Descendants of RICHARD COFFIN


Generation No. 1

1. RICHARD1 COFFIN was born 1280 in Alwington, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.).

Child of RICHARD COFFIN is:
2. i. JOHN2 COFFIN, b. ABT 1301, Alwington, Devons, Eng.


Generation No. 2

2. JOHN2 COFFIN (RICHARD1) (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.) was born ABT 1301 in Alwington, Devons, Eng.

Child of JOHN COFFIN is:
3. i. DAVID3 COFFIN, b. ABT 1332, Alwington, Devons, Eng; d. Aft. 1370.


Generation No. 3

3. DAVID3 COFFIN (JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born ABT 1332 in Alwington, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), and died Aft. 1370 (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.). He married THOMASINE (MNU) COFFIN (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.) ABT 1361 (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.).

Child of DAVID COFFIN and THOMASINE COFFIN is:
4. i. DAVID4 COFFIN, b. ABT 1361, Alwington, Devons, Eng; d. Aft. 1371.


Generation No. 4

4. DAVID4 COFFIN (DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born ABT 1361 in Alwington, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), and died Aft. 1371 (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.).

Child of DAVID COFFIN is:
5. i. JOHN5 COFFIN, b. ABT 1392, Alwington, Devons, Eng.


Generation No. 5

5. JOHN5 COFFIN (DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born ABT 1392 in Alwington, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.). He married THOMASIN HARTHEY 1406 in Alwington, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.). She was born ABT 1396 in Alwington, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), and died Aft. 1427 (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.).

Child of JOHN COFFIN and THOMASIN HARTHEY is:
6. i. WILLIAM6 COFFIN, b. ABT 1420, Alwington, Devons, Eng; d. 11 Sep 1486.


Generation No. 6

6. WILLIAM6 COFFIN (JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.) was born ABT 1420 in Alwington, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), and died 11 Sep 1486 (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.). He married MARGARET C GIFFARD (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.) ABT 1453 in Alwington, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.). She was born ABT 1427 in Alwington, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.).

Child of WILLIAM COFFIN and MARGARET GIFFARD is:
7. i. RICHARD7 COFFIN, b. 1425, Portledge, Devons, Eng.


Generation No. 7

7. RICHARD7 COFFIN (WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 1425 in Portledge, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.). He married ALICE GAMBON 1462 in Merston, Shrops, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), daughter of JOHN GAMBON. She was born in Merston, Shrops, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.).

Notes for RICHARD COFFIN:
The Coffin name and its meaning By Cyril Coffin written about 1989

Indeed, there is a woundy luck in names, sirs,
And a main mystery, an a man knew where
To find it.
(Ben Jonson, Tale of a Tub, iv.2.)

Several derivations of the name Coffin have been put forward by etymologists, professional and amateur. It is generally thought to be of French origin, from the Greek kophinos (a basket) through the Latin cophinus. The modern Italian cofano, meaning a strong-box, or the bonnet
(hood) of a car, and the Spanish cofín are cognate.

One special definition of the French word coffin is so interesting, though not perhaps of direct relevance to my present purpose, that I cannot resist quoting from the Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré: "Etui contenant de l'eau dans lequel le faucheur met la pierre à aiguiser et qu'il porte attaché à sa ceinture' ('a case containing water in which a reaper puts his whetstone, and which he carries fastened to his belt'). This definition is accompanied, in an old edition of the dictionary, by an engraving of a case made of horn or leather, in the shape of an upturned cone like a large ice-cream cornet surmounted by a conical lid, with a hook to go over the
owner's belt (Note1).

If the derivation from kophinos is right, the name Coffin is an occupational one, and its first possessors were makers (or perhaps sellers) of baskets or boxes of some kind, the word having been transferred metonymously to the persons from the objects of their concern. This was
initially the view of the Reverend Cuthbert Bardsley: "It is to ..... some carpenter [that we owe] our 'Coffins', once synonymous with 'Coffer'" (Note 2). It was followed by Cottle, though he adds enigmatically that "it may sometimes be for Caffin" (Note 3).

Another historian of English surnames cites Robert Coffin, whose name he found in a Bedfordshire hundred roll of 1275, as an example of what he calls a 'deceptive' surname - meaning one that is not what it purports to be (Note 4). Having whetted our curiosity, however, he fails to satisfy it by giving us his explanation of the true meaning.

The similar etymology of the French words coffre and coffin illustrates the fact that in early times baskets and boxes seem to have been confused.Bardsley quotes Wyclif's translation of Mark vi.43 to support his case that 'coffin' and 'coffer' were alternative forms in the 14th century: "And they token the relyves of broken mete, twelve coffyns full" (Note 5). If one searched deeper for the earliest meaning of the root coff-, it might be found to signify generically a container.

But other derivations are not far to seek. I was told fifty years ago - I have long since forgotten by whom - that the name had a topographical origin, from a village in Normandy called Couvain. This seems to be one more example (there have been plenty of earlier ones, as will presently
appear) of the fatal charm of Normandy for Coffin family historians and genealogical researchers, which has been a recurring obstacle to serious scholarship. My informant, whoever he was, may have got the idea from the anonymous author of The Norman People, which has 'Coffin or Cophin, perhaps from Couvain, near Coutances' (Note 6), or from the Reverend Henry Barker, who suggested as an alternative that the name had its origin in Couvin, in Belgium (Note 7. But if these places exist, I have failed to find them in any gazetteer (though there is a village by the name of Couville a few miles north of Le Havre).

