September 29, 2007

Meredith Coffey

There are a lot of them!

This Meredith is thought to have been born Jan. 6, 1822 in Grainger Co., TN to John W. and Rebecca Ragsdale Coffey. John was a son of Meredith and Esther LNU Coffey.

We know that John and Rebecca married in Grainger Co., TN on Feb. 24, 1821 [Marriages of Grainger County, Tennessee 1796-1837, Whitley, Edith Rucker, 1982] so Meredith's birth date is not unreasonable. What is unreasonable is that the remainder of the children are believed to have been born (per census) between 1834 and 1844 while John is thought to have married a Jane Hopper c1840.

These are the children of John and Rebecca as I have them:

Meredith, born Jan. 6, 1822, died Feb. 10, 1892 [unsourced]. In the 1860 McDonald Co., MO census he was 33 yrs old indicating that he was born closer to 1827. This would be a more reasonable date compared to birth years of other children. He married Elizabeth (Betsy) Hopper c1841 in McDonald Co. They appeared there in the 1860 census, 1861 McDonald Co. tax rolls, and the 1870 and 1880 census. Meredith is thought to have died there on Feb. 10, 1892.

Their children were: 1) Eliza, born c1842, died May 9, 1880, married a Mr. Pitts [no other info] and William Henry Bullard on Oct. 4, 1875 in McDonald Co. 2) Wm. Harrison, born Feb. 24, 1843 in TN, died Jun 6, 1921 in McDonald Co. Married Hillead Oakley Jan. 22, 1868 in McDonald Co. At least 13 children were born to this union. 3) Joseph, born Mar. 15, 1845 in TN, died May 5, 1913 in McDonald Co., married Elva Tennessee Clark on Sep. 26, 1869 in McDonald Co. Three known children born to this union. 4) Madison, born 1851 in TN, died between 1860 and 1870; David, born c1852 in TN, died 1918 in McDonald Co., married Mirah Paralee Clark there on Jul. 25, 1869. At least seven children were born to them. 6) Mary Rebecca, born Oct. 1852 in TN, died May 29, 1914 in McDonald Co., married James Smith Davenport on Aug. 26, 1869 in MO. Seven children born to this union. 7) James Milo, born Jul. 1857 in TN, died May 1913 in McDonald Co., married Harriet J. Russell.

The second child of John and Rebecca was Catharine, born May 4, 1834 in Wayne Co., KY, died Dec. 18, 1932 in Wayne Co. She married George Arthur. I have two children for them: Evangeline, born 1861, died 1941, and Angie, born Nov. 1873, died Jun. 1942.

Third was Caleb, born c1835 in Russell Co., KY, died Nov. 29, 1923 in Wayne Co. Married Zerilda Twiford on Jul. 28, 1853 in Wayne Co.

Number four was Franklin, born c1838 in Wayne Co., married Malinda Pratt May 29, 1855 in Wayne Co. I have eight children for them: Caleb, Ellen, Henry, Eliza, Luetta, John, Relda and Braxton.

Jane, Polly and Rebecca were number five through seven and, I have no other information about them.

I do not have a lot of confidence in this family information and, would appreciate any help available.

September 24, 2007

Jesse James Bullens

I have received some really nice photographs of some of the descendants of Joseph Milton and Nancy Ellen Coffey Bullen(s). The photos are courtesy of Jessie James Bullens III via Judy Malone.

This photograph is one of Jesse and Flora Bullens. Jesse was born Dec. 15, 1891 in Rockcastle Co., KY and died in Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH on Apr. 20, 1988. Flora, the daughter of William Caleb and Sarah Issis Sims Viars, was born Aug. 5, 1896 in Rockcastle Co., and died Jan. 27, 1944 in Richmond, Madison Co., KY.

This is a photo of the seven children of Jesse and Flora. From L-R is: Mabel, Junior, Beulah, Thursa, Boyd Jennings, Violet and Harold. They are not standing in birth order.

Mabel Ruth was born Jul. 13, 1913 in Fairland, Douglas Co., IL. She married William Howard on Jan. 2, 1931 and, died Nov. 1, 1999. She and William had four children: Wilma, William, Joan and Harold.

