Pidgeon Roost was located on the Natchez Trace in Desoto County Mississippi, just south of the present city of Memphis Tennessee. Nathaniel Folsom's Trading Post was near the the boundary between the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian Nations. That boundary can be plotted on a map if you make a northwest - southeast diagonial line from Helena Arkansas through Coffeeville Mississippi to a point just east of the Mississippi - Alabama state line. A violent civil war battle was fought on the hill.
General John Coffee, trading partner of Andrew Jackson in Tennessee, surveyed the boundary line and helped prepare and execute the "Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek" in 1830. When surveying the boundary, Gen. Coffee and his survey party camped on a high hill northwest of Coffee's Trading House which later became the community of Coffeeville Mississippi.
Coffee's Trading House was established by Abner Coffee, Gen. Coffee's cousin. The trading house was closed soon after the Chickasaw and Choctaws moved to Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma. The Choctaw and Chickasaw headmen visited east Texas to see the land before deciding to move to the Red River country in Indian Territory. Anticipating that the Indians would move to east Texas, the son of Abner and Christina (Kelly) Coffee, Joshua and his wife Mildred and their son, Thomas Logan "Tom" Coffee, moved to east Texas about 1853 and established a farm which later became the community of Coffeeville in Upshur County. Tom Coffee moved to Mason County Texas in 1858 where he briefly farmed, ranched and fought Comanches with other settlers until the late 1860s. About 1869, Tom Coffee and his nephews moved to the Texas panhandle region and became a range foreman on several large ranches.
Thomas Logan "Tom" Coffee was named for Logan Colbert, a Chickasaw headman.