"Elder John Clark - Dear Brother: - By request of relatives I send you, for
publication in Zion's Advocate, an obituary of our beloved brother Joseph W.
Coffman. He was born in Page Co., Va., March 31, 1829 and died at his
residence in Logan Co., Ill., January 13, 1878. He was aficted (sic) with
Cancerous Tumor, and after death Physicians extracted it. It weighed
forty-two pounds. Notwithstanding the great suffering attending the
disease, he bore it all with patience, longing for the change to come.
The deceased joined the Regular Baptist Church at Luray, Va., and was
baptized by Elder A. C. Booton, Nov. 23 1845. He emigrated to Ohio in 1854,
aad (sic) in 1856 to Illinois, where he was an esteemed member of the
Lebanon Church, near Lincoln, in Logan county, to which little body his
death is a severe blow. He leaves a widow and four children - one daughter
and three sons - to mourn his departure from them. He leaves behind him
every evidence of a christian, so we sorrow not as those who have no hope,
but look forward to a meeting where sorrow never comes. He leaves many
friends, who followed him to his last resting place. May the grace of our
God comfort and support the widow and children, is the prayer of a
well-wisher. James H. Ring, Mt. Pulaski, Ill, Jan. 29, 1878"
believed to be from Zion's Advocate
submitted by great-great-grandson Harold Young