An etymological dictionary of family and Christian names by William Arthur is said to translate Coffin into Welsh as 'Cyffin', and to suggest an origin in cefyn, meaning a ridge, or a hill (Note 8). Others like Weekley, perhaps attracted by the romantic associations of what may be called
Celticism, or influenced by the proximity of North Devon to Wales across the Bristol Channel, have propounded the idea that Coffin comes from the same root as the name Gough, generally thought to be derived from the Welsh goch or the Cornish couch (red) (Note 9).

In Bardsley's later work he went back to a different Latin root, and suggested that Coffin derives from calvinus, a diminutive form of calvus (bald), and is thus cognate with Chafen, Chaffin, etc., which (it is generally agreed) come from the French chauve (Note 10). This is what Weekley referred to as the 'traditional etymology' for Coffin in his time, and it was endorsed by Harrison, who linked Coffin with the French surname Chauvin (Note 11). If this were correct, the name - like many others in English - would be a nickname, in familiar and descriptive usage: 'Baldy'.

An American genealogist, John Coffin Jones Brown, in an article in 1881 on The Name and Armorial Bearings of the Coffin Family did not argue outright for this, but claimed that the first form of the name in England belonged to one Colvin, or Colvinus, who held several manors at the time the Domesday survey was compiled in 1085 (Note 12). The 'l' in the name, according to Brown, was customarily silent in pronunciation at that time, and was later omitted in writing1 so that the name Colvin 'appears after A.D. 1200 as Cophin; after A.D. 1300 as both Cophin and
Kophin, and Coffyn; after A.D. 1400 as Coffyn and Coffyne. Shortly after 1600 "i" became the fixed character to represent the short sound of "y", and took its place in the name of Coffin. In this form the name is interwoven with history for more than two centuries; and the foolish idea
which some of that name have, of returning to the ancient method of spelling, would sever their descendants historically from connection with most worthy ancestors.'

However, this is not entirely convincing, and would offer no help in explaining the origins of the name even if the identity of Colvin and Coffin were accepted. Brown put forward no parallels, or linguistic authority, for the dropping of the 'l' from Colvin. If this name had originally been French - and it certainly does not sound Saxon - one would have expected the initial 'c' to have been followed by an 'h' when the 'l' disappeared, on the analogy of the transformation of the Latin calvus into the French chauve. The attempt to link the land-owning Colvins with the later, and more plebeian-sounding, Coffins itself arouses suspicion in the absence of further explanation. The spellings 'Coffyn', 'Coffen' and 'Coffine' can be found as variants in parish records in England long after 1600, the date by which Brown suggested the name had become fixed as
Coffin; but this says nothing about its origins, for parish clerks - and even lawyers - were notoriously careless about orthography.

There is no arriving at certainty in these matters. Swedish scholars have been active earlier in this century in investigating the origins of Middle English names, and it may be that a successor to Fransson (Note 13), Löfvenberg (Note 14) or Thuresson (Note 15) will be able some day to
throw light on the mystery. Where doubt remains, the simplest and most obvious explanation is likely to be the best. On this basis, it seems reasonable to assume that the occupational origin for the name Coffin is the right one, and that its earliest possessors were makers, or sellers, of
boxes or baskets (Note 16).

This does not necessarily exclude alternative derivations. If Coffins did indeed come to England from Normandy in the eleventh century, or even earlier, some of them may have acquired the name because they were bald.They may have found red-haired Celtic namesakes already here, or native inhabitants of Wessex who had been given the name for quite other reasons. In any case it would have been most unusual at that time, whatever the name's origins, for them to have passed it on from father to son within the family. Reaney has pointed out that this happened at a much later date among common folk than among the nobility.17 Hereditary surnames are occasionally found in ordinary families in the thirteenth century, and were
well-established in southern England by about 1350. But even then, many men and women still had no surname, and many names had not yet become a matter of inheritance.

