Rev. James Edwin Coffey

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Rev. James Edwin Coffey

Also Known As: "James Erwin COFFEY"
Birthplace: Essex County, Virginia
Death: September 1786 (57)
Wilkes, North Carolina, Verenigde Staten, Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Coffey, Sr. and Jane Coffey
Husband of Elizabeth Coffey
Father of Elizabeth "Betty" Whiteside; John Reid Coffey, Sr; Archelaus Coffey; Martha Durham; James Edwin Coffey, Jr and 7 others
Brother of William Coffey; John D Coffey, Jr; Edmund Stewart Coffey; Winifred Moran; Thomas B Coffey, Sr and 5 others

Occupation: Baptist Minister
MILITARY: Revolutionary War - Private under Capt Alexander Peoples
Managed by: Edward Leo Neary
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About Rev. James Edwin Coffey

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor #: A023806

A Baptist clergyman, went early to NC. Very probably he was brother to Martha Coffee wife of John Cleveland.


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Bio from contributor #48289323

The book "A century of Wayne County, Kentucky, 1800-1900", on p. 8 refers to him as Rev. James Coffey, husband of Elizabeth Cleveland, sister of Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, who was with Shelby at King's Mountain. Their son Lewis Russell Coffey, a Revolutionary soldier, founded the Family name in Wayne County, KY. He is buried in the Elk Spring Valley Cemetery. —————————————————————————————— Suggested edit:

James is one of the better researched of the known children of John and Jane Graves Coffey. He was referred to as Reverend because he was a Baptist minister in Wilkes Co., NC.

Many researchers have assumed that James and Elizabeth were married in Orange Co. about 1750, and more specifically Aug. 30, 1750. However, no source has been given for this date, and a record has not been found in Orange Co. marriage records.

James can be found on the Orange Co. "List of Tithable's" in 1749, but not in 1754 meaning that he and Elizabeth moved soon after their marriage.

The first deed record found in Albemarle Co. is dated 1758. They bought 124 acres from James' father John, at the head of the middle branch of the Hardware River. (Many early Albemarle Co. records are missing making it impossible to determine the exact date that James settled in Albemarle Co.)

James did enter land on July 26, 1765 for 262 acres "on the head branches of Meechums River, under the Ragged Mountains." This date is probably much later than actual purchase because James had already moved to Amherst Co. the year prior to that date.

James made his will on Sep. 13, 1786 and it was proved Oct. 26 in Wilkes Co. All of his children are named except he mentions the "heirs of my son Archelaus." This indicates that Archelaus died prior to Sep. 1786.

Elizabeth is said to have gone to TN with her son Rice where she died about 1827, at about 100 years of age.

From Virginia DAR Book; Big Blue Book, 1970, page 469

James Coffey -- Born 1726 Ireland; Died 1813 Wilkes County, North Carolina; Married 1746, Prince Wm. Co., Va., Elizabeth Cleveland, born 1728, died 1828.

James Coffey served as a Private under Capt. Alexander Peoples. Five of his sons were Revolutionary soldiers. (Penn. Archives, 5th Series Vol. VI, p. 57). He resided in Pennslvania during the Revolution.

The accuracy in this version of the DAR biography is questionable.

Some researchers have mistakenly given James the middle name of Bluford or Edwen or Erwin. Contributor: Jack Coffee (47752474) •

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Rev. James Edwin Coffey's Timeline

July 4, 1729
Essex County, Virginia
May 18, 1751
NC, United States
January 15, 1753
Albemarle, Virginia, USA
Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
Albemarle, Virginia, USA
September 16, 1759
Albemarle County, Virginia
October 1, 1762
Albemarle County, Virginia
Albemarle, Virginia, USA