgian born Aug. 6, 1883 in Brussels, George changed his name to that of his step-father. George married three times: 1) Frances Louisa Wellcome on Dec. 16, 1933 in Vancouver, Clark Co., WA. Two children were born to this union: Dorothy Louise and Norman Louis Nessel. His second wife, to whom he was married on Feb. 12, 1951 in Virginia City, Storey Co., NV was Eileen Mary Nacey. This marriage produced one son, Edward Michael Nessel, born Dec. 20, 1951. George's third wife was Maudie Gladys Silverman who he married Mar. 28, 1978 in Carson City, NV.

Buster and Dolly's second child was Howard Walter Coffey. He chose to keep his surname after his mother's remarriage. Howard first married Joyce Lee Mifflin in about 1940, and together they had Lawrence, born 1941, Jo Ann Lee, born 1943, Karen Sarah Sue, born 1945, and Linda Joyce, date of birth unknown. He married second to Jayne Woodson Ostrander in Nov., 1963 in Reno, Washoe Co., NV. This marriage produced a daughter, Pamela Lynn Coffey, born 1964. His third wife was Gloria Cuison Jovez, to whom he was married on Dec. 22, 1973 in Reno. This marriage produced a daughter, Anna Lissa, born Oct. 14, 1974, and a son Patrick, born Mar. 17, 1978.

The third child, Albert Robert, born Mar. 24, 1919 in Seaside, Clatsop Co., OR, chose to keep his surname. He married four times. The following is believed to be in the order of those marriages:

1 - Helen Volis, born May 11, 1914 in CA, died Sep. 5, 1994 in Redwood City, CA. Two children: Robert Michael, born 1941, and Judith, born 1942, died Jun 10, 1995

2 - Violet Wallen, dates unknown; one child, a son, Timothy born 1958

3 - Alice Rose Keith, born Aug. 29, 1927 in Boise, ID, died May 31, 2004, Modesto, CA. They were married Oct. 18, 1794 in Reno, NV. No known children.

4 - Norma B., no other information

The fourth child of Buster and Dolly was Harold Franklin who also chose to change his surname to Nessel. He was born Jul. 22, 1921 in Clatsop Co., and was married twice. His first marriage was to Connie Mifflin, date unknown. They were the parents of two children: Jacquelin, born 1941, and Sandra, born 1945. His second wife was Terry Tryphe, dates unknown. There are no known children.

Circumstances surrounding the birth of the child Velma is not known.


I have been notified that Albert Robert did change his surname from Coffey to Nessel.

An unidentified reader has provided additional information concerning Howard Walter Coffey. However, because they left no contact address, or source of their info I have delayed posting that info until I can get other confirmation.
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