Edward Coffey
Sex: Male
Birth: Unknown, probably in Ireland
Death: 1716
Burial: Essex County, Virginia
Father: Unknown
Mother: Unknown
Spouse/Partner: Ann Ester Powell
Marriage: c1700 in Essex County, Virginia
Children: John Coffey
Edward Coffey
Patsy Coffey
Annister Coffey
Austin Coffey
Elizabeth Coffey

Edward Coffey lived in St. Ann's Parish, Essex County, Virginia. The first record of Edward Coffey in Virginia appears in the will of Edward Mosely, dated January 6, 1699 in which he gives to his "servant Ed. Coffe one heifer of 2 years old." On September 10, 1700, Edward Coffey received a judgment from the Mosely estate for his freedom, corn, and clothes. Edward Coffey was probably transported to America from Ireland during the Williamite Confiscation by Edward Mosely. Edward Coffey is a witness to his father-in-law,Thomas Powell's, will of Sittingbourne Parish, Essex County, Virginia in which Thomas bequeathed 1 shilling to his daughter Ann Coffey.

In November, 1714, Edward Coffey sold part of his land (bought from Augustine Smith) on Occupation Creek to Thomas Warren. His wife, Ann, is a witness to this transaction. Edward died in 1716 and Ann died in 1744. After Edward's death in 1716 Ann, married Robert Dulin (Dula?) and they had two sons.[1]

Many sources list a John Coffee as Edward's father. This is most likely due to a transcription error by George C. Greer in his book Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666. Marvin Coffey in James Bluford Coffey, His Ancestors and Descendants in America, wrote that in the original records, the name was listed as Coffin in one place, and what appears to be Scoffin in another.[2] There is no credible evidence that there ever was a John Coffee, or that he was Edward's father.

Edward's WillEdit

Note that "Marther" has been called "Patsy," and that "Austes" is also called Austin.[3] Edward's will reads as follows:
"Essex County, Virginia Records

Deeds & Wills No. 14, Page 669

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I Edward Coffey being in bedd of sickness but in perfett sense & emmbrey thanks bee to God; I Edward Cofey do bequeath this to bee my Last Will & Testament, -

I leave all my Land to my two Suns John Cofey and Edward Cofey Equall to be divided at Sixten Ears of age if the mother of them be ded otherwayes att Eighten Years of Ages.

I also give one Cowe & her increase to my daughter Marther Cofey att ye Ears of Sixten or at her mothers deth allso one Cowe yerlen to my Sun John Coffey & her increase

All the tenebles Stock & Bock I give to my wife Ann Cofey till her deth but if she marys then every one of my Children to have their parts as they come of age, and after ye Deces of my wife all tenables to be Equall devided between my Six children John, Edward Cofey, Marther Cofey, Ann Cofey, Austes Cofey, Elisabeth Cofey.

As witness my hand & Seall this 14th day of Febry 1715/16

Samel. Edmondson

Themety (mark) Selemon

Edward Cofey (his mark) Cofey[4][5]"

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