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Re: Grady Coffman, b.d. 1914 / a.d. 2009, California
Posted by: Annie Carlile (ID *****3078) Date: March 20, 2012 at 17:21:11
In Reply to: Grady Coffman, b.d. 1914 / a.d. 2009, California by Toni Ann Coffman of 2434

Hi. I'm not related to this family. Here is an obituary for your grandfather:

Modesto Bee, The (CA) - June 19, 2008

Grady Coffman, 93 of Ceres, passed away peacefully in Modesto, on Saturday. Grady was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and moved to California with his family in 1927. Grady retired from the US Steel Mill, in Pittsburg, CA, in 1978 and spent his retirement years in Ceres. Grady was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather. He kept his family in good humor, and he will be deeply missed. Grady is survived by his three children, Bobbie Ann Weder of Ceres, Gary Coffman of Rocky Mount, VA, and Tim Coffman of Antioch, CA. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. Grady was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Valera Coffman, and 3 brothers.

Here is a death record for him:

Social Security Death Index about Grady Coffman
Name:        Grady Coffman
Last Residence: 95307 Ceres, Stanislaus, California
Born:        8 May 1915
Died:        14 Jun 2008
State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951)

So this is probably Grady in 1930:

1930 United States Federal Census about Grady D Coffman
Name:        Grady D Coffman
Gender:        Male
Birth Year:        abt 1916
Birthplace:        Arkansas
Race:        White
Home in 1930:        Hollister, San Benito, California
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Marital Status:        Single
Relation to Head of House:        Son
Father's Name:        George A Coffman
Father's Birthplace:        Arkansas
Mother's Name:        Ada J Coffman
Mother's Birthplace:        Arkansas
Household Members:        
Name        Age
George A Coffman 38 b. 1892 Ark, parents b. Ark; Laborer, Orchard
Ada J Coffman         37 -wife- b. 1893 Ark, par b. Ark
Clyde E Coffman 18 -son- b. 1912 Ark; Laborer, farm
Clay D Coffman         17 -son- b. 1913 Ark; Laborer, farm
Grady D Coffman 14 -son- b. 1916 Ark **
Charles E Coffman 12 -son- b. 1918 Ark
Georgene Coffman 4 5/12 -dau- b. 1926 Ark

Here he is in 1920:

1920 United States Federal Census about Grady Coffman
Name:        Grady Coffman
Age:        4
[4 7/12]
Birth Year:        abt 1916
[abt 1915]
Birthplace:        Arkansas
Home in 1920:        Gaston, Montgomery, Arkansas
Race:        White
Gender:        Male
Relation to Head of House:        Son
Marital Status:        Single
Father's Name:        George A Coffman
Father's Birthplace:        Arkansas
Mother's Name:        Ada J Coffman
Mother's Birthplace:        Arkansas
Household Members:        
Name        Age
George A Coffman 28 b. 1892 Ark, parents b. Ark; Proprietor, Barber Shop
Ada J Coffman         27 -wife- b. 1893 Ark, par b. Ark
Clyde Coffman         8 -son- b. 1912 Ark
Clay Coffman         6 -son- b. 1914 Ark
Grady Coffman         4 7/12 -son- b. 1916 Ark **
Charlie Coffman 2 2/12 -son- b. 1918 Ark
       
Here is a death record for George:

California Death Index, 1940-1997 about George A Coffman
Name:        George A Coffman
Social Security #:        552163094
Sex:        Male
Birth Date:        4 Jan 1892
Birthplace:        Arkansas
Death Date:        21 Aug 1974
Death Place:        Contra Costa

Here is his WWII draft card:

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 about George Alvert Coffman
Name:        George Alvert Coffman
Residence: 2401 Dover St., San Pablo, Contra Costa Co., CA
Birth Date:        4 Jan 1892
Birth Place:        Montgomery Co, Arkansas
Residence:        Contra Costa Co, California
Race:        White
Age: 50
Occupation: Richmond Ship Yard #2, Contra Costa Co.
Nearest Relative: Mrs. Ada Jane Coffman, same address

This may be a marriage record for George & Ada:

Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about Geo A Coffman
Name:        Geo A Coffman
Age:        18
Birth Year:        abt 1892
Residence:        Silver, Montgomery, Arkansas
Spouse's Name:        Ada Davis
Spouse's Age:        17
Spouse's Residence:        Crystal Springs, Montgomery, Arkansas
Marriage Date:        31 Jul 1910
Marriage License Date:        28 Jul 1910
Marriage County:        Montgomery
Event Type:        Marriage
FHL Film Number:        1011073

This is probably George in 1910:

1910 United States Federal Census about George Coffman
Name:        George Coffman
Age in 1910:        18
Birth Year:        1892
Birthplace:        Arkansas
Home in 1910:        Center, Montgomery, Arkansas
Race:        White
Gender:        Male
Relation to Head of House:        Son
Marital Status:        Single
Father's Name:        H J Coffman
Father's Birthplace:        Arkansas
Mother's Name:        Isabel Coffman
Mother's Birthplace:        Arkansas
Household Members:        
Name        Age
H J Coffman        45 b. 1865 Ark, par b. Unknown; farmer
Isabel Coffman        38 -wife- b. 1872 Ark, par b. Tenn; married 20 years; 4 children/4 suviving
George Coffman        18 -son- b. 1892 Ark **
Charley Coffman 14 -son- b. 1896 Ark
Luda Coffman        12 -dau- b. 1898 Ark
T F Sanders        57 -uncle- b. 1853 Ark, par b. Miss; farmer

Five households down is a Davis household, perhaps this is Ada, his future wife's family:

M.E. Davis 51 b. 1859 Ark, par b. Alabama; Night watchman, U.S. Reservat--
Harriet E. Davis 49 b. 1861 Ark, fath b. Tenn, moth b. Alabama; married 32 years, 8 children/7 surviving
Ada Davis 17 b. 1893 Ark **
William Davis 8 b. 1902 Ark

Here is George in 1900:

1900 United States Federal Census about George E Coffman
Name:        George E Coffman
Age:        8
Birth Date:        Jan 1892
Birthplace:        Arkansas
Home in 1900:        Center, Montgomery, Arkansas
[Montgomery]
Race:        White
Gender:        Male
Relation to Head of House:        Son
Marital Status:        Single
Father's Name:        H J Coffman
Father's Birthplace:        Arkansas
Mother's Name:        Belle Coffman
Mother's Birthplace:        Arkansas
Household Members:        
Name        Age
H J Coffman         34 b. Nov 1865 Ark, fath b. Ark, moth b. Miss; Farmer
Belle Coffman         27 -wife- b. Nov 1872 Ark, par b. Tenn; married 12 years; 4 children
Della M Coffman 9 -dau- b. Jul 1890 Ark
George E Coffman 8 -son- b. Jan 1892 Ark **
Charles H Coffman 3 -son- b. May 1897 Ark
Luda Coffman         1 -dau- b. Dec 1898 Ark

According to a public tree on Ancestry.com George's parents were:

Henry J. Coffman, b. 2 Nov 1865 Silver, Montgomery, Ark, died 31 Jul 1951 Montgomery, Ark & Margaret Isabelle Witherspoon.

Henry's parents were Sterling Jessee Coffman, b. 1835 Hannibal, Marion, Missouri, died 1872 Montgomery, Ark & Lucinda Jane Sanders.

Hope this helps. Annie


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