NOTES:-

1 Some months after writing this paragraph I stayed at the château of Courtitout (which was owned by a [French] Coffin family for part of the 18th century). I was delighted to see the then owner, the late Monsieur Jean Le Clerc, who took a personal interest in forestry management, go off into the woodlands on his estate with his whetstone in just such a case (but made of metal, and without a lid) clipped to his belt, though he did not use the term coffin for it. Perhaps, after all, the definition in Larousse is more relevant than I had earlier supposed?
2 Bardsley, Rev. C.W., English Surnames, 1873, p144.
3 Cottle, B., Penguin Dictionary of Surnames, 1967, p95.
4 Ewen, C, L'Estrange, A History of Surnames of the British Isles, 1931, p324.
5 Barsley, op. cit., p373.
6 Anon, 1874.
7 Barker, Rev. H., English Family Surnames: Their Origin and Meaning, 1903. Barker also proposes an Anglo-Saxon tribal name, Cofing, as the name's possible origin; but I have not found any other authority to support this. 8 Arthur, Wm., An etymological dictionary of family and Christian names, 1857 (microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981). This appears
to be the work quoted in Louis Coffin's The Coffin Family (1962), p.19; however, Coffin genealogists have learnt to doubt the accuracy of many of the editorial statements made in this massive, but error-prone, volume.
9 Weekley, E., Surnames, 1917, p132.
10 Bardsley, Rev. C.W., Dictionary of English & Welsh Surnames, 1901.
11 Harrison, H., Surnames of the United Kingdom, 1912.
12 Brown, J.C. Jones, in New England Historic Genealogical Register, xxxv, 376.
13 Fransson, G., Middle English Surnames of Occupation, 1100-1350, 1935.
14 Löfvenberg, M., Middle English Local Surnames, 1942.
15 Thuresson, B., Middle English Occupational Terms, 1950.
16 I wrote this before 1988, but was later much fortified in my conclusion after finding it confirmed by a new, and authoritative, dictionary of English surnames published in that year (Hanks, Patrick, and Hodges, Flavia, A Dictionary of Surnames, 1988).
17 Reaney, P.H. and Wilson, R.M., A Dictionary of British Surnames, 1976, Introduction, xliv-xlv.


Children of RICHARD COFFIN and ALICE GAMBON are:
8. i. JOHN8 COFFIN, b. ABT 1450, Portledge, Devons, Eng; d. 15 Dec 1566, Devons, Eng.
ii. WILLIAM COFFIN (Source: Chart from Bob Stake, 304 W Iowa, Urbana, IL 61801.).

Notes for WILLIAM COFFIN:
Of Henry VIII's Privy Chamber. Once passing Bideford Church, he found a burial scene with a priest who refused sacraments because friends would not give over the deceased man's only possession, a horse. Sir Wm had the priest placed in the grave and ordered him to be buried; the priest agreed to read the service. Risky business, flouting a priest, but Wm used the event to persuade Parliament to limit what the clergy could charge the poor.


Generation No. 8

8. JOHN8 COFFIN (RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) (Source: Chart from Bob Stake, 304 W Iowa, Urbana, IL 61801.) was born ABT 1450 in Portledge, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), and died 15 Dec 1566 in Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.). He married PHILLIPPA ELIZABETH HINGSTON (Source: Chart from Bob Stake, 304 W Iowa, Urbana, IL 61801.) 1496 (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), daughter of PHILIP HINGSTON. She was born ABT 1475 in Portledge, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.).

Child of JOHN COFFIN and PHILLIPPA HINGSTON is:
9. i. RICHARD9 COFFIN, b. Bet. 1475 - 1496, Portledge, Devons, Eng; d. 24 Dec 1555.


Generation No. 9

9. RICHARD9 COFFIN (JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) (Source: Chart from Bob Stake, 304 W Iowa, Urbana, IL 61801.) was born Bet. 1475 - 1496 in Portledge, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), and died 24 Dec 1555 (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.). He married WILMOT ANN CHUDLEIGH (Source: Chart from Bob Stake, 304 W Iowa, Urbana, IL 61801.) 1510 in Merifield, Cornwall, D, Eng. (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), daughter of RICHARD CHUDLEIGH and MARIA WADHAM. She was born Bet. 1489 - 1495 in Merifield, Devons, Eng. (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), and died 13 Jun 1569 in Alwington, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.).

Notes for RICHARD COFFIN:
Source: Pedigree Chart dated Sept. 21, 1996 from charles C Phillips, 1220 N. Chamberlain Place Tucson, AZ 85745-3372
Sheriff of Devon, 1511


Child of RICHARD COFFIN and WILMOT CHUDLEIGH is:
10. i. JAMES10 COFFIN, b. Bet. 1505 - 1514, Portledge, Devons, Eng.


Generation No. 10

10. JAMES10 COFFIN (RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) (Source: (1) Chart from Bob Stake, 304 W Iowa, Urbana, IL 61801., (2) Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.) was born Bet. 1505 - 1514 in Portledge, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.). He married MARY COLE (Source: (1) Chart from Bob Stake, 304 W Iowa, Urbana, IL 61801., (2) Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.) 1534 (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.). She was born Bet. 1505 - 1516 in Knowston, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.).

Child of JAMES COFFIN and MARY COLE is:
11. i. PETER11 COFFIN, b. ABT 1535, Portledge, Devons, Eng.; d. 1560.


Generation No. 11

11. PETER11 COFFIN (JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born ABT 1535 in Portledge, Devons, Eng. (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), and died 1560 (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.). He married MARY BOSCAWEN 1560 in Brixton, Devonshire, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), daughter of HUGH BOSCAWEN and PHILLIPPA CARMINOW. She was born 1545 in Penkivel,Cornwall,D,Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.), and died 04 Sep 1622 in Cornwall, Devons, Eng (Source: Pedigree Chart Sept 21, 1996 from Charles C Phillips, 1220 N Chamberlain Pl, Tucson AZ 85745-3372 phn 520-743-8882 e-mail ccphill@azstarnet.com.).

Notes for PETER COFFIN:
Last name sometimes spelled Coffyn

On 8/25/98 Ruth Harper says as follows:

The PROVEN descent only goes back to Peter & Marte Boscowan - even that generation is a 'preponderence of evidence' rather than exact proof.

