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1. James COFFMAN Senior. Born in 1765 in Rockingham County, Virginia. At the age of 76, James died in Jefferson County, Tennessee in 1841.

Article from the Post in Knoxville, Tennessee dated Saturday, September 11, 1841. Notice: to William Meals and his wife, Susan , formerly Susan Coffman, William Bragg and his wife, Nancy, formerly Nancy Coffman, James Coffman, Anna Coffman, Joseph Coffman, Children of James Coffman, Sr., deceased and also Mary Jane Coffman, James Coffman, Pleasant Coffman, Margaret Coffman, Elizabeth Coffman, Susan Coffman, Children of John Coffman, deceased, and Elizabeth Coffman, widow of John Coffman, deceased, I will apply to the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, in December next for dower out of the lands of which James Coffman, Sr. deceased, died seized. Assigned by Priscilla Coffman, September 11, 1841.

A Power of Attorney to C.D. Kavanaugh from William F. Whitman registered the 25th day of February 1845.

Know all men by these presents, that we James Coffman and Mary Jane Bragg of Madison County in the State of Alabama being of full age and heirs at law of John Coffman late of said county deceased and Cortis D. Kavanaugh of said County of Madison and State of Alabama and guardian of Elizabeth Coffman, Margaret Ann Coffman, Susan Caroline Coffman and Pleasant Coffman who are in part heirs of the said John Coffman deceased, have this day constituted and appointed and by these presents do constitute and appoint William F. Whitman our true and lawful attorney in fact for us and in our names to do and perform in the promises as hereinafter mentioned, whereas by the last Will and Testament of James Coffman, late of Jefferson County, Tennessee, now deceased who was the father of the said John and the grandfather of the above named heirs or by the laws of descent from the said James Coffman deed, the said Mary Jane Bragg and the first named James Coffman and the said Cortis D. Kavanaugh guardian as aforesaid of the above named minor heirs of the said John Coffman are entitled to secure from Hughes W. Taylor the Executor or administrator of the said James Coffman deed, late of said County of Jefferson and the State of Tennessee, certain monies or other things on account of said will or laws of descent. Now therefore in the consideration of the promises we the undersigned as aforesaid do hereby empower the said William F. Whitman, our attorney in fact to ask, demand and receive, or in our names to sue for and receive of the said Hughes W. Taylor or others all monies or other things as set forth in the promises and to receive and receipt for the same as fully as we could do when we personally present and to do all things else touching the promises hereby binding themselves to satisfy and confirm the same. In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our names and affirm our seals, this 16th day of January AD 1845.

Signed: James Coffman, Mary Jane Bragg, C.D. Kavanaugh the guardian of the minor heirs of John Coffman, dated January 16th 1845.

Volume 10, Page 283, Jefferson County, Tennessee: Monday September 6, 1841, Last Will and Testament of James Coffman deceased presented in open court for protution -- causes.

James married Priscilla ?.

They had the following children:
2 i. Joseph (1790-1845)
ii. Anna. Born in 1796.

3 iii. Nancy (1797-)
4 iv. Susannah (1798-1851)
v. John. Born on 3 Jul 1804 in Jefferson County, Tennessee.

On 15 Feb 1828 when John was 23, he married Elizabeth WHITT, in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Born in 1809 in Virginia. At the age of 87, Elizabeth died in 1896.


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