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James W. Coffey
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Birth: Jun. 13, 1819
Death: Apr. 17, 1885

11/30/2014 - JanTenny


For two or three months, James W. Coffey, Uncle Java, has been in declining health and last week was unable to be up. On Friday evening at 3 o'clock he died, from a complication of throat and heart diseases, with which he was troubled for years. His niece, Mrs. Lou Helton, of Bloomington, was with him when he died, and to whom he expressed a readiness for the death summons. Later Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Cron, Mrs. Curtis, and Wilbern Cron came from Bloomington to attend the funeral, which was conducted at the Presbyterian Church Saturday evening at 2 o'clock. After a scriptural reading by Rev. Crews, Rev. Carter offered a prayer, followed by a short funeral sermon by Eld. W.H. Krutsinger. Burial by the side of the body of his wife was then attended to.

James W. Coffey was born June 9, 1817, and was 68 years old when death overtook him. He has resided in Ellettsville for over 40 years, and at various times has been in the mercantile business. Since the death of his wife, several years ago, he has lived a lonely life. He followed watch repairing in a room in his old home. Here he stayed the most of the time, doing what work that came in, and spending most of his leisure reading the Bible. He was a man of considerable ingenuity, and a few years ago invented and patented a bell ringing apparatus. Later he invented an apparatus to loose a team or horse from a vehicle in case of a runaway. This latter invention he never patented, though a neat model was made. This is really a good invention, and it might be made valuable if worked up, which he could not do for want of means.

The deceased leaves two aged brothers, one, Hiram Coffey of this township, and a brother in Texas, besides a number of nieces and nephews. He will be remembered as an upright, honorable man, warm supporter of his country, and a peaceable, good citizen. He was a member of the Christian church for a number of years.
[Printed in the Monroe County Citizen - Ellettsville, Ind. - 23 April 1885] 
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  Theresa S. Wampler Coffey (1820 - 1872)*
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Presbyterian Cemetery
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: Jun 08, 2009
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