I have 3 published sources of COFFIN information and none agree with what you posted. Even the man who published the COFFIN Newsletter in America for 20 years can't find the proof beyond Marie Boscowan & Peter Coffin. And, l've been at this genealogy for nearly 30 years...

"The Coffin Family", published by the Nantucket Historical Society, shows a picture on pg 84, of the plaque to Marie Boscowan COFFIN. It is in St Michael's Church, in the village of Penkivel, between Falmouth & Truro (40 miles from Plymouth) and reads " Here yeth the body of Marie the widdow of Peter Coffin gent & 4th daughter of Hugh Boscowan of Tregothnan Esq, who dyed ye 4th day of September 1622. Aged 71 years". (Spelling as written)

This proves beyond a doubt that Marie was b. 1651. Therefore she could NOT have had a son b. 1558. Her son Nicholas was b. 1568, according to concensus - she was then 17..

Notes for MARY BOSCAWEN:
Inherited the village of Plymton, Devonshire


Children of PETER COFFIN and MARY BOSCAWEN are:
12. i. NICHOLAS12 COFFIN, b. Probably Brixton Parish Devonshire England; d. 03 Nov 1613, Brixton Parish, Devonshire England.
ii. TRISTRAM COFFIN, d. ABT 1601.

Notes for TRISTRAM COFFIN:
Tristram Coff, "of Butlers"
Little is known about Tristram Coffin except for the information in his will written dated 6 Nov 1601 and proved 16 Oct 1602. He is commonly believed to be the Brother of Nicholas, Thomas, Lionel and Philip, whose children were named in his will. Tristram also left a legacy to the children of Nicholas Meader, without naming them. His relationship is not know, but from other records he is believed to be the husband of Eleanor, deceased daughter of Peter Coffin.

iii. PHILIP COFFIN.

Notes for PHILIP COFFIN:
Philip Coffin and Tristram, the son of Philip Coffin were named in the will of Tristram his brother.

iv. LIONEL COFFIN.

Notes for LIONEL COFFIN:
His brother Tristram did not mention Lionel directly, but made bequests to "Richard and Johane, the children of Lionel Coffin". Lionel died intestate and the administration of the estate of Lionel Coffin of Plympton St. Maurice was granted to his widow Joan on 30 Mar 1636.


13. v. THOMAS COFFIN, d. 1616.


Generation No. 12

12. NICHOLAS12 COFFIN (PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born in Probably Brixton Parish Devonshire England, and died 03 Nov 1613 in Brixton Parish, Devonshire England (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.). He married JOAN (MNU) COFFIN 1583 in Devons, Eng. She was born Bet. 1550 - 1556 in Butler, Devons, Eng, and died 05 Feb 1614/15 in Butlers Brixton Devonshire England.

Notes for NICHOLAS COFFIN:
Of "Butlers" (now But Lass) the Parish of Brixton, County of Devon Made his Will 9/12/1613 whisc was "Proved" at Totnes, Devonshire 3/11/1613. The will mentions four brothers- Tristram,Phillip, Lionel and Thomas-no sisters.

This is an artical from the "Coffin Family Newsletter" dated August 1994.

"A PEDIGREE FOR TRISTRAM"

In the time of King Henry VII, the first Tudor King of England there lived in the manor of Northam, two or three miles from Bideford and just five miles northeast of Portledge, John Coffin. John was the 2nd son of William Coffin of Alwington and his wife Margaret, daughter of Thomas Gifford and was born somewhere around 1440-1460. John Coffin of Northam had a son Richard born about 1480.

Richard Coffin moved to the parish of Plympton St. Mary, in southern Devonshire where in 1523 he paid a subsidy of 4. He probably occupied some of the property owned by the family of Portledge. In an inquisition post mortem 18th February 2 & 3 Philip & Mary (18 Feb. 1555/56) Richard Coffin, grandson of Richard who was brother of John of Northam, held property in Plympton, adjacent to Brixton as well as in Holbeton, five miles from Brixton. We have not discovered how long this property had been among the Coffin estates. John Coffin, son and heir of Richard Coffin of Portledge and nephew of John of Northam married about 1500 Elizabeth, daughter and coheiress of Philip Hingston. She may have brought the property in Plympton and Holbeton. We have no record of the death of Richard unless he is the Richard who had a will recorded in Stokenham, nearly 20 miles from Plympton. Richard had younger brothers John and Walter and a son John Coffin, born about 1525.

John Coffin, son of Richard lived in Brixton but also paid a subsidy in Plympton St. Mary. The administration of the estate of John Coffin was recorded in 1589. John had a son Nicholas born about 1550 in Brixton.

Nicholas Coffin lived at Butlers in the parish of Brixton and had a son Peter who became the father of Tristram Coffin who emigrated to New England in 1642 with his mother, his two sisters and his children.

