|Jacob Coffman was a contemporary of the parents of Abraham Lincoln. |
Jacob Coffman and Thomas Lincoln were married in Washington County, Kentucky in 1805 and 1806, respectively.
Despite a busy week, I have managed to maintain my focus on the "reasonably exhaustive search" for records pertaining to Jacob Coffman, my frontiersman ancestor who lived from 1780-1852. After reviewing the Clayton Library catalog for Washington County, Kentucky, I found that my favorite branch of the Houston Library system had a long list of titles related to the early history of the county.
Washington County, Kentucky was established in 1792 becoming the first new county to be created by the Assembly of the State of Kentucky. Jacob Coffman was married in Washington County in 1805 and left the county for Illinois in 1818. My research goal was to find records that would document the presence of Jacob Coffman in Washington County, Kentucky. I gathered 16 books from the Washington County shelf at the Clayton Library on Saturday. On the list of titles for the county were several books written by Faye Sea Sanders including the following:
- Sanders, Fay Sea. 1995. Washington County, Kentucky marriages, 1792-1825. Louisville, Ky. (311 Sage Rd., Louisville 40207): F.S. Sanders.
- Sanders, Faye Sea. 1991. Washington County, Kentucky deed abstracts. Louisville, Ky. (311 Sage Rd., Louisville 40207): F.S. Sanders. V. 1 1792-1803; V. 21803-1811; V.3 1811-1814; V.4 1814-1818
- Sanders, Faye Sea. 1987. Washington County, Kentucky wills, 1792-1853. Louisville, Ky. (311 Sage Rd., Louisville 20207): F.S. Sanders.
- T.L.C. Genealogy (Organization). 1992. Washington County, Kentucky, taxpayers, 1792-1799. Miami Beach, FL: T.L.C. Genealogy.
- 1805 marriage to Arey Fowler with permission from her father, Thomas Fowler
- 1810 census showing Jacob Coffman as head of household and tick marks for family members which appear to match the known genders and ages
- 1815 Deed Book E, Page 55; Dated 30 August 1815; Indenture between Stephen LEE of Claiborne Co., Tennessee & Archibald DOROTHY of Washington County conveying for $1.00, 150 acres in Washington County on Chaplin Fork adjoining Glens Creek and Plum Run. Signed: Archibald DOROTHY; Witnesses: Robert DOROTHY and Jacob COFFMAN
- Sanders, Faye Sea. 1996. Washington County, Ky. court order book. Louisville, Ky: F.S. Sanders.
- Sep 17 1791 Dorter, Archibald to Fowler, Elizabeth, "Baltimore County Marriage Licenses, 1777-1798" Dawn Beitler Smith, p. 52, LDS #975.251 V28s.
- DOROTHY, Archibald - Will: dated 9 Dec 1815, Probate: dated 8 Jan 1816; Leg: Wife Elizabeth; Children: Thomas and Robert, two oldest boys, others: Nancy, Sally, Kitty and Archibald; Executor: Wife- Elizabeth; Witnesses: Thomas FOWLER, Stephen RAY, and William HARDISTY; Signed: Archibald x Dorothy.
- SOURCE: Sanders, Faye Sea. 1987. Washington County, Kentucky wills, 1792-1853. Louisville, Ky. (311 Sage Rd., Louisville 20207): F.S. Sanders.
- Aside from the above mentioned 1815 witnessing of a deed, Jacob Coffman does not appear in any deeds between 1792 and 1818 in Washington County, Kentucky
- He did not appear in the list of taxpayers between 1792 and 1799. However, it is important to note the introductory information from the taxpayer book because it states that taxpayers were "all white males over 21." If Jacob Coffman was born in 1780 as indicated by the 1850 census record and his gravestone, then he would not have turned 21 until 1801. He should appear in taxpayer records from 1801 to 1818 when he left the county.
- 1819, 9 December; The marriage of William C. SHOCKLEY to Elizabeth COFFMAN by a Baptist minister named Richard Elliott is recorded in Book 1, page 187
- 1807; Deed Book C, Page 315 Indenture dated 18 October 1807 between Charles DOYLE of Nelson County, Kentucky and Isaac COFFMAN of Washington County, Kentucky; The consideration was forty five pounds for 100 acres on Chaplins Fork of Salt River. This parcel was part of 500 acres in the name of WEST and BANKS which was deeded to DAY and from him to DOYALL[sic]. Recorded 4 Jan 1808. This transcript is from Family Search Microfilm #7900657