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Rev David Pleasant Coffey
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Birth: Nov., 1805
Williamson County
Tennessee, USA
Death: 1883

Married Mary C. Cogbill November 12, 1835, in Fayette Co., TN

Son of Margaret (Baskin) and John Coffey of Lancaster District, SC
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REVEREND DAVID P. COFFEY
DAVID PLEASANT COFFEY, BORN NOVEMBER 1805 IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE, MOVED WHEN HE WAS A SMALL CHILD TO FAYETTE COUNTY WITH HIS FATHER, JOHN COFFEY, AND HIS MOTHER, MARGARET BASKIN COFFEY.
THE EARLY COFFEY ANCESTORS CAME TO AMERICA FROM IRELAND BEFORE THE REVOLUTION. JOHN WAS BORN IN LANCASTER DISTRICT, SOUTH CAROLINA IN 1773. JOHN'S FATHER, WHO WAS ALSO NAMED JOHN, SERVED IN THE COLONIAL ARMY.

JOHN MARRIED MARGARET BASKIN, DAUGHTER OF ANDREW BASKIN, A REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER WHO WAS BORN IN IRELAND. ANDREW MARRIED MARY MARSHALL IN AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA IN 1759, AND DIED IN LANCASTER COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA IN 1800.

JOHN AND MARGARET MOVED ACROSS TENNESSEE, STOPPING FOR A TIME IN LINCOLN AND WILLIAMSON COUNTIES. THEY WERE IN FAYETTE COUNTY BY 1815. JOHN AND MARGARET HAD NINE CHILDREN: ELIZABETH, WILLIAM, HUGH, DAVID P., JAMES, JONATHAN N., SUSAN, ISABELLA, AND MARGARET JANE. JOHN DIED IN 1843. MARGARET MOVED TO WOODRUFF COUNTY, ARKANSAS WHERE SHE DIED IN 1848.

ELIZABETH MARRIED JOHN PRICE, A BAPTIST MINISTER. HUGH WAS ALSO A BAPTIST MINSTER. JONATHAN N. MARRIED PARMELIA C. CLOYD AND MOVED TO NORTHWEST ARKANSAS. HE WAS ELECTED TO SERVE BOONE COUNTY IN THE ARKANSAS STATE LEGISLATURE IN 1874-75. ISABELLA MARRIED JOHN GRIFFIN; MARGARET MARRIED JAMES B. HENLEY AND MOVED TO ASHLEY COUNTY, ARKANSAS.

DAVID P. MARRIED MARY C. COGBILL, NOVEMBER 12, 1835, FAYETTE COUNTY, TENNESSEE. IN 1834, HE AND WILLIAM BRYAN ESTABLISHED THE SHADY GROVE CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEAR WILLISTON. MARY'S FATHER, CHARLIE C. COGBILL, WAS AN ELDER IN THE CHURCH.
DAVID AND MARY HAD FOURTEEN CHILDREN, THE FIRST NINE BORN IN TENNESSEE: ELIZABETH, JOHN D.(BORN IN MACON, JUNE 19, 1838), MARGARET B., JOSEPHINE, CHARLES L., LUCY, SAMUEL B., MARY D., SALLIE ANN, DAVID PLEASANT, JR., EDWARD E., COLA, AND TWO OTHERS.

IN 1843, THEY WERE IN TIPTON COUNTY, IN 1850 IN SHELBY COUNTY, AND BY 1854, THEY WERE IN WHITE COUNTY, ARKANSAS, STONEY POINT COMMUNITY NEAR BEEBE.

AN ORDAINED MINISTER, DAVID WAS RECEIVED BY LETTER FROM THE MEMPHIS PRESBYTERY INTO THE WHITE RIVER PRESBYTERY IN 1855. AN ELOQUENT SPEAKER, HE WAS ELECTED MODERATOR. HE SERVED AS PASTOR OF THE SEARCY CONGREGATION FOR MANY YEARS. WELL EDUCATED AND WELL INFORMED ON CURRENT EVENTS, HE SERVED AS AN ADVISER AND GUEST LECTURER AT THE LOCAL COLLEGES. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE MASONIC LODGE AND A ROYAL ARCH MASON.

