Excerpt taken from Wikipedia

Moore Station is a city located in eastern Henderson County along Farm Road 314. It is 10 miles (16 km) south of Brownsboro and 9 miles (14 km) north of Poynor. Athens, the county seat, is 20 miles (32 km) to the west. It is believed that the town was founded in 1876 by Anderson Moore, a former "mulatto" slave.

“Anderson and Lucinda Moore, for whom the town is believed to have been named, were a pioneer family in the area; according to one source, they were former slaves. In 1876 they donated a plot of land for a church and for a school. The church and school made up the original Moore Station. Many freed slaves moved to the area from nearby Fincastle after slavery to purchase land and enjoy their newfound freedom. From the 1870 census the following were residents of the area:

  • Ralph Calhoun, Martha Calhoun, with children Harriath Calhoun, William Calhoun, Mahalia Calhoun, Sallie Calhoun
  • Anderson Moore, Lucinda Moore, with children Rovana and Susan Moore
  • Hannah Moore, grandchildren George Peet, John Mills, Alzera Mills
  • Flora Dickinson, with children Joshua and Sara Dickinson
  • James and Ghana Brownfield, with children Lucinda, Mattie and Nettie
  • Addison and Mary Jane Larkin-Cofer, with children Addison Jr., Norton, and Omega

After emancipation freedman began to sharecrop with their former masters in communities like Fincastle, Pleasant Ridge and New York. Around 1872 they soon began to leave behind former plantations like Crossroads, Flat Creek, Stockard and such, and former masters such as Ratliff, Faulk, Wofford and Coleman. They began to purchase land in the Moore Station area, including the Andersons, Cofers, Douglases and Hightowers.

These slaves were brought into Texas from South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia by the pioneer families. These pioneer families were descendants of Huguenots who were escaping religious persecution in Europe. Some were descendants of the founding fathers, families like John O. Bullard, William Weatherford, Lachlan Durant, the Faulk brothers and others who migrated into the Deep South, which was Native American in the 1700s, to uproot tribes like the Creek and Seminole people.

In order to get a foothold into the deep South, some married into the tribes and began to raise families. They established outposts like Fort Mims and Little Tallassee in Alabama. This action later led to the infamous Trail of Tears. Most of the population of present-day Moore Station are descendants of their slaves such as Lousia Durant, Addison(Adderson) Cofer and Ralph Calhoun.”

Cofer/Coffer Ancestors
U.S. Census Data

Adderson Cofer, Sr. (born Abt. 1827) and Mary Jane Larkin-Cofer (born Abt. 1838) were both enslaved African Americans. They were married and had 4 sons Adderson Jr, Naught, Omega, and Manuel. The Cofer/Coffer descendants are the offspring of these second generation sons:

  • Adderson Cofer, Jr. (born Abt. 1857) who married Dora Wesley-Sanders (born Abt. 1876) around 1898 and had 6 children.
    1. Mary Jane Cofer
    2. Hugh Cofer
    3. Milard Cofer
    4. John Richard Cofer
    5. Minnie M. Cofer
    6. Annie Cofer
  • Norton (Naught) Cofer (born Abt. 1862) who married Mahalia Calhoun (born Abt. 1865, daughter of Ralph Calhoun & Martha Francis-Calhoun) around 1881 and had 14 children.
    1. Ella Fare Cofer
    2. Lillie Cofer
    3. James Cofer
    4. Genie Cofer
    5. Nellie Cofer
    6. Willie Cofer
    7. Sallie Cofer
    8. Homer Cofer
    9. Arabell Cofer
    10. Rosa V. Cofer
    11. Andy Cofer
    12. Nuggie Cofer
    13. Lee Cofer
    14. Jack Cofer
  • Omega "Mig" Cofer (born Abt. 1867) who married Annistine Moore (born Abt. 1874, daughter of Anderson Moore & Lucinda Adams-Moore) around 1893 and had 7 children.
    1. Anderson Cofer I
    2. Lena Cofer
    3. Gertrude Cofer
    4. Ernest Cofer
    5. Alvin Cofer
    6. Milton Cofer
    7. Hubert Cofer
  • Manuel Cofer (born Abt. 1873) who never married or had any known children.
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