June 15, 2009

Searching for Virginia Coffeys

I need help identifying the following:

Charles Arthur Coffey, born Jul 28, 1903, died Jun. 4, 1986, buried Wintergreen Cemetery, Nellysford, Nelson Co., VA

Jesse L. Coffey, born 1899, died 1982 and wife Blanche Duncan Coffey, 1905-1973, buried at Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery, Afton, Nelson Co., VA.  Blanche is dau of Robert Leslie and Rose E. Hughes Duncan.

Clifton M. Coffey, born Mar. 15, 1935, died Aug. 9, 1986.  He was son of Cladys D. Coffey, born Mar 31, 1904, died Sep. 5, 1986.  Both are buried at Hebron.

David Alexander Coffey, born Oct. 6, 1925, died Jul. 22, 1980 and wife, Dorothy Thurston Coffey, Oct. 9, 1925 to Aug. 15, 2002.  Both are buried at Rock Spring Cemetery at Faber, Nelson Co.

Ella J. Coffey, born 1870, died 1934, buried Rodes United Methodist Church Cemetery in Nelson Co.

Samuel Preston Coffey, born Apr. 23, 1900, died Jan. 31, 1960 and wife Ethel Grady Coffey, born May 24, 1904, died Apr. 12, 1978.  Samuel may be the son of John W., the son of Robert Wesley and Elizabeth Coffey Coffey.  Samuel is buried at Hebron.

J. Wayne Coffey, born Aug. 2, 1942, died Apr. 28, 1949, buried at Hebron.

Jackie B. Coffey, born Feb. 26, 1938, died Sep 30, 2004, buried at Hebron.

John W. Coffey, born 1870, died 1950, buried at Rodes.

Lacy R. Coffey, born 1892, died 1915, buried at Rodes.

Louise Rebecca Coffey, dau. of S. P. and J. A. Coffey, born Feb. 21, 1925, died Oct. 17, 1934, buried at Rodes.

W. Boyd Coffey, born Mar. 5, 1940, died Aug. 17, 1958, buried at Hebron.

Please contact me at the e-mail address above or, leave a comment if you can help with any of these.

June 14, 2009

James Solomon & Elizabeth Hatter Coffey

James, a son of Reuben G. and Margaret Snead Coffey, was born in Nelson Co., VA in Sep., 1835.  He was still in Nelson Co. in 1920, a widower living in the household with his son Tildon.

In the 1900 census a grandson by the name of Reuben Coffey, age 16, was living in the household with James and Elizabeth.  I have been unable to identify who Reuben's parents were.

If anyone can help, please contact me at the e-mail address above or, leave a comment here.

Charles Burton Coffey 1882-1960

Charles was the son of Cornelius Jones "Jones" and Matha Jane Gragg Coffey.  He was born in Watauga Co., NC on May 22, 1882 and died of a coronary artery occlusion on Jun. 5, 1960 in Hickory, Catawba Co., NC.  He married Amanda Louise Mecimore [var], date unknown.

Amanda Louise was the daughter of Wiley R. and Martha Simmons Mecimore, born May 11, 1888 in NC, died of the same cause as Charles on Nov. 22, 1967 in Hickory, Catawba Co. 

It has been difficult determining the exact spelling of Amanda's maiden name.  The Caldwell Co. birth index records the birth of an unnamed child [later determined to be Wiley Monroe] in 1918 to Amandy Louise Conlee and Charles Berton Coffey. In 1922 the index names the parents of the unnamed child [later determined to be James Grady] born that year as Amanda E. Misemore and Charles Burton Coffey. Her death certificate names her father as Wiley R. Mecimore. In the 1900 census, her family was enumerated as Messamore, and in 1910 the name was spelled Maisamme. On Charles' death certificate, his wife is reported as Amanda Misamore. Her maiden name is also spelled Misamore on the death certificate for her sons James Grady and Wiley Monroe.

