Coffey/Riley Family History: 1860-1930 Censuses


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Who this page is about, and how we're related:
Great (x4) grandfatherJames Shea =
Great (x3) grandparentsJulia Shea + James Denis Coffey =
Great (x2) grandparentsMary Elizabeth Coffey + Peter Leo Riley =
Great-grandparentsWilliam James Riley + Anastasia Cheverie =
GrandparentsWilliam Stephen Riley + Mildred Ester Kearney =
ParentsLynne Marie Riley + Peter Robert Nelson =
SelfBrooke Lee Nelson

Censuses
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Index
Name1860187018801900191019201930
Coffey, Anna "Annie" 1900 1910 1920 1930
Coffey, Daniel 1870 1880 1900 1920
Coffey, Delia (Lycette) 1900 1920
Coffey, James Sr. 1870 1880
Coffey, James Jr. 1880 1900 1920
Coffey, Jerry 1900
Coffey, John 1880 1900 1920
Coffey, Julia (Mansfield) 1880 1900 1930
Coffey, Margaret (Davis) 1880 1900
Coffey, Mary E. (Riley) 1870 1880 1900 1910
Riley, Eunice (Lemery) 1910 1930
Riley, Harry 1900 1910
Riley, Helen (Dame) 1910 1920 1930
Riley, John 1900 1910
Riley, Leo 1900 1910
Riley, Marion 1900 1910
Riley, Peter L. 1900 1910
Riley, Rebecca 1910
Riley, Richard 1910 1930
Riley, Ruth (Herrin) 1900 1910 1920 1930
Riley, William 1900 1910 1920
Shea, Julia (Coffey) 1860 1870 1880 1900 1910 1920 1930


James Dennis Coffey & Julia Shea

My great-great-great grandfather and grandmother
JAMES DENNIS COFFEY, b. 1844, Ireland; d: 1885 Nashua, NH
JULIA SHEA, b. 1846, Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland; d: 1932 Nashua NH
Married 11/11/1865 in Nashua, NH

11 children:
  • MARY ELIZABETH COFFEY, b. 1866; d: 1911
  • DANIEL J. COFFEY, b. 1868
  • JAMES W. COFFEY, b. 1870
  • JOHN W. COFFEY, b. 1872
  • MARGARET L. COFFEY, b. 1874
  • JULIA COFFEY, b. 1876; d: 1943
  • NELLIE COFFEY, b. 1878 - died in childhood
  • EDWARD COFFEY, died in childhood
  • DELIA V. COFFEY, b. 1881; d: 1926
  • JEREMIAH "JERRY" COFFEY, b. 1883
  • ANNA "ANNIE" C. COFFEY, b. 1885
  Julia Shea Coffey with baby  Julia Shea Coffey
Julia Shea Coffey (Not sure who the baby is)

Julia Shea reportedly arrived in the United States in 1857 at age 11. James Dennis Coffey owned a grocery store and delivered milk. He was killed by a train while delivering milk by horse and cart early one morning. The family learned of the accident when the horse returned home alone. Julia was left with 11 children. The youngest, Anna, was only eight months old. Julia continued to run the grocery store and raise her large family.


Peter Leo Riley & Mary Elizabeth Coffey

My great-great grandfather and grandmother
PETER LEO RILEY, b. 4/?/1864 New Hampshire; d: 10/19/1934 Nashua, NH
MARY ELIZABETH COFFEY, b. 1/17/1866 Nashua, NH; d: 12/3/1911 Nashua, NH
Married 1/18/1888 in Nashua, NH

11 children:
  • WILLIAM JAMES RILEY, b. 1888; d: 1950
  • MARION RILEY, b. 1890
  • PETER LEO RILEY, JR., b. 1892
  • JOHN XAVIER RILEY, b. 1894
  • HARRY RALPH RILEY, b. 1896; d: 1981
  • RUTH LOUISE RILEY, b. 1898; d: 1994
  • EUNICE M. RILEY, b. 1902
  • ALTURA V. RILEY, b. 1902; d: 1980
  • REBECCA RILEY, b. 1905
  • HELEN RILEY, b. 1905
  • RICHARD RILEY, b. 1906
     

From left: Peter Leo Riley, Mary Elizabeth Coffey, William James Riley

Peter Leo Riley died in 1934 in Nashua, NH as a result of pneumonia as a result of severe burns suffered when he fell asleep smoking in an overstuffed chair. He was an iron moulder working in Nashua all his life. He married Mary Elizabeth Coffey on 1/18/1888 in Nashua. Their marriage license was taken out on her birthday, and they were married the next day. Their first child, William James Riley, was born nine months later on 9/21/1888.


