|Birth: ||Apr. 23, 1838|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 16, 1913|
North Carolina, USA
My 3rd cousin 4 times removed.
CSA Enlisted on July 5, 1862 Caldwell Co, NC
into Co. E 58th NC Infantry at the age of 23
years old. He was made Sergeant Major of this
August 13, 1913 – Mr. Drury Coffey Passes.
Useful and Valued Citizen and Brave Confederate Veteran Answers Final Roll Call.
Mr. Drury D. Coffey died at the home of his son, Mr. F.H. Coffey Saturday evening at 6 o'clock after an illness of only a few weeks. For several months Mr. Coffey had been in declining health, but not till recently did his friends and relatives become alarmed about his condition and realize that the end was near. He was one of the old landmarks of Caldwell county, and the announcement of his death will bring sorrow to many homes, especially among the older citizens, who love and honored him, as their comrade and leader.
Drury D. Coffey was born in the Mulberry section of the county in 1838, and was soon recognized as a leader among his people in both social and political life. He was honest as a citizen and always spoke his convictions. As a public servant, he was the champion of the rights of his people and always guarded their interest most zealously. When the Civil War came on, he immediately volunteered and went to the front as a member of Company E, 58th North Carolina Regiment. He was made Sergeant Major of this company and distinguished himself for his prowess and devotion to the cause. He was in many engagements, but was only wounded slightly one time, having a finger shot off.
After the close of the war, he returned to his home, and began life anew as a farmer. He was soon honored by his people by being elected County Commissioner, and so successful and wise was he in handling the affairs of the county, that he was re-elected seven consecutive terms, serving in all sixteen years. In 1857 he represented Caldwell county in the General Assembly of North Carolina, and here he distinguished himself for the boldness and aggressiveness with which he championed the rights and cause of the common people. He moved from this county to the State of Kansas in 1892, where he lived 15 years. In his old days he felt the longing to return to his native county, and in 1907 he returned and took up his residence in Lenoir, where he lived till his death.
In 1868, Mr. Coffey was married to Miss H. E. Collett of this county. She together with two sons, Mr. D. S. Coffey of St. Paul, Minn., and Mr. F. H. Coffey of Lenoir; one daughter, the wife of Dr. Robert Coffey of Portland, Ore., one of the most noted surgeons on the Pacific Coast; and three sisters, Mesdames Charley Coffey and H. C. Coffey of Lenoir, and Mrs. M. E. Moore of Manhattan, Kan., survive him.
He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity and until his death was the oldest living member of Hibriten Lodge, A. F. & A. M. No 262. The burial was with Masonic honors, the funeral services being conducted from the residence of Mr. F. H. Coffey Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock by Rev. C. T. Squires. The body was laid to rest in Belleview Cemetery. The pallbearers were Major G. W. F. Harper, Capt. Edmond Jones and Messrs J. L. Nelson, H. L. Houck, E. F. Reid, C. A. Tuttle, M. N. Harshaw and F. P. Moore.
Daniel Coffey (1805 - 1862)
Clarissa Estes Coffey (1817 - 1884)
Harriet Elizabeth Collett Coffey (1840 - 1921)*
Finley Hezekiah Coffey (1861 - 1943)*
Daniel Sylvester Coffey (1866 - 1945)*
Clarissa Ellen Coffey Coffey (1868 - 1939)*
Emelia Coffey Coffey (1835 - 1919)*
Drury Dobbins Coffey (1838 - 1913)
Sephronia Tate Coffey Coffey (1841 - 1928)*
Israel Boone Coffey (1845 - 1920)*
Julia Coffey (1847 - 1857)*
Hezekiah Coffey (1852 - 1857)*
Jonah Coffey (1853 - 1861)*
Celia Coffey (1855 - 1858)*
North Carolina, USA
Maintained by: lkoch270
Originally Created by: Nancy Stonebraker
Record added: Apr 20, 2009
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