July 20, 2006

Martin Coffey

This Martin is thought to be a son of Andrew Jackson and Martha J. Spann Coffey. He was born c1846 in Eadsville, Wayne Co., KY. In 1880 he is found in Melcalfe Co., KY, Edmonton precinct, ED142, page 27. With him was wife Lisabeth, age 29, son Walter, age 8, and brother George Coffey, age 22. The presence of George, born c1858 offers some evidence that they are sons of of Andrew.

There was another Martin Coffey in KY. He is believed to be a son of Chesley and Jane Cleveland Coffey. This Martin was born Dec. 15, 1762 in Essex Co., VA and died Nov. 27, 1867 in Wayne Co., KY and married Nancy Heriford Dec. 1, 1817 in Wayne Co. My data show only one child, James, born Sep. 7, 1818 in Russell Co., and died Jul 27, 1897 in Lincoln Co., KY.

James is said to have married Martha (Patsy) Tucker Jun. 30, 1836 in Wayne Co. She was born Dec. 7, 1818 in Wayne Co., and died Mar. 7, 1877 in Lincoln Co. They had at least one child, a son Francis Marion Coffey, born Mar. 27, 1840, died Jan. 13, 1933 in Jackson Co., KS. Francis married Permelia Jane Hughes on May 26, 1865 in Lincoln Co. Permelia was born May 11, 1846 in Lincoln Co., and died Oct. 28, 1950 in Jackson Co., KS.

Francis and Permelia had at least 10 children:

- Charles H., born Feb. 8,. 1867
- Annie C., born Aug. 13, 1869, died Dec. 3, 1962
- Belle, born Sep. 7, 1871, died 1933
- Margaret G., born Jan. 15, 1874
- Minnie E., born Jan. 17, 1876, died Jan. 15, 1974
- Francis Timothy, born Aug. 7, 1878, died Aug. 14, 1947
- Pearl D., born May 11, 1880
- Mary A., born c1882, died Jun. 16, 1968
- James Gabriel, born Aug. 23, 1895, died Aug. 20, 1974
- Arthur K., born Dec. 8, 1885

Other Martins found in the Edward Coffey line are:

- Martin, born 1866 in Grainger Co., TN, son of Elijah and Rebecca Shockley Coffey
- Martin, born c1906 in Missouri, son of Arthur E. and Nora B. Coffey
- Martin Dewitt, born Nov. 15, 1881 in Georgia, son of John Gordon and Mary Monroe Pettit Coffey
- Martin Marcellus, born c1857 in Nelson Co., VA (probably), son of Hezekiah and Mary Jane Fitzgerald Coffey
- Martin Van Buren, born Sep. 1834 in GA, son of Jesse and Winifred Comption Coffey
- Martin Van Buren, born c1854 in GA, son of Larkin D. and Temperance Elaine Gravitt

I have some additional information on these Martins. Anyone with, or needing additional data is invited to contact me.


  1. In my research we have Martin marring Nancy Phelps in Madison county, Ky. 1798. Mary Ann-1799, Martin-1808, and Elizabeth-1811, were their children. I also have Jane Hereford married to James Meadows, who were Mary Ann (Coffey) Meadows inlaws

  2. That info agrees with info that I have in my Edward Coffey Project files. At least to me, he remains a mystery. Marvin Coffey wrote in his research on James Bluford Coffey:

    "Another "mystery" Coffey is Martin. According to an old Bible record [footnote 56 in source] he was born September 15, 1762 and either in Virginia or North Carolina [footnote 57]. He appears in Green county Kentucky as early as 1799 (tax list) and is on the Adair county tax lists from 1802 to 1807. He is later found on records in Wayne, Warren, and finally Russell county where he died November 27, 1867, age 105. He is probably the Martin who married Nancy Phelps August 17, 1798 in Madison county Kentucky. He married 2 or 3 times and one of the marriages was on December 1, 1817 to Nancy Hansford. They had a son James, born September 7, 1818 who married Martha (Patsy) Tucker. The latter were the parents of Moses Coffey, born August 6, 1843, who lived in Casey county Kentucky. Because of the close association in Madison, Green, Adair and Russell counties it may be that he belongs to the Chesley Coffey family."



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