May 17, 2010

The Doctors Coffey

My recent research has uncovered several Coffey families that have produced a number of medical doctors over several generations.  I was especially impressed with the family of Osborn and Mary Nightingale Coffey whose son, Dr. Richard Nightingale Coffey was responsible for several:

Dr./Rev. Richard, born Jul 5, 1795 in Amherst Co., VA, died Nov., 1867 at Camden Point, Platte Co., MO, and his wife Margaret Catherine McCormick produced two:

 I- Dr. William A., born Mar., 1821 in Madison Co., KY, and died there on Feb. 11, 1875.  He and his wife, Elizabeth Hill produced two:

    1- Dr. William Harrison Coffey, who produced one:

        1- Dr. Ralph Ringo Coffey

    2- Dr. Richard Nightingale Coffey produced two:

        1- Dr. George McDowell Coffey, DDS

        2- Dr. Erval Richard Coffey

II Dr. Ephraim McDowell Coffey produced one:

        1- Dr. Grundy C. Coffey

Update Oct. 23, 2012:  Dr. Ephraim McDowell Coffey produced at least two.  The second was Grundy's older brother, Dr. Albion McDowell Coffey.  He was a Dentist and served in the US Army.  The Military Surgeon: Journal of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, Vol. 28, 1911, page 357, reported that First Lt. Albion McDowell Coffey was a member of the Medical Reserve Corps.  His military record shows that he served in Alaska, the Philippines, and at several bases in the US including Fort Davis, Alaska, Vancouver Barracks in Washington Territory; Fort Same Houston in San Antonio; Jackson Barracks in New Orleans; Fort Philip in Louisiana and at Fort Lawton, Washington, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Crook, Nebraska [See Returns From U.S. Military Posts, 1800-1916; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M617, 1,550 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.]

He lived with his mother through at least 1910 but, married a lady named Dorothy c1914, perhaps in Philadelphia where they appeared in the 1930 census.  I have not yet found him in 1920.  Sometime before he married he completed at least four years of college and became a dentist.  In 1930 however, he reported on the census that he was a medical physician.  Dorothy owned a beauty shop in the city.  By 1940 he was a widower residing in Wild Wood city, Cape May Co., NJ.  He appears to have died in 1954, either in NJ or PA and probably buried in PA.  The funeral home card is not clear on either.

Please contact me if you know where he and Dorothy are buried.


Dr. Edmond Aurelius Coffey

Dr. Everett Lee Coffey

Dr. Francis Ellsworth Coffey produced one:
     1 - Dr. Roy B. Coffey

Dr. George Alfred Caldwell Coffey

Dr. James Heath Coffey

Dr. James Leo Coffey

Dr. John Cicero Coffey

Dr. Lawrence Henry Coffey

Dr. Robert Calvin Coffey produced two:
    1 - Dr. Jay Russell Coffey
    2 - Dr. Robert Mayo Coffey

Dr. Robert Tuttle Coffey

I feel certain there are others that I have not yet discovered or, do not yet know they became doctors. Additionally, many of those above may also have produced sons and daughters who became medical doctors. Please contact me to add to or correct any of this information.

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