The following information was forwarded to Coffey Cousins' on Nov. 8, 2000 by G. A. Coffee. Please contact him via E-Mail if you need additional information.

Dear Jack:

The following was sent to me by Ruth Ratliff. It is a short autobiography written by Alfred Alfonso Coffee. It clears up whom Elijah married, most have speculated it was a Hull, and no one has been able to find anything on her. A.A. has her last name as Heulme, from the Nashville, TN area. I will check this area out and let you know if I can confirm anything. You may wish to post the autobiography on the web page.

Take care,

G.A. Coffee

35. ALFRED ALFONSO7 COFFEE (ELIJAH6 COFFEY, THOMAS B.5, JOHN4, EDWARD JOSHUA3, JOHN2, HUGH1)134 was born 10 May 1831 in Wilkes Co., NC135, and died 10 Dec 1915 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN135. He married JULIA ANNIE DAWKINS136 Bet. 1858 - 1859136, daughter of JOHN DAWKINS and MARY WHEELER. She was born Feb 1834 in Habersham Co. GA136, and died 1904 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN136.


1860 Census; GA, Rabun Co., Clayton, Roll 134, Georgia, Page 502 p. 502 dw 74 fam. 74

A. A. Coffee 29 M Farmer Birthplace NC
Julia Ann 22 F
Newton W. 1 M
James Coffee 17 M

1870 Census; GA, Walker Co., Rock Springs, 15 Jul 1870, subdivision 145 - Microfilm p. 179 dw 33 fam. 33

Coffee, Alfred A. 39 M Farmer Birthplace NC
Julia 31 F Kp.Hse. GA
Mary A. 10 F Asst. Kp.Hse GA
Alfred A. 8 M GA
Sterling A. 6 M GA
Jackson L. 4 M GA
Elizibeth A.2 F GA
Sylvester 4/12 M GA Born in Mar.

1880 Census; TN, Hamilton Co., Chattanooga, 29 Jun 1880 - Microfilm p. 213, fam.999

Coffee, Alfred 47 M Carpenter BP NC BPfath.NC BPmoth NC
Julia 47 F Kp. Hse. GA GA GA
Angie 18 F GA
Alfred 17 M Blacksmith GA
Starlin 15 M Works in ? GA
Jackson 14 M Works in ? GA
Sivesta 9 M GA
Lulu 7 F GA
David 4 M GA

1900 Census; TN, Hamilton Co., Chattanooga, Ward 3, 14th Civil Dist. 1 Jun 1900, Sheet 29A-1, Page No. 279,
Microfilm Roll No. 180 dw 311 fam 77

Coffee, Alfred 64 M Farmer NC NC NC
Julia w 62 F GA SC GA
Dave s 23 M Merchant GA
Taggert, Lula V. d 26 F GA
Coffee, Effie d 18 F Saleslady DG GA
Taggert, William sil 23 M Salesman DG PA VA IN

Alfred Alfonso Coffee

Partial Autobiography by A. A. Coffey, Transcribed by Katie Taggart Dunn, Great Granddaughter of (Comments in parentheses are Ms. Dunn's. The rest is exactly as A. A. Coffee (Coffey) wrote it.

