February 19, 2009

Shelby Dave & Bessie Mae Coffey Oatts

Shelby Dave Oatts

Shelby Dave Oatts was born in Kentucky c1885. He married Bessie Mae Coffey there in c1909. She was born in that state c1889 to Cleveland McKendrie and Mary Elizabeth Coffey Coffey.

Cleveland was a son of James Lewis and Sarah Alloway Strange Coffey, and Mary Jane Elizabeth was a daughter of Shelby and Zerilda Emarine Meadows Coffey.

Bessie Mae Coffey
James Lewis and Shelby were brothers as well as double third cousins.

In addition to Bessie Mae, Cleveland and Mary Jane Elizabeth also has Obadiah; Grover Columbus* who married Florence Lemon; and Vera who married Lee Ingram.

Children of Shelby and Bessie May were:

Nell Oatts, born Sep. 8, 1910, died Sep. 8, 1974
Emma C. Oatts, born Dec. 16, 1912

Shelby D. Oatts, born Aug. 11, 1916

Margaret Oatts, born Jul. 20, 1920 and, Lewis Oatts, born Apr. 5, 1923

These families were all natives of Wayne Co., KY.

Grover Columbus Coffey
Update Nov. 3, 2011:  Grover Columbus served in WW1 as a Wagoner.  It is unclear if his service was stateside or overseas.  He was born Sep. 28, 1893 in Monticello, Wayne Co., KY and died Mar. 30,1989 in Contra Costa Co., CA.  His wife was Florence B. Lemon, a daughter of William and Pearl May Goode Lemon, born Jun. 21, 1903 in CA and died in Sacramento Co., CA on Jan. 26, 1990.  William Lemon was born in Scotland in 1866 and emigrated to the United States in 1885.  In Apr., 1930 he was a widower living with Grover and Florence in Albany, Alameda Co., CA.

Both Grover and Florence are buried at the San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio of San Francisco.

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