August 2, 2007

Salathiel and Elizabeth Gore Coffey

Salathiel, along with Joel, Chesley Jr., Nebuzaradon, Mary, Nathan, Martin and Jesse Cleveland are said by some to be children of a mysterious Chesley Coffey.

Tim Peterman, a Chesley researcher, has speculated that Chesley may have been a child of Edward and Ann Powell, with Ann expecting him at the time of Edward's death. That might be one explaination for the child not being mentioned in Edward's will. Another possibility is that he was born much earlier (c1716) and away from home, or doing so well that he was not mentioned as a heir with Ann died.

There is actually no evidence that Chesley, Sr. ever existed. Tim wrote that Eliza Porter, a descendant of Joel, left an "often cited note" in which she mentioned that Joel was a son of Chesley Coffey. I personally have never seen that note.

With that in mind, the following attempts to trace the descendants of Salathiel who married Elizabeth Gore.

Salathiel was born between 1750 and 1755, probably in Wilkes Co., NC. He and Sarah were apparently married before 1773 because their first child, Newton, is said to have been born that year.

Dates for Elizabeth, and her parents are not known to me.

Newton married twice. His first marriage was to Sarah Meridith (no dates) in about 1802 in Adair Co., KY.1 He and Sarah had at least seven children:

Cleveland Salathiel, born Jun. 24, 1803, married Harriet Louisa Greer Apr. 26, 1836 in Montgomery Co., IL.2 This family apparently lived out their lives and died in Montgomery Co. They were parents of at least 10 children: Artemisia, Newton, William, Elizabeth, Mary, Frances, Ritta, Sarah, John and Miller [?].

Martha (Patsy), born 1804 in Wilkes Co., died Jun. 11, 1873 in Illinois. She married John Reavis on Dec. 27, 1821 in Montgomery Co.3 I have not found any children. John was born c1800 in IL

Ruth Eliza, born 1808 in KY, died Jul. 5, 1888 in Montgomery Co. She married William Reavis on Oct. 6, 1825 in Montgomery Co. They can be found in the 1860 Montgomery Co. census. Children enumeraed that year were Martha, born c1837; Sarah, born c1838; Mary, born c1844; and Newton, born c1847.

Thomas L., born c1809 in KY, married Nancy Bradley Jul. 20, 1826 in Montgomery Co.4 Their children were Newton Henry, born c1828; Sarah, born c1830; Richard, born c1830 (said to be twins); Cleveland, born c1837; Thomas, born c1841; and Nancy, born c1845. Nancy was found in Jackson Co., IA in the 1850 census with those children. Thomas was not in the household and is presumed dead by that year.

Nancy, born c1810, married Thomas Wiley Feb. 7, 1831 in Montgomery Co.5

Colbert Larkin, born c1811 in Adair Co., KY, and believed to have died on Jun. 11, 1873. He married Catherine Ellis in KY in about 1829.6 They had at least two children, both born in Illinois: Elizabeth, born c1838 and Nancy, born c1842. Colbert's second marriage was to Milly Davis on Jul. 16, 1847 in Bond Co., IL.7 Colbert bought property in Bond Co. in 1838 and was enumerated in the 1840 census for that county. He purchased property in Montgomery Co. in 1850 and apparently died c1873. I found Milly remarried in Montgomery Co. in the 1860 census to Jacob Layerly (var.). With her was Andrew, her only known child by Colbert, born c1848. Milly had other children by Jacob, but I have made no attempt to sort them out. I have not found Colbert anywhere between 1850 and 1873.

Murry (var.), born c1812, died c1828.

I have more data for anyone researching these families. Please contact me at the e-mail address to add to and/or correct any of this information.



1 Coffey Cousins' Newsletter, Dec. 1991, Page 6; Newton Coffey (b. 1773, Wilkes Co., NC) married Sarah Meredith in 1802, Adair Co., KY. Newton's daughtger, Nancy (b. 1810, Adair Co., KY) married Thomas Wiley in Montgomery Co., IL.. 7 Feb 1831. Newton and family had moved to Montgomery Co. before the 1820 Federal Census. (Ruby Buck of Sacramento, CA)

2 Illinois Marriage Index 1763-1900, Book 1, Page 46, License No. 274

3 Family History Library, SLC, UT, Microfilm 1315683

4 Dodd, Jordan, Illinois Marriages to 1850

5 Illinois Marriage Index, 1763-1900, Vol. 1, Page 21, License No. 123

6 US and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

7 Illinois Marriages 1790-1860, Family History Library, SLC, Utah, Microfilm 1317522

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