December 20, 2007

Mary Catherine Coffey

Mary Catherine was a daughter of Lewis and Sophie Loretta Buster Coffey. She was born in Jun. 1878 at Eadsville in Wayne Co., KY. She married Oscar Elman McWaters c1900 in (probably) Wayne Co. Oscar was a Canadian, born in Ontario in Sep., 1874. Only one child was born to the union. Sophie McWaters was born in Wayne Co., c1901.

The Jun. 1900 census for Wayne Co. shows Oscar and Catherine in the household with her father, Lewis. By 1910 the McWaters had moved to Danville in Boyle Co., KY where Oscar was employed as a jeweler. Daughter Sophie was nine years old.

Oscar registered for the WW1 draft on Jun. 5, 1917 after the family had moved to Chattanooga in Hamilton Co., TN. Oscar was described as being of medium height with slender build, blue eyes and brown hair. He resided with his family at 548 Oak St. in Chattanooga and was employed as a watchmaker for the Myers Leach Jewelry Co. on Market St. in that city.

In 1920 Oscar and Katherine shared their home with her brother, Charles and his wife. Charles was an attorney in that city.

The family left Chattanooga before the 1930 census. Oscar died in Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL in 1929. In 1930 Catherine was a widow and worked as a secretary for the American Red Cross. She can be found in the census for that year residing alone in an apartment building in the Hyde Park section of Hillsborough Co., FL.

I have not found a death record for her, nor a marriage record for Sophia.

Please contact me at the above e-mail address to add to or correct any of this information.

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