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William Fowler Coffman[1]

Male 1815 - 1905  (90 years)


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  • Name William Fowler Coffman 
    Born Jul 30, 1815  Washington county, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Sep 11, 1905  La Harpe, Hancock county, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Hillsborough Cemetery, McDonough, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Hancock Co. Scofield Vol. 11; pg. 1186 Sketch of Aaron DeWitt: "...William and Elizabeth (Wilson) Coffman [were] born in Kentucky [and] came when children with their parents to Illinois at so early a day that Indians were still plentiful in the state."
        The Pecks of Hancock County, Illinois by Annabelle Witt Linneman "The William Coffman family with their six daughters and two young sons lived in a one room log house nearby and before long, [Christopher Columbus Peck aka Lum] was courting 18 year old Julia." [Reference 1860 census, Durham Township, Hancock Co., Illinois]
      Church:  1831 United with the Baptist church at New Hope in McDonough County at 16 years o f age
      Marriage: 1837 McDonough County Marriage License
      Residence: 1838-1841 Kentucky; Mary Jane b. KY 1838; Sarah b. KY abt 1841.
      Census: 1840 Butler Co., KY
      Residence: 1841-1845 Missouri, see wife, Elizabeth's obituary, daughter Julia was born in An drew Co.
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      Census: 1850 McDonough Co., IL; p.507
      Coffman, William, 35, M, farmer, 600, KY
      Coffman, Elisabeth, 34, F, KY
      Coffman, Mary J, 12, F, IL
      Coffman, Sarah E, 10, F, IL
      Coffman, Aritney?, 7, F, IL
      Coffman, John A, 4, M, MO
      Coffman, Arehabole?, 4/12, M, IL
      Goodrin, Joel, 17, KY
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      Census: 1860 Durham Twp., Hancock Co., IL; P.O. Durham, Enum. 18 August 1860, Dwelling 5004, Family 4870 William 45 KY farmer RE 2400 PP 930, Elizabeth 44 KY, Mary Jane 21 IL (married), Sarah 19 IL, Arietta 17 MO, Julia A. 14 MO, Archibald W. 10 IL, Catherine 7 IL, Luella 5 IL, Douglas 1 IL.
        Land-Residence: Durham Twp. Pioneers by Suzanne Miller; pg. 9 William Coffman owned land Section 34 Durham Twp. 1860's & 1870's. Wife Elizabeth. Children: Mary Jane, Sarah, Arietta, Julia, "Archibald, Luella, & Douglas.
        Land-Residence: 1874 Map of Durham Twp. north east quarter of section 34; Illustrated Historical Atlas of Hancock County, Illinois, 1874; Published by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, Illinois. pg. 70.
      Census: 1880 Durham Twp., Hancock Co., IL; GS#48459 pt.91.
      Family= William 63, Elisabeth 62, dau. Sarah 38, & gr. son Frank O'Neil 18; Parents birthplace= Germany & England.
      Residence: 1886 Durham Twp.  7N 6W, LaCrosse, NE 1/4 of Sec. 34; Directory of Hancock Co. Illinois, 1886; FHL 977.343 E4d.
      Church: 1886 East Durham Christian Church
      Residence: 1888-1905 LaHarpe, IL
      Newspaper: La Harper 11 Aug 1893
          Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Springer of Carthage, visited with Elias Brandon's family, at Blandinsville, Sunday and Monday and returning visited their good friends Mr. and Mrs. P.D. William s and spent the night with their old Pilot grove neighbors, Wm. Coffman and family. John's visit about town was all too short.  He has friends here by the score, who failed to meet him.
      Birth-DEATH-Burial: Hillsborough Cemetery, McDonough Co., IL; corner of 100 E and 2150 N; section 18, Blandinsville Township; inscription: William F.
      Coffman July 30, 1815 - Sept 11 1905; on same stone as Elizabeth his wife. Printed in the Rural Cemeteries of McDonough County, Illinois; Volume XVII; Blandinsville Township by Duane Lester, Good Hope, Illinois, no date, Printed by Schuyler - Brown Historical and Genealogical Society and The Schuyler Jail Museum;  Remarks: This cemetery was established in 1849 at the same time that the Hillsborough Baptist Church congregation was organized.  A frame church building was built immediately south of the cemetery and stood at that location for several years.  Present condition of the cemetery grounds is good; the area is regularly maintained, well fenced, and most stones are in relatively good repair, although, many are badly weather-worn; some are broken.
      At least two stones were located that were completely unreadable due to wear and damage.
      Obituary:
      LaHarper, LaHarpe, IL 15 Sep 1905
      William F. Coffman Died--At his home in this city, 8 o'clock Monday evening, Sept. 11, 1905, William Fowler Coffman, aged 90 years, 1 month and 13 days.
        William F. Coffman was born in Kentucky, July 30, 1815.  When he was three years of age the family removed to Jefferson county, Illinois where they remained twelve years, when in 1830 they came to this vicinity where he has since resided.  He united with the Baptist church at New Hope in McDonough county at 16 years of age and has been doing Christian service all through his life, not only professing discipleship but doing his Master's work to the best of his ability.  None doubted his sincerity.  There being no Baptist church near LaHarpe he united with the East Durham Christian Church in 1886, and later removed his membership to LaHarpe.  He was zealous in Christ's cause, and a worker in the church.  He had a kindly interest in his fellow man, recognizing the brotherhood that made all men akin. He was honest in action, honest with himself as well as with his God and his fellow man.  His life was rightly lived from early youth and to this may be attributed the attainment of his many years and the good health he always has enjoyed.  He was married to Miss Elizabeth Wilson in 1837.  Eight children were born to them, four of whom are living. Mrs. Sarah Dewitt who has lived with him since the death of Mrs. Coffman some ten years ago.  Mrs. C.C. Peck, now of Augusta, Archibald of Oakland, Cal., and A. Douglas Coffman of Graceville, Minn.  There were born twenty-one grandchildren, fourteen of whom are living and fifteen great grandchildren.
        Mr. Coffman came to this city from South Durham about seventeen years ago. He has been quite feeble for a year or so and of late was unable to get around without assistance.  Last Friday he fell from his chair and while it did not seemingly cause him serious injury, he rapidly declined and passed away at 8 o'clock Monday evening.
        The funeral services were held at the Christian church Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, Eld. Huff officiating, and the burial was at Hillsborough, four miles east of this city.  The floral offerings were beautiful.
    Person ID I26633  mykindred
    Last Modified May 21, 2009 

