August 31, 2005


Many Coffey researchers believe that they are part of this " of mixed ethnic ancestry."

The title link leads to the Melungeon Heritage Association webpage where more detailed information can be found.

This page contains a very long list of links to other Melungeon resource pages.

August 30, 2005

San Francisco Genealogy

The City of San Francisco has finally contributed something to the genealogy world.

Pamela Storm Wolfskill and Ron Filion have created San Francisco Genealogy with a number of on-line records.

I did a quick search for Coffee and found - in addition to the usual links to coffee houses, etc., the following:

"COFFEE--In this city, March 30, 1946, Ernest H. COFFEE, beloved son of the late Patrick John and Elizabeth HIGGS COFFEE, loving brother of Florence Ellis COFFEE and the late Walter A. COFFEE." Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Apr 1946"

COFFEE--In New Orleans, La., January 21 [1912], Frank L. COFFEE, a native of Louisiana." Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Jan 1912."

COFFEE--In this city, November 15, P.J. dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth COFFEE (nee HIGGS) and loving father of Ernest H, and Florence Ellis COFFEE and the late Walter A. COFFEE, a native of Boston, Mass. aged 83 years. Remains at his late residence, 571 Waller Street. Cypress Lawn Burial." Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov 1921"

COFFEE--In this city, March 10, Walter Andrew, beloved son of P.J. and Elizabeth (nee HIGGS) COFFEE, and brother of Florence E. and Ernest H. COFFEE, a native of California, aged 37 years, ll months and 10 days. San Francisco Daily Morning Call, 12 July, 1873."

I found only one reference to Coffey:

COFFEY--San Francisco, September 18 - Some four months ago a warrant was issued for the arrest of Patrick COFFEY, charged with wholesale carting away of old iron from Pacific Foundry on First Street. This morning at about 11 o' clock, officers WAITE and RYAN arrested COFFEY on Main Street and took him to Booth's Foundry on First Street for identification. While WAITE and COFFEY were standing on the sidewalk waiting for RYAN, who had entered the foundry, COFFEY started to run. WAITE, after calling to him several times to stop, fired at him with a revolver, intending, as he says, to frighten COFFEY. The ball struck the fugitive in the back, penetrating the right lung. He was taken to the prison hospital and died on reaching it. COFFEY was a boilermaker, by trade, aged 30 years and a family man." Source: Sacramento Bee, 18 Sept 1875, p.2."

Each entry has the name of the transcriber, and in some cases a contact e-mail address.

Click on the title link to investigate this new and interesting site.

August 29, 2005

Joseph Coffey, Jr.

Joseph Coffey Jr., cashier of the Bank of Columbia, was born in Christian County Kentucky 6 Jan 1833, the youngest of twelve children born to Joseph Sr. and Jane (Graves) Coffey, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter of Fayette County Kentucky, and of French and English descent, respectively. Joseph Coffey Sr. was born in 1784 and while a young man immigrated to KY, settling first in what is now Russell County, where he married and engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1831, when he moved to Christian County and bought wild land and improved a farm on which he resided until his death in March, 1834. He was a veteran of the War Of 1812 and he and wife were life-long members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Jane Coffey departed this life in June 1861 in her seventy-first year. Her father, Thomas Graves, was a native of Virginia and in early manhood immigrated to Kentucky, first settling near Lexington, in Fayette County, where he improved a farm and remained for several years. Later, however, he moved to Russell County where he resided until his death. He served as courier for Washington during the entire Revolutionary struggle.

Joseph Coffey Jr., at the age of seventeen, left the home farm and settled in Columbia where he accepted a position in a general store, continuing in the mercantile business as salesman and on his own account until 1871. In 1872 he accepted a position as clerk and assistant cashier in the Bank of Columbia and in 1880 was elected cashier of the same, which position he still holds. Mr. Coffey has been twice married; first 27 Sept 1859 to Miss Mary E., daughter of James V. and Elizabeth (Lankford) Warden. She was born in Monticello, Wayne County Kentucky 9 Aug 1842 and died at her home in Columbia 23 Nov 1861. She was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Coffey next married, 20 Jan 1863, Miss Virginia R. Page, a native of Adair County, born 16 June 1843. She is a daughter of W. W. and Sophia (Brawner) Page, both natives of VA. Seven children have blessed this union as follows: Henry R. (deceased), William A., John B., Robert G., George, Sophia and Joseph. Mrs. Coffey is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Coffey politically is independent and belongs to no church or secret order.


