July 15, 2011

John B. & Ollie Jane Kivett Coffey

Some genealogies that I have seen claim the initial B stands for Bradley while a death certificate for one of his sons names his father as John Bradford Coffey.  I'll go with Bradford until someone with good evidence convinces me it was Bradley.

John B. Coffey
Ollie Jane Kivett
John was born on May 5, 1862 in Kentucky to Ransom and Malinda A. Weaver Coffey.  Sometime over the next 24 years John moved to Union Co., TN where he married Ollie Jane Kivett on Aug. 20, 1886.*  The couple remained in Union county at least through the first part of 1900 when they appeared there in the census.  They must have returned to KY, or perhaps did not leave before 1887, for on Feb. 5 of that year their first child, Harley Albert was born in that state.

By 1903, at least, they were in Baylor Co., TX where their eighth child, Mary Lee was born on Oct. 4 of that year.  They eventually relocated to Crosby Co., TX where they remained until sometime after 1930 when John and Ollie relocated to Lubbock, TX.  John died there on Jan. 5, 1940, preceded by Ollie on Nov. 28, 1935.  Their remains were returned to Crosby Co., TX where they were buried in the Crosbyton cemetery.

Their children were:

Harley Albert, born Feb. 5, 1887 in KY, died at Fort Bayard, Grant Co., NM on Mar. 26, 1966. Harley married Dorothy D. "Dot" Griffin in Crosbyton.  She was the daughter of Adanija and Ida M. Griffin and was born to them in Colorado on Oct. 18, 1893.  She died on Feb. 15, 1995 in San Gabriel, Los Angeles Co., CA.
Obituary, Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Feb. 7, 1995

CROSBYTON (Special) - Graveside services for Dorothy G. Coffey, 101 of San Gabriel, Calif., will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Crosbyton Cemetery with the Rev. Les Griffin, pastor of Crosbyton´s First Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be under direction of Adams Funeral Home.

She died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1995, in the San Gabriel Valley Community Hospital.

She was born Oct. 18, 1893, in Hagen, Colo. She married Harley Albert Coffey in Crosbyton. He died March 26, 1966. She moved to San Gabriel in 1980.

She was a homemaker, and she was a recording secretary for the Farm Bureau of New Mexico. She had also worked on the election boards. A son, Kenneth died in 1941.

Survivors include a daughter, Ollie Myrtle Kapitan of San Gabriel; a brother, Lloyd Griffin of El Monte, Calif.; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Romey John, Jr.
Romey John, born Jan. 26, 1889 in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, died Jan. 5, 1971 in Crosbyton.  He married a lady by the name of Irene O. on Mar. 26, 1915 in Crosby Co.  She was born Feb. 27, 1896 in Emma, TX** and died Jun. 26, 1986 in Redondo Beach, LA County, CA.  She and Romey had two children:  Romey, Jr., born Jan. 10, 1917 in Crosbyton and died Nov. 18,1972 in Long Beach, LA Co., CA.  Second born was Hazel Margaret or, Marguerite, born c1919 in TX.  Romey John, Irene and Romey, Jr. are all buried in the Crosbyton cemetery.

James Lonnie was born Dec. 19, 1891 in Union Co., TN and died in Melrose, Curry Co., NM in July, 1960.  He married Clara Helena Griffin, sister to Dorothy, wife of Harley Albert.  The family line between these two couples blurs a bit.  In Dorothy's obituary it is written that she had a daughter named Ollie Myrtle.  Of the eight children born to James and Clara was a daughter named Ollie M.  I have not found Harley and Dot and do not know who their children were.  I suppose it is very possible that each couple named a daughter Ollie M. or Ollie Myrtle.

The children of James and Clara were:  Verlin Albert; Ruby May; Leroy; Robert C.; John L.; Ollie M.; George H.; and Edgar L.

Following James Lonnie was a daughter, Mamie Melinda, born Jul., 1894.  No further information.

Florence Ellie, born Jan. 1, 1897 in Union Co., TN, died Apr. 1, 1957 in Crosbyton.  Florence married George Houston Strange on Oct. 9, 1918 in Ralls, Crosby Co.  He was born Nov. 13, 1894 in Tom Green Co., TX and died in Crosbyton on Apr. 19, 1981.  Florence and George had one child, a daughter Edith Jewel, born Jul. 18, 1919, died Jul. 19, 1919 in Crosbyton.  George and Florence are buried at Crosbyton and I suspect Edith Jewel is as well.

