December 7, 2006

Shelton Coffey (1826-1907) (Update 2)

Shelton Coffey was a son of the very prolific Rev. Reuben A. Coffey and his wife, Martha (Polly) Dowell. He was their ninth child and sixth son, born Feb. 1, 1826 in Wilkes Co., NC* and died Mar. 24, 1907 in Arkansas.

Shelton married Dicy Sanders on Oct. 23, 1845 in Monroe Co., IN. She was born Dec. 25, 1824 in that state, and died in Arkansas on Apr 6, 1900.

I have found three children for them:

- Melvin W., born May 20, 1849, died Mar. 22, 1865 in Indiana.

- Carrey Elsworth, born Feb. 11, 1867, died Mar. 4, 1907. Married 1) Cassie Lomes and had a son, Ross Elsworth, born Feb. 6, 1902. Married 2) Adelphia E. Turley and had one daughter, Mary Dicy Coffey, born Sep. 5, 1902.

- Rosa E., born Feb. 21, 1863 in Indiana, and married Thaddeus Rollison. Rosa died Jul. 9, 1920. Thaddeus was born Nov. 10, 1858 and died Aug. 29, 1953. They were parents of at least 11 children.

Shelton and Dicy appeared in the 1850 and 1870 census for Owen Co., IN. I have not yet found them in the 1860 or 1880 census. In 1900 he was enumerated as a widower in Arkansas Co., AR. Carrey, enumerated as a single man, was living with him.

During the Civil War Shelton was a member of the Indiana Volunteers, 43d Infantry.

Please send additions and/or corrections to me at the e-mail address below.

Photo courtesy Janet Amtower

*Near Patterson in what is now Caldwell Co., NC

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