Kentucky - A History of the State, W. H. Perrin, J. H. Battle, and G. C. Kniffen, 4th ed., 1887

Wayne County Marriage Records, 1801-1860 Married 27 September 1859; ministers name missing; Groom lives in Columbia, Ky., first marriage; bride is of Monticello, age 18, her first marriage, born in Monticello, Surety, James M. Saufly

Coffey Cousins' Clearinghouse newsletter, March, 1992

Marriage Returns, Cumberland Co., [Ky] 1799-1817

Kirk Smith, Ballwin, MO [Joseph married Jane in Cumberland Co., KY on 29 Sep. 1808. Jane is the daughter of Thomas Graves and Mary Chilton. Joseph is possibly a son of Joel and Martha Stepp Coffey. Children: Joseph Jr., James Madison; Elzey; Robert T.; Nancy; Asa; Juliza; Lucy; Barilla; Benjamin; 2 others of unknown name]

[I have no other information on this family, and would appreciate hearing from anyone who has researched this line]

August 27, 2005

George W. and Anna Coffey Davis

George W. Davis is the owner of an excellent farm property in Competine township and his possessions are the visible evidence of a life of well directed energy and thrift. He was born October 9, 1853, and is a son of William and Priscolla (Mowery) Davis, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Ohio. In 1852 the father came to Iowa. His marriage occurred in Jefferson county, this state, and he established his home upon a farm in Wapello county. Mr. Davis at once began to till the soil and in due time gathered good crops. Year by year he carried on the work of the farm until he was called to his final rest in 1903. He is still survived by his wife, who has reached the advanced age of eighty years. In their family were eight children, of whom George W., E. D., C. F., O. C., and B. F. are all residents of Competine township. I. O. makes his home in Pleasant township. Ida is the wife of L. B. Ulery of California, and Mary is the wife of S. J. Ulery, whose home is in Ontario, California.

George W. Davis, Sr., spent his youthful days under the parental roof and during that period acquired a public-school education, while later he concentrated his energies upon farm work. He had liberal training in the best methods of tilling the soil, and his practical experience well qualified him to take charge of a farm of his own when he started out in life on his own account. He purchased two hundred and ninety-seven and a half acres of land on section 2, Competine township, and at once began to improve the property by the developement of the fields and the erection of good buildings. He now has an attractive and commodious residence and substantial barns and sheds. He utilizes the latest and improved machinery in the work of the fields and he keeps on hand good grades of stock. Everything about his place is attractive by reason of the spirit of thrift and enterprise which there prevails.

On April 5, 1879, Mr. Davis was married to Miss Anna Coffey, who was born in Missouri, a daughter of Thomas and Mary (Dalten) Coffey, natives of Ireland, whence they came to America in 1848. At first they located in Ohio and afterward removed to Missouri, where both Mr. and Mrs. Coffey passed away. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Davis were born four children, C. O., C. A., L. A. and G. C., but the last named is now deceased.

Mr. Davis belongs to Abingdon Lodge, No. 104, A. F. & A. M., and in his life exemplifies the beneficent spirit of the craft. His political support is given the democratic party, and for fifteen years he served as town assessor and clerk, proving most capable in the discharge of his duties. For thirty years he has been a member of the school board, and the cause of education finds in him a warm friend. His energies and activities have placed him in a prominent position as a successful agriculturist and as a representative and reliable business man.

Source: History of Wapello County, Iowa, Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1914, 1064 pgs, Page 417: George W. Davis, Sr.

August 25, 2005

House of History

Liberty Inddiana -- Karen Coffey has a perfect view from her window at work of the Templeton log cabin on the Union County courhouse square.

