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Elijah Coffee, Rabun County, Georgia
Posted by: G.A. Coffee Date: July 31, 1999 at 07:18:03
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The folling information is verified fact, relating to Elijah Coffee of Rabun County Georgia; of whom I am a direct desendant.
Only information that I know to be 100% accurate is posted. Hope you can use this information in your research.

Elijah was the identical twin of Elisha Coffee (one was crossed-eyed, it was the only way to tell them apart). Brother of General Edward Coffee, Cleveland , John , Bashaba and Joel. Who migrated to Rabun Co., GA, from the upper part of SC., around 1821. "Sketches Rabun County History", pgs. 101-102.

1860 Census, Forsyth Co. GA
Coffee, Elijah, 72 yoa, male, farmer, b. North Carolina, spouse Mary, 70 yoa, female, b. NC., Martha Martin, 1 yoa, female, b. GA. (pg. 123 491 // 869 869).
The above makes the DOB of Elijah and Elisha 1788, NOT 1801/2 as I have seen posted. I know this is same Elijah that is in Rabun Co., GA. in 1830 & 1840 Census. He is living with his son, Starling T. Coffee, who is my 3g.grandfather, in Forsyth Co., GA.

He is on the Ashe CO., NC. tax list for 1815, along with Jesse Coffee, (Jesse may be his father, I have not confirmed this).

The following is speculation.

Old Pendleton District SC.
b. Wilkes Co., NC.
dod. 1865.
m. Nancy Owens, Old Pendleton District, 1822
Son of Thomas B. Coffey and Sally Fields.
Served in the NC Malitia, War of 1812, Wilkes Co., 5th Regiment, 3rd Lt. Along with brother John. (Muster Rolls of Soliders Detached from the Malatia of NC., 1812-1814.
Battle of New Orleans.
Elijah would have been 24 yoa at this time. The right age for his rank and service.

There is another Elijah Coffee listed in the Malitia of NC. as a Cpl., in the 1838 Indian Removal. I doubt that he went from 3rd Lt., to Cpl., and his age would have been 50 yoa.
Plus at this time this Elijah was residing in GA. It is my conclusion that there are 2 Elijah Coffees, I believe the 2nd is the Elijah that is in KY/TN. The Elijah in AR, I have know clue. There is an old family story about one of my ancestors, going west, in a covered wagon at a very old age.

This concludes my information on Elijah Coffee. Please try to prove/disprove this information if you can.

G.A. Coffee


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