Beulah Bell was born Dec. 9, 1914 in Berea, Madison Co., KY, married Chris Lee Clem on Apr. 30, 1932 and died May 23, 2003 in Troy, Miami Co., OH. She and Chris had three children: Willowdeen, Chris, and Patricia. Chris Lee was born Jan. 13, 1910 in Danville, Casey Co., KY and died Feb. 5, 2003 in Troy.

Thursa Franklin was born Aug. 1, 1916 in Berea. She married Roy Hacker and had at least one child, a son named Paul. Thursa died Dec. 2, 1982 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN.

Rose Violet was born Jun. 11, 1916 in Tipp City, Miami Co., OH. She married Joseph Wright on Dec. 29, 1936 and died May 22, 1998 in Troy. Joseph was born Jun. 11, 1916 in Tipp City and, died May 22, 1998 in Troy. They had two children: Peggy Jo, and Linda Mae.

Harold Clay, born Nov. 29, 1920 in Rockcastle Co., married Iva Maye Jackson on Nov. 29, 1940. She was born Jan. 28, 1924 and died Jan. 16, 1995 in Troy. Their children are Harriet Jackson and Harold Clay, Jr.

Jesse James, Jr., born Nov. 19, 1923 in Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle Co., and married Regina Kelly on Jun. 1, 1946. Regina was born Nov. 26, 1926 in Indianapolis and died there on Mar. 16, 1999. Their children are: Jesse James III, John Orvil, Richard Mark and Ted Lee.

Boyd Jennings, born Jul. 17, 1928 in Berea and died Apr. 29, 1977 in Dayton, OH. He married Barbara Walker and, their children are Jamie Lee, Steven Kenneth, Christine, Patricia and Boyd Jennings, Jr.

Judy wrote that "Boyd Jennings was a Merchant Marine during WWII. He was finally given full military recognition just a few years ago."

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September 22, 2007

Nancy Ellen Coffey (1857-1929)

Nancy Ellen was the fourth child and first daughter born to Elias Henry and Hannah Bullen Coffey. She was born Oct. 2, 1857 in Grainger Co., TN and died Jun. 9, 1929 in Rockcastle Co., KY. She married Joseph Milton Bullen in Rockcastle Co. on Oct. 28, 1877. He was born Jan. 3, 1859 in Grainger Co., and died there on Sep. 10, 1939. Both are buried in the Scaffold Cane Cemetery in Rockcastle Co.

Children born to Joseph and Nancy are:

Henry Eli, born Jun. 7, 1880

John Wesley, born Mar. 27, 1883

Ausbon, born 1887

Jesse, born Dec. 15, 1891

Bertha, born Jun. 24, 1896. A descendant of Bertha recently wrote to me that Bertha married Ora Oscar Viars on Feb. 11, 1914 in Rockcastle Co. He was born Oct. 18, 1894 in that county, and died Feb. 19, 1969 in Aberdeen, Monroe Co., MS. She died in Aberdeen on May 7, 1967. The family moved to MS sometime after the 1920 census. Their children were: Joseph, born c1915; Melba, born c1917; Alice, born c1919; Bertha, born c1921; Cora, born c1924 and Sarah, born c1926. All of the children were born in KY with the exception of Cora and Sarah who were born in MS.

Oscar registered for the WW1 draft on Jun. 5, 1917 while still living in Rockcastle Co. The registration shows that he was a resident of Disputant in that county but, worked in Dayton, OH for the Gem City Stove Co. He was described as being tall with medium build, with blue eyes and brown hair.

The family appears in the 1920 Rockcastle Co., KY and the 1930 Monroe Co., MS census records.1

Chalton and Tommie - no information

There may be others that I have yet to find.

