May 22, 2007

Monroe Coffey

Monroe was one of at least three sons born to Thomas and Cordelia Gragg Coffey. Thomas was the son of Brice Brisco and Susannah (Sookie) Gragg Coffey while Cordelia (no dates) was the daughter of James Madison and Nancy Caroline Gragg Gragg.

The other two known sons of Thomas and Cordelia were John Sherman, born May 1886, and William Kelly, born 1888, died 1940.

Monroe was born Jan. 26, 1883 in Avery Co., NC and died Nov. 3, 1955 in Caldwell Co., NC. He married Dovie Jane Clark, born c1890 in NC to William H. and Martha L. (LNU) Clark. Martha may have been a Coffey but I have not yet found a definitive record confirming that.

Monroe Coffey registered for the draft in Caldwell Co. on Sep. 12, 1918. He was described as being tall with medium build, blue eyes and brown hair. He was 35 yrs. old, born Jan. 26, 1883. He was employed as a US Forest Ranger by the US Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service. He resided at Edgemont in Caldwell Co. with his wife, Dovie.

Children born to Monroe and Dovie were:

Ruby, born 1911, died 1967. The NC death index lists her as Ruby Coffey Frye.
Ruth, born Feb. 10, 1913
Sarah Nell, born Jan. 21, 1919
Jack, born 1921
Blanche, born 1923
Martha Louise, born 1925
Clyde Hedrick, born May. 26, 1928

Martha Louise married Robert Haywood Steele and had children Linda Carol, born 1954, and Brian Robert, born 1956.

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