Click on the title link to read the entire article.

August 24, 2005

New Genealogy Library in Bentonville, AR

According to The Morning News website, an on-line summary of news for the Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and Fayetteville areas in Arkansas, the city of Bentonville is going to build a new library.

The library will include a local history and genealogy research room.

The article indicates that The Coughlin library will total 38,000 square feet and wi-fi access, electronic tablets and laptop computers to loan to patrons while they are in the building.

The Wal-Mart and Sam's Club foundation was a major contributor to the construction. The building will be named for Tom Coughlin, a former Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. executive.

Click on the title link for the complete story.

August 22, 2005

Beeler E. Coffey and Sallie Elizabeth Cross

I have added several new files to the Coffey Cousins' website.

Through the generosity of Sharon Steele-Smith of Roswell, GA, we not only have extensive information on this family, but also several dozen photographs of them and their descendants.

Click on the title link, or visit Coffey Cousins', click on the "Text" link, then the link to the Beeler E. Coffey family.

August 18, 2005

Coffey Cousins' Convention Reminder

If you have plans to attend the Coffey Cousins' Convention in Chadron, NE next year, please visit the convention website. Pay particular attention to the train ride. Everyone who plans to take that ride should let me know ASAP.

August 17, 2005

Random Coffey Information - From Louisiana Newspapers

Obituary: The Alexandria Daily Town Talk, April 8, 2004: Lawrence B. Coffey, 71, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died Wednesday, April 7, 2004 in Department of Veterans Medical Center in Alexandria.

Arrangements are under the direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home.

Wedding: The Alexandria Daily Town Talk, Apr. 3, 2003: Bonnie Nicole Coffey and Matthew Ronald Jacques were married on Saturday, July 12, at 6 p.m. in Boston, Mass. The sunset ceremony took place on the "Charles I" riverboat, near the Esplanade, on the Charles River.

Bonnie is the daughter of Sharon L. Cole of Greensboro, N.C., formerly of Alexandria, and James O. Coffey of Calvin. Her paternal grandparents are Patty Jean Coffey of Natchitoches and the late Olan L. Coffey. Her maternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Vermon and Lonnie S. Cole.

Matthew is the son of Ron and Kathy Jacques of Lewiston, Maine. His paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jacques, also of Lewiston. His maternal grandparents are Irene Cote of Topsham, Maine, and the late Paul Cote.

The bride wore a white floor length gown with beaded corset bodice and long sheer sleeves which formed a square neckline over the shoulders. The dress also featured a full ballgown skirt and chapel length train. She carried a hand tied bouquet of white roses and hydrangea with blue delphinium.

Her maid of honor was Heather Green of Baton Rouge. Music was performed by violinist Julia Cash, and the ceremony was officiated by Richard Laham.

Bonnie is a 1999 graduate of Bolton High School. In May of this year, she graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of science in mathematics and philosophy. In September she will begin attending Boston College on a teaching fellowship, in pursuit of a master of science in teaching in the field of mathematics.

The groom is a 2001 cum laude graduate of Boston College, with a B.A. in computer science and philosophy. He is employed as a software engineer for General Dynamics Corp. in Taunton, Mass.

The couple now reside at their new home in Boston, Mass.

Obituary: The Alexandria Daily Town Talk, Nov. 21, 1999: Services for Eudie L. Guidry will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Hixson Bros., Alexandria, with Dr. Henry Blount, the Revs. Roy James and Tim Everett officiating. Burial will be in Alexandria Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Guidry, 83, of Alexandria died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, in a family residence.

She was a Baptist. She sang with Jimmy Davis in the Louisiana Hayride and also sang on KWKH Radio Station, Shreveport.

Survivors include four sons, Jimmy Guidry, Robby Guidry and Gary Guidry, all of Nashville, Tenn., and Danny Guidry of Alexandria five daughters, Pat Decuire of Melder, Barbara Wilson of New Orleans, Janie LeBlanc of Nashville, Tenn., and Martha Chapman and Donna Cannon, both of Alexandria one sister, Roberta Coffey of Conroe, Texas 26 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until time of services Monday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 605C Medical Center Drive, Alexandria, La., 71301-8127.