Amanda and Charles had at least six children:  Gertie M., born c1908; Ed F., born c1911, and Fred J., born c1913.  These three were born in Tennessee.  The fourth child was Bettie E. J., born c1916 in Virginia.  Wiley Monroe, born Sep. 26, 1918 and James Grady, born Apr. 27, 1922, were born in Hudson, Caldwell Co.  Wiley died in Caldwell Co. from pneumonia at the age of 2.  James drowned in South Point Twp., Gaston Co., NC in 1941 at the age of 19 years.

Both Wiley and James are buried in the Sardis Cemetery at Hudson.  Charles and Amanda are buried in Hickory, Catawba Co. in the First Baptist Church Cemetery.  I have no information on the remainder of their children.

In 1910 Charles and his family were residents in Washington Co., TN and, in 1920 they were in Hudson, Catawba Caldwell, Co.  Amanda's parents and a few of her siblings were next door neighbors of the Coffey family in the 1910 census.

Please contact me if you can confirm Amanda's maiden name or, if you can correct or update any of this information.

June 13, 2009

Coffey Reunion at Russell Springs, KY

A mistake was made in the paper copy of the Coffey Cousins' newsletter concerning the Coffey family reunion at Russell Springs, KY.

The actual date of the reunion is August 22, 2009 at the Russell Springs City Park.

Please make a note of this and attend if possible.

Also, please pass this info on to others who might be attending so they do not show up on the wrong date!

Contact Carolyn Coffey for additional information.

Grover Coffey, son of Joshua Elmo Coffey



Grover Coffey
Sometime ago I wrote about the family of Joshua Elmo and his wife Emma Bridenbaugh. At the time I knew little about their son Grover.

Grover was born Aug. 22, 1892 in Rushtown, Scioto Co., OH and died Apr. 2, 1959 in Lima, Allen Co., OH. He was married c1920 to a lady named Phronia born c1896 in Ohio. Together they had three children: Elsie, born c1916; Glen, born c1924; and Gene, born c1929. Given the gap in years between children, it seems likel they had others who did not survive to adult hood.

On Jul 24, 1918 Grover enlisted in Battery D., 3d Field Artillery Regiment of the Ohio National Guard. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 10, 1919. It is not known if he saw duty overseas. In 1942 he was again called upon to register for the draft, and did so on Apr. 27, 1942 at the Barr Hotel in Lima.





Phronia Grafton
At that registration he was recorded as being 5' 10" tall and weighed 190 lbs. He was 49 yrs. old, born Aug. 22, 1892. He named his sister, Hazel Coffey Spurlock of Lima as someone who would always know his address.

Grover died on Apr. 2, 1959 in Lima and was buried at the East Cemetery in Cairo, Allen Co., OH.

No additional information has been found about Phronia. Please send an e-mail, Twitter me @coffeycall, or leave a comment if you know more about her.

June 11, 2009

Leland L. "Lee" and Elizabeth Jane Manis Coffey

"Lee" was a son of John Morgan and Elizabeth Day Coffey, and was born in Cherokee Co., NC on Jul. 28, 1851. He was married to Elizabeth Jane Manis but I have not found the marriage date. Elizabeth was born Feb. 28, 1856 in NC and died on Dec. 22, 1943 in Marble, Cherokee Co. Lee died there on Nov. 11, 1907. Both are buried in the Moss Cemetery at Marble.

He and Elizabeth were parents of at least seven children, all boys except for one daughter.

Barney Luther, born Aug. 1, 1876 in Union Co., GA and died Oct. 21, 1957 in Enka, Hominy Twp., Buncombe Co., NC. He married Melissa Wilson on Aug. 15, 1903 in Cherokee Co. Melissa was born c1884 in NC. Their children were Lois Alma; Barney, Jr.; Jack Edgar; and Paul Lee. Barney registered for the WW1 draft in Marble, Cherokee Co. on Sep. 12, 1918. He was described as being short with blue eyes and black hair. Build was not provided. He was 42 yrs old, born Aug. 1, 1876. He was a farmer who resided at Marble. He named Mrs. Jessie Coffee [sic] as his nearest relative. Both are buried at Moss.