HE ESTABLISHED THE FIRST CHURCH IN THE STONEY POINT COMMUNITY. HE WAS ACTIVE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND HELPED TO SURVEY THE TOWN INTO CITY LOTS. RECORDS REFER TO DOCTOR DAVID P. COFFEY; AND, ACCORDING FAMILY TRADITION, HE WAS A LICENSED, PRACTICING PHYSICIAN.

DURING THE CIVIL WAR HIS HOUSE, 3 1/2 MILES NORTHWEST OF BEEBE, WAS ON THE MAIN STAGECOACH LINE FROM ST. LOUIS TO LITTLE ROCK, THE ROUTE TRAVELED BY BOTH UNION AND CONFEDERATE TROOPS. ON SEPTEMBER 5, 1863, THE UNION ARMY, APPROACHING FROM THE NORTHEAST EN ROUTE TO LITTLE ROCK, MET CONFEDERATE TROOPS A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE HOUSE, JOHN D., HOME ON FURLOUGH, ALONG WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COFFEY FAMILY, WAS AN EYEWITNESS TO THE "BATTLE OF HOG EYE." LESS THAN A YEAR LATER, THE BATTLE OF BULL BAYOU WAS FOUGHT A FEW YARDS FROM THE HOUSE. MANY BULLETS REMAINED IN THE WALLS OF THE OLD HOUSE AND LATER YEARS WAS TOURED BY MANY HISTORICAL GROUPS.DAVID BECAME INVOLVED IN HELPING FURNISH MEDICAL SUPPLIES, HORSES, WAGONS, AND STAPLE FOOD SUPPLIES FOR THE CONFEDERATE TROOPS.

JOHN D., THE OLDEST SON, SERVED IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY, CO. D., 10TH INFANTRY REGIMENT. HE FOUGHT AT SHILOH AND WAS LATER TAKEN PRISONER. ON FURLOUGH HE MARRIED HIS CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART, MALISSA G. HARRIS, BORN IN MACON, TENNESSEE ON AUGUST 16, 1845, DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM REUBEN HARRIS (BORN 1811 IN VIRGINIA) AND WIFE CATHERINE (BORN 1821 IN NORTH CAROLINA). MALISSA HAD TRAVELED BY STAGECOACH AND STEAMBOAT TO REACH SEARCY WHERE THEY WERE MARRIED JANUARY 13, 1864. THEY REARED EIGHT CHILDREN WHILE FARMING 40 ACRES OF LAND IN COFFEY TOWNSHIP NEAR SEARCY, NAMED IN HONOR OF DAVID.

DAVID ALSO LISTED FARMING AS HIS OCCUPATION; AND, AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH, HE OWNED SEVERAL SECTIONS OF LAND. HE DIED IN 1883, AND MARY DIED TWO YEARS LATER. HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO SERVING THE LORD AND HIS FELLOW MAN. A SIMPLE SLAB OF MARBLE MARKS THEIR GRAVE IN STONEY POINT CEMETERY IN WHITE COUNTY, ARKANSAS.

(From Goodspeed's Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas- 1890. WHITE COUNTY AR )Submitted by Karen Combs kcombs@commandnet.net
http://www.argenweb.net/white/history/Biographies/bios4.html 
 
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 Parents:
  John Coffey (1773 - 1843)
  Mary Baskin Coffey (1775 - 1848)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Cogbill Coffey (1818 - 1885)*
 
 Children:
  Charles Lincus Coffey (1844 - 1921)*
 
 Sibling:
  David Pleasant Coffey (1805 - 1883)
  Johnathan Norman Coffey (1819 - 1896)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Stoney Point Cemetery
Beebe
White County
Arkansas, USA
 
Created by: Larry
Record added: Feb 01, 2012
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Rev David Pleasant Coffey
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