March 27, 2006

Elizabeth Coffey (1840-1887)

Elizabeth Coffey was born c1840 in TN, and died 1887 in Rockcastle Co., KY. She was buried in Scaffold Cane Cemetery in Rockcastle Co., but her grave is unmarked. She married Frederick L. Spires on May 21, 1866 in Grainger Co., TN, and appeared in Rockcastle Co. in the 1880 census (ED94, p13, dwelling/family 114) with children: Alvira, born Jan. 1868; Mary, born 1870, Wayne Co.; Rosannah, born 1873, Wayne Co.; Alice J., born 1875, Wayne Co.; Lydia Jane, born 1875 in Wayne Co.; and Matilda, born c1878 in KY. Alice and Lydia were twins.

Alvira married Thomas Miller , and her sister, Mary, married William A. Gadd on the same day; Jul. 13, 1886 in Rockcastle Co.

William and Mary had one daughter, Matilda, born c1887. Mary died in 1887 after the birth of Matilda, and William died in 1890. Matilda was then raised by her paternal grandparents, Armstrong S. and Matilda Black Gadd.

Source: Lizzie's Legacy and Our Coffey Cousins, Bennie Coffey Loftin, p53 (corrections), 2006

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