Virgil Lee, born Dec. 29, 1877 in Cherokee Co., and was married there on Jul. 2, 1903 to Nora Texie Bryson. Nora was born Jun. 28, 1885 in Cherokee Co. and died there on Feb. 13, 1971. Virgil died Oct. 10, 1964. Both are buried at Moss. Their children were Cornelia, Roscoe and Hattie. Perhaps they had more. Virgil registered for the WW1 draft in Marble, Cherokee Co. on Sep. 12, 1918. He was described as being of medium height and build with blue eyes and black hair. He gave his age as 39 yrs., born Dec. 29, 1877. He was a farmer at Marble and named Mrs. Nora Coffee [sic] of Marble as his nearest relative.

Emma was born Mar. 19, 1879, probably in Cherokee Co., and died there on Sep. 27, 1964. She married William Jackson Barton, born May 24, 1872 in Georgia, on Oct. 17, 1894. William died in Marble on Dec. 18, 1960. Both are buried at Moss. They likely had children but I have not yet searched for them. William also probably registered for the WW1 draft but I have not yet found his registration card.

Squire Morgan was the fourth child, born Jan. 2, 1882 in Cherokee Co., and died of cardiac arrest in Marble on Dec. 17, 1971. He is also buried at Moss. Morgan Squire Coffee [sic] registered for the draft on Sep. 12, 1918 in Cherokee Co., NC. He was of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair. He was 36 years old, born Jan. 2, 1882. He was a farmer at Marble, Cherokee Co. He named Elizabeth Coffee of Marble as his nearest relative. I have not determined if Elizabeth was his mother or his wife. I have not yet found any other information about him.

William Edgar, born Jun. 20, 1886 in Cherokee, died of a coronary occlusion on Sep. 25, 1959 at Marble. He married c1910 to Lucy Ashe, born c1886 in NC. Together they had at least nine children: Gene, Harold T., Carl Lee, William Wade, Ora Bell, James Woodrow, Lenora, Marvin and Dorothy May. William registered for the draft on Jun. 5, 1917 in Marble, Cherokee Co., NC. He was 30 yrs. old, born Jun. 25, 1882 in Cherokee Co. He was a farmer at Marble and was described as being of medium height with slender build, blue eyes and light colored hair.

Stedman M. Smith Coffey, born Sep. 14, 1889 in Macon Co., NC, died Jul 16, 1987 in Marble. He married on Jan. 10, 1909 to Ethel M. Adams. Ethel was born Mar. 23, 1891 in Cherokee Co., and died Jan. 29, 1971 in Marble. Both she and Stedman are buried at Moss. Their children were Stella, Blanche, John Lee, Rev. Clyde, Vance, Vesta and Mildred. Smith S. Coffee [sic] registered for the draft in Marble, Cherokee Co., NC on Jun 5, 1917. He was described as being of medium height and slender build with brown eyes and black hair. He gave his age as 27 yrs., born Sep. 14, 1889 in Macon Co., NC. He was a farmer who lived with his wife and two children at Marble.

Frank was the last child born to "Lee" and Elizabeth Jane. He came into the world on Dec. 5, 1896 in NC and died Nov. 18, 1983 in Buncombe Co. He married Mary E. Craig c1922. Mary was born Sep. 21, 1906 in NC and died May 5, 1994 in Cherokee Co. Both are buried at Moss. Their children were Lucille and Jean. Frank registered for the draft in Marble, Cherokee Co., NC on Jun 5, 1917. He was described as being of medium height and build with dark blue eyes and dark hair. He gave his age as 21 yrs., born Dec. 5, 1896 in Cherokee Co., NC. He was a farmer at Marble, unmarried and cared for his mother.


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Sources: Death certificates; Cherokee Co. Marriages 1860-1905;

Clavis Coffey Obituary

Clavis was the son of Cassius Curl and Ina Coomer Coffey. He is one of the descendants of the mysterious Chesley Coffey for whom nothing has yet been found. He goes back to Chesley through Andrew Jackson "Jack" Coffey, Zidner Coffey, Ananias Coffey, and Nebuzaraden Coffey.

