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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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James C. Coffman, farmer and stock raiser of Laclede County, Mo., was born in East Tennessee, on the 11th of January, 1845, his parents being Abner L. and Sarah (Couch) Coffman. He is one of five surviving members of a family of ten children, whose names are as follows: Rachel E. (the wife of A. Lorance), Fernando, Ella (wife of G. B. Gustin) and Houston C. James C. Coffman immigrated to Laclede County, Mo., in 1851, where he has since made his home, and has become one of the prosperous tillers of the soil. In 1863 he espoused the Union cause, enlisting as corporal in the Sixteenth Missouri Cavalry, Company F, and served until the close of hostilities, being mustered out on the 3d of July, 1865. In December, 1870, he was married to Miss M. A. Howard, a daughter of John and Becky (Rouff) Howard, who were natives of Pennsylvania, and immigrated to Laclede County, Mo., in 1866. Mr. Coffman and wife have become the parents of nine children: Rudolph, Ulus, Eugene, Ernest, Effie and Ella. Those deceased are James, John and Mary. Mr. Coffman is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and in his political views is a Republican. He and family attend the Methodist Church.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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