May 8, 2012

John D. Coffey

John D. Coffey - the "D" may stand for David or Davis - was a son of Ananias and Jane Hindman Coffey. He was born Sep. 16, 1821* in KY and married Sarepta (var.) Chambers on Nov. 30, 1852.**  John is said to have died in 1859, but likely a bit earlier.  Sarepta married for a second time on Oct. 30, 1859 to Berry Coomer, born c1818 in Stokes Co., NC.  This couple remained in Adair Co. before moving to Cumberland Co. in 1900.

Sarepta and John D. had three children, all born in Adair Co.:

Coffey-Hurt Marriage Record #1
Coffey-Hurt Marriage Record #2
John W. was born Sep. 12, 1853, married Millie Hurt on Jan. 21, 1878 in Edmonton, Metcalfe Co., KY.  Millie was born Jan. 3, 1849 in KY and died in Cumberland Co. on Jun. 18, 1927.  John died on Aug. 1, 1935 in the Cole Camp Pct. of Cumberland Co.  Both are buried at White Hill Baptist Church Cemetery near Burkesville in Cumberland Co. The family appeared in the 1900 through the 1930 (John was then a widower) census but, I have been unable to find them in 1880.  I believe they had at least five children:  William D., born Apr., 1880, who remained unmarried and with his father until John died; James D., Jennie M., Winnie J., and Mary S.  I have not found any marriage records for the children.

Julia Coffey Marriage Record
Julia Ann, born Dec. 5, 1855, married George A. McKinney on Jan. 6, 1880 in Columbia Co.  George was born in KY in Aug., 1842.  Their children were George L., Leonard J., Sarepta P., and Lydia B.  There could also be more that I have not yet found.  They were in Columbia in 1880 and Gradyville in 1900, both places in Adair Co.

Third and last child was Lloyd M., born Mar. 21, 1857, died 1910 in Cumberland Co.  He married Julia A. Lacy c1883.  They had only one child that lived to adulthood; Ellis M., born c1895 in Cumberland Co.  Julia, born Apr., 1856 in KY, died on May 23, 1928 in that county.  Both she and Lloyd are buried at the West Fork Cemetery in Cumberland Co.

Sarah Chambers Coffey Coomer had several more children with Berry but I have not yet tracked them down.

Updates and corrections are appreciated.


*Coffey Cousins Newsletter, Vol. 44, Sep., 1991, Page 13 citing the the Coffey-Hindman Bible then in possession of Mrs. Clara Gowen; pub. 1790 in Edinburg by Mark and Charles Kerr, His Majesty's printers. Copied by James O. Gowen, Oct. 2, 1978

**Kentucky Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Microfilm (1852-1919), roll #994037-994058, KY Department of Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, KY; Name: John D Coffey Age: 31 Est. Birth Year: abt 1821 Residence: Russell Spouse Name: Sarpety Chambers Spouse Age: 23 Est. Spouse Birth Year: abt 1829 Spouse Birth Location: Barren Marriage Date: 30 Nov 1852 Marriage Location: Adair County of Record: Adair

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