Clavis Coffey age 83 years a resident of Summit Manor Health & Rehab in Columbia, KY formerly of the Gradyville Community passed away Friday, June 5, 2009 at 10:15pmCT, at Summit Manor, Columbia, KY

The Funeral service will be Monday, June 8, 2009 at 11:00amCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Bobby Withers and Bro. Ronnie Dooley the officiating clergy. Interment will be in the Jones Chapel Cemetery, Jones Chapel RD, Columbia, KY. The family request visiting after 4:30pmCT on Sunday, May 7, 2009, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.

He was born June 17, 1925, the son of the late Cassius and Ina Coomer Coffey of Adair Co. KY.

Survived by his wife Beatrice Corbin Coffey of Columbia, KY, and the following:
Two daughters: Patsy Robertson of Columbia, KY; and Nancy Cundiff of Columbia, KY

One sister: Pearl Bennett of Columbia, KY

Two grandchildren: Bryan Robertson and Sonya Washam

Four great grandchildren: Shelby Robertson, Colby Robertson, Brooklynn Robertson and Miller Allen Washam

And a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends
He was preceded in death by these brothers and sisters: Earl Coffey, Ural Coffey, Elroy Coffey, Garon Coffey, Joe Coffey, Raymond Coffey, Avis Coffey, Margie Corbin and Charity Edwards.

Mr. Coffey was a member of the Jones Chapel United Methodist Church and a farmer and was retired from the maintenance department of the Adair County Board of Education.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Jones Chapel Building Fund and may be left at the funeral home.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in charge of funeral arrangements.

June 10, 2009

Simon Peter and Mary Adeline Coffey Angel

Mary Adeline was a daughter of William and Sarah Saleney* Womble Coffey.  She was born Feb. 17, 1891, and likely in Tennessee.  She died Jun. 26, 1920 in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.  Mary married Simon Peter Angel on Oct. 19, 1912 in Campbell Co., TN.

Simon, born May 14, 1892 in Whitley Co., KY was a son of James and Narcissus Angel Angel.  Narcissus and James were first cousins, and both are buried at the Stanfill-Pleasant View Cemetery in Whitley Co., KY.  Simon died Aug. 15, 1968 in Estill Co..  Mary Adeline preceded him by more than 40 years, passing away on June 26, 1920 in Knoxville.

Simon Peter Angel registered for the draft in Campbell Co., TN on Jun. 5, 1917. He was described then as being of medium height with stout build. He had dark blue eyes and light brown hair. He was 26 yrs old, born May 14, 1891 [1892 or 1894, depending on how corrected date on card is interpreted] near Rockhold, KY. He was married with one child and employed by Kimberley Coal Co. as a coal miner in Cupp, TN.

I have found only two children for Simon and Mary: 

Nellie Leoma, born Jan. 28, 1916 in Campbell Co; died May 21, 1981 in Hamilton Co., OH.  She was married to Loren Glenn McCalla.

Edith Ella, born Apr. 13, 1918 in Campbell Co.; died Dec. 31, 2005 in McMinn Co., TN.  She married Arthur Butler.

I am still searching for the burial site for Simon and Mary Adeline.  If you know, please leave a comment or contact me at the above e-mail address.



*Probably Salena
Source:  Descendants of Rice Coffey, Janine Ramsey, Aug. 13, 2008; US Census Records, etc.

Newell and Corinne Dodds Sanders

"Newell Sanders, manufacturer and United States Senator, 1912, 1913, was born in Owen County, Indiana, July 12, 1850, the son of John Sanders and Miriam Coffey Sanders, grandson of John Sanders and Nancy Briscoe Sanders and great grandson of Henry Sanders and Dicey Blake Sanders, South Carolina. Henry Sanders was a Baptist preacher and a Revolutionary soldier. Mr. Sanders' maternal grandfather, Reuben Coffey was a pioneer Baptist preacher and in 1834 was one of the founders of Franklin College, the Baptist college of Indiana. Mr. Sanders' parents and grandparents were among the numbers of Southerners who settled in southern Indiana about 1830.

