COFFEE, AARON (1832–1912). Aaron Coffee, Brazoria County planter, was born in Brandon, Mississippi, in December 1832, to Thomas J. and Malinda G. Coffee. The Coffee family relocated to Oyster Creek, Brazoria County, Texas, in 1846. He married Mary Somerville on March 28, 1860. He personally owned twenty-five slaves, and the plantation he managed, Halcyon, had 132. In 1860 he owned real property valued at $100,000 and personal property valued at $167,350. On April 15, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company B of the Thirteenth Texas Infantry and was sent to Brazoria County to make sabres for his company. He was discharged on February 10, 1863, after furnishing a substitute named Benjamin Hughes. Coffee applied for an official pardon for his Confederate military service on November 18, 1865, and applied to vote in Brazoria County on August 15, 1867. He joined the Texas Farmers' Congress and was a regular contributor of farming information to newspapers and magazines under the pseudonym "Old Cotton Planter." Coffee died on February 28, 1912, in McKinney and is buried in Pecan Grove Cemetery in Collin County.
Abigail Curlee Holbrook, "A Glimpse of Life on Antebellum Slave Plantations in Texas," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 76 (April 1973). Ralph A. Wooster, "Wealthy Texans, 1860," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 71 (October 1967). Dallas Morning News, February 28, 1912. Waxahachie Daily Light, February 28, 1912.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Diana J. Kleiner, rev. by Brett J. Derbes, "Coffee, Aaron," accessed August 25, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fcoan.
Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on August 21, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.