August 15, 2006

Calvin and Serena White Coffey

I have found conflicting on-line information concerning Calvin Coffey. Some researchers say that he had a second wife named Nancy Tuttle, but that Calvin was the son of Wellborn Coffey, and born some 24 years later than the Calvin who married Serena White.

At least one researcher wrote about a family story which relates that Calvin died from a broken leg as he returned home from the Civil War in about 1865, and that Serena raised her children alone until 1895 when she married A. J. Watson.

The 1870 census for Ellendale, Alexander Co., NC lists Serena as a widow, but her second to youngest child Salina was born about 1865, and Sophronia, the youngest, was age 2 indicating that she was born in 1868. Unless these children were born out of wedlock, Calvin survived the Civil War, if indeed he did serve. Serena did appear in the 1910 Alexander Co., NC census as the widow Serena Watson in the household with her son, William.

See my file on this family by clicking on the title link.

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