Anna Coffman was born in Grainger, Tennessee in 1820 to Rev. David Coffman and Susan Bunch. Her family moved to Newton, Missouri. She married Fleming Bard in 1842; they had seven children together before Fleming's death in 1862. He and Anna were abolitionists who refused to support the southern cause; Fleming was ambushed and killed by bushwackers near Seneca and Anna forced to retrieve his body, dig his grave, and bury him in a slave cemetery, intended as an insult by the killers. Fleming's burial place is unmarked, but believed to be somewhere in Seneca Cemetery.
Anna became the third wife of John Wacaser in 1888, when she was 68 years old. They lived together until his death six years later. Anna's last record is the 1900 census, when she is 80 and still living in her own home by herself. She died some time after 1900 and her burial place is not known.