February 2, 2013

William Larkin & Nancy A. Drayman Coffey

William Larkin Coffey
Photo via Benna J.[1]
William Larkin was a son of Lewis Elbert and Hester Gravitt Coffey and, Nancy, a daughter of Leonard and Nancy Alexander Draymon.  William was second oldest of at least ten children, born Mar. 23, 1853 in Gilmer Co., GA.  Nancy was born on Feb. 23, 1854 in Pickens Co., SC.

She and Larkin were married on Aug., 6, 1875 in Pickens Co.  He died Nov. 18, 1905 in Morgan Co., TN and she, also in Morgan Co., on Apr. 3, 1945.  Nancy and Larkin ae buried at Crab Orchard cemetery in Oakdale, Morgan Co.

There were at least nine children born to Nancy and Larkin between 1876 and 1897.  The first five were born in GA while the last four were born in TN.

First born was Leonard Edward "Eddie", born Apr., 1876 and died in Hamilton Co., OH in Nov., 1964.  His wife was Eva Jane Gamble, born in 1882 AR, died in OH in 1956.  They were married in Roane Co., TN in 1899.  Their children numbered at least four:  Ella Mae, James, Josie and Bessie Annie.  All were born between 1902 and 1916 in TN except James who was born in KY.

Second born was James Harrison in 1878, Pickens Co., GA.  His spouse was Anna Laymance, married 1897 in Roane Co.  She died in that county in 1962 and James followed in 1966.  Both are buried at Riggs Chapel Cemetery in Harriman, Roane Co.  Their children were Lee, Maud and Robbie.  There are likely more but I have not yet dug any deeper.

Josie was the first daughter born to James and Nancy.  She was born in 1880 and died in 1881.

Rosa Lee was born in 1882, Murray Co., GA, died 1960 in Morgan Co., TN.  Her spouse was Arthur Samuel Shepherd, 1882 VA - 1959 TN.  Both are buried at Rankin Chapel in Oakdale, Morgan Co., TN.

William, born 1885 in Monroe Co., married Lucy Robbins in 1910, Roane Co., TN.  Lucy was the daughter of Zacharia and Mary Hurst Robbins and was born in Bell Co., KY in 1890.  She died in Morgan Co., TN in 1917 nd buried at Crab Orchard Cemetery in Oakdale.  William "Bill" married second to Donnie Robbins c1910 and they were the parents of at least two sons, John and Richard.  Bill is also married at Crab Orchard but a grave site for Donnie has not been found.

Walter F. was born in 1889 and died in Roane Co. in 1970.  He married Nora E. Adkisson in Roane Co. in 1919.  She was born in 1897 and died in Roane Co. in 1982 and, both are buried at Crab Orchard.  Children were Jesse; Clare; Clarennce; and Laura Mae.

Lawrence W. was born in McMinn Co., TN in 1892 and died in Morgan Co., TN in 1971.  He married Essie Edwards in Roane Co. in 1919.  She was born in Roane Co. in 1905 and died in Morgan Co. in 1997.  They too are buried at Crab Orchard.  Their children were seven:  Vance W., Helen Annalene; David Lawrence; Franklin Delano; Leonard Samuel; Wanda Sue and Larry James.

Coral Vernie Mae, born 1894 in Rhea Co., TN, married Charles Robert Clark in Roane Co. in 1912.  He was born in Morgan Co., in 1884 and died in Morgan Co. in 1958.  Coral died in Roane Co. in 1975.  Both are buried at Rankins Chapel cemetery in Oakdale.  Their children were:  Rev. Arnold Robert; Myrtle; Mabel; Walter Larkin; Albert Lewis; Lela Lodena; Carlene; Carl Boone; and Eva V.

The last child born to Larkin and Nancy was Minnie in 1897, Cumberland Co., TN.  Minnie married David Lee Blake in Roane Co. in 1924.  Both died at Pine Orchard in Morgan Co.; he in 1958, she in 1931. Both are buried at the Pine Orchard cemetery.

Updates and corrections welcomed.

Additional information is available for many of the Larkin and Nancy descendants.


[1] This researcher has posted photos of other members of Larkin's family on Find-A-Grave memorial pages.  Click on the link in the caption under Larkin's photo to get started.

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