February 26, 2006

Schuyler C. Coffey

Schuyler C. Coffey was born April, 1868 in Indiana, and probably in Owen Co. That is where his father and mother, Alfred Coffey and his second wife, Martha J. Smith were married on July 21, 1865. Martha had been previously married, and brought at least two children to the marriage: Allie, born about 1855, and William, born about 1857.

Schuyler married Elizabeth G. Sachs, the grand-daughter of German emigrants, on November 29, 1894 in Hendricks Co., IN. They must have left that county very shortly after the "I Do's", because Lucille, their first child was born in Bloomington on May 9, 1895. By 1900 Schuyler and his small family had moved to Owen Co., IN where Schuyler was employed as a school teacher.

By 1920 Schuyler was an employee of the US Postal Service. He was a mail carrier, and held that job at least through 1930.

Their first child, Lucille was born in Bloomington on May 9, 1895 and died unmarried in that city in January 1980. She was employed most of her adult life as a school teacher in Bloomington. In 1930 she was teaching in the city's high school.

Their second child, also a daughter, was born in Bloomington in July 1897. Miriam was was unmarried at least as late as 1930. No other information has been found.

George B. was their third and last child. He was born about 1903 in Bloomington, and disappeared from the household by 1930. No other information has been found.

From 1910 through the 1920 census, William Smith, a half-brother to Schuyler resided with the family. In 1910 he did not have an occupation, but in 1930 was a factory laborer.

Please contact me if you have information or photographs of this family to share.

Sources: Census records, Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850, WPA Index to Indiana Marriage Records, 1938-1940, and the SSDI

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