July 12, 2008

John Wesley and Elizabeth Austin Coffey

John Wesley Coffey was born in Russell Co., KY on Jan. 28, 1845, a son, and the first of at least eleven children born to Andrew (Andy) and Sara A. Bernard Coffey.  John's wife, Elizabeth P. Austin was born c1843 and died c1882 in Kentucky.  I have not yet found her parents.

She and John were  probably married c1860-1861, given that their first known child was born c1863.

It appears that Elizabeth died sometime around 1882, about the time their last child, Perkey [or, Parkey], a daughter, was born.

At her death John  apparently  remarried almost immediately.   His second wife was Mollie [some researchers report her maiden name to be Mims or Mimms].  

In the Jun. 6, 1900 census Mollie was a widow in Creelsboro, Russell Co., and gave her age as 40, born Sep., 1859.  She would have been age 22 to 23 years old when she and John married.  She reported that she had given birth to five children, but only two remained alive.  The youngest at home was born in Aug., 1899.  Based on that, I believe we might be able to say that John died sometime in Oct-Nov 1898 time frame.  One genealogy that I have seen reports that he died on Oct. 29, 1898.

John and Elizabeth's children were:

Louisa E., born c1863; James M., born c1868; Laban, born c1870; Robert B., born c1873; Sarah, born c1875; Mary, born c1877; Carlos, born c1879; Alexander Cosby, born Jan. 23, 1881 and Parkey [?], a female, born Oct. 27, 1882.

The first seven children were enumerated with the family through 1880.  The remaining two are found in the 1900 census.  I have not searched for them in later census records.

The two children that survived birth to Mollie were Lulu, born Jul., 1887 and John S., born Aug., 1899.

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