John and Julia Shea, 1860 Census

1860 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 5 (See full size >>)

It is likely that John Shea is Julia's brother, and Bridgett is his wife; James is Julia's nephew, and the other Bridgett her sister.

John and Julia Shea, 1860 Census  
NameAgeOccupationBirthplace
John Shea25LaborerIreland
Bridgett -20HousekeeperIreland
James -9 mo.N.H.
Bridgett -17Works in factoryIreland
Julia -14Ireland


James Coffey and Julia Shea, 1870 Census

1870 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 5 (See full size >>)

James and Julia Coffey, 1870 Census  
NameAgeOccupationBirthplace
Coffey, James26*Makes bobbins (?)Ireland
- Julia26*Keeping houseIreland
- Mary5N.H.
- Daniel2N.H.
* One of many inconsistencies in age in this and subsequent censuses


James Coffey and Julia Shea, 1880 Census

1880 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 5 - District 147 (See full size >>)
Address: 29 or 30 (?) High St., Nashua, NH

James and Julia Coffey, 1880 Census  
NameAgeRelationOccupationBirthplace
Coffey, James30*headLaborerIreland
- Julia30*wifeKeeps houseIreland
- Mary14dauCotton mill op.N.H.
- Daniel12sonAt schoolN.H.
- James9sonAt schoolN.H.
- John7sonAt schoolN.H.
- Margaret6dauAt schoolN.H.
- Julia4dauAt schoolN.H.
- Nellie2dauAt homeN.H.
- John50fatherAt homeIreland


Coffey and Riley Families, 1900 Census

At the time of the 1900 Census, Julia Shea Coffey (my great-great-great grandmother), who was a widow, lived in Nashua, NH with five of her children: James (29), Julia (23), Delia (18), Jerry (16) and Annie (14). Next door lived her daughter Mary (33), her husband Peter Riley and their six children: William (10), Marion (10), Leo (7), John (5), Harry (3) and Ruth (7 months). (Mary and Peter would eventually have five more children, for a total of 11.)

Julia's three other children also lived nearby in Nashua. Daniel Coffey, 32, and his wife Katherine had four children: Katherine (8), James (6), William (3) and Margaret (1). John Coffey, 27, and his wife Catherine had two children: Albert (8) and Celestine (4). Margaret Coffey and her husband Fred Davis did not yet have children. Julia had two other children, but they both died in childhood.

I can only imagine how wonderful it was for three generations of this large family to all live so close to each other. I am sure that the young cousins spent lots of time playing together, and spending time with their grandmother Julia and numerous aunts and uncles. Julia woiuld be happy to know that the Riley family has maintained this closeness - I am lucky to have had the privilege to grow up surrounded my many aunts, uncles and cousins, just like Julia's grandchildren.
Julia (Shea) Coffey Family & Mary Coffey and Peter Riley Family
1900 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 5 - District 123 (See full size >>)
Peter and Mary lived next door to Mary's mother Julia and Mary's younger siblings.

Coffey and Riley families, 1900 census  
NameRelation BirthAgeBirthplaceOccupation
Address: 32 High St., Nashua NH
Coffey, JuliaheadJan 1855?45*IrelandGrocer (?)
- JuliadauAug 187623N.H.Milliner
- James W.sonAug 187029N.H.Salesman
- DeliadauDec 188118N.H.Shoe (?)
- JerrysonJul 188316N.H.Grocer (?)
- Anniedau? 188514N.H.At school
Address: 34 High St., Nashua NH
Riley, Peter L.headApr 186436N.H.Iron moulder
- Mary E.wifeJan 186733N.H. 
- WilliamsonOct 188910N.H.At school
- MariondauMay 189010N.H.At school
- LeosonNov 18927N.H.At school
- JohnsonNov 18945N.H.At school
- HarrysonJun 18973N.H. 
- RuthdauOct 18997 m.N.H. 
 
