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Coffing, Churchill

Born: 1813-11-13 Connecticut

Died: 1873-05-14 Chicago, Illinois

Flourished: Peru, Illinois

Churchill Coffing, attorney, moved from Salisbury, Connecticut, to Peru, Illinois, as early as 1839. He married fellow Salisbury native Asenath C. Brewster in Illinois in 1841. Coffing purchased eighty acres of land in Lee County in 1842, and in 1848 and 1849 purchased several segments of land in La Salle County. In 1850, Coffing was practicing law and owned $10,000 in real property. Politically, Coffing was a Whig.

Abraham Lincoln and Others to the Whigs of Illinois; History of La Salle County Illinois (Chicago: Rand, McNally, 1877), 364; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, La Salle County, 8 July 1841, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Lee County, 716:8; La Salle County, L7A:5, 6; L7B:173, 179, 180, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), La Salle County, IL, 341; Gravestone, Center Cemetery, Salisbury, CT.