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 Ephraim Monroe Guffey

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Ephraim Monroe Guffey

  • Birth 1777 Amherst County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 1841 Jackson County, Alabama, USA
  • Burial Jackson County, Alabama, USA
  • Memorial ID 99416017

Headstone reads:
WAR OF 1812
1777 - 1841"

Ephraim Monroe Guffey
Ephraim Monroe Guffey was born sometime around 1777. Many descendants and researchers believe he was born in Virginia, while others say he immigrated from Scotland at a young age. By both accounts, he lived in Virginia and then Tennesse. According to military records and later census records of his son Ephraim Underwood, Tennesse was the Guffey's home for at least a brief period in the late 1700's to early 1800's.

Many Ephraim Guffeys
Today there is so much confusion and many mixups that can be found on about Ephraim Guffey. Especially with the Ephraims of Alabama and Kentucky. Both states had multiple men around the same time periods who shared this name. Even here on, you can can quickly see how researchers make the common mistake.

Besides Ephraim Monroe's own son Ephraim Underwood, and grandson Ephraim Berry or even great-grandson and name sake Ephraim Monroe, many others shared the name.

Buried in Wayne County, KY. you'll find Ephraim Guffey who lived 1807 - 1894 and Ephram Goodson Guffey (1854 - 1941). Only about 170 miles away from Guffey Cemetery in Clinton County KY. there is no shortage of Ephraim Guffeys either. In 3 separate cemeteries you'll find; Ephraim B. Guffey (1831 - 1919), Ephraim Greenberry Guffey (1831 - 1905), Ephraim McCullom "Mac" Guffey, Ephraim W. Guffey and Ephraim Wesley Guffey. Even in Missouri you can find one. This Ephraim was born in KY. in 1818 and died in Putnam, MO. in 1894. And don't forget about the Ephram Guffee in Roan County, TN
who grave is less than 150 miles away.

Guffey Heritage
There are many facts that most family researchers would probably agree on about the life of Ephraim Guffey. He was born around the 1770's, is believed to be the first Guffey to settle around Jackson County and was probably of Scottish ancestry.

The earliest of census records indicate that very few Guffeys resided in Jackson County in the early 1800's and most of them who did were found to be Ephraim Monroe's children. United States immigrations records show that many Guffey immigrants came through Virginia as early as the 1600's. The majority of them listed Scotland as their place of origin.

The name "Guffey" has several old variations that existed long before it was Americanized and shortened into present version. Maguffie, Maguffe, Meguffey, Maguffey,McGuffie,McGuffey and other versions can be found. The prefix on this name, "Mac" or "Mc" (also know as: patronymic designator) is used in Scotland to designate "son of," for that person to show their lineage and family. This could maybe explain the spelling on Ephraim Monroe's headstone as it's seen today as "GUFFEE". His muster sheet found from his military service has his name with the same spelling. The U.S. Department of Defense who has to authorize all veterans official military service headstones, has very strict guidelines for producing these grave markers. Each service members headstone is required to match it's official records as it appeared during service. So it's very likely Ephraim went by that spelling of his last name in his early life.

Military Service
Ephraim fought in the War of 1812 as a private with the 3rd regiment of the West Tennessee Militia. Men for this regiment were selected mostly from the Tennessee counties of: Jackson, Sumner, Wilson, Overton, Smith, and White. So it could be possible that Ephraim was a resident in one of these areas prior to joining the militia.

During Ephraim's military service he served in the Army under General Andrew Jackson and fought at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Ephraim Guffey also fought the Seminole Indians of Florida. He was eventually discharged of from the military in Tennessee near the Elk River. He and his wife Sarah Underwood and their children then travelled to Alabama and settled in Jackson County in an area that is known as "Guffey Cove". Generations of his family have been born here ,lived here, died here and buried near him and his wife.

Guffey Relatives
Ephraim is buried in "Guffey Cemetery" next to his wife Sarah and many family members. Even though his parents can't be positively proven, there are many graves that can be found on that are I believe to be of relation. These Guffey's were born in Virginia and travelled to southern United States very close to the same time period. Many are buried in neighboring states. One of them, Anna Guffey Peyton was close in age and originated from Virginia as well. She also migrated south, but made her final home in Kentucky with her husband and children. A possible brother or cousin William Guffey , also fought in the War of 1812, but remained in Tennesse. Missouri settler Henry Guffey has some striking similarities to Ephraim also. Before moving to Putnam County, Missouri with his family, he served in the same War with the Tennessee Militia. While none of these other Guffeys have been proven to be of relation, I would have to say that their lives appear to have had much in common.

Today there are hundreds of remaining descendants living in the same county and nearby. Many with a relative or two named Ephraim or Guffey in their family tree.

1."Joseph Guffey" (lifelong Guffey family researcher)
2. "Marilyn Chambless" (Guffey relative and fellow researcher who has spent many years working our history)
3. "Shannon Byrd" (Guffey relative who has published 2 books on the Guffey family)

Family Members



WAR OF 1812
1777 1841

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 99416017
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ephraim Monroe Guffey (1777–1841), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99416017, citing Guffey Cemetery, Jackson County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Mr. Day (contributor 47846874) .