March 25, 2007

Cleveland Cleophus (Ophy) Coffey

The Inman Compendium contains information relating to the family of Stella May Inman, who married Cleveland Cleophus (Ophy) Coffey on Feb. 3, 1896 in Macomb, McDonough Co., IL. Many of the dates and death locations for children were obtained from that site. Other information comes from my research files, information contributed by researchers of the Newton Eli Coffey family, US census records and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).


"Ophy" was born Jan. 7, 1874 in Sullivan Co., IN to Benjamin Coe and Lucy Barbre Coffey. Stella was born Aug. 18, 1878 in McDonough Co., and died Oct. 26, 1948 in Wayne Co., IA. Benjamin was a son of Newton Eli and Martha Louise Vermillion Coffey.

Stella and "Ophy" were parents of at least nine children:

James Benjamin (Jim), born Mar., 1897, died Oct. 29, 1949. Jim married Mary Lucinda Duden on Sep. 9, 1917 in Clio, Wayne Co., IA. Mary was born c1896 in Iowa. Their children were Hilda Lorene, born about Oct., 1918; Hilma J. [?], a daughter, born c1923; and Marvin G., born about Sep., 1927. All of the children were born in Iowa.

Hazel Naomi, born Jan. 1, 1899 in Wayne Co., IA, died Jun. 17, 1958 in Denver Co., CO. She married Clarence Ralph Musgrave on Oct. 11, 1916 in Corydon, Wayne Co., IA. They had at least one child, Rosalee, born in Iowa c1918.

Pearl C., born Feb. 24, 1901, died Mar. 13, 1901

Henry Cleophas, born May 9, 1902 in Wayne Co., IA, died Sep. 5, 1988 in Decatur Co., IA. He married Flora Mildred Arnold on Jun. 3, 1923 in Chariton, Lucas Co., IA. They had at least two children: Arnold, born c1925 and Chanie [?] L., born c1928.

Lena Mae, born Oct. 13, 1904 in Wayne Co., IA and died May 11, 1994 in Chariton, Lucas Co., IA. She married an unknown Condit.

Anna Isabel (Bell) Coffey, born Feb. 2, 1907 in Wayne Co., IA, died Mar. 9, 1975 in Bussey, Marion Co., IA. She married Edward Meyers Kirchner on Feb. 23, 1929 in Humeston, Wayne Co., IA. In a census search I found Edward in the 1930 census residing as a single man in the household with several of his siblings. The marriage date is therefore questionable.

Other children for "Ophy" and Stella for which I have little or no information were:

Loudene, born about Mar. 1910; Dolores, born c1916; and Marvin Wayne, born Jun. 28, 1918, died Jun. 12, 1996.

The following obituary for Stella was found at the Inman link:

Funeral services for Mrs. Ophey Coffey, who died at her home in Humeston, Tuesday morning, Oct. 26, 1948, were held Thursday afternoon at the Baptist Church in Humeston with the [R]ev. P. H. Blunt officiated.

Ray Evans, Willard Eaton, Charles Humeston, and Wayne Hutchinson, accompanied by Mrs. Albert Dent at the piano, sang "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "Asleep in Jesus." A grandson, Roger Coffey, sang "The Lord's
Prayer."

Pallbearers were sons and sons-in-law, James, Harry, and Marvin Coffey, Elliot Parker, Lorie Hart, and Edd Kirchner. Chassie Lee Elliott, Hilma West, Jean Parker, and Margaret Mae Kirchner, four granddaughters,
acted as flower girls.

Mrs. Coffey was laid to rest in the Green Bay Cemetery.

The following obituary was read at the services:

Stella Mae Inman, daughter of James and Mary Inman, was born at Randolph, Ill., Aug. 18, 1878, and died at her home in Humeston Oct. 26, at the age of 70 years, 2 months, and 6 days.

Her mother died when she was only 3 weeks old. When 8 years of age she came to Iowa to make her home with Mr. and Mrs. John Rickert, living there as a daughter. The rest of her life was spent in the vicinity of Humeston and Cambria.

She gave her life to Christ when 12 years of age, uniting with the Maple Grove Church, later moving her membership to Unity, Cambria, and Humeston Baptist churches, where she still remained a member until her
Savior called her home.

