December 4, 2006

Joshua Coffey (c1821-c1891)

Joshua, a son of Thomas and Margaret Coffey* Coffey, Jr. was born about 1821 in Burke Co., NC and died c1891 in North Carolina. He married Rebecca Shepherd on Nov. 1, 1842 in Wilkes Co.1 He apparently married a second time, to Rebecca Eveline Wyatt. I have not found a marriage date for this union, but the birth date of their children suggests c1880.

By his first wife Joshua fathered at least 9 children:

- Adeline, born c1844 who married Alfred Wyatt c1870 in NC. Their children were Mary Ann, born c1872; James, born c1874; John C., born c1876; and Martha, born about Oct. 1879

- Matilda, born c1846, married Isham Patrick

- John Drury, born c1848, died Jan. 5, 1895. Drury married Sarah Wyatt, born c1851, died Jul. 9, 1924 in Wilkes Co. John and Sarah had at least nine children:

- Martha, born c1872
- Calvin, born c1873
- Mildred Jane, born c1874, died Mar. 5, 1933, married John Edward Key. They had at least 5 children: Lelia, Victoria, Richard Edward, Paul Thomas and Mildred Evelyn.
- Rebecca Leona, born Jul. 1877 married William Thomas Bumgarner Apr. 30, 1910 in Wilkes Co. They had at least one child: Ila Virginia, born Jul. 29, 1913.2
- Sindy, born c1878
- Ellen Elzina, born Sep., 1883, married Leander Vance Johnson Apr. 24, 1904 in Wilkes Co. They had at least two children: Sarah Virginia, born May 13, 1909, and Arthur Franklin, born Aug. 13, 1923.2
- Larkin, born Jul. 1884, married Lessie Bauguess Oct. 21, 1906 in Wilkes Co. Lessie was born Dec. 31, 1887 in NC and died Jan. 7, 1968. Their children were Clyde, born Dec. 7, 19092; Spainhour, born Feb. 28, 19122; Paul, born 1914; Alvin, born c1916; Hazel, born 1919 and Florence, born c1922.
- Joshua Thomas, born May 1887 in NC, died Mar. 23, 1983 in Wilkes Co., NC. He married Mabel Esther Parson, born c1904 in NC, died Feb. 27, 1988 in Wilkes Co. Their children were at least four: Josephine, born c1923; Grace D., born c1924; Wade P., born c1926, and Hallie, born Sep. 16, 1930, died Jul. 3, 2004.

Joshua and second wife had at least two children:

- John Payton, born May 1, 1881, married c1902 Jennie Elizabeth Hartin, born c1884 in NC. Their children were: Lucy, born c1903; Thurman, born c1906; Mattie, born 1910; John, born c1913; Mattie A., born c Jun 1916, married Frank Robertson; Ruby T., born c Feb. 1919, and twins, Eva G. and Irma M., born c Sep. 1916.

- Thomas Joshua, born c1821 in Burke Co., died c1891. He married Laura W. Parsons, c1903 in NC.

I have additional information to share on some of these families.

Please write to me with additions and/or corrections.

1 NC Marriage Bonds 1741-1868
2 NC Birth Index, 1800-2000

*Some researchers have concluded that Margaret was the daughter of William Coffey and Elizabeth Osborne. William and Elizabeth did have a daughter named Margaret, born in Virginia c1782, died in that state c1838. She married George Monroe and had at least one child, Mary (Polly) Monroe, born Apr. 1832. Mary (Polly) married Peter Demastus and they were the parents of Peter Alice Demastus, born Feb. 1862, died May 31, 1938 who married David Garland Coffey, a son of William and Mary C. Ramsey Coffey. I have found no evidence that Thomas' wife was the same Margaret. Evidence to the contrary will be welcomed.

Census extracts:

1850 Wilkes Co., dwelling/family 155, Joshua Coffee [sic], male, larmer, $125, born Burk[e] Co., Rebecah [sic] Coffee, age 25, female, born Wilkes Co.; Addeline Coffee, age 6, female, born Wilkes Co.; Matilda Coffee, age 4, female, born Wilkes Co.,; Drew Coffee, age 2, male, born Wilkes Co.

1880 Wilkes Co., Mulberry Twp., ED208, Page 15, dwelling 151, family 165, Coffee [sic], Joshua, white male, age 59, married, married during census year, farmer, born NC, parents born NC; Evaline, white female, age 33, wife, married, married during census year, keeping house, born NC, parents born NC; Rufus, white male, age 20, son, single, farm laborer, born NC, parents born NC; Perry, white male, age 18, son, single, farm laborer, born NC, parents born NC; Franklin, white male, age 13, single, farm laborer, born NC, parents born NC

1880 Wilkes Co., Mulberry Twp., ED208, Page 15, dwelling 155, family 158, Wyatt, Alfred, white male, age 28, married, farner, born NC, parents born NC; Adline [sic], white female, age 36, wife, married, keeping house, born NC, parents born NC; Maryanne, white female, age 8, dau., born NC; James, white male, age 6, son, born NC; John G., white male, age 4, son, born NC; Martha, white female, age 8 mos., born Oct., dau., born NC

1880 Wilkes Co., Mulberry Twp., ED208, Page 14, dwelling 148, family 151, Coffee [sic], Drury, white male, age 30, married, farm laborer, born NC, parents born NC; Sarah, white female, age 29, wife, married, keeping house, born NC, parents born NC; Martha, white female, age 8, dau., born NC; Calvin, white male, age 7, son, born NC; Jane, white female, age 6, dau., born NC; Rebecca, white female, age 4, dau., born NC; Sindy, white female, age 2, dau., born NC

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