LEVI COFFMAN. Levi Coffman. who is leading a retired, life in Eminence township, Logan county., is one of a family of eleven children born to John and Christina (Brining) Coffman.
John Coffman. the father, was born near Stuttgart, Province of Wurtenberg, Germany, in 1796, and when sixteen years of age came to the United States and settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he learned the trade of a cooper.
His passage to this country was paid by Moses Huber, and Mr. Coffman repaid him with the money he earned at his trade.He continued at this occupation in Lancaster until he was twenty-one years of age, when he went to Spencer County, Kentucky.
Here he lived until 1837 working at his trade. At the end of this time he and his family removed to Clark County, Illinois, where he purchased a farm -his boys performing most of the duties, while the father worked at his trade.
In Novemher, 1846. he sold this farm and bought another in Eminence township, Logan County, the latter consisting of one hundred and fifteen acres; on March 17. 1847, he and his family took up their residence thereon.
He continued here very successfully until 1854, when, like many others, he desired to go west and consequently he disposed of his property and purcliased one hundred and twenty acres in northern Missouri. In 1856 he again returned to Logan county, where he purchased one hundred acres in Atlanta township. Here he spent the remainder of his life, his death occuring in November, 1867.
Levi Coffman, our subject, was born in Spencer county, Kentucky, March, 1832, and came when a small Ixn- with his parents to Illinois.
His preliminary education was olitained from the country schools, and being of an industrious nature he spent his evenings studying history and other good books which would help to develop his mind. He remained on the farm with his father until he was thirty-three years of age and in the spring of 1865 he engaged in the same occupation for himself in Eminence township, where he has since remained.
Our subject's farm consists of one hundred and twenty acres of highly improved land, and is five and one-half miles from Atlanta, where he is spending his declining years. On August 9, 1862, he proved his patriotism by enlisting in Company F. One Hundred and Sixtieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. For three years he experienced the hardships of a soldier and was honorably discharged August 6, 1865. On December 16, 1858. Mr. Coffman led to the marriage altar Miss Margaret Dosbaugh, whose parents were originally from Prussia. This union resulted in the birth of five children, namely: Sarah A., born October 28, 1859, is the wife of B. F. Fisher, who is a well-to-do farmer of McLean county; John F. was born May 2, 1861 : .\. C. was born July 15, 1866; Robert was born March 26, 1876; and Laura B. was born March 2, 1883. The mother of these children was of a highly respected Prussian family, and was well thought of by all who knew her. She was born in November, 1827, and died in May. 1900, and her remains were interred in Oklahoma. Mr. Coffman and three of his children are sincere members of the Christian church, as was also his wife.
Politically he is a supporter of the Democratic ticket. After a pure, honorable and useful life, actuated by unselfish motives prompted by patriotism and guided by truth and justice, Mr. Coffman well deserves the high regard in which he is uniformly held by his fellow citizens. The name "Coffman" is well known throughout the county and our subject is noted for his kind and pleasing manner.
S.J. Clarke Publishing Company.
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