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MAURY COUNTY NATIVES AND FORMER RESIDENTS INTERRED ELSEWHERE.

COFFEE, Priscilla Howard, 1826 - 17 Aug 1899, wife of William F. Coffee, daughter of Willoughby & Frances Cochran Howard. He was a Confederate Officer and was murdered in August of 1864 during the Civil War. It is believed Priscilla transferred to Collin County Texas between 1876 and 1880. Her home (at least) shows up on the 1876 D. G. Beers Map of Mt Pleasant, Maury County Tennessee and again during the 1880 federal census of Collin County Texas. She died in Collin Co Texas. She and William F. Coffee had a family of several children before he was gunned down toward the end of the Civil War by Major Howell and Sam Morrow two self styled Federals. Howell was tried and acquitted but removed to Western Kentucky where he lived out his life. Morrow was later murdered, it is believed, by forces aligning themselves with Coffee. W. F. Coffee was a member of the Masons a close knit group who would have stood behind him in the lawless environment after the war that pitted neighbor against neighbor.  
Priscilla is interred in the IOOF, Farmersville Cemetery, Collin Co., Texas. Her husband William F. Coffee is interred in the Howard Cemetery, Mt Pleasant Maury County Tennessee.


Information condensed by Wayne Austin, from conversations with Don Howell & Barbara Manderscheid, from family history archival records, court case documents and newspaper accounts  9/17/2007.