William A. Coffman

WILLIAM A. COFFMAN is the eldest of two children of Amers and Mary M. (Acock) Coffman, and was born in Logan County, Ky., March 23, 1832, and after attending the common schools began tilling the soil. He has been twice married, the first time in Giles County, Tenn., October 16, 1855, to Agnes E. Howard, daughter of Wesley Howard, and became the parents of these children: Rollin, who died November 10, 1882; Robert, died October 27, 1884; Benjamin F., James F., Wllliam, Julius C., Arthur, Mary J., Anna Lee and Sallie V. These children's mother was born in Giles County, Tenn., December 5,1837, and died August 27,1879. Our subject married for his second wife, Maggie R. Barbour. To them were born two daughters: Emma M. and Eva M. Her parents, John L. and Elizabeth E. (Ouinn) Barbour; the mother's father, Wm. Guinn, being an eminent divine of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Tennessee. Mr. Coffman is an old-line Democrat and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He has a farm of 109 acres, on which he raises cotton and the cereals. His paternal grandfather, Adam Coffman, was a British soldier and served through the entire Revolutionary war. He was discharged at Montreal, Canada, but was afterward married in Maryland, and then came to Kentucky. Our subjects maternal grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary war in the Colonial Army, serving over seven years, and participating in the battles of Camden, Yorktown, Guilford Court House, Brandywine, and many others.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County