September 27, 2009

Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, Virginia

I need a bit of help identifying these Coffey folks, all buried at the Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton:

Coffey, Deborah Kay - May 16, 1954 to Nov. 30, 1955

Coffey, Eddie W., Oct. 30, 1927 to Dec. 20, 1990

Coffey, Henry Elwood, Jul. 18, 1912 to May 11, 1955

Coffey, Lillian R., Aug. 29, 1898 to Dec. 23, 1968

Coffey, Mayberry, Mar. 4, 1892 to Oct. 10, 1918

Coffey, N.A., 1861-1956 & Viola T., 1859-1931

Coffey, Sgt. Robert Lee, Apr 30, 1932 to Aug. 21, 1996

Coffey, Sallie H., Sep. 11, 1862 to Sep. 28, 1949

Coffey, Sarah M., May 22, 1847 to Mar. 8, 1919
If you can help, drop me a note at the above e-mail address.

September 26, 2009

William M. Coffey and Martha Jane Sharpe

Continuing a bit with the family of Annie Lou Coffey who married Horry Thomas Austin:

Annie's father was William M. Coffey, born Dec. 1, 1855 in Buffalo Creek, a part of Wilkes Co., NC that later became Caldwell Co.  He was a son of William, Jr. and wife Margaret Robbins Coffey.  Annie's mother was Martha Jane Sharp, a daughter of James and Mary Ann Luellan Sharp and found in the upper division of Wilkes Co., NC in 1860.

The children of William and Martha Jane Sharp Coffey were:

Millard Cicero, born Feb. 1879, Caldwell Co., died Feb. 4, 1962 in Gastonia, Gaston Co., NC.  He is buried at Gaston Memorial Park in Gastonia.  Millard married Fannie Davis c1898 and together they had at least four children:  Purnell; Michael Luther; Clinard Yates; and Millard Reeves.

Richard Andrew, born May 16, 1880 in Caldwell Co., died Jan. 8, 1954 in Lincolnton Twp., Lincoln Co., NC.  He married Edna Laura McFadden c1907.  She was born Jul 13, 1887 in Rutherford Co., NC and died Aug. 30, 1967 in Hickory, Catawba Co.  Her parents were John W. and Regina Dellinger McFadden.  Richard and Edna are buried at River View Cemetery in Lincolnton.  Their children were William Glen; Dennis Dixon; Mary Lou; Alice; and Claude Wilson.

James Thomas, born Sep. 18, 1881 in Caldwell Co., died Apr. 10, 1962 in Lincolnton.  He married Celia Hix c1912.  She was born c1890 in NC and died before 1930.  He is buried at River View.  Children were Pervey; Vance, Juanita and one unnamed child.

Jesse Lawrence, born Jun. 19, 1883 in Lincoln Co., died Dec. 6, 1942 in Patterson Twp., Caldwell Co.  He married c1905 Estelle Virginia "Stella" Austin, a daughter of George Thomas and Sarah Isabell Simmons Austin.  Stella was born Mar. 31, 1883 in Patterson Twp., and died Sep. 24, 1959 in Lenoir.  Both are buried at the Yadkin Baptist Church cemetery in Lenoir.  Children were:  Floyd Jasper; Annie Lee; Carson A.; Carl; Esther Ruth; Geneva and Vurley L.

Bessie followied Annie Lou.  She was born in Feb., 1892 and married James Marvin Laney c1907.  Their children were Laurence; Lavonia; W. Blair; and Floyd Dure.

Bertha M., born Jul. 29, 1893 in Lincolnton, died there on Mar. 1, 1974.  She married Edward Brown.  I know of only one child, Helen, born c1918.  Bertha is buried at Southside Baptist Church cemetery in Lincolnton.

Gertrude G., born Apr., 1896 and Ruth E., born Nov., 1898.  I have not yet found any marriage or family information for these two daughters.

Please drop me a note if you can add to or correct any of this information.

September 18, 2009

Dewey Coffey

Dewey, born Aug. 7, 1868 in Grainger Co., TN was a son of Thomas and Mahala Wise Coffey. He married Elizabeth "Lizzie" McDaniel [probably the daughter of Rachel Meyers McDaniel, 1880 Claiborne Co., TN census] c1896. Elizabeth was born Mar. 23, 1878 in Claiborne Co. and died of tuberculosis in Wildie, Rockcastle Co., KY on Jul. 16, 1914.

Their Children were:

Henry U., born c1898 in TN

Della Mae, born c1901, also in TN. Della married John Wesley Bullins c1914 in Rockcastle Co. Their children were: Nancy E., born 1915; Joseph, born c1918; Goldie, born 1920; Virgil T., born 1922; and Nora, born 1925.

Silas F., born c1904 in TN

Etta L., born c1906 in Wayne Co., KY

Addie, born c1908 in KY
In c1917, Dewey married Eunice Ida Gadd, born c1894 in KY. They had a number of children, all born in Kentucky:

U?, a daughter, born c1918

Thomas J., born c1919

Mary, born c1921

Oscar, born c1922

Estil, born c1927. Estil's age in the 1930 census is difficult to read, but he appears to have been the same age as William, meaning they would be twins.

William Bluford, born 1927

James Edward, born 1930.

Dewey died of chronic myocarditis and stroke on Apr. 7, 1946 and was buried at Scaffold Cane in Roundstone, Rockcastle Co.

Please contact me to add to or to correct any of this information.



Dewey Coffey, death certificate No. 8580 (7 April 1946), Kentucky State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Lexington, Fayette Co., KY.

Lizzie Coffey, death certificate No. 19464(16 July 1914), Kentucky State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Lexington, Fayette Co., KY.

