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hiSTORY OF TEXAS. 45:3
he raises about fifty bales of cotton annually.
Politically, Mr. Harrell affiliates with the
Democratic party, and in 1886 he was elected
County Commissioner of Milam county and
served one term.
Our subject was married in 1852, to
Louisa T., a daughter of Benjamin and Amy
(Price) Martin. Mrs. Harrell was born
and reared in Martin county, North Carolina,
where her family were early settlers, her
maternal grandfather, Thomas Price, being a
soldier in the war of the IRevolution. To
this union there were born seven children:
Viola S., now the wife of R. G. Vaughn of
Milam county; Della F., wife of W. D. Tyson
of Boone county, Arkansas; William T.,
who died in infancy; Benjamin L., living
in Milam county; William Thomas, wlio
lives in Falls county, this State; Mary
Louisa, wife of B. F. Stidham of Milam
county; and Annie B., wife of D. I. Roberts
of Milam county. The wife and mother
died in November, 1872, and in 1875 Mr.
Harrell married Mrs. Joanna Davis, widow
of 0. K. avis and daughter of A. 3I. Massengale,
and the children of this union are
Emma T. and Willie May, both now deceased,
and Jessie L., Florence A., Dora
E. and Samuel M.
Mr. Harrell is a member of St. Paul's
Ledge, No. 177, A. F. & A. M., of Maysfit
W \A\)I H. COFFMAN, one of the representative
citizens of Lee county, is
a son of John and Elizabeth (Cobb)
Coffman. The great-grandfather of our subject,
Isaac Coffman, came from Germany to
Lincoln county, Virginia, at the close of the
Revolutionary war. The family lived in that
county until 1800, and in that year moved to
Mercer county, Kentucky. Isaac Coffinan
lived to a good old age, dying wlNieI our sIl,ject
was ten years of age. The granfthitler,
Henry Coffman, raised his family in Hopkins
county, as he did also his son, tlhe fittlher
of our subject. The father was born in 1805,
was married in 1830, and raised a family of
eleven children, eight now living, viz.: W.
H., our subject; Sarah K., wife of Jasper
C)Orton, of Hanson, Kentucky; Elizabeth, now
Mrs. Nance, of Wel)ster county, that State;
James P., of Slaughterville, Kentucky; David
II., of Webster county., Kentucky; Leah F.,
now Mrs. Slaton, of Hopkins county; Thomas
J., a resident of Burnet county, Texas; B.C.,
of Temple, this State; and Medora J., now
Mrs. Smith, of Lee county. The father was
a farmer by occupation, a member of the
Methodist Clhurch, and his death occurred in
1884. The mother died in 1887. The Cobb
family were originally from Georgia, and the
grandfather of our subject, Howell Cobb, was
a cousin of the noted Georgia statesman of
W. II. Coffman was born in Hopkins
county, Kentucky, Novemnber 26, 1831. In
October, 1855, he emigrated to Texas, locating
on his present farm of 277 acres. He is
a Democrat in his political views, served as
Justice of the Peace a number of years, one
term as County Commissioner, and represented
Lee, Washington and Burleson counties
in the Eighteenth Legislatnre. Since
1858 Mfr. Coffman lias served as secretary of
the Mlasonic order, Lexington Lodge, No.
138; has held the same office ten years in
the A. L. of II., Alpha Council, No. 166, is
the oldest Past Commander in the State; and
is also a inembner of the K. of H.
In Hopkins county, Kentucky, September
23, 1855, our subject was united in marriage
with Nancy C. Brown. They had seven
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