Rufus was a son of the Rev. Reuben A. & Polly Dowell Coffey. Reuben and Polly have been written about before, and most of the information on the family has been based on the research of Janet Amtower. Blogs containing some of Janet's research and photo contributions can be found here, here, and here. Her work appears in several issues of the publication of the Owen County Historical and Genealogical Society (OCHGS), PO Box 569, Spencer, IN 47460.
Some of the information and photos in this blog are also courtesy of Janet.
I have found little information about Rufus except that he married Charlotte or Charlotta Allen on Feb. 17, 18421 in Monroe Co., IN.
The family appeared in the 1850 Owen Co. and, the 1860 Monroe Co. census. Rufus died on Jan. 26, 1886 in Ellettsville, Monroe Co., and was buried there in the Coffey Cemetery.
Charlotte was born Mar. 21, 1821 in Eadsville, Wayne Co., KY and died Sep. 20, 1882 in Ellettsville, Monroe Co., IN. She is also buried at the Coffey Cemetery in Ellettsville.
The 1860 census shows one child, Cynthia, born c1853, in the household. Apparently, she was the only child born to the union.
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1 Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850, Indiana State Library online [http://126.96.36.199/db/marriages_search.asp], accessed Sep.,2005