I am very interested to know what information you have on Robert and Sela (Nancy).
I am the gg-grandaughter of Sarah L Coffman Pitts.According to the book John L Pitts married Sarah A Coffman, daughter of M G Coffman.She also shows Geo W Pitts married Mary E Coffman, daughter of Robert J.Sarah and Mary E were sisters. They were also siblings to James Coffman, son of Robert and Mary E Sanderson.The book shows that Mary E and Alford were children of Robert J and possibly Nancy Akers.
My gg-grandfather, John Lovell Pitts, shows on his Guion Miller Indian application that his wife was Sarah L Coffman. Her son's applications show her to be Sarah L Coffman and their grandparents to be Robert L Coffman and Mary Ann Sellers.Robert J Coffman and Mary Ann Sellers were married Dec 30, 1842 in Limestone Co AL.Robert marries again to Mary E Sanderson Apr 24, 1856 in Limestone Co.Robert and Mary can be found in Franklin Co AL in 1850 with children James M b 1844, Nancy b 1846, and Alford b 1848.James & Nancy died in 1852 and 1858 respectively.Sarah L is not shown on this census. She was born July 1, 1850.She should have been on this census but maybe she was left off because she was not born as of June 1. ???I cannot find Robert anywhere in 1860.I have done page by page searches, I have searched misspellings and can't find him anywhere.He is in the 1870 Limestone Co census with Mary E age 18 and other children born after his marriage to Mary E Sanderson.
We cannot place Sarah in the home with Robert, however, we know Sarah L, Mary E, and James (son of Mary Sanderson and Robert) to be siblings.Sarah L is married by 1870.She and Alford are in Giles Co in 1870 with Nancy Akers living between them.Without knowing about the marriage to Mary Ann Sellers, one would think that Nancy Akers was the mother.There is also a marriage record for Nancy Coffman and Alford Akers in Lauderdale Co in 1844.Nancy and Alford were in Lauderdale Co in 1850 and 1860.The only children were 2 children with the last name Jones.According to the book Across the River, Robert had a sister named Nancy Ann Coffman b 1825.The age on the census would indicate that this Nancy Akers is the sister of Robert.
According to the book Robert J is the son of David Coffman, Jr.I do not know what is correct.Sarah's sons should know who their grandparents were.They show Robert L not Robert J, however, they could be mistaken about the middle initial.I do not have a copy of the actual marriage certificate for Robert and Mary Ann Sellers.The marriage book shows the initial J. The book could have been transcribed incorrectly.The marriage record for Sarah L and John L Pitts shows they were married in the home of Robert Coffman.Wlm B Pitts, father to John L, was living next door to Robert in 1870.The census records for 1850, 1870, and 1880 do not show a middle initial for Robert.
My question is:Did Robert marry 3 times or is this really Robert L and not Robert J.If the Robert J, son of David, can be found with Nancy (Sela) with children then who is Robert L and who is his father.