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1 1920 Rockcastle Co., Conway, ED239, Sheet 2B, dwelling 33, family 34, Viars, Ora, head, male, white, age 25, married, born KY, father born KY, mother born IN, farmer; Bertha, wife, female, white, age 22, married, born KY, father born TN, mother born KY; Joseph, son, male, white, age 4 yrs., 11 mos., born KY, parents born KY; Melba M?, dau., female, white, age 3 yrs., 2 mos., born KY, parents born KY; Alice, dau., female, white, age 8 mos., born KY, parents born KY; Bullen, Jesse, bro-in-law, male, white, age 27, married, born KY, father born TN, mother born KY; Flora, sister [in law?], female, white, age 24, married, born KY, father born KY, mother born IN; Mable, neice, female, white, age 6, born KY; Bulah, neice, female, white, age 5, born KY; Thursa, neice, female, white, age 3 mos., 8 mos., born KY; Rosa Violet, neice, female, white, age 2 yrs., 1 mo., born KY

1930 Monroe Co., Beat 4, ED23, Sheet 39A, dwelling 826, family 873, Viars, Ora, head, male, white, age 34, married at age 20, born KY, parents born KY, farmer; Burtha [sic], wife, female, white, age 32, married at age 18, born KY, father born TN, mother born KY; Joseph, son, male, white, age 14, single, born KY, parents born KY; Melba, dau., female, white, age 12, single, born KY, parents born KY; Alice, dau., female, white, age 11, single, born KY, parents born KY; Burtha, dau., female, white, age 9, single, born KY, parents born KY; Cora, dau., female, white, age 6, born MS, parents born KY; Sarah, dau., female, white, age 4 yrs., 3 mos., born MS, parents born KY

September 20, 2007

The Stem of the "Coffey" Family

When searching for source material I often check Google Books for references to Coffey or, other surnames of interest. I only search "Full View" books because they are typically in the public domain and can be freely downloaded in their entirety.

Today I found the book Irish pedigrees; or, the origin and stem of the Irish nation by John O'Hart, and published in Dublin in 1878.

By clicking on this blog's title link you should arrive at the correct page (page 105) to begin reading about the Coffey family. On the right side of the browser page is a search block. By typing in Coffey and clicking on the Go button, you'll find additional references that may be of interest.

I've been busy!

I'm sorry for not having posted a new blog in a couple of weeks. Last week my wife and I were in south Louisiana having the motorhome serviced and visiting grandkids. While down south the surprise hurricane Humberto came ashore along the TX/LA line, turned NE and came over our home on Lake Bruin on the LA/MS state line. We received only 3" of rain but wind force was apparently high.

We didn't suffer any damage to the house, but we have lots of trees on the nearly one acre we call home. Many of those trees are fully mature pecan trees. Limbs had become brittle from the lack of rain and were ready to snap with the slightest wind. Many were loaded with yet unripened pecans and the wind played havoc with them. One large limb from an Oak tree adjacent to the house fell on the rear deck. Fortunately, it was not long enough for the heavy part to hit the house, but the tip of the limb did come to rest on the roof.

Our area is extremely rural and as such does not have trash service. While household trash is collected, some stuff that we need to get rid of has to be hauled to a landfill. We find it easier to just cut limbs into pieces that we can easily carry to the burn site on the rear of the property. So, for the past two days we have cut, stacked and burned a lot of oak and pecan wood. There were also a couple of pines on the place that looked pretty bad so I cut and burned them as well.

As a result of all that, my normal four to five hours a day spent researching, replying to e-mail, etc. came to a near complete halt. I did manage to answer a few e-mails and, prepare a couple of Edward Coffey CDs that had been ordered but, everything else I love about Genealogy research suffered.

So, all of this is probably more information than readers really needed but, it does serve as an excuse for not having recently blogged.

We still have some outside work to do, but is mostly grass cutting. Hopefully, I'll be back to regular blogging in the next few days.

September 10, 2007

Maury County, TN Cemeteries

Did everyone but me know about this website? In typical fashion, I "stumbled" over this website just in the last few days. I'm sure it must have been there for a very long time!

I'm not certain who, or which group(s) inventoried all of the 100+ cemeteries and put the website together. I am fairly certain that all of the photographs were taken by Wayne Austin.

Researchers will find additional family information included with some of the photographs.

Chances are, anyone looking for families of any surname in Maury County will find a photo of their headstone here.

Click on the title link to view the cemetery index.

September 8, 2007

Personal Comments

Coffey Cousins' at Rootsweb is gone!