Daniel Coffey family
Daniel Coffey - Julia (Shea) Coffey's oldest son; Mary Elizabeth's brother.
1900 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 3 - District 121 (See full size >>)
Address: 8 Jackson St., Nashua NH

Daniel Coffey family, 1900 census  
NameRelation BirthAgeBirthplaceOccupation
Coffey, DanielheadApr 186832VermontIron moulder
- KatherinewifeDec 186732Vermont 
- KatherinedauDec 18918N.H.At school
- JamessonApr 18946N.H.At school
- WilliamsonOct 18963N.H.
- MargaretdauJun 18981N.H.
 
John Coffey family
John W. Coffey - Julia (Shea) Coffey's third son; Mary Elizabeth's brother.
1900 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 9 - District 129 (See full size >>)
Address: 38 Central St., Nashua NH

John W. Coffey Family, 1900 census  
NameRelation BirthAgeBirthplaceOccupation
Coffey, JohnheadAug 187227N.H.Clothing clerk
- CatherinewifeApr 187327N.H. 
- AlbertsonFeb 18937N.H.At school
- CelestinedauDec 18954N.H.At school
 
Margaret Coffey and Fred Davis family
Margaret (Coffey) Davis - Julia (Shea) Coffey's second daughter; Mary Elizabeth's sister.
1900 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 1 - District 117
Address: 34 Merrimack St., Nashua NH

Margaret (Coffey) Davis Family, 1900 census  
NameRelation BirthAgeBirthplaceOccupation
Davis, Fred A.headApr 187228N.H.Manager (?)
- Margaret L.wifeJune 187425N.H. 


Coffey and Riley Families, 1910 Census


Julia (Shea) Coffey Family
1910 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 6 - District 167 (See full size >>)
Address: 20 Beech St., Nashua NH

Julia Coffey, 1910 Census  
NameRelationAgeOccupation
Coffey, Juliahead62
- Anniedau25Teacher, public school
Riley, Ruth1granddaughter10
1 Ruth Riley is listed twice, at her grandmother's house and her parent's house. Maybe she was just visiting her grandmother when the census taker came?
 
Mary Coffey and Peter Riley Family
8 Marshall St. Nashua NH
1910 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 7 - District 169 (See full size >>)

Address: 8 Marshall St. Nashua NH

<< Here is what 8 Marshall St. looks like today (click to see larger). From Google Maps Street View.
Peter and Mary (Coffey) Riley Family, 1910 Census

 
NameAgeOccupation
Riley, Peter46Moulder, foundry
- Mary42
- William21Machinst, machine shop
- Marion19Paster, shoe factory
- Leo17Cutter, shoe factory
- John15
- Harry13
- Ruth111
- Helen8
- Eunice7
- Rebecca4
- Richard2


Coffey and Riley Families, 1920 Census


Note: I could not find the Peter Leo Riley family for 1920 or 1930. His wife, Mary Elizabeth Coffey, died in 1911, and he died in 1934, so I don't know where he was between the time his wife died and the time he died.

Julia (Shea) Coffey and Delia (Coffey) Lycette Families
1920 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 6 - District 145 (See full size >>)
Address: 20 and 22 Beech St., Nashua NH

Julia Coffey, 1920 Census  
NameRelationAgeOccupation
Coffey, Juliahead72
- Anna C.daughter34Teacher, school
Riley, Ruth R.granddaughter21Clerk, dry goods
Lycette, John J.Head38Plumber
- Deliawife38
- Juliadaughter8
- Johnson8 mo.
 