The Scotsman

The Scotsman, begun as a local newspaper in Edinburgh, Scotland on January, 1817. It was described as "...liberal newspaper pledged to ''impartiality, firmness and independence'' in response to the ''unblushing subserviency'' of other publications to the establishment."

It began as an 8-page weekly, and often contained information that other newspapers of the time refused to print. It is said that the paper often had to be smuggled to readers who couldn't afford to be seen buying it, and then read behind "closed curtains."

Now, every issue of The Scotsman from 1817 to 1950 is available on the internet. The website indicates that users can "...Find out if an ancestor..appears in birth, marriages, death notices, or even in a news story." They also offer for sale "...original and complete editions of archive newspapers from a date of your choice."

The website requires registration, and charges a fee for access. I did a search for Coffey, and 310 results were returned. I could have access to all of them with a 24-hour unlimited pass for £7.95, or about $15.00. One British Pound is roughly equivalent to $1.80. The site offers other options: 48-hour pass for £12.95; One week for £19.95; One month for £39.95; and One year for £159.95.

I would be interested in hearing reaction from anyone who uses the site.

August 14, 2005

Coffey in the News

The following are links to current internet newspaper articles that I have read. The links may expire, depending on the newspaper and its archival practices.

Kentuckians Elmer Coffey and Roscoe Ennis have been captured following their escape from jail in Miami Co., KY

Bonnie Coffey of Lincoln, NE elected to head the National Association of Commissions for Women.

Vernie O'Neil Coffey dies in Lynchburg, VA.

Bob Coffey, president of Blair Area Community Foundation, Washington Co., NE

David Coffey of the United Kingdom is the new President of the Baptist World Alliance

John Coffey commissioned to write play to commemorate the 150th birthday of Newton, Catawba Co., NC.

Mark A. Coffey takes over as manager of Hormel Foods facility in Austin.

Joe Coffey chairs Relay for Life event in Clarendon Co., SC (with photo).

August 13, 2005

NH Attorney John Coffey disbarred

Attorney John Coffey, city attorney for Portsmouth, NH has been barred from practicing law. During the process, the state's Supreme Judicial Court described Coffey as "selfish, unscrupulous and unremorseful."

Read all about him on Elder Law and the Concord NH Monitor.

August 11, 2005

Irishman John Coffey Killed

A British inquest has decided that a laborer, John Coffey of County Kerry in Ireland was "unlawfully killed" in London last year.

Read the entire article by clicking on the title link.

August 10, 2005

New Genealogy Library for Caldwell Co., KY

The George Coon Public Library in Princeton, Caldwell Co., KY has gone "high tech."

On Aug. 10, 2005 the library will open its new genealogy center, complete with wireless internet service. This new facility, named The Glenn E. Martin Genealogy Library will have computer terminals, microfilm readers, and a kitchen.

More information can be found by clicking on the title link.

August 8, 2005

Fire destroys home and 20 years of genealogy research

The Houston Chronicle reported on August 7, 2005 that A 74-year old Texas woman had lost "her clothing, her eyeglasses, stacks of old photographs and the genealogy research she'd spent 20 years collecting" when the apartment complex she lived in was destroyed by fire.

This is a reminder to me that I should be storing backup copies of my genealogy files in my safe deposit box!

It's not a matter of whether some disaster will befall those who do not store back up files off site, but when! It happens all the time. If you don't have a safe deposit box, ask a child or another relative to keep your backups at their home.

Tomorrow, I'll be making an early "deposit" at my bank!

Tehama (CA) County Memories

The Tehama County California Genealogical and Historical Society has just released their 23d annual county history.

Of interest to Coffey researchers will be the entry for Alvin Coffey, the only black member of the Society of California Pioneers. Coffey was involved in establishing the first school in California that also included non-whites.

The link will take readers to the news release where price and other ordering information is included.

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