All links in blogs created before about May 2007 that refer to the Coffey Cousins' website became invalid when I moved the website from Rootsweb to its own domain. Clicking here will take you to the "new" Coffey Cousins' website. From there, readers can search the site for items of interest.

There is also a link to the new website at the bottom of each blog.

I update the Edward Coffey web pages two to three times a year. If corrections or additions are reported I immediately make the changes in my files but not on the website. In some rare instances I have made individual corrections to the website when someone requests that personal information be removed, or in cases of gross errors.

Grammar, spelling, etc:

Like most people who do "things," I make mistakes. Spelling errors, misplaced commas, and poor grammar seem to be the "major" difficulties I have in putting together a readable blog. The notes that I receive from English tutors are appreciated, but it's unlikely that after nearly 50 years since my last English class and of "writing like I talk," anyone will be able to change me. Nearly all of my previous writings had the benefit of an editor so placement of commas, etc. wasn't a big concern to me.

Often a few readers will inform me that I have misspelled someones given name. One of the most popular reports is Saphronia. I think we all know that the name can be found spelled different ways in various records for the same person, Sophronia and Fronia being two of the most popular. If readers have a document; e.g., birth or death certificate I certainly want to spell the name as found in that document, and appreciate the notice. However, I'm not likely to change anything without a strong source from a few "nit pickers."

On the other hand, I do appreciate the reports of factual errors. I try to be extremely careful in the accurate recording of the birth, death, and marriage data for each family. Occasionally, or perhaps more often, I mis-type or have inaccurate information. Please continue to correct me when more accurate information is available.

A note about sources:

I generally have sources for most of the information I use here. However, there are some data for which I have no source other than "traditional." I always invite readers with sources that contradicts any of my information to contact me. I sometime include sources in the blog, but mostly do not. I will, when available, share sources with anyone. My goal of course is to share the most accurate information that I can and, to avoid establishing something permanent on the web that will create consternation and confusion to future researchers.

Corrections to the blog are easily made, so feel free to let me know when more accurate is available.


I often struggle to find ideas for a blog subject. Readers are invited to send requests. If I have information on that particular family I will post it here.

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Everyone is fervent in their research, and believes that the information they have is the most accurate available. I believe that all of us know that even Bible records can be incorrect. Public records such as birth and death certificates can be incorrect as well. Please be nice when writing to discuss whether or not a date or other information that I have is accurate. I respond better to nice rather than confrontational e-mail.

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September 7, 2007

Victor Hugo Coffey (1858-1953)

Victor Hugo Coffey

Victor Hugo Coffey was born to James Wilson and Louisa T. Norman Coffey on May 30, 1858 in Morgan Co., IN. He died on April 25, 1953 in Astoria, Clatsop Co., OR. He married Anna Mary Brandt, a daughter of Phillip J. and Mary Raisner Brandt on Dec. 18, 1881 in Washington Co., IA. Anna was born Aug. 7, 1862 in Trenton, Mercer Co., NJ and died Jun. 7, 1941 in Astoria.

Their children were:

Phillip Henry, born Nov. 30, 1880. He married Edna Titus on Aug. 23, 19031 in Clatsop Co. However, in 1910 he was enumerated in Clatsop Co. as a single man in the household with his parents. He registered for the WWI draft on Sep. 12, 1918 in Clatsop Co. He described himself as being of medium build and height with brown eyes and dark colored hair. Phillip was then employed by the Warrenton Water Co. in Clatsop Co. He named his mother, Anna M. Coffey of Warrenton as his nearest relative. In 1920 he was enumerated as a divorced man in the household with his parents. He has not yet been found in the 1930 census, or other records that might indicate when and where he died.

Katie M., born Jan., 1883. No other information.

Charles, born Mar. 5, 1887, died Jul. 28, 1887.

Mary Louise, born Apr., 1888 in Astoria, Clatsop Co. She married George Elliot Cobb in Clatsop Co. in 1911.2 George was born Oct. 20, 1882 in Texas and died in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR in 1930. Mary died in 1926 in Seaside, Clatsop Co. Together they had at least four children: Georgana, born c1915; Mary E., born c1917; Margaret E., born c1925; and Joseph B., born c1926. They can be found as a couple in the 1920 Clatsop Co. census. In 1930 George was found as a widower residing with his four children in a boarding house in Portland, OR.

