March 20, 2006

Jackson Lafayette Coffey

Jackson Lafayette Coffey was born Jan., 1862 in GA, a son of Alfred Alphonso and Julia Ann Dawkins Coffey. He married Ella Horton c1886, probably in GA, and over the next few years moved to TN, back to GA, and then back to TN. He and most of his family finally settled in TX. They farmed first in Navarro Co., then Henderson, and finally back to Navarro.

I have accounted for 11 children:

- Clara, born Dec., 1885 in GA
- Charles Clifton, born Dec., 1887 in TN
- George Clinton, born Dec., 1890 in TN
- Lillie M., born May., 1893 in GA
- Nellie G., born Sep., 1895 in TN
- William D., born May, 1898 in TN
- Dewey, born c1899 in TN
- Julia, born c1901 in TN
- Robert Lee, born c1904 in TX
- Cornelius, born c1908 in TN
- DeWitt, born c1911 in TX

If the census can be believed, the family made at least one trip back to TN from TX in time for Cornelius to be born there.

Charles Clifton registered for the draft in Navarro Co. on Jun. 5, 1917. At the time he was a resident of Purdon in Navarro Co., and was a self-employed farmer with a wife and three children. He reported his age as 30, born Dec. 26, 1886 (one year earlier than in 1920 census) in Chattanooga. He was described as being of medium height and build with gray eyes and light colored hair. At the time of registration his right arm was broken at the elbow.

George married either an Ella or Etta LNU in TX in about 1914. They had at least five children: Buford, born c1917; Ellen M., born c1919; Gracie M., born c1923; Alford G., born c1925; and Anita M., born c1927, all in TX. In 1930 they were in Navarro Co. When George registered for the WW1 draft in Navarro Co., he said that he was born in Chattanooga, TN, and resided in Purdon, Navarro Co. He was described as being tall and slender with hazel brown eyes and brown hair. He told the registrar that he suffered from a rupture and had lung trouble.

Julia married Esthar(?) Duke, and in 1920 the couple was living in the household with Jackson and Ella. They did not have children at that census.

Robert married Neuel(?) LNU, and were in Navarro Co. in 1930. At that census, they were the parents of one son, Robert E., born c1927.

I have not found any marriage information for the other children.

Please contact me if you can provide additional information on the Jackson Lafayette Coffey family.

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