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Judge William H. Coffey
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1841
Death: Oct. 24, 1902

Per plat by Kyle Gaines in 2005-Section 11----
Believe this to be:
BIO: Goodspeed's: Judge W.H.Coffey, an eminent lawyer of St.Francis County, widely known and highly esteemed by his associates on the bench, is originally of Fayette Co., Tenn, but was taken by his parents when an infant, to DeSoto, County, Mississippi, in which state his father died two years later. His mother then returned to her father's home in Hardeman County, Tenn., and afterward married John Coates, of that county. In 1861 Mr.Coffey enlisted in the Fourth Tennessee Infantry, taking an active part in the battles of Shiloh, Murfreesboro, Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga, and a number of others. He was captured and taken prisoner at the battle of Missionary Ridge, thence conveyed to Camp Morton, Ind., held in captivity for nine months, when he was exchanged, and receiving a furlough turned his face toward his native land, walking over 225 miles, and reaching home a short time before the surrender. He then took up farming for his livelihood, and in 1869 was married to Miss Mary E.Haris, who died in 1870, leaving one son, James W. In 1872 Mr.Coffey removed to Arkansas, and settled in St.Francis Co.,, on a farm nine miles from Forrest City, purchasing the first 160 acres of land, to which he has added from time to time, until know he owns 1,120 acres, and besides these he has his home farm, 225 acres, which are under cultivation. Two years after his removal to this county, he was elected justice of the peace, holding this office until 1886, when he was elected county judge, and was again elected to this office in 1888, and is now finishing his second term. In December, 1873, he was again married to Mary A. Houston, a daughter of James M. Houston. They are the parents of eight children, five of whom are still living:Mary E., Martha T., Noma, Nora Belle and Clarence Elbert. Mr.Coffey affiliates with the Masonic fraternity, in which order he has taken the degree of Royal Arch., and in the thirteen years of membership, he has not missed but four regular meetings. He is also a charter member of the County Wheel, being one of the charter members of this lodge, and was its first president..

Fourth Tennessee Infantry, COFFEY W. H. JUDGE NA Goodspeed's 1884 BIO

Per 1880 Census:Prairie Twn, St.Francis Co., Ark
self W. H. Coffee M 36 Tennessee
wife M. A. Coffee F 30 Arkansas
dgh Mary E. Coffee F 5 Arkansas
son W. J. Coffee M 10 Tennessee
dgh Mattie Coffee F 4 Arkansas

Per 1900 Census:
name: Wm H Coffey
event: Census
event date: 1900
event place: ED 98 Prairie Township Palestine town, St. Francis
birth date: Mar 1841
birthplace: Tennessee
relationship to head of household: Uncle
father's birthplace: Tennessee
mother's birthplace: Tennessee
race or color (standardized): White
gender: Male
marital status: Married
years married: 30
estimated marriage year: 1870
page: 15
sheet letter: B
family number: 257
reference number: 97
film number: 1240075
digital folder number: 004119766
image number: 00316
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Jas H Coffey M 27 Arkansas
wife Zora Coffey F 23 Illinois
son Cecil Coffey M 3 Arkansas
cousin Will Coffey M 31 Tennessee
uncle Wm H Coffey M 59 Tennessee

Believe this to be his son James W. by First wife:
name: James W Coffey
event: Marriage
event date: 03 Jul 1904
event place: , St. Francis, Arkansas, United States
age: 34
estimated birth year: 1870
residence: St Francis, Arkansas
spouse: Katie Long
spouse's age: 21
spouse's estimated birth year: 1883
spouse's residence: Woodruff, Arkansas
marriage license date: 25 Jun 1904
page: 512
film number: 1022683
digital folder number: 004306390
image number: 00292

Confederate Veteran Magazine:
Coffey, W. H. ,
Gen. note Born: 1841 (?), Hardeman County, Tennessee.
Note Died: October 24, 1902, aged 61; Forrest City, Arkansas
Note Service Unit: 4th Tennessee Infantry, Company B.
Note Confederate Veteran: v. 12, p. 127.
Subject - Personal Coffey, W. H. , d. October 24, 1902, aged 61.

Probate Will:
Coffey, William H., Judge- A275.Sep.10,1902.b.Mar.28,1841 d.Oct.24,1902 Forrest City Cem.
Children:James, Mary E., Walter, Clarence, Nora Belle
Wife:Mrs. Mary Ann m.Houston Coffey
Witnesses:H. P. Evans, J. R. Brown, and John R. Beasley
Family links: 
  Mary Ann Houston Coffey (1849 - 1936)
  Edna C Jones (1874 - 1961)*
  Mattie T. Coffey (1876 - 1919)*
  Nora Bell Coffey Turley (1888 - 1979)*
  Clarence H Coffey (1889 - 1979)*
*Calculated relationship
Forrest City Cemetery (Original City Cemetery)
Forrest City
St. Francis County
Arkansas, USA
Created by: Paul V. Isbell
Record added: Jun 11, 2009
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Judge William H. Coffey
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