52 Ancestors: #6 John Allen Coffman

John and Isabelle Coffman portrait

John and Isabelle Coffman

These are my 3x great grandparents, John Allen Coffman and Isabelle Minnie (Crotinger) Coffman. John Allan is the son of David Coffman (1803-1881) and Elizabeth (Jackson) Coffman (b. 1811), the 8th of 10 children that I know of. John was born on Nov 4, 1847, in Dayton, Ohio,  and died on Apr 6, 1937 in Piqua, Ohio, according to his death certificate. Before marrying Isabelle, he had married a Mary Jane Jones and had one son. After marrying Isabelle, they had at least seven children. In the census records he was listed as being a (day) laborer in 1880 and 1900 and a mover in 1910. It appears he retired between 1910 and 1920, since he is listed as having no job in 1920 and 1930. In these years, his oldest son lived with him and his wife. Throughout his life, he lived in several places – with his parents and many siblings, he moved to Shelby county sometime perhaps around 1870, in the 1900 census he’s living in Spencerville in Allen County, and then from at least 1910 until his death he lived in Piqua in Miami County. He lived a long life – dying just a few months before his 90th birthday. He’s buried in Forest Hill Union Cemetery in Piqua, next to his wife Isabelle, who died two years after him.


Isabelle and John Coffman, seated, with some of their descendants, around 1923


2 thoughts on “52 Ancestors: #6 John Allen Coffman

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