William COFIELD, farmer, P.O. MOORE'S Prairie, was born in Wilson
County, Tenn., February 12, 1826, and is a son of Willis and Maria 
(THOMAS)COFIELD. The father was a native of Virginia, and the mother 
was born in Kentucky.  Subject was the second of five children, 
and was brought when a child of six years to this county, where the 
father  settled in Pendleton Precinct, about one mile east of 
Belle Rive. In the schools of that township, the subject received 
his education. It was but limited, and our subject is truly what 
might be called a self made man. 

The father having died when subject was about sixteen years old, 
the latter together with his two brothers, took charge of the home
place. There he remained until twenty, and then started out in life
on a purchased farm, about two miles from his present place, and 
where Thomas SHIPLEY now lives. There he remained twelve months, 
and then returned to Pendleton township, and settled on the home 
farm. After living on that farm eighteen years, he again moved, 
and then settled on part of the tract of land that Belle Rive 
now occupies. In 1875 he left that farm and came to his present 
location, where he now owns a farm of 200 acres, situated in 
Sections 22, 23 and 27. He has about 190 acres in cultivation, 
and two acres in orchard. 

Mr. COFIELD was married on June 22, 1848, to Brunetta WILKY, a 
daughter of Maxy and Jennie WILKY, one of the oldest families in 
this county. She was the mother of three children, one of whom 
is now living - Thomas, now in Clinton County, Ill. This lady died
in January, 1854, and our subject was married the second time, to Nancy
J. LAIRD, a native of Pendleton township and the daughter of David and
Elizabeth (TUMBLESON) LAIRD. This marriage resulted in ten children, six
of whom are now living - W.H. (in Ottawa, Kan.), Leaton, Ransom, Charles
Hannibal, Isabelle and Charity. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, and is a Republican.

Source: "History of Jefferson County, Illinois" Wm. Henry Perrin
Submitted bySharlet Bigham LaBarbera
Nov 6, 1997

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