July 25, 2007

Gilbert and Martha Simmons Coffey

This is an update to the family blog published here.


Gilbert was a son of Thomas and Mary Hipsher Coffey, born May 31, 1839 in Grainger Co., TN. He and Martha, born Sep. 23, 1844 in MO, died Aug. 10, 1913 in Polk Co., MO, on Jun. 26, 1858 in Cedar Co., MO. Gilbert died Jun. 3, 1915 in Polk Co., MO.

There were 12 children born to this union:

Henderson, born Aug., 1858 in MO, died Nov. 15, 1925 in Oregon. He married Mrs. Henrietta Press Davis, daughter of Henry and Eliza B. Press, c1898. Henrietta was born in Mar. 1860 in Michigan. They had at least three children: Edna, born Apr., 1891 in Washington, Gilbert Thomas, born Nov., 1898 in Washington, and Homer Russell, born Jul. 20, 1900 in Oregon, died Oct. 23, 1959. The family appeared in the Clackamas Co., OR census from 1900 to 1920. Henderson's death is recorded in the Oregon Death Index (1903-1998), certificate no. 781.

Thomas Cimean [sic], born Oct. 22, 1861, died Oct. 2, 1924 in Polk Co., MO. He married Sarah Alice Combs on Apr. 2, 1881 in Polk Co. Sarah was born Apr. 16, 1865 and died Mar. 22, 1891 in Polk Co. a few days after giving birth to their third child. Their known children were: Alta Lou, born Jan. 1, 1885, William Leonard, born Aug. 28, 1888, and Ernest H., born Mar. 16, 1891. Some genealogies report Thomas married again within a few days to Mahalia Luvenia Crain. She was born Dec. 22, 1870 and died Jan. 30, 1947 in Polk Co. Their children were Girtha Coffey, a son, born Sep. 19, 1892, and Stella L., born Feb. 1895.  Thomas and Mahalia are buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Aldrich, Polk Co., MO

Update:  Sarah Alice Combs Coffey apparently died shortly after giving birth to her fourth child, Ernest H., born Mar. 16, 1891 in Polk Co., MO, died Feb. 5, 1978 in Bolivar, Polk Co.  Ernest married Gertrude Lawson, born Jun. 16, 1890 in Bolivar and died there on Mar. 14, 1977

Mary Jane, born c1864 in Polk Co.  She was with the family in 1870 and 1880 and then likely married.  I have not yet located a marriage record.

Amanda Evelin "Manda" born Sep. 23, 1865 in Polk Co., died there on May 6, 1946.  She married John Wesley Scroggins, born Oct. 18, 1863, in Polk Co., died there on Apr. 15, 1935.  Both are buried at the Enon Cemetery in Wishart, Polk Co.

I know little about the next four children:  Alfred, born c1868; Ora, born Jan., 1870 and William Ira, born Dec. 15, 1870, died Nov. 15, 1871 and, Austin, born c1871.

 Lloyd Lawson, born Oct. 28, 1874, died Nov. 14, 1946. He married Ellen Wiley, born Dec. 16, 1874, died Feb. 9, 1964. Lloyd registered for the WW1 draft on Sep. 16, 1918 in Polk Co. He gave his age as "about 46" and did not know his birth date. He was a farmer in Wishart, Polk Co., MO. His death is recorded on Missouri death certificate no. 41645.  Both are buried at Enon Cemetery

Again, I know little about the last three children:  James O., born c1875, died Aug., 1875; Fannie, no information; and Allie, born Sep. 30, 1885.

In 1900 Martha reported to the census taker that she was the mother of 12 children, but only 6 were still living.

Additions and/or corrections welcomed.

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