Rufus Monroe Coffey was born Oct. 27, 1886 in Watauga Co., NC. He was a son of Cornelius Jones Coffey and Martha Jane Gragg. He married Emma Eliza Robbins in about 1906. Together, he and Emma had five children:
- Mabel Isabel, born Apr. 5, 1907
- Rufus Howard, born Apr. 7, 1909
- Helen Carrie, born Apr. 12, 1911
- Edward James, born Apr. 7,1917
- Ronder L. Coffey, born Apr. 19, 1921
The family appears in the 1910 through 1930 Watauga Co., NC census.
Rufus registered for the draft in Watauga Co. on Jun. 5, 1917 when he was 30 years old. He gave his birthdate as Oct. 27, 1886 in Watauga, Watauga Twp. He was described as being tall with medium build, blue eyes and light colored hair, and balding. He was a farmer who lived with his wife and four children in Watauga Twp. He claimed exemption because of "cripple in leg."
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Sources: 1910-1930 Fed. Census, Watauga Co., NC and North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000 [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: Register of Deeds. North Carolina Birth Indexes. Microfilm. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.