On Feb. 3, 1896, she was united in marriage to Ophy Coffey at Macomb, Ill. to this union were born nine children, five daughters and four sons: James and Marvin of Corydon, Hazel Musgrave and Mae Coffey of Denver, Colo., Lou Dene Parker and Harry Coffey of Owatonna, Minn., Dolores Hart and Isabel Kirchner of Cambria, one son, Pearl, dying in infancy.


Besides her beloved husband and children she leaves 22 grand children, 9 great grand children, one sister, Bess Larner, of Macomb, Ill., three brothers, Melvin of Clear Lake Hilands, Calif., Clarence of Washington, D. C., and Garnett of Macomb. Ill. Her mother and father, two sisters and one brother preceded her in death.

She was a devoted wife and mother, always trying to make her family and friends happy and comfortable.

Inman cited the Corydon Times-Republican as source of the obituary.

Please contact me with additions and/or corrections.



Census Sources:

1920 Wayne Co., Washington Twp., ED186, Sheet 1B, dwelling/family 17, Coffey, Ophy, head, rents, male, white, age 43, married, born IN, born KY, mother born IN, farmer; Stella, wife, female, white, age 41, married, born IL, parents born IL; Harry, son, male, white, age 17, single, born IA, father born IN, mother born IL; May, dau., female, white, age 15, single, born IA, father born IN, mother born IL; Isabel, dau., female, white, age 12, single, born IA, fathere born IN, mother born IL; Dolores, dau., female, white, age 4, single, born IA, father born IN, mother born IL; Marvin, son, male, white, age 1 yr., 6 mos., single, born IA, father born IN, mother born IL; family 18: Coffey, Benjamin, head, male, head, male, white, age 74, born KY, father born KY, mother born VA; Anna M., wife, female, white, age 60, born IN, parents born IN

1930 Wayne Co., Washington Twp., ED24, Sheet 5A-5B, dwelling 112, family 113, Coffey, Ophy, head, male, white, age 56, married at age 22, born IN, father born KY, mother born IN, farmer; Stella M., wife, female, white, age 51, married at age 17, born IL, parents born IL; May, dau., female, white, age 24, single, born IA, father born IN, mother born IL; Delores, dau., female, white, age 14, single, born IA, father born IN, mother born IL; Marvin W., son, male, white, age 11, single, born IA, father born IN, mother born IL

1920 Wayne Co., Clay Twp., ED174, Sheet 4A, dwelling 73, family 77, Coffey, James B., head, male, white, age 22, married, born IA, father born IN, mother born IL; Mary L., wife, female, white, age 24, married, born IA, parents born IL; Hilda [?] I., dau., female, white, age 1 yrs., 3 mos., single, born IA, parents born IA


1930 Wayne Co., Washington Twp., ED24, Sheet 4A, dwelling/family 75, Coffey, James B., head, male, white, age 33, married at age 20, born IA, father born IN, mother born IL, farmer; Mary L., wife, female, white, age 34, married at age 21, born IA, parents born IA; Hilman I. , dau., female, white, age 11, born IA; Hilda L., dau., female, white, age 7, born IA; Marvin G., son, male, white, age 2 yrs., 7 mos., born IA

1920 Wayne Co., Washington Twp., ED186, Sheet 1B, dwelling/family 16, Taylor, William C., head, male, white, age 25, married, born IA, parents born IA; Hazel, wife, female, white, age 21, married, born IA, father born IN, mother born IL; Rosalee, relationship not given, female, white, age 2, born IA, parents born IA

1930 Decatur Co., High Point Twp., ED17, Sheet 5B, dwelling 110, family 111, Coffey, Harry, head, male, white, age 28, married at age 21, born IA, father born IN, mother born OH, farmer; Flora M., wife, female, white, age 28, married at age 21, born IA, father born IA, mother born OH; Arnold, son, male, white, age 4 yrs., 9 mos., born IA; Chanie [?] L., dau., female, white, age 1 yr., 11 mos., born IA; Bartlett, Iola, boarder, female, white, age 21, single, born IA, father born IL, mother born WI, teacher

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