January 17, 2010

Isaiah Zachariah "Zet" Coffey

Isaiah "Zet" Coffey was apparently the product of an unknown father and his mother, Nancy Coffey.  Nancy was a daughter of Nelson and Rebecca Hamilton Coffey, born May 4, 1836, died Jan. 11, 1922 in Amherst Co., VA.  Nelson was a son of Jordan and Elizabeth Rippetoe Coffey.
DNA testing has shown that Jordan was not a Coffey but was a child of (probably) Jane Coffey, and an unknown Taliaferro (Toliver) male.  Jane was a daughter of William and Elizabeth Osborne Coffey.
Coffey-Rogers Grave Marker
This stone is probably the most unusual that I have ever seen.  It marks the final resting place of six people: "Zet" and two of his sons, Charlie and Egbert; two first cousins to Zet, Lucy and Calvin Rogers and a granddaughter, Isabelle, daughter of Zet's son, Jasper L. Coffey and his wife Ethyl Blankenship.
Obituary, Buena Vista News, Jul. 9, 1953

Isaiah Coffey, 89, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Emory Davis, here Thursday night, June 25.  Besides his daughter he is survived by three sons:  Chester Coffey of Lynchburg; Guy Coffey of White Sulfur Springs, West Va., and Wade Coffey of Richmond; also 17 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 27, at 4 p.m. at the Amole Funeral Home with burial in Green Hill Cemetery.
These graves can be found at the Green Hill Cemetery in Buena Vista, VA.

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