April 11, 2007

William Willis Coffey

William was a son of Ransom and Malinda Delphia Cox Coffey. He was born May 11, 1856 in TN and died [of pulmonary tuberculosis] on Feb. 26, 1927 in Wildie, Rockcastle Co., KY. He was married to Sarah Winefred (Winnie) Parsons who was born Feb. 13, 1863 in Wayne Co., KY to Samuel and Jane Cook Parsons, on Apr. 14, 1881 in Rockcastle Co. Winnie died in Rockcastle Co. on [of nephritis] on Jul. 5, 1927. Both William and Winnie are buried in the Maret Cemetery at Wildie.

I found this family in the 1910 census residing in the Mt. Vernon Pct., and in 1920 in the Wildie Pct. I have not been able to locate them in 1900.

1910 Rockcastle Co., Mt. Vernon Pct., ED100, Sheet 5A, dwelling/family not given, Coffey, William W., head, male, white, age 53, married once for 29 yrs., born TN, parents born TN, farmer; Sarah W., wife, female, white, age 47, married once for 29 yrs., mother of 7, 5 living, born KY, parents born KY; James, son, male, white, age 23, single, born KY, father born TN, mother born KY; Lou M., dau., female, white, age 20, single, born KY, father born TN, mother born KY; Hugh, son, male, white, age 12, single, born KY, father born TN, mother born KY

1920 Rockcastle Co., Wildie Pct., ED241, Sheet 8B, dwelling/family 145, Coffey, William W., head, male, white, age 63, married, born TN, parents born TN, farmer; Sarah W., wife, female, white, age 56, married, born KY, parents born KY; Hugh, son, male, white, age 21, married, born KY, father born TN, mother born KY; Vesta, dau-in-law, female, white, age 19, married, born KY, parents born KY


There were seven children born to William and Winnie:

Lester, born Apr. 19, 1882, died Nov. 9, 1908, buried at Maret.

Samuel M., born Sep. 26, 1883, died in Adair Co., KY on Sep. 19, 1959. His WW1 draft registration card indicated that he was of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair. He was a farmer in Disputant, Rockcastle Co., and listed his nearest relative as Mollie Coffey of the same place.

William Rance, born Feb. 20, 1885 in Rockcastle Co., died Oct. 10, 1984 in the same county. He is also buried at Maret alongside his wife, Etna Mae Hayes. Etna was the daughter of Thomas C. and Mary M. Griffin Hayes. Etna was born Oct. 2, 1882 in Rockcastle Co., and died there on May 5, 1974. Their children were: Arvol Lester, born Oct. 22, 1909, died Jun. 2, 1974; Lillian Avis, born Nov. 22, 1911; Robert Lloyd, born Jan. 7, 1914, died Dec. 16, 1996; Willis Estyll, born Dec. 21, 1916, died Jun. 7, 1923; Shirley Ransom, born Jan. 24, 1920, died Jun. 12, 1925 and Julian Irene, born Sep. 27, 1925, died Aug. 5, 2002.

James, born Nov. 1886

Mary Lou, born Sep., 1889, died 1993. She married Gilbert Dailey, born 1885, died 1921.

Walter, born Aug. 6, 1894, died Oct. 13, 1896

Hugh, born Mar., 1898, died Dec. 27, 1994. He married Vesta Coffey, a distant cousin, and daughter of William Ausbon and Cordelia Tee Raynolds Coffey. Their children were William O., born 1920, and Thelma C., born 1923. There are likely others that I have not yet found.

More information is available for most of these family members.

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