William Wesley Coffey

about 1832–11 July 1864 (Age 32)
North Carolina, United States

The Life of William Wesley

When William Wesley Coffey was born about 1832, in North Carolina, United States, his father, Cleveland Coffey, was 22 and his mother, Susan Hayes, was 22. He married Gelina Shouse about 1852, in Grainger, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Grainger, Tennessee, United States for about 20 years. He died on 11 July 1864, in Covington, Newton, Georgia, United States, at the age of 32, and was buried in Covington Confederate Cemetery, Covington, Newton, Georgia, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Wesley Coffey
Gelina Shouse
Marriage: about 1852
Mylinda Narcissa "Sis" Coffey
Berry Wisdom Coffey
John Cleveland "Boney John" Coffey
Calvin Coffey
Mary Elizabeth Coffee

Spouse and Children

about 1852
Grainger, Tennessee, United States


    Mylinda Narcissa "Sis" Coffey


    Berry Wisdom Coffey


    John Cleveland "Boney John" Coffey



    Mary Elizabeth Coffee


Parents and Siblings


    Susan Hayes




    Lavisa Coffee



    Andrew Jackson Coffey


    Carlisle B. Coffee



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World Events (7)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 0

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1832 · Worcester v. Georgia

Age 0

In 1830, U.S. President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which required all Native Americans to relocate to areas west of the Mississippi River. That same year, Governor Gilmer of Georgia signed an act which claimed for Georgia all Cherokee territories within the boundaries of Georgia. The Cherokees protested the act and the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Worcester v. Georgia, ruled in 1832 that the United States, not Georgia, had rights over the Cherokee territories and Georgia laws regarding the Cherokee Nation were voided. President Jackson didn’t enforce the ruling and the Cherokees did not cede their land and Georgia held a land lottery anyway for white settlers.

Age 14

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

Irish:1. Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cobhthaigh ‘descendant of Cobhthach’, a byname meaning ‘victorious’. 2. Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cathbhadha ‘descendant of Cathbhadh’ (‘battle tent’), Ó Cathbhuadhaigh ‘descendant of Cathbhuadhach’ (‘battle victorious’), or Ó Cathmhogha ‘descendant of Cathmhugh’, a byname meaning ‘battle slave’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Wm W Coffee, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William W Coffee in household of Cleveland Coffee, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Coffy, "United States Census, 1840"

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