1910 Rockcastle Co., Orlando Pct., ED99, Sheet 5A, family 91 (no dwelling given), Coffey, Dewey, head, male white age 36, married twice, 14 yrs., born TN, parents born TN, labour in stone quarry; Elizabeth, wife, female, white, age 32, married twice, 14 yrs., mother of 5, 5 living, born TN, parents born TN; Henry U., son, male, white, age 12, born TN, parents born TN; Delta M., dau., female, white, age 12, born TN, parents born TN; Silas F., son, male, white, age 6, born TN, parents born TN; Etta L., dau., female, white, age 6, born KY, parents born TN; Hattie B., dau., female, white, age 4, born KY, parents born TN

1920 Rockcastle Co., Conway, ED239, Sheet 10B, dwelling 172, family 176, Coffey, Dewey, head, male, white, age 46, married, born TN, parents born TN, farmer; Ida, wife, female, white, age 26, married, born KY, parents born KY; Addie, dau., female, white, age 11, born KY; U?, dau., female, white, age 2, born KYl Thomas J., son, male, white, age 1 yr., 3 (?) mos., born KY

1930 Garrard Co., Paint Lick, ED10, Sheet 8A, Cartersville Road and Trails, dwelling 168, family 173, Coffey, Dewey, head, male, white, age 56, married at age 21 yrs., born TN, parents born TN, Eunice, wife, female, white, age 37, married at age 24 yrs., born KY, parents born KY; Adie [sic], dau., female, white, age 21, single, born KY; Thomas J., son, male, white, age 11, born KY; Mary, dau., female, white, age 9, born KY; Oscar, son, male, white, age 8, born KY; Estil, son, male, white, age 2 (?) yrs., 11 mos; Bluford, son, male, white, age 2 yrs., 11 mos., born KY; James, son, male, white, age 1 mo., born KY

Not yet found in the 1900 census.

September 8, 2009

Harry Thomas & Annie Lou Coffey Austin

Annie Lou Coffey was a daughter of William M. & Martha Jane Sharpe Coffey.  According to death records in Caldwell Co., Annie was born on Jan. 22, 1887.  However,  her death certificate reports that she was born Aug. 3, 1885.  She died on Mar. 6, 1972 in Lenoir, Caldwell Co., NC and was buried at Blue Ridge Memorial Park at Kings Creek.

She was married to Harry Thomas Austin c1915.  Harry was born Aug. 3, 1885 in Caldwell Co., and died there on Dec. 4, 1971.  He too is buried at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.  Harry was the son of Joseph Milton and Margaret Matilda Green Austin.  Joseph descended from Thomas Jefferson and Margaret Jane Bean Austin, a large family from Caldwell Co.

Their children, all born in NC,  were: Millard Gwyn, born Nov., 1914; Reva Gay, born Nov., 1916; Claude Everett, born Mar., 1921; Elsie M., born c1922; and Guy Coffey, born c1925.

This photo of Harry and Annie Lou with their children is courtesy of Brian Smoot, a grandson of Reva.

Please contact me to add to or correct any of this information.

Update 09/25/2009:  Family members inform me that Harry's name was spelled Horry.

September 6, 2009

Richard "Dick" Nightingale and Sallie Ann Portman Coffey

Richard and Sallie left Kentucky - probably Wayne Co. - sometime between 1853 and 1855, eventually reaching Texas where they settled in Collin Co by 1870.  In 1860 they were in Grayson Co. where at least one of their children was born.  A marriage date and place has not been found.

I have been able to find eight of their children, but can really only follow one into another family generation.

Their first known child was a son, Clayton Worth, born Feb. 8, 1848 in Casey Co., died Dec. 31, 1929 in Alvin, Brazoria Co., TX.  On Feb. 18, 1875 Clayton married Martha Jane Griffin in Collin Co.  Martha, a daughter of J. M. and Margaret King Griffin was born in Georgia on Sep. 1, 1854 and died in Dallas, TX on Jan. 30, 1943.  Clayton and Martha are buried in the Highland Cemetery at Anna in Collin Co.

I know of five children for Clayton and Martha: 

Vorilla/Vorella, born Oct. 23, 1876 in TX, died Aug. 29, 1954 in McKinney, Collin Co.  She married a Mr. Rampey.  She is buried at Stony Point Cemetery in Melissa, Collin Co.

Malcolm H. "Mallie", born Jul. 16, 1878 at Valdasta in Collin Co., died Feb. 22, 1951 in Houston, Harris Co.  He was buried at Pearland's South Park Cemetery in Brazoria Co., TX.

James P., born Sep. 10, 1881 in TX, died Jan. 19, 1975 in McKinney.  He is buried at Elm Grove Cemetery in Collin Co.

Willie King, a daughter, born Feb. 6, 1887 in Valdasta, married a Mr. John.  She died on Jan. 3, 1964 at Jacinto City, Harris Co., and was buried at Stony Point.

John Cham, born Jun. 6, 1888 in Valdasta, died Dec. 1, 1970 at Denison in Grayson Co., TX.  He was buried at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, Grayson Co.  His middle name is spelled on his death certificate as I have entered it here.  Seems to me perhaps a letter or two are missing!?
The other children of Richard and Sallie Ann were:

Jesse, born c1851 in KY
George, born c1853 in KY
John, born c1855 in TX
William, born c1858 in TX
Martha, born 1860, Grayson Co., TX
Emma, born Dec. 12, 1866 in Collin Co., died Oct. 30, 1940 in Melissa, Collin Co. and was buried at Stony Point.  She married a Mr. Moore.
Anna Lee, born Dec. 25, 1870 in Collin Co., died May 18, 1941 in Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX.  She was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Gainesville.  Anna married a Mr. Hightower.

Please contact me if you can add to or correct any of this information.

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