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
Caroline " Carrie" L Curtis
Marriage: 10 May 1866
Edward Stuart Coffey
Thomas Finley Coffey
Finley L Coffey

Spouse and Children

10 May 1866
Wilkes, North Carolina, United States


    Edward Stuart Coffey


    Finley L Coffey


    Thomas Finley Coffey


Parents and Siblings

    Elizabeth Collett


    McCaleb Coffey


World Events (8)


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.

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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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