William Columbus Coffey

April 1839–10 March 1920 (Age 80)
Wilkes, North Carolina, United States

The Life of William Columbus

When William Columbus Coffey was born in April 1839, in Wilkes, North Carolina, United States, his mother, Elizabeth Collett, was 30 and his father, McCaleb Coffey, was 35. He married Caroline " Carrie" L Curtis on 10 May 1866, in Wilkes, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States in 1850. He registered for military service in 1864. He died on 10 March 1920, in Boone, Watauga, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Boone, Watauga, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Columbus Coffey
1839–1920
Caroline " Carrie" L Curtis
1844–1893
Marriage: 10 May 1866
Edward Stuart Coffey
1867–1925
Thomas Finley Coffey
1872–1926
Finley L Coffey
1869–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
10 May 1866
Wilkes, North Carolina, United States
children

(3)

    Edward Stuart Coffey

    Male1867–1925Male

    Finley L Coffey

    Male1869–Male

    Thomas Finley Coffey

    Male1872–1926Male

Parents and Siblings

    Elizabeth Collett

    Female1809–Female

    McCaleb Coffey

    Male1803–1881Male

World Events (8)

1846

Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1853 · First State Fair

Age 14

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.
1862 · Battle of Roanoke Island

Age 23

On February 7, 1862, General Burnside's expedition started with the Battle of Roanoke Island. The battle was mostly fought by the Union and Confederate Navy's. This was a Union victory.

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)

  • William C Coffey, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Coffey in household of Caleb Coffey, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Columbus Coffey, "United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940"

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