The first born son of Rice and Elvira Trogden Coffey, Meredith was born Jun. 14, 1840 [MO Death Cert.] in TN and died Oct. 10, 1921 in St. James, Phelps Co., MO. He was buried in the Pine Hill Cemetery at Rollla, Phelps Co.
Rice and Elvira had married in Grainger Co., TN on Jun. 17, 1839 [see Marriage Bonds and Licenses, 1835-1866, Grainger Co., Tennessee, Book 2]. The family was in Crawford Co., MO by 1850. Meredith's siblings were: Solomon, born TN Mar. 1842, died 1920, Ottawa Co., OK; Adeline, born TN c1843; Deborah, born MO c1848; John, born MO, Jan. 1850; and Elizabeth Ann, born MO, Feb. 6, 1854.
Solomon served in Co. K, 4th MO Cav. (Union) during the Civil War. He married Elizabeth M., last name unknown, c1867 and they lived in both Lawrence Co. and Jasper Co., MO before relocating to Ottawa Co., OK. The family appears in the 1920 census for that state. Solomon is buried in the Wyandotte Cemetery in Ottawa Co.
Meredith first married Mary A., maiden name unknown. At least three children were born to this union: William R., born MO, c1862; Melvin, born MO, c1866, and Noah, born MO, Dec., 1869. The family appears in the 1870 census for Phelps Co., MO. Prior to that, he had served in the 11th MO Ca. Regt (Union).
Mary apparently died before 1880 when Meredith married Harriet A., last name unknown. The family appears in the 1900 [reported married 20 yrs.] through 1920 Phelps Co. census. Harriet was still residing in Phelps Co. at the time of the 1930 census.
There were apparently only two children born to the union between Meredith and Harriet: Mary A., born Apr., 1883 and Harriett E., born Apr., 1896. Both appeared in the 1900 census with their parents. However, in 1910 Harriet reported that she was the mother of four children, and that four were still living. Certainly more children could have been born to them between 1883 and 1896 but no records have been thus far found to support that.
I have not found any descendants of Meredith or Solomon's children.
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