August 21, 2008

What Happened to the Harden Coffey children?

Harden Coffey, a son of James and Sally Sumpter Coffey, was born c1822 in Eadsville (probably), Wayne Co., KY.  He died in Pulaski Co. (probably), KY before 1870.  He and Tamsey Ballou were married on Oct. 20, 1853 in Pulaski Co.  She was born Feb. 10, 1833 in KY and also died before 1870 in Pulaski Co.* (probably).

Harden was almost 30 yrs. old when he and Tamsey married, and she was 20.  In July of 1854 they became parents of Thomas J.  Sarah J. followed in Feb., 1856 and Easter in about 1859, all born in Pulaski Co.

The book, An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballous in America; Carefully compiled and edited by Adin Ballou,* reports that Tamsey was Tamzon Ballou, a daughter of the Rev. James and Frances Jones Ballou.

According to the book, "Rev. James Ballou was a minister of the Regular Baptists, but attended largely to farming interests.  He lived first in Ashe Co., N.C., then awhile in Va., then in Pulaski Co., Ky., but in 1861 removed to Boone Co., Ind., were he died of pneumonia in 1863, a. about 64 yrs.  His widow d. in 1869, a. 63 yrs."

There were a number of children born to Rev. James and Frances, including sons Allen and Joseph.  In the 1870 Pulaski Co. census two of Harden and Tamsey's children, Thomas and Easter, were residing in the household with Joseph and his family.  The middle child, Sarah, was in the household with Allen and his family.

What happened to the children after 1870?  Names like Thomas, Sarah and Easter  make it difficult to follow them.  Please contact me at the above e-mail address, or leave a comment below if you know where these children were in 1880.

*Ariel Ballou, M.D., and Latimer W. Ballou, LLD; Printed "Press of E. L. Freeman & Sons, State Printers, Providence, RI, April 1888
This source also reports that both parents (Harden and Tamsey) were deceased "before 1876"

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