R. COFFIELD was born in what is now Union District, Crittenden Co., Ky., December 8, 1832, and is a son of Isaac S. and Lucinda (Ray) Coffield. His father was a native of Edgecombe County, N. C., and was born in 1789. His mother was probably born in Kentucky; her parents came from Maryland. In 1802 the father came with his parents to this county. They were among the first settlers here, and upon their arrival they at once proceeded to patent about 1,000 acres of land. The father died in this county about 1843, the mother in 1832. Subject is the youngest of a family of seven children and is the only one now living. His father died when he was eleven years old, and he subsequently came to Marion, where he attended school. He also spent some time at the Cumberland Presbyterian College at Princeton, and the old seminary at Hopkinsville. At the age of twenty-one, he began merchandising at Marion and followed it for about eighteen months, then purchased a farm in the Hurricane District, where he still resides, owning about 100 acres. In May, 1884, he was appointed storekeeper and gauger for the Second Revenue District of Kentucky, and is still serving in that capacity. Mr. Coffield was married January 22, 1856, to Miss Ellen S. Bigham, daughter of Harvey W. and Sarah (Rice) Bigham. This lady was born in 1837, and died October 22, 1858. She was the mother of one child, R. L., born October 31, 1856, died February 16, 1882. Mr. Coffield's second marriage took place May 13, 1863, to Miss Mary H. Evertson, daughter of George and Lucinda (Walker) Evertson. Mrs. Coffield was born in 1843, and is the mother of seven children: Minnie D., Lavinia, Lucinda, Lilly G., Horatio E., Mary and Norman. Mrs. Coffield is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Coffield served as United States marshal in this county in 1870. In politics he is identified with the Republican party.


Source:  J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Pages 723-724.