|Birth: ||Jul. 7, 1844|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 26, 1930|
Michael Smith Coffey was the second son of Athan Coffey and Mary "Polly" McGuire.
Smith's siblings were: William Harvey Coffey, Susan Caroline Coffey-Wilson, Josiah Boone Coffey, Mary Emaline Coffey-Byers, Sarah Jane Coffey-Byers, Athen Napoleon Coffey, Hannah Roxanna Coffey-Byers, Nicholas Lee Coffey, and Emma Stuart Coffey-Hooper.
Smith Coffey can be found in the 1850 and 1860 census residing in his hometown of Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina. The 1850 census lists him with his parents, Athan and Mary Coffee, and William H. Coffee, Susan C. Coffee, and Josiah B. Coffee.
Smith Coffey fought in the Civil War for Company A, 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry at the young age of 19. He was hospitalized on April 6, 1863 at Richmond, Virginia for a gunshot wound in the abdomen. He was then transferred on April 23, 1863 to London, Tennessee. He later received a disability discharge on June 5, 1863 in Knoxville, Tennessee. After the Civil War ended, Michael Smith Coffey rode a horse to Texas, where he remained until his death. Smith was the only one to leave North Carolina at that time, as his family remained in North Carolina.The Coffey's were very rich people, but everything was taken from them by the Yankees (i.e. servants and slaves, and they were taxed out of their land.
Smith Coffey married Nancy Anastasia Kerby on August 6, 1872 in Gainesville, Coryell County, Texas. Nancy was a cousin to Kit Carson. During the Civil War, Kit Carson fought for the North against Michael Smith Coffey who fought for the South.
After Michael Smith Coffey left Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina to fight in the Civil War and then moving to Texas, it was 27 years before he ever returned to North Carolina, or saw his parents again.
Smith Coffey and Nancy Anastasia Kerby became the parents of Laura Lee Coffey-Shelton, Mary Jane "Molly" Coffey, Boonie Coffey-Bridges, Roxanne "Roxie" Coffey, Cicero Coffey, Dora Coffey-Wright, Sul Ross Coffey, William Harvey Coffey, Samuel Carson Coffey, and John Clifton Coffey.
Around 1899, Smith Coffey moved his family to Tarpley, Bandera County, Texas, where he lived out the remainder of his life.
Nancy Anastasia Kerby Coffey (1850 - 1928)*
Mary Jane Coffey (1875 - 1963)*
Boonie Coffey Bridges (1877 - 1927)*
Roxanne Coffey (1880 - 1955)*
Dora Coffey Wright (1884 - 1970)*
Sul Ross Coffey (1886 - 1970)*
William Harvey "Pat" Coffey (1888 - 1975)*
Sam Carson Coffey (1891 - 1920)*
John Clifton Coffey (1893 - 1969)*
"Asleep in Jesus, oh to see what my waking form shall be. To be like Him will be my bliss, for I shall see Him as He is"
Maintained by: Pat Joubert
Originally Created by: Debbie
Record added: Feb 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18097375
I visited with you this weekend. May you Rest In Peace.|
Added: Jun. 30, 2010
For Memorial Day 2009. For my great-great-grandfather. May God Bless You.|
Added: May. 22, 2009
Michael Smith Coffey. My great-great grandfather. Fought in the Civil War for the South. Moved to Texas when the war was over.|
Added: Apr. 9, 2009