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 Alfred Alphonso Coffey

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Alfred Alphonso Coffey

  • Birth 10 May 1831 Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 10 Dec 1915 Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
  • Plot Section E, Lot #230
  • Memorial ID 43891416

Alfred Alphonso Coffey was the son of Elijah and Mary Polly Hill Coffey. On March 4,1862, he enlisted in Confederate Army and discharged in the fall of 1862 with a disability.

This partial autobiography is written in A.A. Coffee's own handwriting and has not been edited for grammatical errors.

I was Borned In Wilks County N.C. May 10th 1831 My Father's name was Elijah a native of N.C. My Mother was natie Tennessan was Reared near Nashille in West Tenn Her Maiden name was Heulme My Father Moved to Georgia about the last 1839 and Settled on what is knoned as Little Betties Creek in Rabun Co 7 Miles North of Clayton I Lived there on the farm until I was 21 years of age going to School a few months of each year at which time I commenced going to School to Philon P. Brown's at the Acadimy at Clayton at which time I went 4 times through Arithmetic, 4 times through English, 4 times through Dictionary, and Partly Geography after which I worked in Dry good Store for John Wyley for a time after which I went to Atlanta & Clerked in the Rocords office in the State Depot for the W & A RR also Depot at Resacca for a while at which time I went to Running on the Road in the capasity of Conductor. This was in 1854 continued on the Road until the first of 1856, at which time I left the Road and went West and was in the Kansas Trouble was in the Battle at Hickory Point against old John brow by whom I was captured but afterward Relived by Summers commanding US Troops. I am the only Living man I have any knowledge of that was in that Battle Brown kekpt up his Deviltry until captured at Harpers Ferry and was executed Returned from Kanas the latter part of 1856 In 1857 I Married Julia Dawkins Daughter Of John Dawkins of N.C. Her Mother was Mary Wheeler they resided in Habesham Co 4 Miles South of Tallulah Falls on Panther Creek In 1858 and 1859 I clerked in the GA Legislature one session in the House and one in the Sennate in March 62 I Enlisted in the Confederate cause was Mustered in to Service at Big Shanty was Standing nearby when Andrews & his fowlers Stole the Engine from Bill Fuller. In the Fall of 1866 I came to Walker Co. GA Remained there and Catossa County until 1879 at which time I came to Chattanooga. I have lived here Ever Since I haven't gone into detail as I migh have done

P.S. I was Discharged from Service in the fall of 62 on account of Disability went home and was appointed Tax assessor of Tax in kind for 3 counties by qt Master Bacon of GA I taught in the first colored school ever taught in Ga. A.A. Coffee

Alfred A. Coffey was my 2nd great grandfather


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  • Created by: Robert Garms & Margaret Stier-Garms
  • Added: 3 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43891416
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred Alphonso Coffey (10 May 1831–10 Dec 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43891416, citing Forest Hills Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Robert Garms & Margaret Stier-Garms (contributor 46905852) .