August 30, 2010

James Coffey, Jr., and Sophia Giebear

Updated Nov. 13, 2010 and June 12, 2011

James, Jr. was one of the sons of James, Sr. and his wife Sarah Emaline “Sally” Sumpter Coffey.  Junior was the sixth of 10, born c1823 in Wayne Co., KY and died Nov. 16, 1872 in Perry Co., MO.  He and Sophie are thought to be buried at the Mount Hope cemetery in Perryville.

Sophie was of French descent; both of her parents were born in France.  She was born in Missouri c1834.  Her date of death and their marriage date is unknown.  I’ve seen her surname spelled several ways, including Gabber, Giebear, Gebbar, etc.  In the 1850 census of Cape Cinque Hommes, Perry Co., MO, the family surname is spelled Giebear.

James may have been married prior to his departure from Kentucky.  Up until c1851 he was in in Pulaski Co., KY.  In 1860 he was in Perryville, MO with Sophie.  However, in the census that year there was a female child named Permelia E., age 14, born in IL.  She may or may not have been James’ child.  James was in the household with his parents in 1850 and there was not a child named Permelia with him  She could also have been Sophia’s child from a previous marriage, but she carried the Coffey family name in the 1860 census.

I have four children for James and Sophia, all born and died in Perry Co. and buried at Mount Hope:

James Henry, born Feb. 14, 1853, died Jun. 11, 1940.  His wife was Mary Emma Dickerson, born c1866 in MO.  She may also be at Mount Hope.  They had at least one child, James Edward, born Aug. 25, 1895, died Aug. 14, 1961.  His wife was Mary Zelpha Layton, born Oct. 18, 1894 in MO, died Nov. 10, 1979.  They are also at Mount Hope.

Red, Mary Jane Coffee
Photo credit: Marita Easterday
William Austin was second born, Mar. 18, 1855, died Dec. 7, 1923.  His wife was Margaret Adaline Fowler, born Feb. 14, 1862 in South Carolina, died Feb. 4, 1935.  I have 10 children for them:  Robert, born c1879 in MO; Florence, born Feb., 1882 in TX [sic]; James Austin, born Mar. 18, 1884 in Cinque Hommes Twp., Perry Co.; Rosalie, born Mar. 23, 1886; John Edward, born Mar., 1889; Maude, born Apr. 12, 1890; Jesse, born Feb. 29, 1892 in Bois Brule Twp., Perry Co.; Everett, born Jun., 1895; Charles H., born Nov., 1896, died May 7, 1923; and Lillie, born Oct., 1899.  Charles H. married Alice Mary Staelens, born Aug. 15, 1895 in MO, died Apr. 30, 1963 in Perry Co.  Alice is thought to be Charles’ second wife.

Mary Jane was born next, on Feb. 12, 1857, died Jun. 24, 1954.  She married c1885 John D. [Douglas?] Red, a native of IL, born Sep. 17, 1842.  He died Jan 30, 1908.  Both are buried at Mount Hope.  Their children were Mary S., born c1886 in IL; Julia, born Apr., 1888 in CA [sic], and Charles, born Mar. 1894 in MO.

Lucinda Elizabeth was last, born Sep. 10, 1859 in Adair Co., MO, died Aug. 7, 1937 in Perryville.  Her husband was John Calvin Welker, born Jul. 9, 1858, died Nov. 6, 1931 in Perryville.  They too are at Mount Hope.

Their children were: Ola Elma, born Mar 11, 1884; Jesse Clarenton, born Jun. 7, 1886; Clinton Oliver, born Jun. 14, 1888; Mary Ethel, born Jan. 5, 1891 and twin daughters, born Sep. 1, 1892 that apparently died at birth and unnamed.  The Missouri birth records report that Ola was the 3d child born to Lucinda and the twins were No. 6 and No. 7.  They also report that Mary Ethel was child No. 6.  If the records are correct, John and Lucinda were parents of at least eight, perhaps nine children.

I have not yet begun to research all of the children belonging to each of James and Sophia’s children.

Readers are invited to add to or correct any of this information.





The first two children of John Calvin and Lucinda Elizabeth Coffey Welker were William E.,  and Victoria Edith.

William was born Aug., 1878, died Jun. 8, 1950, Perry Co.  William's wife was Josephine Maria Lappe, born Dec. 15, 1880 in MO, died there on Jun. 10, 1968.  Children were Rudolph and Elmo.  Wm. and Josephine are buried at St. Maurus Catholic Cemetery in Biehle, Perry Co., MO.

Victoria was born Oct., 1881 at Cinque Homme and married Joseph Baudendistel.  Joseph was born c1885 in MO and died Aug. 28, 1937 in Rulo, Richardson Co., NE.  Victoria died Jun. 26, 1988 in NE and is also buried at Rulo.  This family moved around a lot!  They were in married in MO, c1908.  By 1910 they were in North Dakota where they remained at least through 1912.  From 1914 thru at least 1917 they were back in MO but by 1921 they were in KS and remained there at least until 1930.  That year they appeared in the Irving, Brown Co., KS census on the Iowa Indian Reservation.

Their children were: John E., born c1910 in ND; Raymond S., born c1912 in ND; Victor, born 1914 in MO, died 1916 in St. Louis, MO; Lillian, born c1917 in MO; Paul, born c1921 in KS; Mildred, born c1923 in KS; Juanita B. born c1925 in KS and Wesley E., born c1927 in KS.

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:38 PM

    I found this on the internet - my mother has no recollection of a Mary Dickerson - but said Mathilda Moore was her grandmother.

    http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/e/a/s/Marita-L-Easterday/GENE10-0007.html
    marita.samuels@kohler.com

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  2. I also have Mary as his wife but, I have no source for her surname. I’ll have to check into that. Could be a different Henry, but two of the same age, same name, etc. in Cinque Hommes would be extremely coincidental. And, note that Sophia is in the household with them.

    1880 Perry Co., Cinque Hommes, ED97, Page 7, dwelling/family 51, Coffey, Henry, white male, age 27, married within last year, farmer, born MO, father born KY, mother born MO; Mary E., white female, age 14, wife, married within last year, keeping house, born MO, father born NC, mother born MO; Coffey, Sophia, white female, age 46, mother, widow, born MO, parents born France; Coffey, Mary J., white female, age 23, sister, single, born MO, father born KY, mother born MO

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  3. UPDATE/EXPANSION:
    James Henry, born Feb. 14, 1853, died Jun. 11, 1940. His wife was Mary Emma Dickerson, born c1866 in MO. She may also be at Mount Hope. They had at least one child, James Edward, born Aug. 25, 1895, died Aug. 14, 1961. His wife was Mary Zelpha Layton, born Oct. 18, 1894 in MO, died Nov. 10, 1979. They are also at Mount Hope.

    James Henry Coffey and Mary Zelpha (Layton) Coffey had 5 children. Henry Coffey, Sister Mary Maureen Coffey, Mary Orma Coffey, Joseph Leo Coffey, and Joe Coffey.
    Joseph Leo Coffey served with distinction in World War II in the 363rd Infantry; 5th Army under General Patton in Africa, Italy, and Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Two Bronze Stars. After the war Joseph Leo Coffey married Nelda Marie Chappius and they had two children; Edward Leo Coffey and Karen Theresa Coffey. They lived in St. Anne, MO and retired to Terre Du Lac, MO. Joseph Leo Coffey passed away in 1997, and his wife of over 50 years, Nelda Marie (Chappius)Coffey passed away in 2005. They were buried with the Sacraments in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bonne Terre, MO

    karenjava@gmail.com

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