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Coffey, Joseph, Jr.

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Coffey, Joseph, Jr.
February 20, 2007 08:45PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887,
Adair County.
JOSEPH COFFEY, Jr., cashier of the Bank of Columbia, was born in Christian
County, Ky., January 6, 1833, the youngest of twelve children born to
Joseph Sr., and Jane (Graves) Coffey, the former a native of North Carolina
and the latter of Fayette County, Ky., and of French and English descent
respectively. Joseph Coffey, Sr., was born in 1784, and while a young man
immigrated to Kentucky, settling first in what is now Russell County, where
he married, and engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1831, when he moved
to Christian County, and bought wild land, and improved a farm on which he
resided until his death, in March, 1834. He was a veteran of the war of
1812 and he and wife were life-long members of the Missionary Baptist
Church. Mrs. Jane Coffey departed this life in June, 1861, in her
seventy-first year. Her father, Thomas Graves, was a native of Virginia,
and in early manhood immigrated to Kentucky, first settling near Lexington,
in Fayette County, where he improved a farm and remained for several years.
Later, however, he moved to Russell County, where he resided until his
death. He served as courier for Washington during the entire Revolutionary
struggle. Joseph Coffey, Jr., at the age of seventeen left the home farm
and settled in Columbia, where he accepted a position in a general store,
continuing in the mercantile business as salesman and on his own account
until 1871. In 1872 he accepted a position as clerk and assistant cashier
in the Bank of Columbia, and in 1880 was elected cashier of the same,
which position he still holds. Mr. Coffey has been twice married; first
September 27, 1859, to Miss Mary E., daughter of James V. and Elizabeth
(Lankford) Warden. She was born in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., August
9, 1842, and died at her home in Columbia, November 23, 1861. She was a
devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Coffey next
married, January 20, 1863, Miss Virginia R. Page, a native of Adair
County, born June 16, 1843. She is a daughter of W. W. and Sophia
(Brawner) Page, both natives of Virginia. Seven children have blessed
this union as follows: Henry R. (deceased), William A., John B., Robert
G., George, Sophia and Joseph. Mrs. Coffey is a member of the Presbyterian
Church. Mr. Coffey politically is independent, and belongs to no church
or secret order.
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