February 8, 2007

Cleveland Coffey (c1810 Burke Co., NC - Apr., 1862 Caldwell Co., NC)

The 1850 census for Grainger Co., TN included the Cleveland Coffey family on page 134, dwelling 134, family 882.

Cleveland, age 40, was a blacksmith, born in South Carolina; Malinda, age 27 (thought to be Malinda Coffey, daughter of George and Margaret Rucker Coffey and second wife of Cleveland; William W., age 16, born South Carolina; Thomas M., age 13, born in South Carolina; Susanah, age 11, born Tennessee; George H., age 9, born Tennessee; Margaret, age 8, born Tennessee; Nancy M., age 6, born Tennessee; Frances D., age 4, born Tennessee; and Daniel P. M [?], age 1.

I believe that Cleveland was first married to Susan Hayes in North Carolina on 15 May 1830, and had the following children: Andrew Jackson, born 1833, died 1903, married Louisa Jane Hutchinson; William Wesley, born c1834, died 1864, married Gelina Shouse; and Susan Elizabeth, born 1839, died 1925, married first James C. Webb and second, Aaron McGinnis.

Cleveland's third wife was Mary Ann Miles (or, Mills?), who he married on Jan. 8, 1854 in Grainger Co., TN. Children by Mary Ann were: Sarah, born c1857; Napoleon Austin, born Mar., 1858 and Jesse (Cleveland?), born c1859, died Jan. 31, 1941.

The 1860 census found this family in the Johns River district of Caldwell Co., NC. Cleveland, age 50, was born in NC; Mary, age 37, also born in NC. Children were Mahala, age 17; Fanny, age 15; Perry, age 9; Sarah, age 3; Napoleon, age 2; and Jesse, a son, age 1.

Cleveland died in Caldwell Co., NC in April, 1862. The probate records reads:

The petition of D. P. Mast respectfully shows that Cleaveland Coffey died during the month of April 1862 intestate leaving his surviving Mary A. Coffey his wife, and Jackson Coffey of Ozark Co., Mo. Susan Webb formerly Coffey, Mitchell Co. NC, Holland Coffey, Bulls Gap Tenn, Elvira Coffey, Globe NC; Mahala Coffey Catawba Co., Fannie Coffey, Mitchell Co., Perry Coffey, Mitchell, Sarah Coffey, Napoleon Coffey and Jesse Coffey, Globe NC, his children and only his at law and that Perry, Sarah, Napoleon and Jesse Coffey are infants under twenty one years of age and without any guardian. Your petitioney further shows that Mary A. Coffey, widow of the deceased has renunciated the right to administer on her her husbands estate. That said estate consists of about 50 acres of land more or less worth about $100 and personal property in his stock to the value of $150. And your petitioner further shows that after the renuciation of the widow he is next entitled to administer _?_ said estate being the largest creditor against the same, and therefore asks your honor to grant him letter of administration according to law, and your petitioner should even pray.

I am not really convinced that all of these Clevelands are the same person.

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