According to my mother (their granddaughter), James and Sabina worked in the home
of a wealthy family in New York. James was a Chauffer and Sabina was
the pastry chef. They met and
married at "work" though they had actually come from nearby towns in
Ireland. After they were married, James wanted to run a bar, but
prohibition was in effect and he and Sabina opened a candy store
instead. In those days candy stores sold more than just candy
(e.g. newspapers and cigars) somewhat like a modern 7/11. Just
before the end of prohibition James finally got his bar and began
operating as soon as prohibition was lifted. The law required
that bars serve food, so if any customer ever asked for food, Sabina
would run upstairs to their home and make sandwiches.
Sabina in her wedding dress.
30. James Coffey.
James is said to have been very strong and very smart.
According to my mother (his granddaughter), he knew from his wealthy employers that the rich were pulling their money out of banks just prior to the crash in 1929. He pulled his money out as well and had some cash to set himself up in business.
31. Sabina Fox
was born in Ireland 23 Dec 1888 and came to the U.S. through Ellis
Island on the Oceanic
in 1910 at age 18. She was married at age 35 (in 1923) and went on to
have 5 children; more than one of them named James . She outlived her husband for many years and lived at the
end of her life with her daughter Margaret and Margaret's husband
and children. Her grandchildren called her "Nanny." She died in
April 1982, 8 years short of 100 years old, but she would sometimes add
years onto her life in hopes of getting to 100. She was very active and industrious.
Children were: 15 i. Margaret Coffey.
James (who went by John) and died on the aircraft carrier Franklin in WWII
Marie - Married James Hanley
James (who went by Jimmy) wanted to enlist in WWII but couldn't because he was technically already deceased (Confusion with his brother with the same name)
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