|Ernest Ellsworth Coffman, Sr. 1879-1934
One of the things that haunts me about my Uncle Ernie Coffman's memories of growing up is the fact that he did not really have a father.
Was that hard not really knowing your Dad very long? Did you have a surrogate Dad? = Hell's bells, Nick! I didn't know my dad at all. I was too young to know him. My mother re-married somewhere along the line and I had a step-dad, who tried to be a male influence on me, but he and I had our squabbles, etc.My own experience contrasts sharply with Ernie's. My father is still living and despite the fact that he is on the Left Coast and I am on the Third Coast, we are very close. I love him dearly and I know that he loves me too. To not have that in your life has to have been hard. I am really looking forward to my next visit with my father.
Anyone who has any love for genealogy knows that life is unpredictable and missed opportunities to have learned from our elders abound. I wish that I could have known both of my grandfathers better. I never got to meet my paternal grandmother. Perhaps that is a bit of what inspires me to search their ancestry. It is also what motivates my wife and I to be as close as possible to our grandchildren.
One of the beautiful things about DNA is that whether you knew your father or your paternal grandfather well or not, you carry their genetic inheritance in your chromosomes. Both your autosomal-DNA and y-DNA carry the essence of your paternal lineage. The y-DNA is especially significant:
The Y chromosome is transmitted from father to son. Testing the Y chromosome provides information about the direct male line, meaning the father to his father and so on. The locations tested on the Y chromosome are called markers. Occasionally a mutation occurs at one of the markers in the Y chromosome. Mutations are simply small changes in the DNA sequence. They are natural occurrences and take place at random intervals. Overall, they are estimated to occur once every 500 generations per marker. Mutations can sometimes be valuable in identifying branches of a family tree.
Each marker has a name assigned to it by the scientific community, such as DYS#391, DYS#439 or GATA H4. The scientists classify these markers as Short Tandem Repeats. SOURCE: https://www.familytreedna.com/understanding-dna.aspx
While we await the test results from Ernie's y-DNA test, we will step back one generation each week on the Coffman Family Tree. Today we feature Ernie's father and namesake, Ernest Ellsworth Coffman, Sr. 1879-1934. It is somewhat ironic that Ernie's father died in 1934 and my father was born that same year.
Despite the fact that Ernest died in 1934 we can trace his life through the following genealogical records:
Here are a few images related to Ernest Coffman Sr.:
|Marriage Index page for Ernest and Mae in 1907 toward bottom of this cropped page
|Ernest Coffman dusting off his 1928 Dodge
|Marriage Certificate for Ernest and Millie 1931
|Death Certificate of Ernest Ellsworth Coffman; cause of death was kidney failure
Next week we will feature Ernest Sr.'s father, Archibald Wilson Coffman 1850-1935.
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