Joseph Washington Coley

24 May 1854–14 July 1944 (Age 90)
Macon, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Joseph Washington

When Joseph Washington Coley was born on 24 May 1854, in Macon, Tennessee, United States, his father, William D Coley, was 37 and his mother, Sarah J Howell, was 25. He married Julia R. Krantz on 1 December 1880, in Macon, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Civil District 1, Macon, Tennessee, United States for about 30 years. He died on 14 July 1944, in Macon, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Macon, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Washington Coley
Julia R. Krantz
Marriage: 1 December 1880
Harvey Coley
William Arthur Coley
Henry Irvin Coley
Leroy Washington Coley
Van Harrison Coley
Ora Nolen Coley
Wesley D Coley
Lester Herman Coley
Nora Agnes Coley
Chester Clayton Coley
Estelle C. Coley
Clarence C Coley

Spouse and Children

1 December 1880
Macon, Tennessee, United States


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    William D Coley


    Sarah J Howell




    Sarah S Coley



    Nancy Ann Coley


    Thomas Sherman Coley


    Henry Able Coley


World Events (8)

1862 · Battle of Shiloh

Age 8

The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

Age 9

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

Age 24

When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.

Name Meaning

1 English (West Midlands): nickname for a swarthy person, from Old English colig ‘dark’, ‘black’ (a derivative of col ‘(char)coal’).2 English: possibly a habitational name from Coaley in Gloucestershire, named in Old English as ‘woodland clearing (lēah) with a hut or shelter (cofa)’.3 Probably an Americanized form of Swiss German Kohli or Kohler .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Joe W Coley, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Jos W Coley in household of W D Coley, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Joseph Washington Coley, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"

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