March 4, 2007

Shelby (Shelly) Coffey

Many of the Coffey families in Kentucky are mostly incomplete in my files. One example is Shelby "Shelly" Coffey, son of John and Rachel Barrier Coffey.

"Shelly" was born c1852 in Eadsville, Wayne Co., and died Oct. 28, 1933 in that county. He married Sarah "Sally" Perkins on Dec. 26, 1872 in Wayne Co., where they settled until death took Sarah in 1912, and Shelly in 1933.

Together they had at least 10 children:

Rachel, born c1873
John, born Sep. 18, 1875
Louis, born c1878
James Aaron, born Jan. 4, 1881, died May 11, 1960
Clay, (Jay?) born Mar. 1883
Joseph, born c1885
Rebecca, born c1888
Jesse, born c1890
Sarah J., born May., 1892
William N., born c1894

The family appears in the census for Wayne county from 1880 through at least 1910; I have not checked 1920 and 1930 yet. The microfilmed 1900 and 1910 census pages containing the family are not the best for reading names and other pertinent information.

John, the oldest son, married Kizzie Coffey, a daughter of Henderson and Catherine C. Jones Coffey. Kizzie and John were second cousins, both descendants of James and Sarah Sumpter Coffey.

So far I have found three children for John and Kizzie: Rhoda Jane, born c1902; Shelby L., born c1904, and Luther, born c1906

James Aaron is the only other child of Shelby and Sarah for whom I have descendant information. He married Canzada Foster on May. 30, 1907 in Wayne Co. She was born May. 8, 1885 in Wayne Co., and died Feb. 8, 1966 in Monticelly, Wayne Co.

Their children were:

Thomas Shelby, born May 29, 1908, died Mar. 15, 1996
Marcus E., born c1910
Sally Belle, born c1912; married Everett Coffey, a son of (Richard?) Henderson and Margaret Coffey Coffey. Henderson was a son of James Nelson and Sarah Margaret Barrier. Margaret is likely some kin to Rachel but I do not yet know how. Everett's mother was a daughter of Henderson and Catherine Jones Coffey, and a sister to Kizzie who married John, son of "Shelly." I am missing descendants of Everett and Sally Belle.
Lizzie, born c1913
Serena, born c1916
Hattie, born c1923
Julia, born c1929

Please contact me with updated and/or corrected information on this family.

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