The Coffey family, which is widely
scattered through the southeastern states, traces its ancestry to John Coffey, who emigrated from Ireland to
Virginia in 1637, and the ancient Irish family from which John
Coffey came is said to be descended from Milesius, King of Spain,
through the line of Heremon, his eighth son. The founder of the family
was Eron, son of Olliol Molt, king of Ireland, A.D. 463. The ancient
name was Cathinhoghas and signifies "leader in battle."