The above is a pedigree which has not been, and perhaps never can be proved, so please do not enter it into your pedigree! With more data now available it is more realistic than Amory's discredited theory of Peter and Mary (Boscawen) Coffin as parents of Nicholas. The above proposed pedigree needs much more research but advances a theory which we believe comes closer to the presently known facts than any other we have seen or considered. It accounts for most of the known Coffins in the Brixton area a few generations before nicholas. We have no proof of the connection between Brixton and Protledge and there were probably many more Coffins in the Brixton area than we have found. And there are certainly more in the Portledge line. We currently have no information about whether John Coffin of Northam had a son Richard or any other children. We have more confidence, but again no proof, that the father of Nicholas was John and his grandfather Richard. Do be on the look-out for any data that will relate to this and might contribute toward proving or disproving the theory. There are several records for the period which we have so far not had an opportunity to study. hopefully, some worthwhile information is in one of them.

Children of NICHOLAS COFFIN and JOAN COFFIN are:
14. i. PETER13 COFFIN, b. ABT 1588, Brixton Parish Brixton Devonshire England; d. 1627, Probably Brixton Parish, County of Devon.
ii. NICHOLAS COFFIN.
iii. TRISTRAM COFFIN.
iv. JOHN COFFIN.
v. ANNE COFFIN.


13. THOMAS12 COFFIN (PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) died 1616. He married ALICE (MNU) COFFIN ABT 1590. She died 13 Nov 1619.

Children of THOMAS COFFIN and ALICE COFFIN are:
15. i. WILLIAM13 COFFIN.
16. ii. STEPHEN COFFIN.


Generation No. 13

14. PETER13 COFFIN (NICHOLAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born ABT 1588 in Brixton Parish Brixton Devonshire England, and died 1627 in Probably Brixton Parish, County of Devon. He married JOAN THEMBER 1608 in Brixton, Devonshire, Eng, daughter of ROBERT KEMBER and ANNA KEMBER. She was born 1584 in Brixton Parish Brixton Devonshire England, and died 30 May 1661 in Boston Suffolk MA.

Notes for PETER COFFIN:
Of the Parish of Brixton, County of Devon

His will "Proved" 3/13/1627/28 indicates he died in 1627/28.

Notes for JOAN THEMBER:
Another source has name as Joanna Kember born abt 1584

Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967
She came to New England with her son Tristram on the ship Hector in 1642 settling in Salisbury, MA..

Marriage Notes for PETER COFFIN and JOAN THEMBER:
TRISTRAM known to be the oldest Child

Children of PETER COFFIN and JOAN THEMBER are:
17. i. MARY14 COFFIN, b. Brixton, Devon; d. 1677, Mass. Bay, MA.
ii. EUNICE COFFIN, b. England (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); m. WILLIAM BUTLER.
iii. JOHN COFFIN, b. 1610, Brixton, Devon (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 1642, in Civil War at Plymouth, England (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.).
iv. DEBORAH COFFIN, d. England (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.).
18. v. TRISTRAM COFFIN,1, b. 1605, Butler's Parish, Brixton, Devon Co, England; d. 02 Oct 1681, Nantucket MA.
vi. JOAN COFFIN, b. 1611 (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. England (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.).
19. vii. CHRISTIAN COFFIN, b. ABT 1605, ,,England or Wales; d. 17 Apr 1688, Haverhill, Essex, MA.
viii. PETER COFFIN.


15. WILLIAM13 COFFIN (THOMAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) He married RICHORDE CLEARK 13 Apr 1619 (Source: Coffin Family Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 4, Nov. 1997, Whole No. 52.).

Child of WILLIAM COFFIN and RICHORDE CLEARK is:
i. THOMAS14 COFFIN, b. ABT 06 Mar 1627/28 (Source: Coffin Family Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 4, Nov. 1997, Whole No. 52.); d. 07 Nov 1630 (Source: Coffin Family Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 4, Nov. 1997, Whole No. 52.).


16. STEPHEN13 COFFIN (THOMAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) He married (1) ALICE BAREET 05 Jul 1624. She died 11 Mar 1628/29. He married (2) ELIZABETH BAWDEN 23 Sep 1638 (Source: Coffin Family Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 4, Nov. 1997, Whole No. 52.). He married (3) ORANGE CRESE 05 Oct 1639 (Source: Coffin Family Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 4, Nov. 1997, Whole No. 52.). She died 26 Oct 1637 (Source: Coffin Family Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 4, Nov. 1997, Whole No. 52.).

Child of STEPHEN COFFIN and ALICE BAREET is:
i. STEPHEN14 COFFIN, b. ABT 22 Jul 1627 (Source: Coffin Family Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 4, Nov. 1997, Whole No. 52.).


Child of STEPHEN COFFIN and ELIZABETH BAWDEN is:
ii. MICHAEL14 COFFIN, b. ABT 03 Jul 1639.


Children of STEPHEN COFFIN and ORANGE CRESE are:
iii. JOAN14 COFFIN, b. ABT 26 Feb 1630/31 (Source: Coffin Family Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 4, Nov. 1997, Whole No. 52.).
iv. GREGORY COFFIN, b. ABT 30 Nov 1635 (Source: Coffin Family Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 4, Nov. 1997, Whole No. 52.).
v. RICHORDE COFFIN, b. ABT 15 Oct 1637 (Source: Coffin Family Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 4, Nov. 1997, Whole No. 52.).


Generation No. 14

17. MARY14 COFFIN (PETER13, NICHOLAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born in Brixton, Devon, and died 1677 in Mass. Bay, MA. She married ALEXANDER ADAMS in England (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.).

