|William & Mary Wisman Coffey|
Their children as I have them, were all born in Missouri:
|L-R: Jasper, Albert, James, Rufus & Thomas Coffey|
In her e-mail, Jo Ann wrote that William was known by Allen. All of their children were born in Miller and Camden Co. She lists one additional child, a son named Albert, born 1872 that I have not yet researched.
Jo Ann doesn't name George as one of their sons, so it's possible that George is Albert, but ages do not match. He will require additional research.
Jo Ann noted that William and Mary appear to be stern, "but the story was that everyone loved to be in their home because they were so loving and kind."
Update - Jan. 30, 2010
I received this from Jo Ann yesterday:
"On the photo of William Allen sons you didn't name them from left to right.
Jasper b 1872 - Albert b 1870 - James b 1868 - Rufus b 1861 and Thomas b 1858.
I see I had the date for Albert as 1872, and should have been 1870.
[I have them identified on the photograph. However, I seem to have omitted a comma between James and Rufus.]
Also there is a conflict with the date for Thomas. The 1880 census has him born in 1868 and the 1870 census has him 1858. (Note: to find William Allen Coffey for the 1870 census he is listed as William Alen, with Alen being the last name.) Crazy! We know it is the right census because of the place and names.
My brother Fred has the Civil War application for William Allen Coffey, dated Feb.25, 1891. The children listed are as follows: George b. 1856 - Thomas b. 1858 - Rufus b. 1861 - Clementine b. 1863 -Caldonia b. 65 - James b. 1868 - Albert b. 1870 - Jasper b. 1872. The application is signed by William Allen Coffey and Rufus Coffey.
Also I said James 1871, The Civil War app. has him 1868.
So Fred and I decided to go with the dates on the Civil War Application. I hope this makes sense, and clears up the difference between George and Albert."