December 18, 2007

John D. and Rosa Coffey Welch

Rosa Coffey was the daughter of Jasper Newton and Jane Shell Coffey. Jasper Newton descended from Bennett and Sarah Ferguson Coffey through their son William Carrol who married Martha Jane Jordan. Jasper was fourth of 14 children born to William and Martha.

Rosa was born Aug. 20, 1880 in Morristown, Hamblen Co., TN, and was married there on Mar. 14, 1900 to John D. Welch. John was born in Morristown on May 17, 1878 to Henry E. and Mary Matilda Coffey Welch. Mary Matilda descended from Thomas and Mary S. Hipsher Coffey through their son William Ira and Sarah Jane Hipsher Coffey.

John Welch and Rosa Coffey were distant cousins through their common ancestor, Benjamin and Polly Hayes Coffey.

Three children were born to them in Tennessee: Birda, born 1901; Charley, born 1902; and Hubert, born 1905. Sometime between 1905 and 1909 when their fourth child was born, the family moved to Oklahoma. They were in the 1910 Atoka Co., OK census and, were residing in Wilson Twp.

Jasper and Jane along with several of their other children followed. Jasper died on Mar. 30, 1915 in Tushka and is buried there. Jane died in about 1939 and is thought to also be buried in Tushka.

Four more children were born to John and Rosa after the move: Dolley, born 1909; John Leslie, born 1911; Cecil, born 1912; and Mary Jane, born 1913. Both Dolley and, Mary Jane died in 1914 at about the same time as Rosa. Rosa died on Feb. 27, 1914 at Tushka in Atoka Co. and was buried in the Tushka Cemetery.

John remarried on Jul. 16, 1927. He married Rebecca Isabella Larkey in Buffalo, Harper Co., OK. She was born Sep. 24, 1885 in Gate City, Scott Co., VA and died Jun. 15, 1968 in La Harpe, Allen Co., KS. John died there on Sep. 25, 1947. There were no children born to this union.

I am not certain when John and Rebecca moved to Kansas. They were in Good Twp., Harper Co., OK in the 1930 census.

More on this family later.

The Welch family photo is courtesy of Rick Miller, a descendant of John and Rosa

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