September 1, 2007

Moses Turpin Coffey

Moses Turpin Coffey was born May 24, 1831 in Morgan Co., IN to Lewis Moses and Delilah B. Turpin Coffey. He died there on Apr. 10, 1912. He married Lucinda Renner, born Mar. 24, 1834 in OH, on Mar. 11, 1852 in Morgan Co.

There were nice children born to the union:

- George W., born 1854, died 1913
- Mary Jane, born Dec., 1858, died 1935
- John B. D., born 1859, died 1912
- Philip Lewis, born 1861, died 1935
- Barbara A., born Dec. 7, 1863, died 1914
- Elizabeth Katherine, born Jun. 1, 1866, died Aug. 3, 1923
- Martha P., born 1868
- Nellie, born Oct. 29, 1868
- William T., born 1873, died 1043

More information is available on the children.

Moses enlisted in Co. H, 148th Regt., Indiana Volunteers on Feb. 10, 1865 and continued until the end of the war on Sep. 5, 1865.

On Feb. 7, 1885 he applied to the US Government for a pension. The following was found in the Invalid Pension records*:

50th Congress House of Representatives Report
1st Session No. 2708.

Moses T. Coffey

June 22, 1888 - Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Matson, from the Committee on Invalid Pensions, submitted the following Report


(To accompany bill H.R. 9878)

The Committee on Invalid Pensions to whom was referred the bill (H.R. 9878) granting a pension to Moses T. Coffey, submit the following report:

Claimant enlisted February 10, 1865, as a private in Company H, One hundred and forty-eighth Regiment Indiana Volunteers, and was mustered out with company, by reason of close of the war, September 5, 1865.

In his application for pension, filed February 7, 1885, claimant alleges that while in camp near Nashville, Tenn., about March 15, 1865, he incurred a rupture of the left side, and at the same time and place he injured his back by a strain when making a leap or jump; that he also claims pension for erysipelas**resulting in deafness of both ears, said disease having been contracted near Pulaski, Tenn., about April 5, 1865.

The claim was rejected January 27, 1887, on the ground that the alleged rupture of left side and injury of back were not incurred in the line of duty; that the claimant has stated his inability to furnish the necessary proof to show that deafness resulted from erysipelas, or is otherwide due to the service, and that erysipelas is not shown to have caused any disability.

The records on file in the office of the Surgeon-General, U.S. Army, show that claimant was admitted to Sixth Division Hospital at Pulaski, Tenn., April 5, 1865, with erysipelas, and returned toduty June 28, 1865.

The board of examining surgeons, under date of April 8, 1885, report as follows:

Claimant has left inguinal hernia. The hernia is not down into scrotum, but has passed out of external ring to nearly size of a fist. It can be reduced, and might be retained with a pad. Tenderness of lumbar region of spine and considerable atrophy of lumbar muscles, slight tenderness of left great sciatic nerve. The tympanum is perforated, the opening size of a pea; severe deafness of right ear. The tympanum of left ear is also perforated; perforations small; slight deafness. Rating ten-eighteenths third grade.

Several comrades testify that they were present and saw claimant injured as alleged, and the records on file in the office of the Adjutant-General, U.S. Army, show that claimant was in hospital at Nashbille, Tenn., since March 15, 1865, and returned to company about April 3, 1865; cause for which sent to hospital not stated.

Claimant's neighbors testify that he was a sound, able-bodied man at the time of his enlistment in the military service of the United States, and that on his return home from the service he (claimant) was ruptured, and was continually complaining of his back, and at different times was almost unable to get ouf of his house.

From the evidence presented your committee fully believe that this soldier was injured as alleged and that his deafness was caused by erysipelas while in the military service of the United States, therefore report favorably, and recommend the passage of the accompanying bill.

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*Moses T. Coffey, Serial Set ID: 2605 H.rp 2708, Jun.222, 1888, author: Courtland Cushing Matson (1841-1915) Democratic Representative from IN, Committee on Invalid Pensions, House, Page 2, subject: Private Relief Action, Document No. H.rp.2708, Serial Vol. 8, Congress Session [18]50-[185]1, Session Vol. 8





**Erysipelas (Greek ερυσίπελας - red skin) is an acute streptococcus bacterial infection of the dermis, resulting in inflammation and characteristically extending into underlying fat tissue. (Source: Wikipedia)

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