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Family: Reuben Robbins / Jane Turner (F6560)  [1

m. 3 Jul 1796

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  • Father | Male
    Reuben Robbins

    Born  Abt 1798  Albermarle Co., Colonial Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1847  Caldwell Co. North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  3 Jul 1796  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location

    Mother | Female
    Jane Turner

    Born  Est 1800  Halifax County, Virginia or Caswell Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Yes, date unknown   

    Child 1 | Female
    + Sarah Robins

    Born  1764   
    Died  1844  Thorn Hill, Grainger Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Colby Rucker | F6557 
    Married  1784  Wilkes Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Sources 
    1. [S32],
      William Coffey is the probable son of Benjamin Coffey (1747-1834) and his wife Mary Hayes (1742-?). He was likely born 1775-1778. In the late 1770s his family had moved with other Virginia families from Albemarle Co., VA into the upper Yadkin River Valley of what would become Caldwell Co., NC.

      William married twice. His first wife was his first cousin Mary ("Polly") Coffey, daughter of his father's brother Thomas Coffey. Since the brothers lived directly across the Yadkin River from one another, William and Polly would have known each other from infancy. They were married on July 3, 1796. According to family genealogist Laurence H. Coffey, William and Polly settled "On Buffalo Creek about eight miles north east of the old [Thomas Coffey] home." ("Thomas Coffey and His Descendants" [Chattanooga, 1931], 80). There, according to L.H. Coffey, they raised three children: Austin (ca. 1799), Elijah (ca. 1808), and William Jr. (b. 1812). However, a fourth child (b. 1805-1810), presumably a daughter named Elizabeth, is listed in the household in 1810 and 1820.

      Polly Coffey died ca. 1828, and on August 15, 1829 William married Margaret Robbins (b. ca. 1798), daughter of valley neighbors Reuben and Jane Turner Robbins. By Margaret, William had two more children: John Wilkerson (b. ca. 1831) and Nancy E. (b. 1832).

      William Coffey died intestate ca. April 1847. On May 11 1847 his sons William Jr. and Austin were appointed administrators of the estate. According to L.H. Coffey, William was buried in the Hull Hill graveyard, resting place for many of the early Coffey settlers in the valley.

      NOTE: the present location of this Hull Hill Cemetery is uncertain. Laurence H. Coffey in "Thomas Coffey and His Descendants" (1931) wrote that the graveyard "became neglected and almost lost from notice to the present generation." He described its location as 1/2 mile east of the Thomas Coffey homestead