"I was borned in Wilkes County, N.C. May 10th, 1831. My father's name was Elijah, a native of N.C. My mother was reared near Nashville in West Tenn. Her maiden name was Heulme. My Father moved to Georgia about the last of 1839 and settled on what is known as Little Betties Creek in Rabun Co., 7 miles north of Clayton. I lived there on the farm until I was 21 years of age, going to school a few months of each year at which time I commenced going to school to Philon P. Brown's at the Academy at Clayton at which time I went 4 times through arithmetic, 4 times through English, 4 times through dictionary, and partly geography. After this, I worked in dry goods store for John Wyley for a time. After this, I went to Atlanta and clerked in the Records office in the State Depot for the W & A R(ail) R(oad). Also the Depot at Resaca for a while at which time I went to Running on the Road in the capacity of Conductor. This was in 1854. Continued on the Road until the first of 1856, at which time I left the Road and went West and was in the Kansas Trouble. (Note: Alfred Alphonso's cousin, Col. Asbury Madison Coffey went to Kansas sometime between 1850 and 1859 where he was appointed Indian agent by President Millard Fillmore. Coffey County Kansas was named for Col. Asbury Coffey. Therefore, it is quite likely that A. A. Coffey went with Col. Asbury Coffee to Kansas.) Was in the Battle at Hickory Point against old John Brown by whom I was captured but afterward relieved by Summers commanding US Troops. I am the only living man I have any knowledge of that was in that battle. Brown kept up his deviltry until captured at Harpers Ferry and was executed. (Note: John Brown was obsessed with the idea of taking overt action to help the black people. In 1855, he followed five of his sons to Kansas Territory to assist Anti-slavery forces. With a wagon laden with guns and ammunition,Brown settled in Osawatomie and soon became the leader of anti-slavery guerrillas in the area. Brooding over the sack of Lawrence Kansas by a mob of slavery sympathizers [May 21, 1856], Brown concluded that he had a divine mission to take vengeance. Three days later he played a part in the Kansas struggle by leading a nighttime retaliatory raid on a pro-slavery settlement at Pottawatomie Creek in which five men were dragged out of their cabins and hacked to death.) I returned from Kansas the latter part of 1856. In 1857, I married Julia Dawkins, daughter of John Dawkins of N.C. Her mother was Mary Wheeler. They resided in Habersham County, 4 miles south of Tallulah Falls on Panther Creek. In 1858 and 1859, I clerked in the GA Legislature, one session in the House and one in the Senate. I March, 1862, I enlisted in the Confederate cause. I was mustered in to service at Big Shandy. I was standing nearby when Andrews and his followers stole the engine from Bill Fuller. In the fall of 1866, I came to Walker Co., GA and remained there and Catossa County until 1879, at which time I came to Chattanooga. I have lived here ever since. I haven't gone into detail as I might have done.

"P.S. I was discharged from service on account of disability. I went home and was appointed tax assessor of tax in kind for 3 counties by quartermaster Bacon of Georgia. I taught in the first colored school ever taught in GA."

Listed in 1910 Census for Marion Co., TX as Alfred A., father, age 78, b. NC in household of "Pink Coffey"


Military service: 04 Mar 1862, Pvt., Co. F, 52d Ga. Infantry CSA of GA Volunteers137
Occupation: Bet. 1858 - 1859, Clerk in GA Legislature, 1 session in House, 1 in Senate


i. WALTER NEWTON8 COFFEY138, b. 13 Jun 1859, Clayton, Rabun Co., GA139; d. 1860140.
43. ii. MARY ANGIE COFFEY, b. 18 Sep 1860, Rabun Co., GA; d. 1932.
iii. ALFRED ELIJAH COFFEY141, b. 07 May 1861, Rabun Co., GA142; d. 02 Aug 1883143.
iv. STERLING S. COFFEY144, b. 1864, Rabun Co., GA144.
44. v. JACKSON LAFAYETT COFFEY, b. 28 Jan 1865, Rabun Co., GA; d. 24 Nov 1946, Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX.
45. vi. WILLIAM PINKSTON COFFEY, b. 1866, Rabun Co., GA; d. 19 Feb 1941.
46. vii. ELIZABETH ADELINE COFFEY, b. 22 Feb 1867, Rabun Co., GA.
47. viii. SYLVESTER COFFEY, b. 12 Mar 1870, Rock Springs, Walker Co., GA; d. 22 Jun 1930.
48. ix. TALLULAH VIRGINIA COFFEY, b. 08 Jan 1874, Walker Co., GA; d. 23 Jun 1958.
49. x. DAVID LEMAYLE COFFEY, b. 25 Sep 1876, Walker Co., GA; d. 19 Mar 1939, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN.
50. xi. EFFIE THELMA COFFEY, b. 22 Jun 1882, Hamilton Co., TN; d. 1935.

Jackson L. Coffee Family