"Newell Sanders entered Indiana State University at Bloomington where he graduated in 1873 with a degree of B.S. After conducting a book store in Bloomington from 1873 to 1878 he decided to enter the manufacturing field. He spent a year in northern shops gaining experience and settled in Chattanooga on the advice of Gen. John T. Wilder in 1878. He opened a factory to manufacture plows. This was the first factory in the South to make improved plows. In 1883 the business was incorporated as the Chattanooga Plow Company with Newell Sanders as president and general manager. Under his management it developed rapidly, doing a large domestic business and enjoying an extensive export trade. In 1901 he established the Newell Sanders Plow Company of which he was sole owner. In 1915 he again became president of the Chattanooga Plow Company, a position he retained until 1919 when he sold the company to the Internal Harvester Company. He sold the Newell Sanders Plow Company in 1927 and retired from business after having manufactured plows in Chattanooga for fifty years.

"His business interests, however, have not been confined to plow manufacturing. He organized the Chattanooga Steamboat Company in 1891 for the purpose of operating a line of boats on the Tennessee River to St. Louis and served as its first president. He was the first president of the Tennessee River Improvement Association and appeared many times before Congress in that interest. He was president of the National Association of Agriculture Implement and Vehicle Manufacturers from 1907 to 1909 and vice president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1927, 1929. He is a director of the Hamilton National Bank and of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway.

"Mr. Sanders served as chairman of the Tennessee Republican State Committee 1894-1896 and again in 1906-1912. In both these periods Republican governors of Tennessee were elected. He was a member of the Republican National Committee, 1912-1916, and a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920 and 1924. He was appointed by the Governor of Tennessee to the United States Senate and was the first Republican Senator from Tennessee in forty years. He took his seat April 8, 1912, his successor taking his seat in February, 1913. He led the prohibition movement in Tennessee which became a dry state before the national prohibition amendment was passed. In the Senate he was the leader in the passage of a law against the shipment of intoxicating liquor from 'wet' states into 'dry' states.

"Mrs. Newell Sanders was Miss Corinne Dodds of Bloomington before her marriage. The marriage took place October 28, 1873. She was a graduate of the Indiana State University of the Class of 1873. She was active in church and Red Cross work and was president of the Chattanooga Free Kindergarten Association during its long existence. She was the first woman in the Southern states to vote**. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders traveled together extensively in this country and abroad. They were four years in the same class in college, receiving the same training and acquiring the same ideals and success has been result of their joint efforts. The credit is due as much to one as to the other. Mrs. Sanders died in 1929. Their children are Norinne who married James Harvey Anderson; Mildred who married Walter Blair Wright; Pansy who married Ben Matthews Allison; Wendell who died at the age of seventeen; Dot who died young and Sherman who died in 1927 at the age of forty-six.

"Mr. Sanders home is on the east brow of Lookout Mountain next to the Lookout Mountain Incline. Since his retirement from business Mr. Sanders has given his time to the development of the Chattanooga-Lookout Mountain Park, on the sides of Lookout Mountain, and to other public affairs"

[Newell Sanders was the son of John and Miriam Coffey Sanders. Mirian was a daughter of the Rev. Reuben A. and Martha "Polly" Dowell Coffey.  Newell was born Jul. 12, 1850 and died Jan. 26, 1939 in Chattanooga.  Corinne died in 1929.  He is buried at Forest Hills Cemetery in Chattanooga and Corinne is probably there with him.]

**Interesting!  I wonder how this is known?



Thanks to Richard Beu for providing this news article and photo, proving that Mrs. Sanders was the first woman to vote in the state of TN.  His GG-grandfather was I.E. Ireland, also pictured. Unfortunately, the date this was published in this Chattanooga newspaper was not preserved on the clipping I received.






