    Father Jacob Coffman,   b. Oct 15, 1780, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 26, 1852, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Eary Fowler,   b. Jan 07, 1785, Baltimore, Baltimore county, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 25, 1855, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married Apr 18, 1805  Washington county, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9748  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Wilson,   b. Feb 27, 1816, Washington county, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 27, 1893, La Harpe, Hancock county, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married Dec 07, 1837  McDonough county, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. [son] Coffman,   b. circa 1837, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1850  (Age ~ 12 years)
    +2. Mary Jane Coffman,   b. Sep 18, 1838, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 06, 1871, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     3. Sarah E. Coffman,   b. circa 1842, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. AFT 1905  (Age ~ 64 years)
     4. Eary Ettna Coffman,   b. circa 1843, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 04, 1860, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 17 years)
    +5. Julia Anne Coffman,   b. Nov 13, 1845, Andrews county, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 28, 1936, La Harpe, Hancock county, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +6. Archibald Wilson Coffman,   b. Jun 03, 1850, McDonough county, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 18, 1935, Oakland, Alameda county, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     7. Melvina Catherine Coffman,   b. Nov 13, 1854, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 27, 1891, Burnside, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     8. Luella A. Coffman,   b. Jun 30, 1856, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 21, 1868, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
     9. Alfred Douglas Coffman,   b. circa 1859, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. AFT 1936  (Age ~ 78 years)
    Family ID F9698  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S584] Gedcom - Cimino, Nick & Robin.