Simon B. Cofer was my gggg. uncle.
My gggg. Grandfather was George Cofer born Culpepper VA. 1783.
The following I have documented.
They had an older brother Abraham, and an older sister Annie. Annie married Robert Underwood and George married Robert's sister Julia Ann Underwood.
Around 1801 George and Robert left VA. and went to the Carolinas. My ggg Grandfather George Washington Cofer was born in Rockingham NC in 1813.
Simon B. joined then and, at some point between 1813 and 1819 ,the group moved to Roane Co. TN
(Ray Copher has documented that in 1819 Robert Underwood witnessed a note between Simon Cofer and James Robinson for $21.18¾ in Roane Co.)
I have not been tracing Simon B, all I can say is that he moved form TN to GA where he died 1858.
I've been working to push the family tree back. I beleive that George and Simon's Grandfather was one Thomas Copher of Culpepper VA. But I can't nail down their father.
Thomas Cofer had seven (7) sons. James, Jacob, Joel, Jesse, Josias, George and Reuben (see below the AFN# is the Ancestry File Number from the Church of Later Day Saints)
Thomas Copher - AFN#: 20CM-SLN
b. Abt 1730 PA.
d. Abt Aug 1791 Culpeper VA.
Mary Unknown - AFN# 20CM-SMV
b. Abt. 1734 Culpepper VA.
James b. Abt 1752 AFN# 20CM-SN3
Joel b. Abt 1754 AFN# 20CM-SP9
Jesse b. 29 Jun 1756 AFN# 133T-MND
George b. Abt 1758 AFN# 20CM-SQH
Josias b. Abt 1759 AFN# B93N-WN
Reuben b. Abt 1760 AFN# 20CM-ST4
Elizabeth b. Abt 1762 AFN# 20CM-SVB
Jacob b. Abt 1762 AFN# 20CM-SSW
Anne b. Abt 1764 AFN# 20CM-SWJ
Phoebe b. Abt 1766 AFN# 20CM-SXQ
- ALSO -
Thomas Copher - AFN#: R529-W7
b. Abt 1699 in West Indies
d. 1791 Culpeper VA.
m. Abt 1740 in Culpeper VA.
b. Abt 1703 in VA AFN# R529-G0
James b. Abt 1725 AFN# R529-H5
Josias b. Abt 1727 AFN# R52C-CQ
Jacob b. Abt 1748 AFN# R529-QC
Joel b. Abt 1750 AFN# R529-RJ
George b. Abt 1752 AFN# R529-SP
Jesse b. 29 Jun 1756 AFN# R52C-RS
Reuben b. Abt 1758 AFN# R529-LN
Elizabeth b. Abt 1760 AFN# R529-MT
Ann b. Abt 1762 AFN# R529-N1
Phoebe b. Abt 1764 AFN# R529-P6
Notice that the names are the same but the dates are different.
In the second one, I have a problem with Mary's birth in 1703 and having children until 1764
I also question if James and Josias mother is Mary, there is a 21 yr. gap to explain, They could even be Thomas brothers.
I would like to confirm Simon's and George's parents.
Looking at the seven sons of Thomas we can eliminate :
Jesse: the records indicate he has move to KY by the time George and Simon are born
Josias: the records indicate he has move to Bedford Co. VA by the time George and Simon are born
Jacob: the records indicate he has move to Bath Co. VA by the time George and Simon are born
These leaves James, Joel, Reuben, George.
Ray Copher has suggested Joel as the father, but has not provided any evidence to back this up. He has provide the following:
Children of JOEL COFER and ELEANOR UNKNOWN are:
1.i.Abraham Cofer, b. Madison Co, VA;
m. Nancy Flitcher, Sept. 10, 1800, Madison Co, VA.
Notes for Abraham Cofer:
Bond for George and Annie Cofer when they both married in Madison Co VA.
1810-census Rockingham Co. NC.
1 male-b 1800-1810
1 female-b. 1794-1800page 233.
Paid tax1815 Stokes Co. NC. Belews Creek District.
The last record we can find of him.
Notes for Nancy Flitcher:
Nancy was over age 21 when she married. Robert Underwood went bond.
ii.Anney Cofer, m. Robert Underwood, December 18, 1797, Maison Co VA.
Notes for Anney Cofer:
Abraham Cofer signed marriage bond.
Notes for Robert Underwood:
Robert Underwood signed bond Madison Co VA when:
Abraham Cofer married Nancy Flitcher 10 sept 1800
and on 22May 1801 when George Cofer married Julian Underwood.
Roan Co TN 1819 he witness a note Simeon Cofer made to James Robinson
Roan Co TN 1816 Court Minutes.
Was member of Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Kingston
Roane Co. TN. 1821-1823 wife Ann.
2. iii. George Cofer, b. Abt. 1783, Madison Co VA.
3. iv.Simeon B Cofer, b. Abt. 1785, VA; d. 1858, GA.
4. v.Margaret Cofer, b. 1793, VA.
I have independently confirmed most the information above, except the parents. Based on this, I accept that Abraham, Annie, George, and Simon B are siblings. Whether their father is James, Joel, George, or Reuben, I expect that we will prove Thomas as their Grandfather and our 6g grandfather.
If so than the following will be our lineage:
b. 7 Feb 1587 in St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland - AFN#: R52F-4S
m. 4 Nov 1610
b. Abt 1591 in St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland - AFN#: R52F-04
Hans Casper Zollikofer
b. 29 Oct 1614 in St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland - AFN#: R52F-19
m. 28 Nov 1643
b. Abt 1618 in St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland - AFN#: R52F-VG
Hans Jacob Zollikofer
b. 13 Jul 1654 in St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland - AFN#: R52F-XS
m. 8 Nov 1681
b. Abt 1658 in St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland - AFN#: R52F-RX
Jacob Christopher Zollikofer (Copher) b. 17 Oct 1686 in St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland - AFN#: R52F-S4
d. 1779 in , Halifax Co., No. Carolina
m. 1 May 1735 West Indies
Avarillo Dudley b. Abt 1690 West Indies - AFN#: R52F-V2
Thomas Copher - AFN#: R529-W7
d. Abt Aug. 1791 Culpepper VA.
m. Mary Copher
I hope this answers your question.