A Soldier's Story: Colonel James Ashbury Coffey

 


Colonel James Ashbury Coffey was born on November18, 1827, in Gallatin County Illinois. He moved to Kansas in 1855 to open a trading post. He enlisted in the local militia and fought in the border wars, before being mustered into the US Army's 4th Battalion 4th Brigade Artillery during the Civil War.

In 1869, he created a trading post that would ultimately grow into Coffeyville Kansas (read about the town here). After the founding of Coffeyville, Colonel Coffey would then move to Humboldt to found a trading post then.  Finally, in 1878, Colonel Coffey moved to Dodge City Kansas to found the company, Coffey and Marsh.

On January 13, 1879, Colonel Coffey would die from pneumonia.  He rests in Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City Kansas.