Dr. Henry C. Coffman, druggist and physician, was born in Ripley, Brown County, Ohio, on the 4th day of August, 1823, and is a son of Henry and Margaret Cotfman. His father is a native Kentucky, and his mother of Pennsylvania. They came to this state about the year 1800, with a family of seven children, four sons and tnree daughters, Henry, the subject of our remarks, was married in 1846, to Miss Mary J. Harlow, daughter of Jonas and Nancy Harlow, of Dublin, Franklin County, Ohio, and have been blessed with a family of eight children, six of whom are living: Jeanette, Marilla, Virogua, Tasso, Harry and Charles, and the two deceased are Angeline and Margaret.

He is a member of Temple Lodge, No. 107, F. A. M., and also of Fayette Lodge, No 227, Odd-fellows, and has been a practicing physician some thirty-five years, twenty-five of which has been at Washington, and is extensively engaged in the drug business, and one of the finest in the country.

He graduated at Columbus, in the year 1850, at the Starling Medical College. He first commenced the practice of medicine at Good Hope, Ohio, without horse, saddle or bridle, with but twentyfive cents in his pocket ; and through his indomitable perseverance and hard work he made some thirty-five thousand dollars, and in one swoop had i| all taken from him; but being a man of perseverance and an iron will, has again gained enough of this world's goods to be easy in life, and to-day does not owe a dollar of personal debts, and is now doing a business both in his store and practice second to none in the county.

 

From R. S. Dills' History of Fayette County