November 18, 2005

James Walker and Editha Coffey Crist

Editha Coffey, born about 1870 in Virginia, was the youngest daughter and the sixth of the seven children born to Charles Edward and Sarah Jane Ogden Coffey. Charles Edward is in the Jordan Coffey line.

Editha married James Walker Crist about 1879 in Virginia, and settled in Campbell Co. where James worked in a saw mill and a foundry. He was 44 years old when he registered for the World War I draft in Sep., 1918, and listed his occupation as "saw mill manager" for the J. W. Crist Co. The only physical description given of him at the time was that he had blue eyes and light hair.

The family was in Lynchburg from at least 1910 when they appeared in the census at 906 Turnpike St. It was also the address given when he registered for the draft in 1918. In 1920 the family had moved to 2003 Grace St. where they remained at least through 1930. Death dates have not been found for either Editha or James.

There were five children born to the union:

  • Maggie C., born c1898
  • Gladys E., born c1900
  • Charles W., born c1902
  • Sarah J., born c1904
  • Edith Cordelle, born c1907
Photograph courtesy John Taylor

Update Dec. 15, 2012:  James Walker McDowell Crist was born May 15, 1874 in Virginia and died May 13, 1955 at Lynchburg.  He is buried at the Presbyterian Cemetery in that city.  Editha was born Nov. 12, 1870 in Amherst Co. and died between Nov. 12, 1971 and Dec. 31, 1971 in Lynchburg. She too is buried at Presbuterian.

Maggie Christine was born Nov. 19, 1897 and died of influenza in 1918.
Gladys Elinor was born Sep. 16, 1899 in Lynchburg and died there on Dec. 18, 2006.  She is also buried at Presbyterian with her spouse, Carleton Conway Candler.
Charles Walker was born Nov. 6, 1901 and died May 13, 1988.
Sarah Jane, born Jan. 21, 1904, died Mar. 9, 1926 of a ruptured appendix.
Edith Cordelle Crist was born c1907 and died Aug. 16, 1994 in Lynchburg.


  1. I found your blog on Coffey Cousins today. Editha Coffey and James W. Crist were my paternal grandparents. They lived at 2003 Grace Street until James' death on May 13, 1955. Shortly thereafter, Editha and her daughter, Edith Cordelle (who never married) mived in with Gladys Elinor Crist Candler at 1024 Rivermont Terrace in Lynchburg where she lived until her death in late 1991 at the age of 100 (born Nov. 12 1871). Cordelle died on Augsut 16, 1994. My aunt Gladys is still alive and well at 106, and lives in an assisted living center in Lynchburg (born on Septemebr 16, 1899). Maggie Christine Crist was born on Nov. 19, 1897 and died in the 1918 flu epidemic. Sarah Jane Crist was born on Jan. 31, 1904 and died March 9, 1926 of a burst appendix. Charles Walker Crist, my father, was born Nov 7, 1901 and died on May 13, 1988 from emphesyma. I have aditional info on the Crist fmily but very little about the Coffeys other than that Editha was from the village of "Coffey Town" near Buena Vista, VA. in Amherst County. She was a liflong Methodist and former treasurer of the Old Woman's Missionary Society. She and my grandfather are buried in the Old Presbyterian Cemetery on Grace Street along with their deceased children and grandchildren. I would very much like to learn more about the Coffeys. You may contact me at 215 W. Asher Street, Culpeper, VA 22701.

  2. Charles, thank you for the very good information on your grandparents! I would be happy to share all of the Coffey information that I have with you. If you should happen to check here again, please leave your e-mail address, or write to me personally at


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