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This family history features Patrick J. Coffey and 11 of his descendants down to the fourth generation.


First Generation
1. Patrick J. Coffey,1 born ca. 1872 in Massachusetts (parents not determined);1 died 1921.2 Patrick married Mary Ann Chapel1, 2 (born 27 August 1880 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, the daughter of Harris T. Chapel and Margaret Adamson;2, 3, 4 Mary died 12 August 1968 in Preston, Montville, Connecticut2). Mary is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.2

Ann, as she was known, was a seamstress for the former Palmer Brothers in Montville.2


+2i. John Leonard Coffey, born 3 August 1919 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut; died 3 October 1977 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Hazel M. Watt.

  1. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 278, Sheet 2B, family of Patrick J. and Annie M. Coffey with son John L. Coffey.
  2. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Mary Ann Coffey, 12 August 1968.
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, East Lyme, Enumeration District 445, Sheet 10B, family of Harris and Margaret Chapel with niece Grace E. Atkinson.
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Enumeration District 512, Sheet 36A, family of Margaret Chapel (46, widow, 4 children with 4 living) with daughter Annie (28, divorced, 3 children with none living) and grand daughter Grace E. Atchison (14).
Second Generation
2. John Leonard Coffey2 (Patrick1), born 3 August 1919 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut;1, 2 died 3 October 1977 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.2 John married, 15 October 1938 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Hazel M. Watt2, 3, 4 (born 8 July 1919 in New London, New London County, Connecticut, the daughter of William Archibald Watt and Bessie M. Davis;3 Hazel died 5 April 2004 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut3). John and Hazel are buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.2, 3

John served in the U. S. Navy in World War II. He was a member of several organizations, including the Retired Teamsters Union; Montville Posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (charter member) and American Legion; St. James Masonic Lodge in Norwich; Nemrod Grotto of Norwich, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Montville Polish Club; and Northern Fishing Club of Montville.2

Hazel was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post No. 10060 in Uncasville, Connecticut.3


+3i. William Leonard Coffey, born 18 April 1939; died 9 November 2010 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut. Married Susie Solange Daigneault.
+4ii. Bessie Ann Coffey, born 11 October 1940. Married Wayne Irving Badger.
+5iii. Charlotte Mae Coffey, born 28 January 1942. Married Allen George Rainville.
+6iv. Sheila Marie Coffey, born 22 August 1943; died 24 February 2000 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married (1) Charles William Neeley Married (2) John Eugene ‘Beetle’ Beetham, Jr..

  1. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 278, Sheet 2B, family of Patrick J. and Annie M. Coffey with son John L. Coffey.
  2. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, John L. Coffey, 3 October 1977.
  3. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Hazel M. (Watt) Coffey, 7 April 2004.
  4. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1938-00000139, marriage of John L. Coffey and Hazel M. Watt
Third and Fourth Generations
3. William Leonard Coffey3 (John,2 Patrick1), born 18 April 1939;1 died 9 November 2010 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut.2 William married, 24 June 1967 in Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut, Susie Solange Daigneault2, 5 (born 15 January 1946 in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, the daughter of Uldee Daigneault and Ida Pariseau;3, 4, 5 Susie died 6 March 1999 in Uncasville, New London County, Connecticut4, 5, 6). William and Susie are buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.2, 5

Bill was a groundskeeper with the Town of Montville, Board of Education, for 23 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends, and camping with his family. Bill was a life member of the Montville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1.2

Susie graduated from Griswold High School in 1964. She first worked at Stanley Wildowski Dairy Farm until 1967. Later she worked in the laundry department at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, New London, Connecticut from 1975 to 1994. She also worked at Barrys Cleaners in New London from 1996 to 1998.5


+7i. Catherine Ann Coffey, born 25 October 1968. Married (1) John Joseph Dzurenka III Married (2) Rory Joseph Dole, Sr..
+8ii. Patricia Jane Coffey, born ca. 1973. Married Christopher Solovei.

4. Bessie Ann Coffey3 (John,2 Patrick1), born 11 October 1940.1 Bessie married, 1 August 1959 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Wayne Irving Badger7 (born 4 October 1929, the son of Irving Badger and Gladys Dow1).

5. Charlotte Mae Coffey3 (John,2 Patrick1), born 28 January 1942.1 Charlotte married, 11 April 1964 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Allen George Rainville8 (born 5 September 1942, parents not determined1).

6. Sheila Marie Coffey3 (John,2 Patrick1), born 22 August 1943;9 died 24 February 2000 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.9 Sheila married, first, 16 June 1962 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Charles William Neeley10, 11 (born 24 November 1944 in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Charles L. Neeley and Mildred P. Richards10, 11). Sheila married, second, 1 September 1964, John Eugene ‘Beetle’ Beetham, Jr.13, 14 (born 1 March 1938, the son of John Eugene Beetham, Sr. and Marie Holmes;12, 13 Beetle died 29 July 1992 in Uncasville, New London County, Connecticut12, 13). Sheila is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.9 Beetle is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.13

Sheila worked At Millstone Power Plant, United Nuclear Corp., and Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, and lastly at Mohegan Sun Casino. She was an avid at racing fan at Waterford Speed Bowl.9

John graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1957. He was an aircraft maintenance officer in the Army. John worked at Robertson Paperbox as a stripper until 1972. He was buried with full military honors.13


+9i. John Laurence Neeley, born 3 March 1963. Married Lisa Joanne Chappell.
 10i. William Patrick Beetham, stillborn 24 March 1966.15
+11ii. John Eugene Beetham III, born 19 January 1965. Married Lisa Marie Marino.
+12iii. Hazel M. Beetham, born 19 February 1968. Married Joseph Tenape.

  1. This is publicly viewable information found in various public information repositories, people finding websites, and/or social media.
  2. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, William L. Coffey, 10 November 2010
  3. Connecticut Marriage Index, 1959-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Groom: Willi L. Coffey, age 28. Bride: Susie S. Daigneault, age 21. Marriage Date: 24 June 1967. Marriage Place: Plainfield, Windham, Connecticut.
  4. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Susie S. Coffey, no. 008-32-0552
  5. Obituary, Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, Susie S. (Daigneault) Coffey, 8 March 1999.
  6. Death Certificate, Connecticut, Certificate No. 1999-023, Susie Coffey. Copy viewed at the Montville Town Hall.
  7. Marriage Certificate, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Town of Montville: Wayne Irving Badger and Bessie Ann Coffey, #1959-233. Copy viewed at Montville Town Hall. The certificate gives their birth dates and places, and the names of their parents.
  8. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1964-00000229, marriage of Charlotte Mae Coffey and Allen George Rainville
  9. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Sheila M. (Coffey) Neeley Beetham, 27 February 2000.
  10. Marriage Certificate, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Town of Montville: Charles William Neeley and Sheila Marie Coffey, #1962-182. Copy viewed at Montville Town Hall. The certificate gives their birth dates and places, and the names of their parents.
  11. Connecticut Marriage Index, 1959-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Groom: Charl W. Neeley, age 17. Bride: Sheil M. Coffey, age 18. Marriage Date: 16 Jun 1962. Marriage Place: Montville, New London, Connecticut.
  12. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). John E. Beetham, Jr., no. 042-30-9310
  13. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, John E. Beetham, Jr., 30 July 1992.
  14. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1964-00000283, marriage of John Eugene Beetham, Jr., and Sheila Marie Neeley
  15. Birth Certificate, Connecticut, William Patrick Beetham, born 24 March 1966, stillborn. Certificate# 1966-062. Copy viewed at Montville Town Hall.