finding your roots

Joe Coffey

Robbin November 6, 2012

I was fortunate to have had several conversations with my great great grandmother. Though I was very young I remember one particular “story” she told me often and told me to never forget. She always told me that her grandmother and family were traveling in a covered wagon in Virgina when raided by Indians. That her grandmother was captured and later bore Joe Coffey, her father. Her family lived in Tn, Ky Virgina. Anyone?????????

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  • Garth Tuttle

    February 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    After about 1700 less and less likely -unless the raid happened outside of Virginia -especially in Tennessee, -up until about 1840 -more likely a bit earlier – say, 1760- 1820 ; then it could have been Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Shawnee or Delaware – Early Kentucky even more likely, but not so, later ; closer to the mountains, the most likely; but it could have been folks disguised as ‘Indians ‘ or non-tribally aligned persons of mixed descent
    Coffey is us. an Irish name

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