Nellie Hazel, born Apr. 9, 1892 in Astoria, OR and died there on Aug. 20, 1960. She married Lester Wilson Kindred in Clatsop Co. in 1912.3 They were the parents of at least two children: James L., born c1914, and Phillip P., born c1918. The family can be found in the 1920 and 1930 Clatsop Co. census records.

Jay (Java?) H., born May 31, 1896 in OR, died Mar. 9, 19854 in Multnomah Co. He married Helen Nur - which may be a middle or surname - c1922 in OR. Helen was born Aug. 8, 1905 in MO and died Jun. 28, 1980 in Multnomah Co. I have found only one child for them, a son named Charles V., born c1925. The family is in the 1930 Clatsop Co. census.

Victor Hugo, Jr., born Jun. 15, 1899 in Oregon, died Jun., 19645 in that state. He married there to Delores, last name unknown, c1927. She was born c1907 in Oregon. I have one child for them, a daughter named Elvana [sic], born c1929. They can be found in the Douglas Co., OR census of 1930.

Click on the title link to read the Victor, Sr. biography.

1"Clatsop County Oregon Marriage Records Index 1851-1915" by Norma Hunsinger" COFFEY, Philip to TITUS, Edna Bk 6 Pg 329 Year 1903
2 Oregon Marriage Records, 1906-1920, Oregon Health Division
3"Clatsop County Oregon Marriage Records Index 1851-1915 by Norma Hunsinger"
Coffey, Nellie H to Kindred, Lester Bk 10 Pg 11 Yr 1912
4Oregon Death Index, 1903-98. Salem, Oregon: Filmed by the Oregon State Archives and Records Center, [1998-]
5 ibid

September 4, 2007

Coffey Cousins' Newsletter

Contact Bonnie Culley, editor and publisher of the Coffey Cousins' Clearinghouse newsletter with information or queries to be included in her newsletter or, for any questions concerning the newsletter and subscriptions.

The newsletter is published quarterly.

Bonnie can be reached by e-mail at or write to her at 4012 Cambridge Circle, Jefferson City, MO 65109.

Potential subscribers can write to Bonnie and request a free sample copy of a recent newsletter.

Wayne County, Kentucky Cemeteries Project

I have spent several hours over the past couple of days browsing this site and finding not only birth and death dates but also, several family links that had not previously found while researching the Wayne Co., KY Coffeys.

The introduction to this work reads:

For over twenty years the book Wayne County, Kentucky Cemeteries by Bennie and Juanita Coffey has been a valuable resource tool for those of us researching our family in the Wayne County area. I am pleased to announce that the Coffeys have agreed to share their book online for your personal research. I would like to extend my thanks to the Coffeys for their hard work and their generosity [and] to all who assisted in making this book a reality.

When I began browsing this site I read the "How to use online book:" that is reached by clicking on the above title link. The method that I pursued was to click on the Name Index and print the couple of pages with the Coffey names. Then, I went back to the How to Use page and clicked on the Cemetery Index page.

Don't bother using the Quadrangle links; they don't work. Instead scroll down until you find the page range on which your Coffey of interest was found in the index pages that you just printed.

For example, suppose you need to view the information for Cosby Coffey. The index reveals that he can be found on page 217. That page is in the Montecello quadrangle (interesting to know I suppose if you're using a quadrangle map). Scroll down until you find the link to pages 215 to 218. Clicking on that link will take you to the Kendrick Cemetery. Use Ctf-F in your browser to find the entry for Cosby.

I sometimes had a problem determining the name of some of the cemeteries. The authors of the webpage give coordinates (latitude and longitude) for which you might need a magnifying glass to read, but didn't always give the name or the closest town to some of the cemeteries. I used the coordinates and my Street Maps software from DeLorme to find the cemetery and determine what town or village the cemetery is closest to. I like to record coordinates and other information about cemeteries just in case some future researcher stumbles across my work. With those and a GPS receiver he, or she, will be able to easily find the cemeteries.

Now, all I need is a website that will give me all of the marriage dates for those Wayne Co., KY Coffeys.

Please use the below e-mail address to contact me.

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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