The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 282
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Coffee's grandfather, General John Coffee (1772-1833), who
married a niece of Mrs. Andrew Jackson, served with distinction
during the War of 1812 and later was Surveyor General of
Northern Alabama. John Donelson Coffee, Jr., was born to John
Donelson Coffee and Mary Brahan Coffee in Florence, Alabama,
on November 23, 1836. He attended the University of Virginia
for one session, during 1854-1855, but did not graduate. In 186o
he was licensed to practice law in Mississippi. During the Civil
War he served as an officer in the Confederate army; some time
after the war he moved his family to Arkansas, where he engaged
in farming. He died at his plantation, Surrounded Hill, near De
Valls Bluff, Arkansas, in i874, from gunshot wounds suffered in
an argument over attaching some livestock.2
The two letters of young Brahan which follow reveal wide
interests and a sharp eye for detail. His observations on Texas
farming, surveying, and the legal profession in particular, and on
social and economic life in general, are both informative and
interesting. The letters make it clear that although he was not
completely satisfied with conditions in Texas, he had already made
up his mind that he was going to remain there."
Cibolo Bexar Co Texas Jan loth 4
Your favor of the Ist has brought with it much comfort & con-
solation. Truly I can sympathise with you, doomed as you are by
such an unhappy fate [in a love affair]. ...
On Wednesday I went to San Antonio- A great "stir" by the
Masons-The Grand Lodge of the State commenced its session
on Monday-celebrated Thursday at the Alamo-Officers installed
& an address by Mr. Sexton. A chaste thing, it was flowery & full
of sentiment, intermingled with apropos compliments to the fair
2Family Records (in possession of Harry Long, Memphis, Tennessee); Nashville
Union and American, April 24, 1874; Registrar, University of Virginia, to A. M. B.,
April 15, 1958 (MS. in possession of writer).
"The letters are in the possession of Harry Long, Memphis, Tennessee.
'This letter was postmarked New Braunfels, Texas, January 23, and was addressed
to John D. Coffee, University of Virginia. It was routed by way of New Orleans
and Indianola, Mississippi.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967, periodical, 1967; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101199/m1/300/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.