Ephraim Guffey Jr.
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Ephraim Guffey Jr. (1740 - 1805)

Ephraim Guffey Jr. aka Maguffe
Born in Pittsylvania County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Jackson County, Alabama, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Jul 2009
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Ephraim Guffey Jr. was a Virginia colonist.

Has the same children as Ephraim Monroe Guffey siblings. Married to Nancy. Parents were Ephraim Maguffey and Lucy Maguffey. Same siblings in Ephraim Guffey, 11.

Buried at the Guffey Cemetery, Jackson, Alabama. Dates are on the tombstone in Guffey cemetery. Ephraim Guffey Jr. must have been the father of Ephraim Monroe Guffey.

Children names Ephraim, William, Henry Richard, Mourning Davis born Guffey, John, Constantine, Ann Peyton born Guffey, Phoebe Choate born Guffey.

Siblings: Buckey Mcguffee, Elizabeth Mcguffee, Lucy Guffey/ Mcguffee, Joseph McGuffey, Buckey Guffey / Mcguffee, John Mcguffey

Research Notes

Searches for 2017 Source-a-Thon:
  • No returns for search of FamilySearch records (from profile's Research link on 30 Sep 2017)
  • No returns for search of Find-a-Grave (from profile's Research link on 30 Sep 2017)
  • No returns for DAR database search of Eph Guff (30 Sep 2017)
  • One of the links from a Google Search (from profile's Research link on 30 Sep 2017): message boards (search for 180 to get to post with leads about this Ephraim)
Searches for the 2021 Source-a-thon:
  • Based on the residence listed in the extensive notes, source found: 1810 US Census

The following information posted by Joe Guffey was excerpted from Rootsweb Message Board for surname Guffey. There is additional explanation that may be accessible when the web site is restored:

"The GUFFEY brothers, who were born in Virginia and had lived in Wayne and Clinton Counties, Kentucky, Morgan County, Tennessee, and Putnam County, Missouri, were the sons of Ephraim McGUFFEY/GUFFEY, Junr. and his wife, Nancy (nee unknown), who had lived in Pittsylvania, Patrick and Henry Counties, Virginia.

GUFFEY researchers need to be aware when dealing with the name of Ephraim Guffey in Wayne County, KY that there were several of them. Wayne & Clinton Counties, KY is the area to which many present-day GUFFEYs can trace our roots. The oldest known Ephraim GUFFEY (I'll identify as "elder") in Wayne County had migrated there in the late 1790s and came from and had lived in Pittsylvania, Patrick and Henry Counties, VA--the property was on the same location, it simply came to be in different counties as those counties were created. The elder Ephraim GUFFEY was b. ca. 1740, and relocated to Wayne County, KY. (late 1790s) as an elderly man with his wife, Nancy, and their children, many of whom were adults at the time (see list below). The oldest son of the elder Ephraim and his wife, Nancy, was also named Ephraim, and he was b. 1765, and he married Sarah Denny. Of the elder Ephraim GUFFEY b. ca.1740, we find this IMPORTANT record dated 1802 in the Wayne County Court House Order Book A 1801-1822, page 32:

"Ephraim Guffey, Jr. and his negro man Sam are exempted from the payment of County levies in future on account of age and Infirmity."

He was exempted because of age and infirmity--that doesn't identify conditions of his son, Ephraim Guffey b. 1765 who would have been only about 37 years old in 1802. It definitely refers to the father, the elder Ephraim b. ca. 1740. The father, the elder Ephraim, called himself Junr. and was recorded as such at times as reflected above, apparently because his father was Ephraim, too. The son, Ephraim b. 1765, had married Sarah "Sally" DENNY.

Further, an IMPORTANT record for one of the elder Ephraim's children was recorded in the adjoining Clinton County, KY Vital Records as photocopied by Latter Day Saints on micro film roll #216.821. We find:

"18 Mar 1852 Rich'd Guffey 76 male b. Virginia parents: E. & Nancy Guffey."

Guffey researchers are typically in agreement that at least the following were siblings, and we now know that Ephraim and Nancy Guffey were their parents: (some dates appear to conflict with other dates found, too. This posting doesn't claim that these below are necessarily the correct dates--they are just the ones I have.)

  1. Anne Guffey. b. Mar 1, 1762. d. 1849. mrd. Yelverton Peyton.
  2. Ephraim Guffey b. Sept 20, 1765. d. Feb 15, 1843. mrd. Sarah "Sally" Denny.
  3. Mourning Guffey b. ca. 1768. d. ca. 1804. mrd. John Davis.
  4. Henry "Hal" Guffey b. 1766-71. d. Jan 22, 1874. mrd. Elizabeth "Betsy" Adams.
  5. Phoebe Guffey b. 1770-80. d. 1852-60. mrd. Gabriel H. Choate.
  6. Constantine Guffey b. 1780. d. 1860-70. not mrd.
  7. Richard Guffey b. 1782. d. Mar 18, 1853. mrd. Phoebe Adams.
  8. William Guffey b. 1786. d. Oct 7, l866. mrd. Elizabeth Willis. (My direct ancestor)

In view of the above item regarding Richard GUFFEY's death and parents' names, it is assumed, rightly or wrongly, that if Richard's parents were Ephraim GUFFEY, Junr. and his wife, Nancy, that the other GUFFEY brothers share the same parents. Those brothers had lived in Wayne and Clinton Cos., KY. and then they all moved to Morgan Co., TN. and from there they separated and one went to Putnam Co., MO. (Henry "Hal" GUFFEY b. ca. 1766-71); one returned to Clinton Co., KY (Richard GUFFEY b. 1782 identified above) and two remained in Morgan Co., TN. (William GUFFEY b. 1786 and brother, Constantine GUFFEY b. ca. 1780 who lived his last 30 years in the household of William). The above named Henry "Hal" GUFFEY and Richard GUFFEY married ADAMS sisters, Elizabeth and Phoebe, respectively. They were the daughters of Joshua ADAMS and Phebe EASLEY ADAMS.

Because the elder Ephraim b. ca. 1740 was recorded in VA. with the name "McGUFFEY" and dropped the patronymic designator when he relocated in Wayne Co., KY, I have frequently recorded his name as "Ephraim McGUFFEY/GUFFEY, Junr." "


  • "United States Census, 1810," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH29-FPZ : accessed 1 October 2021), Eph Guffey, Wayne, Kentucky, United States; citing p. 353, NARA microfilm
  • Dates are on the tombstone in Guffey cemetery, Jackson, Ala. USA


  • dmmc72040.FTW Date of Import: Aug 25, 2004

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Guffey-1007 and Guffey-3 appear to represent the same person because: biography on -1007 matches data on -3
posted by Robin Lee

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