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Frances Elizabeth "Fannie" Little Coffey
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Birth: May 7, 1878
Cabarrus County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 30, 1967
Raleigh
Wake County
North Carolina, USA

Frances Elizabeth Little, known as Fannie to her family and friends, was the third of four children born to Cebron Melanchthon Little (1846-1884) and his wife Louisa Mary Utzman (1848-1938). Fannie was born in Concord, Cabarrus Co., NC, but as an infant moved with her family to Raleigh. Her father entered into a partnership with his father-in-law Robert Utzman, opening a small grocery and general merchandise store in their shared house on North Dawson St. Following Cebron Little's premature death from cancer in 1884, his widow and children continued to live in the household of Robert Utzman. To supplement the family income, Lou and her daughters took up dressmaking.

In early 1898 Fannie met John W. Coffey, a young building contractor and native of Caldwell Co., who had moved to Raleigh in 1896. Courtship followed and the couple were married in Raleigh on December 14, 1898. To their union were born four children: Natalie Little (b. 1899), John Nelson (b. 1902), Frances Elizabeth (b. 1904), and Mary Lou (b. 1908). Their marriage lasted six decades.

Around 1910, the Coffey family moved to 711 McCulluck Street in the newly developed neighborhood of Boylan Heights. The large house was designed and built by John. There Fannie raised her children, her maternal warmth and humor balancing husband's sternness.


 
 
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 Parents:
  Cebron Melancthon Little (1846 - 1884)
  Louisa Mary Utzman Little (1848 - 1938)
 
 Spouse:
  John William Coffey (1869 - 1960)
 
 Children:
  Natalie Little Coffey (1899 - 1996)*
  John Nelson Coffey (1902 - 1988)*
  Frances Elizabeth Coffey Green (1904 - 1997)*
  Mary Louise Coffey Miller (1908 - 1983)*
 
 Siblings:
  Addie Belle Little (1873 - 1956)*
  Robert Daniel Little (1876 - 1929)*
  Frances Elizabeth Little Coffey (1878 - 1967)
  Lucie Cole Little Sechrest (1881 - 1933)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Montlawn Memorial Park
Raleigh
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: John W. Coffey
Originally Created by: Jack Coffee
Record added: Oct 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59450609
Frances Elizabeth Fannie <i>Little</i> Coffey
Added by: John W. Coffey
 
Frances Elizabeth Fannie <i>Little</i> Coffey
Added by: John W. Coffey
 
Frances Elizabeth Fannie <i>Little</i> Coffey
Added by: John W. Coffey
 
 
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