Daniel Coffey Family
1920 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 1 - District 137 (See full size >>)
Address: 51 Broad St., Nashua NH

Daniel Coffey Family, 1920 Census  
NameRelationAgeMaritalOccupation
Coffey, Daniel J.head51widowedMolder, iron shop
Burnham, Christine C.daughter26widowedSpinner, cotton mill
Coffey, William B.son22singleSurveyor, lumber yard
- Margaretdaughter19singleLaborer, ? factory
- Katherinedaughter17single
- Olivedaughter13single
Burnham, Andrew F.grandson7single
 
James Coffey Family
1920 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 7 - District 146 (See full size >>)
Address: 11½ Marshall St., Nashua NH

James Coffey Family, 1920 Census  
NameRelationAgeOccupation
Coffey, Jameshead44Machinist, foundry
- Marywife45
M?, Lillianniece24? grocery store
 
John Coffey Family
1920 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 8 - District 148 (See full size >>)
Address: 392 Main St., Nashua NH

John W. Coffey Family, 1920 Census  
NameRelationAgeOccupation
Coffey, John W.head47Retail merchant, men's clothing
- Katherine F.wife46
- Albert G.son27Doctor, dentistry
- John Paulson15
 
William Riley and Anastasia Cheverie Family
1920 U.S. Census: Massachusetts - Essex - Beverly (See full size >>)
Address: 5 Grant St., Beverly MA

Williamand Anastasia Riley, 1920 Census  
NameRelationAgeOccupation
Riley, William J.head31Shoemaking
- Anastasia E.wife26
 
Helen Riley and Chester Dame Family
1920 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - Ward 8 - District 148 (See full size >>)
Address: 15 Dunstable Rd., Nashua NH

Helen (Riley) and Chester Dame family, 1920 Census  
NameRelationAgeOccupation
Dame, Charles E.head56Bookkeeper, ? foundry
- Prudencewife52
- Chester.son24Plumber
- Helendaughter-in-law19
 


Coffey and Riley families, 1930 Census

In 1930, Julia was 80 and shared her home with her widowed son-in-law John Lycette (husband of Delia, who died in 1926) and two grandchildren, her single daughter Anna (45), widowed daughter Julia (53) and orphaned grandson, Richard Riley (23). Julia's three granddaughters, Ruth, Eunice, and Helen, who were married with their own families, also lived in Nashua.

Julia (Shea) Coffey Family
1930 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - District 95 (See full size >>)
Address: 20 Beech St. Nashua, NH

Julia Coffey, 1930 Census

1 Julia's son-in-law - his wife, Delia Coffey, died in 1926
2 Richard Riley is the youngest son of Peter Riley and Mary Coffey, who died in 1911.
3 This is Julia Coffey, whose husband, John Mansfield, died in 1927. She had no children.
 
NameRelationAgeMaritalBirthplaceOccupation
John Lycette1head49widowedMass.Proprietor, plumbing est.
- Juliadau18singleMass.none
- John Jr.son11singleN.H.none
Coffey, Juliahead80widowedIrish Free Statenone
- Anna C.dau45singleN.H.School teacher
Riley, Richard2grandson23singleN.H.Cutter, shoe factory
Mansfield, Julia3dau53widowedN.H.none
 
Ruth Riley and Harold Herrin Family
1930 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - District 95 (See full size >>)
Address: 14 Maple St., Nashua, NH

Ruth Riley and Harold Herrin family, 1930 census
NameRelationAgeBirthplaceOccupation
Herrin, Harold J.head27MaineManager, tire shop
- Ruth L.wife27N.H.none
John H.son11 mo.N.H.none
 
Eunice Riley and Emile Lemery Family
1930 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - District 97 (See full size >>)
Address: 126 Vine St., Nashua NH

Eunice Riley and Emile Lemery family, 1030 census
NameRelationAgeBirthplaceOccupation
Lemery, Emile H.head27N.H.Stitcher, shoe shop
- Eunice M.wife27N.H.none
- Eugene A.son9 mo.N.H.none
 
Helen Riley and Chester Dame Family
1930 U.S. Census: New Hampshire - Hillsborough - Nashua - District 102 (See full size >>)
Address: 15 Eastman St., Nashua NH

Helen Riley and Chester Dame family, 1930 Census

1 This is Helen Riley, who lived with her father-in-law, mother-in-law, husband and children.
NameRelationAgeBirthplaceOccupation
Dame, Charleshead66N.H.Bookkeeper, office
- Prudencewife62Mass.none
- Chester H.son35Mass.Plumber
- Helen1dau-in-law25N.H.none
- Robertgrandson9N.H.none
- Edwardgrandson8N.H.none
- George A.grandson4N.H.none
- Roger A.grandson2N.H.none