Stewart Hembree, born Oct. 21, 1898 in Union Co., died Nov. 19, 1974 in Levelland, Hockley Co., TX.  No other information.

Madie Ethel, born c1901 in TN.  No further information.

Mary Lee, born Oct. 4, 1903 in Baylor Co., TX, died Jul. 17, 1978 in Lubbock.  Sarah married a Lewis Chance.
Obituary, Crosbyton Review, Jul. 20, 1978

Mary Lee Chance, a 74-year-old Crosbyton resident, succumbed about 6 p.m. Monday in the Quaker Manor Nursing Home in Lubbock. She had been a resident of the nursing home.  Mrs. Chance was a former Crosby County district clerk.

Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church in Crosbyton. The Rev. Bobby Rine, pastor, officiated.

Interment was made in Crosbyton Cemetery, under direction of Adams Funeral Home. Nephews served as pallbearers.

Born Oct. 14, 1903 in Seymour, the former Mary Lee Coffey was married to Lewis Chance. He preceded his wife in death in 1960.

Mrs. Chance moved to Crosby County in 1914 from Seymour. She was a member of the Crosbyton First Baptist Church.

Survivors include one brother, E. E. Coffey of Lubbock; three sisters, Mrs. Mamie Paschal of Clovis, N.M., Mrs. Willie Williams of Lubbock, and Mrs. Ethel Heathington of Ralls; and one niece whom she raised, Gloria Smith of Lubbock.
Sarah Azalee, born c1906 in TX.  She married a Mr. Read or Reid.  No further information.

William McKinley "Willie" Coffey.  According to two out of three census records, this was a daughter, born May 19, 1908 in TX.  She married Oscar Bunon Williams, born Sep. 25, 1900 in Crosbyton, doed Mar. 7, 1972 in Lubbock.  Both are buried at Crosbyton.

The 11th and last child born to John and Ollie was Edgar, born c1912 in TX.  No further information.

Update Jul 30, 2011  Mary Lee Coffey remained unmarried until the late 40's or early 50's when she married a widower, Lewis Webster Chance.  Lewis was born Mar. 3, 1878 and died Aug. 20, 1960 in Crosbyton.  Mary Lee was born Oct. 4, 1903 and died Jul. 17, 1978 in Lubbock, Lubbock Co.  Lewis was a son of William N. and Elizabeth Hardaway Chance.  No children are thought to have been born to the Chance-Coffey marriage.  Prior to his marriage to Mary Lee, Lewis had been married to Mattie Dera Benton, a daughter of D. H. and Anna Henson Benton, for about 40 years and together they had a number of children.  Mattie was born Oct. 19, 1890 in TX and died in Lubbock on Feb. 17, 1948. Mary Lee is buried at Crosbyton while Lewis and Mattie are buried at the Ralls Cemetery in Crosby Co.

Sarah Azalee (or Asalee) married George Manning Reed and had at least one child, Gloria J. Reed, born c1929.  Mary Lee lived with George and Sarah in 1930 and their child may be the niece Gloria Smith mentioned in Mary Lee's obituary.

*Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1950: Groom's Name: John B. Coffey Groom's Birth Date: Groom's Birthplace: Groom's Age: Bride's Name: Ollie J. M. Kivett Bride's Birth Date: Bride's Birthplace: Bride's Age: Marriage Date: 20 Aug 1886 Marriage Place: , Union, Tennessee Groom's Father's Name: Groom's Mother's Name: Bride's Father's Name: Bride's Mother's Name: Groom's Race: Groom's Marital Status: Groom's Previous Wife's Name: Bride's Race: Bride's Marital Status: Bride's Previous Husband's Name: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M51977-2 System Origin: Tennessee-ODM Source Film Number: 976341 Reference Number:

**I cannot find a town named Emma in TX so do not know in which County she was born. 

Photos of John and Ollie taken from headstones and posted on FindAGrave by someone using the alias "GenFreaks"  The photo of Romey, Jr. was posted by Anonymous to FindAGrave.

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