Notes for MARY COFFIN:
Mary and Alexander related to Presidents John and John Quinsy Adams

Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967
Came to Mass. Bay with her Mother



Children of MARY COFFIN and ALEXANDER ADAMS are:
i. MARY15 ADAMS.
ii. SUSANNA ADAMS.
iii. JOHN ADAMS.
iv. SAMUEL ADAMS.


18. TRISTRAM14 COFFIN,1 (PETER13, NICHOLAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 1605 in Butler's Parish, Brixton, Devon Co, England (Source: "The History of Nantucket Co, Island and Town", by Alexander Starbuck, pub. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co. 1924..), and died 02 Oct 1681 in Nantucket MA. He married DIONIS STEVENS ABT 1630 in Butlers Parish, Brixton Devonshire England (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.), daughter of ROBERT STEVENS and DIONIS STEVENS. She was born Bef. 04 Mar 1609/10 in Brixton Brixton Parish Devonshire England (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.), and died 16 Oct 1682 in Nantucket MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.).

Notes for TRISTRAM COFFIN,1:
Tristram Coffin 1605-1681 Chief Magistrate of Nantucket 1671-1673 Commissioner of Salisbury 1625 Ref: History of Nantucket by Starbuck p. 31 - Early Settlers of Nantucket pp 24, 27, 197

From "The Coffin Family", Edited by Louis Coffin, Published by The Nantucket Historical Association 1962

GRANDFATHER AND FATHER OF TRISTRAM COFFIN (1)

Nicholas Coffin of "Butlers" (now But lass) within the Parish of Brixton, County of Devon, made his will the twelfth of September 1613 and died shortly thereafter, as the will was proved at Totnes Devonshire on the third of November 1613. Four brothers, Tristram, Phillip, Lionel and Thomas were recorded with no sisters. The will mentions his wife Johan and eldest son Peter with other children Ann, John and Nicholas, as well as Peter's son Tristram and daughter Johan. Land in Plaympton Erie also mentioned.

Peter Coffin of the Parish of Brixton, County of Devon, son of Nicholas and Joan, married Johan, Joanna or Jone Thember who died in Boston May 30, 1661. His will mentions his wife, son Tristram, son John and four daughters, Johan, Deborah, Eunice and Mary, all four under twenty years of age. A "tenement" called Silferhey in Butlers (now But lass) is also mentioned. The will is dated the 21st of December, 1627 and was proved by his widow on the thirteenth of March 1627/8. His children were Tristram, the eldest son, John, Joanna, Deborah, Eunice and Mary.


TRISTRAM COFFIN (1) FOUNDER OF THE FAMILY IN AMERICA

Trisrtam Coffin, son of Peter and Johan or Johanna born in Brixton Parish, town of Plymouth, Devonshire, England was there baptized March 11, 1610 (an American Court entry also gives his age showing birth in 1609). He died 10/2/1618. He was selected 1640 as a warden in Brixton Parish, but leased his farm at Butlers (But lass) for five hundred years on Novermber 6, 1640 and came to New England in 1642, probable in the HECTOR but possible in the MARGARET CLEMENT or the JOB CLEMENT all owned by Robert Clement, who signed the Indian Deed to Haverhill with Tristram Coffin November 15, 1642. Tristram, the eldest child, brought with him his mother, his two sisters, who were married in America, Eunice to William Butler and Mary to Alexander Adams. Mary's daughter Elizabeth married William Parkman and from that marriage descended the historian Francis Parkman (1823-1893).

Tristram Coffin married Dionis Stevens, daughter of Robert Stevens of Brixton. She was born 1613 or according to another account, baptized 3/4/1609. She died 10/16/1676, according to another account 11/6/1684. Tristram first settled in Haverhill, removed to Newbury in 1648, thence to Salisbury in 1654 and thence in 1680 to Nantucket, of which Island he was on e of the original proprietors.


From a paper prepared by a Tristram Coffin of Poughkeepsie NY and published by the "American Historical Record in 1872

THE FIRST TRISTRAM COFFIN OF NANTUCKET

Sir Richard Coffin, Knight accompanied William the Conqueror from Normandy to England in the year 1066, and the manor of Alwington, in the County of Devonshire, was assigned to him. The authorities respecting the County of Devonshire make honorable mention of Sir Elias Coffin, Knight of Clist and Ingarby, in the days of King John; of Sir Richard Coffin of Alwington, in the time of Henry II.; of Sir Jeffrey Coffin and Combe Coffin, under Henry III., and of other Knights, descendants of these, during successive reigns, until the time of Henry VIII., when we find Sir William Coffin Sheriff of Devonshire, highly preferred at Court, and on of eighteen assistants chosen by the King to accompany him to a tournament in France, in 1519. He was also High Steward of the manor and liberties of Standon in Hertford. By his will he bequeathed his horses and hawks to the King, and devised the manor of East Higgington, Devonshire, to his nephew Richard Coffin, Esq., of Portledge. His monument in Standon Church is mentioned in Weever's "Funeral Monuments," at page 534.

Nicholas Coffin, of Butler's Parish, in Devonshire, died in 1603. His will,which was proved at Totness, in Devonshire, November 3, 1603, mantions his wife and five children, viz: Peter, Nicholas, Tristram, John and Anne. Peter married Joanna Thimber, and died in 1627 or 1628, leaving four daughters and two sons.

