October 11, 2006

Patterson Vance Coffey

I previously wrote a short item about Patterson Vance Coffey, born c1845 in North Carolina. He married Nancy Martisha Estes on Dec. 24, 1868 in Caldwell Co., NC. Since then I have completed a bit more research and offer the following:

Patterson and Nancy had at least five children:

- Dr. Robert Calvin Coffey, born Oct. 20, 1869, died Nov. 9, 1953. He married Clarissa Ellen Coffey, a daughter of Drury Dobbins and Harriet Elizabeth Collett Coffey on Aug. 9,1893, probably in Caldwell Co., NC. Clarissa's father was born Apr. 23, 1838 in Burke Co., NC, and died 1913 in Caldwell Co. Her mother was born Nov. 25, 1840, probably in Caldwell Co., and died Jan. 12, 1921 in that county. They were married Aug. 25, 1859 in Caldwell Co. Clarissa's siblings were Finley Hezekiah Coffey, born Apr. 20, 1861, died Aug. 4, 1943, and Daniel Silvester, born May 20, 1866.

Robert Calvin and Clarissa (see 1910-1920 Multnomah Co., and 1930 Clackamas Co. OR census) had at least three children, and perhaps four.

Their oldest son, who also became a physician, was Jay Russell Coffey (see 1920-1930 Multnomah Co., OR census) born May 31, 1896 in Idaho, died May, 1985 in Warrenton, Clatsop Co., OR. He married Josephine Richardson about 1915 in Oregon. Josephine was born about 1897 in Texas. Their children were Jay Russell, Jr., born May 31, 1915, died June, 1978; Thomas R., born about 1917, and John F., born about 1919. Jay R., Sr. registered for the draft on Jul. 5, 1917 in Multnomah Co. He was 22 years old at the time and gave his birth date as Jun. 24, 1894 in Moscow, ID. At that time he was married with two children, and was a self-employed farmer and stock raiser on Sauvis Island and Vancouver.

Robert and Clarissa's second child was Wilson Bryan Coffey (see 1930 Clackamas Co., OR census), born about 1898, died Sep. 1, 1959. He married Marjorie Campbell who was born about 1900 in Washington. They had at least two children, both born in Oregon: Joan C., born about 1925 and Mary E., born about 1927. In 1930 Wilson was the business manager for a hospital in Clackamas Co.

The third child was Robert Mayo Coffey, born Dec. 18, 1906, died Sep. 12, 1972. In 1930 he was still in the household with his parents, and no additional information has been found.

The fourth child is said to have also been a son, Herbert Spencer Coffey. However, I have found no birth or death date, and nothing to show to whom he was married.

The second child of Patterson and Nancy was James Alexander Coffey, born July 4, 1872, probably in Caldwell Co. He married Josephine Andrews. No other information has been found.

Other children of Patterson and Nancy were: Rosella, born about 1879, married Harry E. Powell; Vanda, born about 1888, and Ada. I have no additional information on these children.

Please contact me if you have additional or corrected information.

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