Source:  Zella Armstrong, Author, The history of Hamilton County and Chattanooga, Tennessee: Vol I, 2 volumes (Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press, 1992), .  Photos from the source credited to Judd.  The book is available at Amazon.com, as well as other on-line book sellers.  It can probably be found on Amazon at this link:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0932807917

Summers and Naomi N. Coffey Wright

Summers Wright was born c1804 in Wayne Co., KY and died Jul. 7, 1887 in Macon Co., MO.  I have found no record of their marriage, but he and Naomi Coffey, daughter of Reuben and Millie Morris Coffey, were having children as early as 1834.

Naomi was born Aug. 26, 1804 in Burke Co., NC and died 1904 in Macon Co., MO.

Both Summers and Naomi are thought to be buried in the Bethel Christian Church Cemetery in Anabel, Macon Co.  However, the death record for Summers, found in the Missouri Birth and Death Records Database* reports his burial in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.  His death record reports that he died of "old age" complicated by "disease of the bowels."

The children that I have for Summers and Naomi are:

Reuben A. C., born c1834; Matilda, born c1837; Nancy E., born c1840; Melissa J., born c1842, and May, born c1842.

Please leave a comment, or contact me at the above e-mail address if you can add to or correct any of this information.

*Missouri Birth & Death Records Database, Missouri Secretary of State online [http://www.sos.mo.gov]

June 7, 2009

James Francis & Hilah Pendleton Reid Coffey

Connie Coffey Dorsey was making a visit to the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in Lexington, VA when she found these headstones.  Knowing that I collect headstone photos for the Edward Coffey Project, she send these and a couple of others a few days ago. 

James Francis Coffey was a son of Walton Wilmuth and Lula Elizabeth McCormick Coffey.  I know of only one other child of in that family:  Ruth E., born c1921.

Going backwards, Walton descends from Edward through:  William and Martha Jane Davis Coffey; William Montebello and Cynthia T. Wood Coffey; William W and Sarah Jane Coffey Coffey. Sarah descends from Edward via Reuben G. and Nancy Giles Coffey.  Reuben G. descends from Edward through Edmond Stewart and Nancy Barnett Coffey
These stones mark the graves of James Francis' grandparents and are also found in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery.

June 6, 2009

John Reuben and Malida Narcissa "Sis" Coffey Hayes

Just browsing my Ed Coffey Project files this morning and stumbled upon this family.  Reuben and "Sis" had at least 12 children, all born between 1876 and 1899, and from Tennessee to Missouri.

One of the children that I was digging around for was Agnes, born Jan. 12, 1895.   She was the tenth of the twelve.  Depending on which census record you believe, she was either born  in Arkansas or Missouri.  She died Jul. 10, 1978 in Snohomish Co., WA. 

Agnes married Andrew Jackson Franks, born Jan. 31, 1885 in Arkansas.  I have not found a marriage date for them, but they probably wed around 1915 or so.  As best as I can determine, they had only one child, Geraldine R., born c1918 in Washington state, and died there in 2007.  According to one report that I found, she was married to a Mr. Tackett.

Andrew registered for the draft in Everett, Snohomish Co. on Sep. 12, 1918.  At that time he described himself as having a slender build and of medium height.  He had blue eyes and black hair.  Andrew was employed as a laborer by the Wearhouser [sic] [Weyerhauser] mill in Everett.  He and Agnes resided at 3121 Broadway in that town.  In the 1920 and 1930 census records they were still residing in Snohomish Co.  In 1930 Andrew as a hod carrier* for a plaster company.

John Reuben Hayes was the son of Harmon and Martha Long Hayes.  "Sis" was the daughter of William Wesley and Gelina E. Shouse Coffey.  The Coffey line goes back to Edward through Cleveland and his wife Susan Hayes; Jesse and Margaret Edmisten Coffey;  Reuben and Sally Scott Coffey; John and Jane Graves Coffey.

Please leave a comment, or e-mail me with any corrections or additions.

*Most readers will know what a Hod is but, for those who don't, it is a three sided box used to haul bricks and/or mortar to bricklayers.  If Andrew worked for a company applying plaster he would likely have carried that material in a hod box.  A hod carrier is usually referred to as a "hoddie."  The term may be somewhat obsolete today.

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