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James E Cofer
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Birth: May 19, 1836
Bedford County
Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 16, 1923
Lincoln County
Missouri, USA

JAMES E. COFER, a native Virginian, is one of the enterprising agriculturists of township 51, range 2, Lincoln County. In 1869 he came to Missouri, and after residing for a short time in St. Louis, located in Paynesville, Pike County, whither a brother had preceded him. Later he rented land and began farming in that locality, where he dwelt until 1873, when he removed to make his future home in this county.

Born near Liberty, Bedford County, Va., May 19, 1836, our subject is a son of John Cofer. He likewise was born in Bedford County, the year of the event being 1815. On reaching man's estate he engaged in farming, and conducted his homestead until his death, which occurred December 3,
1860. His father, Jacob Cofer, was a soldier of the War of 1812, and after many years passed in agricultural pursuits in Bedford County, died, about 1844, at the age of eighty years. His father in turn was Josephus Cofer, a native of Scotland, who settled in the United States long before the Revolution. Jacob Cofer married a Miss Bateman, who
bore him five children, of whom our subject's father was the youngest. The latter was married about 1832 to Sophia Ann, daughter of Pleasant and Ann (Russia) Canady, natives of Canada and Virginia, respectively. Both died in Bedford County, the former when about eighty, and the latter when nearly fifty. Of their nine children, Amanda is the wife of Jesse Wilson, a farmer of Bedford County, Va. Martha Susan married Edmond Wilson, of Bedford County, and both are deceased. Sallie married William Podjett, of Bedford County, both being deceased. Elizabeth became the wife of William Wilson, of Bedford County. Jacob Hopkins is a carpenter at Goode's Crossing, Va. Docia married Edwin Tankersly, a farmer of Bedford County. Eliza is the wife of William Williamson, of the same county; John lives in Bedford County; and Paulus is a painter in the employ of the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad.

James E. Cofer passed his early years in his native county, attending the old-time subscription schools until he was twenty years of age. Soon after he accepted a position as clerk for the firm of Jones & Markham, of Sandy Ford. September 1, 1861, he enlisted in Olney's Battery and served until April 6, 1865, being taken prisoner only three days before Lee's surrender. He was sent to Johnson's Island, and was released on parole June 18, 1865. His first great battle was that of Fair Oaks, but previous to this he was in the siege of Yorktown. Subsequently he was active in the seven days' fight at Richmond. Thence he went to Charleston, S. C; in September, 1863, to Ft. Sumter, and thence down the coast. In May of the following year the troops returned to Virginia and our subject was a participant in the siege of Petersburg, serving as Lieutenant until the close of the war.

In 1866 Mr. Cofer worked in a commission house in Lynchburg, Va., and the two following years he farmed in his native county. In February, 1869, he came to this state, with whose history his own has been so closely identified. In 1875 he married Sarah Judith, daughter of John and Dorcas (Monday) Thomas, natives of Kentucky, and born January 1, 1801, and in the year 1804, respectively. The father of the former, John Thomas, a native of Virginia, died in Lincoln County about 1872, aged seventy-two years, after a short residence in this section. His father, William Thomas, was a native of England and came to the United States in the first part of the eighteenth century. His wife, formerly Verlindia Williams, was a native of Kentucky. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, as was also his son William. His son, John Thomas, removed to Kentucky in the early part of this century, and in 1818 settled in Missouri. Dorcas Thomas was a daughter of James and Judith (Douglas) Monday, both natives of the vicinity of Lexington, Ky. The mother died in that state, but the father emigrated to Missouri, and in 1832 look up his residence in Ste. Genevieve County. Afterward became to this county, where he died about 1832, aged seventy-three years. The Monday and Douglas families were of Scottish origin, and went to England during the days of persecution, and in time were numbered among the early residents of Virginia.

Mrs. Cofer is one of seven children, four of whom died in infancy. Her sister Cordelia was the wife of a Mr. Hanson, of Wisconsin, and her death occurred in 1872, when she left three children. The only brother who grew to manhood was James Monday, who was born in this county, December 13, 1839. His death occurred while he was in the United States service, as a result of a wound received in the siege of Vicksburg, in 1863. Mrs. Cofer was born January 29, 1837, in this county, and from 1841 to 1845 resided in Wisconsin, She taught school for nine years in Pike, St. Francis and Lincoln Counties. By her marriage she became the mother of one daughter, Luria, who died when a year old.

Our subject is the owner of a farm comprising fifty acres, in addition to which he cultivates a tract of from fifteen to twenty acres adjoining the homestead. Politically he is an old-line Democrat, and though a Mason before the war, he has not since affiliated with any lodge. In company with his wife he is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church of Oak Ridge and is now serving as Clerk of the board.
Portrait and biographical record of St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren counties, Missouri.
Containing portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens ...
Published 1895
pp. 500-501 
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  Sarah Judith Thomas Cofer (1837 - 1926)
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Lincoln County
Missouri, USA
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