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Mary Ann Buckley Coffey
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Birth: Dec. 12, 1867
Death: 1896

Mary Ann Buckley was the beautiful daughter of Irish immigrants Thomas J. Buckley and his wife Rose E. Coffey. She was born in Covington, Kentucky, where she attended school until the family moved to Peoria, Illinois, where her father became Superintendent of the Gas Works. She had auburn hair and blue eyes.

She married her mother's young cousin, William Peter Coffey, son of John Coffey and his wife, Elizabeth Eckert (whose father George owned the City Hotel in Belleville, Illinois)at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Peoria. Mary Ann and William moved to St. Louis where his mother lived with her second husband, Anton Krukenkamp after John Coffey drowned in the Mississippi.

Mary Ann and William married in Peoria and she returned there for the birth of their first two children. The children were:

John Lawrence Coffey--buried at All Souls in Long Beach, CA
Thomas Francis Coffey--buried at All Souls in Long Beach
Stella Coffey--name on her father's monument St. Mary's
Peter William Coffey
Frances Coffey--thought to be buried with her mother

According to her children, Mary Ann was a very loving mother. She died young in 1896 as did baby Frances and Stella. They were first buried in a small cemetery east of St. Mary's--then removed to St. Mary's when William Peter Coffey died in 1903. Mary Ann's father bought a new plot for this family with the proceeds of William's estate although they all could have been buried in the 30 or so grave Coffey plot nearby--purchased by William's uncle Peter Coffey, who owned the Gas Works, the electric company, a coal company, a distillery, and rental houses in Peoria.

Mary Ann's children went to live with their Buckley grandparents after her death. The Coffey uncles lent William Peter the funds to send the older ones to the Catholic boys school in Galesburg. Pete stayed with his grandparents until he was old enough to join his brothers up at Galesburg. The boys spent holidays with their Buckley grandparents and their mother's sister, Stell Herweg. (bio by: Sheila Robbins) 
Family links: 
  Thomas J Buckley (1842 - 1916)
  Rose E Coffey Buckley (1846 - 1916)
  William Peter Coffey (1857 - 1903)*
  John Lawrence Coffey (1888 - 1967)*
  Thomas Francis Coffey (1890 - 1956)*
  Stella Coffey (1892 - 1896)*
  Peter W Coffey (1894 - 1949)*
  Frances Coffey (1896 - 1896)*
  Mary Ann Buckley Coffey (1867 - 1896)
  James Bernard Buckley (1869 - 1955)*
  Helen R Buckley Kleiner (1878 - 1960)*
  Estelle Marie Buckley Herweg (1880 - 1967)**
  Agnes Bernadette Buckley (1884 - 1950)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Marys Cemetery
West Peoria
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Created by: K. Roberts
Record added: Jul 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55408934
Mary Ann <i>Buckley</i> Coffey
Added by: K. Roberts
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 Added: Jul. 28, 2010

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