When James H Coffman was born on 25 April 1845, in Illinois, United States, his father, Henry Coffman, was 44 and his mother, Sally Ann Joles, was 33. He married Retta Hollenbeck on 1 January 1875, in Buffalo Election Precinct, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States. He lived in LeRoy Township, Boone, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Jefferson Township, Allamakee, Iowa, United States in 1860. He died on 8 January 1927, in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States.
Americanized form of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Kaufmann or of its variants Kaufman , Koffmann (see Koffman ), Kofmann, and Kofman .
Americanized form of Dutch Kofman or of its cognate Koffeman, the second form characteristic of the former island of Urk.
History: As a name of Swiss German origin, originally spelled Kaufmann (see 1 above), the surname Coffman is also found among the American Mennonites; the change of their already Americanized name Kauffman to Coffman occured in Page County, VA, in the 18th century.