|Birth: ||Aug. 17, 1759|
|Death: ||Dec. 20, 1836|
James Coffey was born August 17, 1759, in Kenneth Square, New Garden Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, and died December 20, 1836, a few weeks after Marshall County was organized. He married Mary Leeper, April 5, 1787, in Cumberland County, near Shippingsburg, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of James and Mary (Blair) Leeper and was born June 28, 1769, in Pennsylvania and died July 27, 1861 in Marshall County, Tennessee.
In a declaration for pension made on November 10, 1830, The veteran state that he enlisted in the Revolutionary War in the spring of 1776 and served as a private in Captain Murry's company, under Colonel Atley's Pennsylvania Regiment. He was in the Battle of Long Island and in the Battle of Fort Washington where he was taken prisoner and confined in the Sugar House in New York for 7 weeks and 4 days until he was returned to his troops, which were stationed at Valley Forge. His length of service was one year and 9 months.
He was allowed a pension under Certificate # S-7297, issued under an Act of Congress June 7, 1832, and paid at the West Tennessee Agency. His widow, Mary Coffey, was allowed Pension of Certificate #W-1187, issued under an act of Feb. 2, 1848 and paid at the Nashville Tennessee Agency.
In 1776 he lived in Chester County, Pennsylvania, After the war he resided in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; moved to New Castle County, Delaware; Then resided in Baltimore County, Maryland, in Hagerstown, Maryland and again returned to Cumberland County , Pennsylvania; and finally lived in Dlbert County, Georgia, before moving to Tennessee.
Marshall county Tenn. James Coffey Private Pennsylvania $70.oo annual allowance $175.00 received March 27, 1833 Pension stated Age 75( 1833 Pension Roll)
About 1808 several Scotch-Irish families settled around Farmington and Belfast. These families were inter-related by faith and blood. Mary Leeper Coffey's parents had also come from Georgia and settled on the head waters of Rock Creek, in that part of Bedford county which in 1836, became Marshall County. James Coffey settled about a mile form the turn to Round Hill Cemetery on the Liberty Valley Road out of Belfast. James and Mary Coffey were charter members of the Bethberei Presbyterian Church. He and his wife were buried in Round Hill Cemetery. and their tombstones read as tombstones read as follows;
Sacred to the Memory of James Coffey who was born in Pennsylvania August of the 17th. 1761 and died the 20th of December in Tennessee in the year 1836 age 77 yrs 4 mos. 3 days
Mary wife of James Coffey of Revolutionary fame Born Jan. 28, A.DF. 1769 died July 27, A.D. 1861
DAR Patriot Index 1966 Page 141 Pension No. S-7297 and W-1187 Shiley, Edythe R., Roster and Soldiers. Vol. 1, page 470
The Will of James L. COFFEY
Marshall County Will Book A
State of Tennessee Marshall County April 13th 1837. Know all men by these present that I James L. Coffey being of much indisposed but in my right mind do hereby make this my last will and testament I give to my beloved wife Mary the free use of the whole of my Plantation and in case she should marry again in that I wish my plantation to be divided equally between her and all my children and I also give her the free use of all my other property except such as she may think Propper to have sold and to have the using of the proceeds for the support of herself and family and in case as above she should marry again I wish all that may be then be left of my money and property to be equally divided between her and all my children. And I do hereby give to my black Girl Nancy her entire Freedom so soon as she arrives at the Age of twenty one and wish her to remain with my wife she is free and that free from hire. An I do hereby appoint David Ramsey * Samuel Ramsey my lawful executors to execute this my will and testament -
Samuel L. Coffey (Seal)
Signed and acknowledged in the presents of Peter Carpenter, Thos. Coffey
Mary Leeper Coffey (1769 - 1836)*
Mary Coffey Bishop (1789 - 1823)*
James Leeper Coffey (1791 - 1837)*
Martha Patsy Coffey Norman (1794 - 1852)*
Jane Coffey (1797 - ____)*
Round Hill Cemetery
Created by: Bert Waits
Record added: Jun 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72070447