February 1, 2007

Edward Coffey Project

I have updated the files on the Edward Coffey Project website. Click on the title link to view them.

The update represents all information that I have added since the March 2006 update, and is current as of Feb. 1, 2007.

Corrections and additions can be submitted to me from the website by using the e-mail link, or from here using this link.

Remember that the information is what I believe is accurate, and have found in various sources. I do not guarantee it to be 100% accurate. Sources cited should be personally checked by everyone before adding my date to their files. Some information is not sourced but is widely believed to be accurate. Researchers should use the information only as a guide.

The time and effort that I - not to mention all of the other researchers who have submitted information - is costly and time consuming. I am proud of the amount of information that I have added to this project and would appreciate credit in any form that someone might use it.

The information is available on CD via USPS for $5.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling. It will also be available on CD at the 2007 Coffey Cousins' Convention in Iowa. Use the address on the website to order a CD.


sher said...

Jack,I have recently come across information that Elizabeth Cleveland, the wife of James Coffey was actually the illegitimate daughter of Grace Cleveland. Grace was the daughter of Alexander Cleveland which makes him Elizabeth's grandfather not her father. Have you done any research on the Cleveland line? Alexander has been tied to Oliver Cromwell and has a pretty checkered past.


Jack Coffee said...

A letter written in 1844 by Rice Coffey, a son of James and Elizabeth Cleveland Coffey reads, in part:

"My mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Cleveland. My maternal grandfathers's name was Alexander Cleveland. He was a descendant of the English and was an own cousin of Oliver Cromwell, a gentleman who figured conspicuously in the sixteenth century. He was raised in Virginia and born in the year 1663 and died in 1775, at the age of 112 years."

The letter was written to Jefferson Coffey in a response to a request for family information. Jefferson was a son of Ambrose, brother to Rice.

On the other hand I have been told that Grace married Edward Coffey because he was the father of Elizabeth.

I haven't researched the Cleveland family, but Rice's letter leaves little doubt about who his maternal grandfather was. However, if Alexander was that grandfather, it must have been an Alexander other than the one that was Grace's father.

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