|Birth: ||May 5, 1812|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||May 8, 1893|
North Carolina, USA
William Coffey was the youngest of four children born to William Coffey Sr. and his first wife (and probable first cousin) Mary ("Polly") Coffey. He was born on the family farm in the upper Yadkin River Valley, commonly known as Happy Valley, in what was then Burke Co., later Caldwell Co., N.C. On Jan. 2, 1836 William married Margaret Robbins (1816-1882). He and Margaret owned a farm in the area of lower Buffalo Creek. There they raised eleven children: Elbert (b. 1837), Elijah (b. 1838), Larkin (b. 1840), Bartlett (b. 1842), Cornelius (b. 1844), Elizabeth (b. 1846), Thomas (b. 1849), Mary (b. 1851), Sarah (b. 1853), William M. (b. 1855), and Margaret (b. 1858). All but Sarah lived to adulthood. Elbert and Larkin died in the Civil War.
To the Editor of the Lenoir Topic: Died at his home on Buffalo, in Caldwell county, May the 8th, 1893, William Coffey, aged 81 years and 8 days. His wife, Margaret, also departed this life April 26th, 1882, in the 66th year of her age. The Lord blessed them with a family of twelve children of which seven remain to mourn their loss. Brother and Sister Coffey joined the Baptist church in 1847; was soon ordained in the office of Deacon and Deaconess, which office they executed well. They both lived consistent christian lives. We were present at the funeral of Sister Coffey, and remember hearing Brother Coffey express his desire to be asleep in Jesus with his companion. Since that time his greatest delight has been in the worship and service of the house of the Lord, often expressing a strong desire to be freed from the temptations and perplexities of this life, and after an illness of about 6 months he fell asleep in the full triumphs of faith and was gathered to his loved ones that had gone before. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. M.C. and J.H.J.
[Lenoir Topic (Lenoir, N.C.), May 28, 1893.]
William Coffey's burial site is unknown but may be the so-called "Hull Hill graveyard" where Thomas Coffey and the first generations of his family were buried. Laurence H. Coffey in his "Thomas Coffey and His Descendants" (1931) located this cemetery one-half mile east of the old Thomas Coffey homestead. The cemetery fell into neglect by the early years of the last century and is now lost. Another possibility for the burial site of William and Margaret Robbins Coffey is a yet-to-be identified family cemetery on the former Robbins farm on Buffalo Creek in Happy Valley.
William Coffey (____ - 1847)
Mary Coffey Coffey (1775 - 1828)
Margaret Robbins Coffey (1816 - 1882)*
Elbert Coffey (1837 - 1863)*
Elijah Coffey (1838 - 1891)*
Larkin Coffey (1840 - 1864)*
Bartlett Coffey (1842 - 1912)*
Cornelius Coffey (1844 - 1906)*
Elizabeth Coffey Robbins (1846 - 1919)*
Thomas Coffey (1849 - 1901)*
Mary Coffey Robbins (1851 - 1931)*
William M. Coffey (1855 - 1932)*
Margaret Coffey Coffey (1858 - 1930)*
Created by: John W. Coffey
Record added: Feb 22, 2011
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