March 31, 2007

Joseph M. Coffey

"Joseph M. Coffey is considered one of the prosperous citizens of Maury County, Tenn. He was born March 23, 1844, son of Hugh W., and Jennie (Gragg) Coffey, and was reared on a farm. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in Company F, Forty-eighth Tennessee Infantry, Quarles brigade, and was an active participant in many of the bloodiest battles of the war. He was captured in Nashville and taken to Camp Douglas, where he ws imprisoned about four months, and from that time until the close of the war he was a prisoner at Point Lookout, Md. He returned home June 30, 1865, and immediately began tilling the soil. November 30, 1876, he married Maggie J. Coker, who was born in Missouri November 2, 1858, daughter of John M. and Sallie A. (Wilkes) Coker. Hugh M., born in 1877; Roy B., born in 1880; Ollie F., born in 1881; Sallie E., born in 1883, and Shirley E., born in 1886,are the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Coffey's union. They are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Coffey is a Democrat, and an energetic and successful farmer."

Please contact me if you can identify Hugh, father of Joseph. I believe he is Hugh Wiley Coffey who married Jenetta Gragg. I do not believe Hugh is a direct descendant of Edward Coffey and Anne Powell.

Source: Southern Historical Press, Inc., History of Tennessee Illustrated (Nashville, TN: The Goodspeed Publishing Co.,)

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