One of these sons was the famous Tristram Coffyn, the ancestor of the numerous families of the name now in this country. Nearly all his descendants are enabled, by means of the accurate genealogical records in existence, to trace their linage back to him, although nearly two centuries have elapsed since his death. He was born at Brixton, near Plymouth, in the County of Devonshire, England, in the year 1605 (another account says 1609); married Dionis Stevens, and in 1642 came to New England, bringing with him his wife, mother, two sisters and five children. The names of these children were Peter, Tristram, Elizabeth, James and John. He first settled at Salisbury, Mass.; thence moved the same year to Haverhill, where his name appears on the Indian Deed of that town, November 15, 1642, and where his children Mary (Starbuck) and John (the first John having died at the same place in 1642) were born. In 1648 he removed to Newbury, where his youngest son, Stephen, was born. After residing there several years (during which time he was licensed to keep an inn and a ferry over the Merrimac River), he returned to Salisbury, where he became a county magistrate, and in 1660 or 1661 he abandoned New England, and with his wife, four children and his aged mother settled upon the island of Nantucket. Prior to his last removal (and early in the year 1659), he made a voyage of inquiry and observation to the group of islands off the Massachusetts coast, with a view to this change of residence. He first visited Martha's Vineyard, and taking from there Peter Folger, the grandfather of Benjamin Franklin, as an interpreter of the Indian language, proceeded to Nantucket. It has been supposed that religious persecution was the cause of these frequent changes and of his final departure from the main land; but I have been unable to trace the statement to any reliable source. Could he have foreseen what a multitude of descendants are now looking up to him with pride as their common ancestor, and the long, bright century of prosperity and renown that awaited the little island of his adoption, he would have felt comforted and encouraged during the severe struggles with which his career was evidently marked.

He was one of a campany of ten who first purchased Nantucket from the Indians, which fact appears in a conveyance from the Sachems, Wanackmamack and Nickanoose, dated My 10, 1660. The original manuscript of this instrument is still extant, bearing the signature of Peter Folger as one of the witnesses to its execution. Prior to this purchase from the natives, the English title to the greater portion of the island had been obtained from Thomas Mayhew, who held the same under a conveyance from Lord Stirling. The deed from Mayhew is dated July 2, 1659, and runs to the grantees in the following order, viz: Tristram Coffin, Thomas Macy, Christopher IIussey, Richard Swaine, Thomas Barnard, Peter Coffin, Stephen Greenleaf, John Swaine and William Pile.

Tristram Coffin and his sons at one time owned about one-fourth of Nantucket, and the whole of the little island adjacent to it on the west, called Tuckernuck, containing 1,000 acres, which he purchased of the old Sachem Potconet at the time of his visit in 1659.

He appears to have been a leading spirit among the first settlers, and was frequently selected by the inhabitants to transact important public business. His letters to the Colonial Government of New York (Nantucket was at that time a dependency of New York), are preserved in the Archives of the Department of State at Albany.

"At a Court of Sessions held the 29th of November 1681 there granted administration unto me James Coffin, John Coffin and Stephen Coffin on the estate of Mr Tristram Coffin deceased the 3rd of October 1681 they having given security according to law."

The body of the Oath was evidently written by Peter Coffin (son of Tristram); the signature is an autograph. It will be observed that Tristram used the letter "y" instead of "i" in writing the family name. It is said, whether truthfully I do not know, that his ancestors spelled it in the same manner. The letter of administration appended to the bond fixes the date of his death (October 3, 1681) beyond question.

In the year 1826, Sir Isaac Coffin, a native of Boston (who went to England in early life and became a Baronet, and an Admiral in the British Navy), visited Nantucket and founded the "Coffin School," (the original fund being 2,500 pounds sterling), which is still flourishing. The Act of Incorporation provides for the establishment of "a shcool by the name of Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin's Lancasterian School, for the purpose of promoting decency, good order and morality; and for giving a good English education to youth who are descendants of the late Tristram Coffin who emigrated from England, " etc. The act further provides "that the Trustees shall all be the descendants of the above mentioned Tristram Coffin in the male or female line."

The "Coffin Medal"was struck by order of Sir Isaac, about the time of his visit to the Island, in memory of his distinguished ancestor.

Upon Tristram Coffyn's arrival with his family at Nantucket, he took up his abode on the eastern slope of what is now called Trot's Hills, near Cupaum pond, towards the western end of the Island, and in course of time a little hamlet grew up in the vicinity. It is now almost entirely abandoned. One brown framhouse of comparatively modern build, with two or three time-worn outbuildings are all that remain. A few indentations here and there in the greensward, with pieces of brick and mortar mingled with the soil show where the dwellings of some of the first settlers were located. One of there ancient cellars is pointed out as the site of the habitation where the subject of this sketch lived and died. Half a mile to the eastward, on elevated ground, hard by two fresh-water ponds, and overlooking the ocean, is the oldest graveyard upon the Island; and near at hand a quantity of mortar and a cluster of low bushes tell where the first Friends' meetinghouse once stood. Two furrows turned together around several acres of pasture land, and on solitary headstone, still bearing upon its shattered face the information that John Gardner died in 1706, alone mark the spot as a burial place of the dead. Somewhere within this space--this "God's Acre" -- doubtless rest the ashes of the old pioneer, Tristram Coffyn. -- "From Inquirer and Mirror, Nantrucket, Mass."


