William was one of the sons of Thomas and Sarah "Sally" Fields Coffey. He was the second of 10 children born to that couple and the first of eight sons. Bible records provided in 1990 by Mary E. Thornburg, tells us that William was born "November 29th in the year of our Lord 1782," and died May 22, 1839 in Wilkes Co., NC. He was buried there at the Rufus Baptist Church Cemetery in the Mulberry Community, now part of Caldwell Co. (Lat: 36.00080, Lon: -81.64390).
Mary's Bible records tell us that William married Annie Boone on Oct. 16, 1804 in Boone, Watauga Co., the daughter of Jesse Boone and his wife Sarah McMahan. Annie appears to be the sixth of at least eight children born to Jesse and Sarah. She was born Jul. 26, 1785 in Burke Co. and died in Caldwell on Jan. 16, 1876. She is also buried at the Rufus cemetery.
At least six children were born to William and Annie, the first being Daniel Boone Coffey, born Nov. 12, 1805 in Burke Co., died Jan. 21, 1862 in Caldwell Co. Daniel married Clarissa Estes on Sep. 11, 1834. She was born Jul. 18, 1817 in Burke Co., died Jul. 17, 1884, probably in Caldwell Co. They were parents of at least nine children: 1) Emily who married her first cousin (once removed) Charles Lewis Coffey, a son of McCaleb and Elizabeth "Betsy" Collett Coffey; 2) Drury Dobbins who married Harriet Elizabeth Collett on Aug. 25, 1859; 3) Martha Ellen who married Elijah L. Moore on Oct. 12, 1858 in Caldwell Co.; 4) Sophronia Tate who married Henry Clay Coffey, brother to Charles Lewis; 5) Jonah, born May 9, 1843 in Caldwell Co. He may have died in infancy; 6) Israel Boone, born Apr. 19, 1845 in Caldwell Co., died Jul. 10, 1920 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., KS, married Catherine Emma Spainhour of North Carolina on Sep. 19, 1867 in Caldwell Co. 7) Julia, born Aug. 3, 1847; 8) Hezekiah, born 1852; 9) Celia, born Nov. 7, 1855, died Apr. 15, 1858.
Second born to William and Annie was Wilborn on May 14, 1807 in Burke Co. He married Sarah "Sallie" Cottrell on Jan. 2, 1832 in Caldwell Co. Sallie was born May 1, 1812 in Wilkes Co. and died in Caldwell Co. on Mar. 25, 1894. Wilborn died on Nov. 27, 1897. Both are buried at the Rufus cemetery. They were parents of at least eight children: 1) William Rufus, who married Harriet E. Moore on Dec. 4, 1856; 2) Thomas Milton, born c1835, died Aug. 12, 1863 on the Gettysburg battlefield; 3) Myra Emeline, born c1836, died before 1860; 4) James Grayson, born 1839, died Aug. 24, 1863 at the Union POW camp, Davis Island, New York Harbor, NY; 5) Minerva Jane, born Dec. 20, 1844, died Oct. 10,1934 and who married the Rev. John H. Nelson, born May 19, 1841 in Caldwell Co., died May 22, 1915; 6) John Calvin, born Apr. 30, 1848 in Caldwell Co., died in Mulberry Twp., Caldwell Co. on Feb. 27, 1930. He married Nancy Caroline Tuttle, born Jan. 10,1854 in Caldwell Co., died Mar. 10, 1939 at Lenoir, Caldwell Co.; 7) Finley Patterson, born Apr. 30, 1848 in Mulberry Twp., died in Lenoir on Apr. 13, 1937. His wife was Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Tuttle, born Sep. 11, 1851 in Caldwell Co, died Apr. 20, 1931 in Lenoir. Nancy Caroline and Mary Elizabeth Tuttle were sisters, daughters of Robert G. & Lucinda Puett Tuttle. 8) Charlotte Caroline, born Dec. 2, 1851 in Caldwell Co., died Mar. 18, 1944. She married Jesse Richmond Moore on Oct. 21, 1869 in Caldwell Co. He was born Mar. 16, 1849 in Globe Twp., Caldwell Co. and died in the Mulberry Twp. on Sep. 13, 1921
William and Annie's third was Gilliam, born May 21, 1810, died Jan. 8,1910 in Patterson Twp., Caldwell Co. He married Mary "Polly" Moore on Jan. 2, 1832. She was born c1820 in Burke Co. and died in Caldwell Co. on May 26, 1871. They were parents of at least six: 1) Harvey N., born 1837, died 1912, married Jane Cochran; 2) William Elbert, born 1839, died 1912 at Morganton, Burke Co. His wife was Margaret Anne Kinkaid, born 1837 in Burke Co., died Dec. 22, 1921 in Morganton. Margaret had a child after William died and whose father is not known to me. She and William Elbert had at least six children: Mary, William Alvin, Lula Eloise; Annie Jane, Harvey Macan, and Maggie Lee. 3) Harriet E., born Sep. 6, 1843 in Cedar Valley, Caldwell Co., died Dec. 12, 1937 in Elizabethton, Carter Co., TN. Harriet's spouse was James Brown Blair to whom she was married on Oct. 7, 1866 in Caldwell Co. James was born in Cedar Valley on May 1, 1844 and died in Carter Co. on May 24, 1920. They had at least eight children: Henry Lee, Gilliam Colbert, Harvey, John Caldwell, Job W., Mary E., Hatibel, and Lillie M. 4) Celia Adeline, born c1847, died before 1910. Her husband was John Wesley Estes and they were married on Dec. 2, 1868 in Caldwell Co. Their children were at least eight: Benjamin G., Albert Lafayette, Horace Herndon; John C., Victor Scotland, Emma E., Homer Roy, and May C. This family left NC sometime after 1880 and journeyed west to Iowa where Emma was born and then to Idaho where May was born. 5) Cordelia Adaline, born Jan. 10, 1853, died Jul. 9,1918. She married John Boone Gragg on Dec. 17,1 877 in Caldwell Co. He was born Feb. 15, 1856 in Caldwell Co., and died in Globe Twp., on May 23, 1937. Both are buried at the Job Moore cemetery in the Globe. Their children were at least seven: William Hardie, Charlie, Stella Victoria, John Vernon, Laurance Dillard, Mamie, and Horace Milton. Child 6) was Emma, born c1855. Unfortunately, nothing else has been found for her.
The fourth child of William and Annie was Celia, Jun. 29, 1813 in Burke Co., died in Wilkes Co. on Jul. 12, 1899. She married Hezekiah Curtis, a son of Samuel and Susanna Cottrell Curtis, on Dec. 26, 1833 in Wilkes Co. Hezekiah was born May 16, 1810 in Wilkes Co., and died there on Jan. 20, 1901. Both are buried at Mountain Park Cemetery in Wilkesboro, Wilkes Co. Their children were Darcus, Judson, Larkin Junius, Julia, Finley Patterson, Caroline L., and Martha Gertrude.
The fifth and last child born to William and Annie was Calvin on Sep. 30, 1819. He died Apr. 2, 1847 after a short marriage to Mary Greene in about 1839-40. Four children were born to Calvin and Mary: Harrison, Alexander, William and Patterson Vance. William also died on the battlefield at Gettysburg.
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