Thomas R. Coffelt (deceased), native of Tennessee, and son of Henry and Barbara Coffelt, was born on the 1st day of January, 1813. When quite young, he came to Indiana, and settled, prior to the organization of Johnson County, on Young’s Creek, near the present site of Amity, in Blue River Township. Here he cleared a farm and lived the life of a pioneer, having been one of the early settlers in the southern part of the county. On the 4th day of April, 1833, he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Hamner, sister of John Hamner, a member of one of the early pioneer families, and by her had two children, both deceased. Mrs. Coffelt died on the 11th day of July, 1849. Mr. Coffelt’s second marriage was solemnized, July 19, 1860, with Miss Amanda Brown, daughter of Benjamin and Lydia (Walters) Brown, of Ashe County, N. C. To this marriage were born two children, one of whom, Mrs. Nancy E. Barron, is now living. Mr. Coffelt followed farming all his life, and was a man of many noble and sterling qualities. His death occurred at his home place, near the village of Amity, on the 15th day of April, 1873, his age being sixty years three months and fifteen days. His widow still survives, and lives on the home farm, a handsome place of 200 acres, finely improved. She was born January 13, 1824, and is a well preserved woman for her age.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 404.