Jesse S. Coffey Family

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McCaleb Coffey's house is still standing, located just off the Lenoir/Blowing Rock highway north of Lenoir NC near where the divided lane road narrows down to two lanes. It's on the left (heading to Blowing Rock) in a small "holler" on a small hill. It's a two story dull gold color with a metal roof.-- Jim Deans

Fourth Generation

Children of McCaleb Coffey and Elizabeth Collett
Thomas Jefferson Coffey (1828-1901) m. Mollie/Millie Greer, d/o Thomas Greer and Mary Ray (1813-1906)
Charles L. Coffey m. Emily Coffey
Sarah A. Coffey m. John Steele
John E. Coffey (died as a child)
Mary Lou Coffey m. George Nelson
Frances Caroline Coffey
Rachel M. Coffey m. Thomas Coffey
Carrie Coffey m. David J. Farthing
Martha E. Coffey (did not marry)
Henry Clay Coffey (1841) m. Sephronia Tate Coffey (1841-1906),
d/o Daniel Boone Coffeyand Clarrisa Estes
William Columbus Coffey (1839) m. 1) Carrie Curtis, d/o Hezekiah Curtis and Celia Coffey
2) Mrs. Ada Penn (m. 1908)
Julia "Jennie" Jane Coffey (did not marry)
Laura Louise Coffey (died at the age of 4)
Margaret Coffey
James E. Coffey (died 1862 or 1864, Petersburg, VA, of diphtheria)

Fifth Generation

Children of Thomas Jefferson Coffey and Mollie Greer
Elizabeth Coffee m. Judge W. B. Councill
Margaret Coffey m. Stacy Rambo
Stewart Coffey m. 1) Miss Sanborn; 2) Mrs. Roby

Thomas Jefferson Coffey taught school at Valle Crucis (Watauga County) before the Civil War, but soon went into business at what is now Butler , TN. He joined the Confederate Army, becoming captain of Company E. 58th North Carolina infantry. Before his death he and brother, W. C. entered into an agreement that whichever survived the other should carry on the firm business as long as he thought fit, and then divide the property.


Children of William Columbus Coffey and Carrie Curtis
Edgar S. Coffey m. Anna Parks
Thomas Finley Coffey m. 1) Jennie Councill; 2) Blanche Wells (of Manning SC)


Children of Henry Clay Coffee and Sephronia Tate Coffey
Charles Daniel Coffey (1869-1950) m. Meta Belle Critcher (1871-1958)
Laurence Henry (?) Coffey (1875) m. Adah Costner

Henry Clay Coffey was in Co. F of the 26th NC CSA Infantry of Lee's army and took part in the July 1, 1863 attack at Gettysburg where he was the 86th of 87 wounded or killed of a total of 88 men. Company F directly attacked the Minnesota Iron Brigade on McPherson's Ridge and ultimately broke the Iorn Brigade on the left side of the Union line about the same time CSA's Jubal Early attacked the Union right side and crushed the Union flank. These two actions sent the Union forces running through the town of Gettysburg en route to Cemetery Hill where they would regroup with the rest of Meade's Union army for the next two day's Confederate disaster. Henry Clay Coffey was was captured on July 1, 1863 and exchanged later that year. He married Sephronia on 1/28/1864 and then rejoined Lee's army by 3/1/1864 and was present at Petersburg seige in 1865.

According to later family stories Sephronia ruled the home roost with an iron hand probably because she was still miffed (my opinion) at his leaving so soon after they were married.

There is a good photo of Henry C Coffey in Co. F in "the Globe Valley Revisited1783-1865" by Bud Altmayer a Blowing Rock resident.

Sixth Generation

Children of Charles Daniel Coffey and Meta Belle Critcher
Carl Sylvester Coffey (?-1939) m. Margaret Tate Gwyn (d. 1988)
Charles MacDonald Coffey (1894-1967) m. Martha Lura Finley (1894-1967)

Seventh Generation

Children of Carl Sylvester Coffey and Margaret Tate Gwyn
Carl Gwyn Coffey
Margaret Blair Coffey


Children of Charles MacDonald Coffey and Martha Lura Finley
Lura Finley Coffey (1918-1988) m. James Elliott Deans (1902-1984)
Charles MacDonald Coffey III m. Ruth King Wood

Charles Daniel Coffey moved to North Wilkesboro ca 1900 from Colletsville, Caldwell County to be near the North Wilkesboro railroad as he had become a successful lumber operator. He later sold his lumber operations and he and his son Charles McDonald Coffey got into the business of selling Model T Fords and other automotive products in North Wilkesboro.


The History of Watauga County North Carolina, John Preston Arthur, Copyright 1915.

Personal communication from Jim Deans who used the book "Coffey Genealogy II" by A. Cuffez which includes a reprint of Lawrence H. Coffey's "Thomas Coffey and His Descendents" for most of the above information. Jim Deans' email address:

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