January 11, 2006

Ocia Bell Coffee (1883-1959)

Ocia Bell was the sixth child and youngest daughter of John Fielding Coffee. John was a brother of my gg-grandfather, James M. Coffee. She was born Sept. 25, 1883 in Hempstead Co., AR and died Dec. 6, 1959 in Nevada Co., AR. She was married to W. Thadus Buchanan on Dec. 20, 1906 in Nevada Co.

It has been somewhat difficult to determine all of the children born to this union. I have identified them thus far as Clyde Curtis; Edmond Louis; Floyd Fields, born c1908; Ota Albert, born Mar. 29, 1910; Curtis, born Nov. 11, 1914, died Jan. 8, 1991; John Preston, born c1915; and Lewis, born c1923. I have no dates for Clyde and Edmond.

Floyd Fields married Florence (LNU) c1929; Ota married Claudie Woodard on Aug. 5, 1933 in Nevada Co, and Curtis married Margaret L. (Peggy) Barnard. Unfortunately, I have no descendant information for these families.

Ocia and Thad are not found in the 1910 census. In 1920 they are in the Nevada Co. census, and in Hempstead Co. in 1930. Ocia died on Dec. 6, 1959, and was buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Prescott, Nevada Co. Thad died on Feb. 8, 1930, and is also buried at Pleasant Hill.

Thad was the son of William Preston (Press) Buchanan, and his wife Helen (LNU). Press died on Oct. 25, 1928 in Prescott, Nevada Co. Helen died Dec. 17, 1915, also in Prescott. Both are buried in the Old Smyrna Cemetery in that town.

Press was the son of Charles Clayton Buchanan and Mary H. Abernathy Tarpley. Charles died in 1866 in Nevada Co., and is buried in the Buchanan Cemetery in that county. A death date is not known for Mary, but she is also thought to have been buried in the Buchanan Cemeter.

Other children of Charles and Mary were: Catherine, born c1839; Tilmon D., born Jan. 11, 1840, died Mar. 19, 1927; John R., born c1846; Charles Clayton, born Jan. 1849, died c1939; Timothy, born c1856; Mary Eldora, born c1859, and Melissa, also born c1859.

Tillmon married Josephine A. (Josie) Billingsley c1860. She waas born Jul. 12, 1843 in Mississippi, and died Oct. 4, 1927 in Nevada Co., AR. It is not known if there were children born to this union.

Please contact me if you have descendant information for any of these families.

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