Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

REV. THEODORE C. COFFEY is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Effingham. In 1891 he received a call from this church, which he accepted, and on the 1st of June of that year entered upon the duties of the pastorate, as successor to Rev. E. Patton. He is now in his second year at this place.

Mr. Coffey is a native of Indiana. He was born near Bloomington, Monroe County, on the 11th of November, 1847, and is a son of Cornelius and Margaret Coffey. The early education of our subject was acquired in the public schools, after which he was a student in the seminary of Ladoga, Ind., and also in Shurtleff College, pursuing a four-years classical and three-years theological course in the latter institution, graduating in the respective classes of 1871 and 1874. He was now fitted for the ministry and soon afterward entered upon the work for which he had prepared himself. His first charge was in Tuscola, Ill., after which he was pastor of the Baptist Church in Appleton, Wis., for two years. The succeeding nine years of his life were spent in pastoral work in Kansas, after which he was for two years a minister of the Baptist Church in Griggsville, Ill. As before stated, he then received a call from Effingham and came to this place on the 1st of June, 1891.

Mr. Coffey was united in marriage with Miss Julia A. Vallette, a native of Ohio. Their union, which was celebrated on the 28th of January, 1875, took place in Upper Alton, Ill. Unto them have been born four children, who are yet living: Grace, Roy, Maggie and Carrie. They also lost one child, May, who died at the age of a year and a-half. Mr. Coffey is a scholarly gentleman and in Effingham he has won many friends, not only among his own people, but among those of other denominations. He has the confidence and respect of the entire community.

 

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 553. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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