Elizabeth Coffey Whiteside

Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
Death 1811 (aged 59–60)
Wayne County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 69544593 · View Source
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Elizabeth (nee Coffey) Whiteside, a daughter of James and Elizabeth (nee Cleveland) Coffey, appears to have been born about 1750 in Albemarle County, Virginia. She married Robert Whiteside, who was also born in Albemarle County, Virginia.

1810 census Wayne County, Kentucky
Robert Whiteside 45+
1 f 45+ [Elizabeth (nee Coffey) Whiteside]

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James Coffey

[Father of Elizabeth Coffey who married Robert Whiteside.]

James Coffey, the oldest son of John and Jane (Graves) Coffey, was born in the year 1729; married about the year 1750, in Orange County, Virginia, Elizabeth Cleveland, the daughter of Alexander Cleveland. On August 30, 1750, James Coffey entered 115 acres of land in North Garden, Albemarle County, adjoining John Coffey.

On December 13, 1764, James Coffey bought from Thomas Jefferson, Gent., of Albemarle County, colony of Virginia, 300 acres in Amherst County, near Tye River, for a consideration of 300 pounds; witnesses, John Harvey, Samuel Woods, William Coffey and James Glen.

James Coffey and his family made their home in Amherst County, Virginia, from 1764 until 1776, when he sold his plantation on Tye River and moved to North Carolina, settling in that part of Surry County which was formed in Wilkes.

James Coffey was an early convert to the Baptist faith and became a missionary about 1757. He is said to have been the founder of the old Mulberry Fields Baptist Church, which was located at the present site of Wilkesboro, N.C.

On March 8, 1782, James Coffey sold to Robert Whiteside for a consideration of 400 pounds a tract of forty acres at the mouth of Warrior Creek in Wilkes County, North Carolina. (Book C, page 27, deed records of Wilkes County, North Carolina). James Coffey died in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1786, where his will is recorded in Book 1, page 202 (wills of Wilkes County, North Carolina). This instrument, which was proven at the October term of court, mentions his wife, Elizabeth Coffey, and his children, Betty Whiteside, John, James, Jr., Reuben, Ambrose, Eli, Rice, Martha Durham, Joel, Lewis and the heirs of deceased son, Archelaus. Sons John and Reuben are named as executors and the witnesses were William Lenoir, Peter Holt and Benjamin Coffey.

James Coffey was a patriot during the Revolutionary War and all of his sons that were old enough served in Col. Ben Cleveland's regiment of Wilkes County "Bulldogs." Both of his sons-in-law were also Revolutionary soldiers.

Elizabeth (Cleveland) Coffey lived for many years after the death of her husband. She moved to Tennessee with her son, Rice Coffey, and is said to have died in Bedford County, near Wartrace, in 1827, aged almost 100 years.

Of the children of James and Elizabeth (Cleveland) Coffey - the oldest child, Elizabeth (called Betsy) married Robert Whiteside; they were the parents of several children, among whom was Jonathan Whiteside, an early settler of Chattanooga.

Reubin, Ambrose, Eli, Joel and Lewis Coffey, sons of James Coffey, moved to Kentucky. Reuben Coffey received a pension for his Revolutionary services in Wayne County, Kentucky, where he was living in 1840.

Ambrose Coffey, son of James and Elizabeth Cleveland Coffey, was born in 1762. He married Mildred Moore and emigrated early to Kentucky, where he is mentioned as being at Fort Boonesboro, October 16, 1779. In 1786 he was living in Madison County, Kentucky. Among his children were Jesse Coffey, Jefferson Coffey, who was living at Washington, on the Brazos River in Texas, in 1844; Washington Coffey, and a daughter, America Coffey, who married Samuel Lusk, of McMinnville, Tennessee, and moved to Texas.

Eli Coffey, son of James and Elizabeth Cleveland Coffey, was born March 1, 1763; died September 5, 1847, in Missouri; married Hannah Allen. In 1814 he moved to Wayne County, Kentucky, where his son, Col. Asbury Madison Coffey, was reared. Col. Coffey was born January 25, 1804, in Wilkes County, North Carolina; his wife was Mary Bradford, whom he married July 22, 1828. In 1826 he moved to McMinn County, Tennessee, where he resided until 1842, during which time he was treasurer of the East Tennessee & Virginia railroad. In 1842 Col. Coffey removed to Missouri. In 1850 he was appointed Indian agent by President Fillmore and for several years was located among the Peories in Kansas. Coffey County, as well as Coffeyville, Kansas, were named in his honor. In 1859 he made his home at Knobnoster, Missouri, where he died.

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This information appears to be by:
Penelope Johnson Allen, State Chairman of Genealogical Records, Tennessee Society, Daughters of American Revolution

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