COFFIN CONNECTIONS IN ENGLAND PRIOR TO TRISTRAM'S GRANDFATHER

No conclusive proof has been found to trace the ancestry of Tristram Coffin (1609-1881) beyond his grandfather Nicholas, except that the descendants of Nathaniel, his grandson through James can positively go back from Nathoniel and his wife Damar is (Gayer) more than fifty generations to the Saxon viking Cerdic born over 1,500 years ago. However, all who can prove descent from Tristram have two probable lines leading back from him respectively four hundred and five hundred years, each supported by reasonable evidence.

The Coffins of Portledge, Devonshire in the parish of Alwington near Bideford, 45 miles North of Plymouth and Brixton, Tristram's nearby village, have resided at Portledge Manor at least since A.D. 1254, and even earlier according to a boundary deed seen by the Rev. John Price who wrote his treatise on "Worthies of Devon" about 1690. It was written in Saxon, Says Prince, "About the time of the Conquest" by the Abbot of Tavistock, granting certain lands to Richard Coffin. Tavistock is 15 miles directly north of Plymouth and 30 miles South of Portledge.

The unquestioned antiquity of the family is further indicated by the appearance of the name in Domesday Book, compiled for tax purposes by order of William the Conqueror in 1086. No evidence has been found that a Coffin accompanied William from Normandy twenty years earlier, but many Normans had settled in England under Edward the Confessor, who was King until six months before the Conquest, and where later granted lands taken from the conquered Saxons. The Chateau of Courtitout after the French Revolution over seven hundred years later.

The Portledge connection is fully treated in Allen Coffin's history and is accepted by the family in England (now Pine-Coffin) as shown by the greeting sent to the 1959 Nantucket Reunion by Lt. Col. E. C. Pine-Coffin from Portledge Manor, now owned by the British Government and operated as a resort hotel.

A second probable connection has been advocated by Thomas Coffin Amory of Boston, who visited Devonshire and Cornwall after the 1881 Reunion. In his article published in the Boston Evening Transcript Dec. 20, 1886 he voices the opinion that the Peter Coffin who married Marie Boscawen, daughter of Philippa Carminowe, was the grandfather of Tristram.

Extracts from the lengthy article follows:
"Mrs. Peter Coffin - born 1551
Nicholas, her son - born 1568
Peter, whose widow died here in Boston 1663 - born 1584
Tristram - born 1609
Nicholas, Peter and Tristram were all eldest sons with sufficient means to justify the prudence of their assuming the obligations of matrimony."

His closing words are:
"Mary Boscawen was the mother of Tristam's grandfather Nicholas, which better judges than myself still believe, and shall until stronger reasons than any yet urged can be found against it. T.C.A."

With reference to Tristram's birthdate being 1609 (as later proved) and not 1605, the article says:
"In various memoirs of the Coffins the date of Tristram's birth is set down as 1605. Chase, in his History of Haverhill stated it more probable that Nicholas his grandfather was the son of Peter, whose wife was Mary Boscawen."

The English marriage law was 14 years for males, 12 years for females. Tristram's own oldest son was born a month after his twenty-first birthday and one of his grandchildren was born when her father was 19 years old.


Source: Nantucket Hist Assn 1962, the Coffin Family.
Tristram Coffin was born in Plymouth, Eng. In 1642, with Cromwell purging Royalists, he brought his family to Haverhill, Mass. where he farmed. In 1680, he and 9 others bought Nantucket and moved there, partly to escape mistreatment of Quakers.

SOURCE: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901

Tristram Coffin, the founder of the family line of Coffins in America, signed his name "Coffyn."

He was born in Braxton, Devonshire, England, in 1605. He married Dionis Stevens, daughter of Robert Stevens, of Brixton.

In 1642 he came to America with his family and his widowed mother Joan, and resided first at Newbury, later at haverhill and Salisbury, until 1660, when he settled at Nantucket.

The first of the name of whom there is any record is Sir Richard Coffin, who removed form Normandy to England in 1066; he entered the English army, had lands granted to him, adn was knighted by the king.

Tristram lived at Northam, near Capaum Pond, Nantucket, and died Tenth month 2d, 1681, aged seventy-six years.

He was the first chief magistrate of Nantucket.


Source: "The History of Nantucket Co, Island and Town", by Alexander Starbuck, pub. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co. 1924.
Tristram Coffin appears to have been the Moses sent out to view the promised land and see what opportunities it offered for new settlers. He was, as Mr. Barney says, the most prominent and influential of the First Purchasers.

same source:
If any one man may be considered the patriarch of Nantucket to whom more than to any other person, the descendants of the old Nantucket families may trace a common origin, that man is Tristram Coffin.


Source: "Our Family's Starbuck Ancestry" by George Edward Mcconnell & David Ross Mcconnell 1604/1963
Tristram Coffin is on the list of names theat have been verified and accepted by the General society of the Colonial Dames. Numbers refer to the Honor roll published in 1922. Also accepted by NY chapter Colonial Dames; Yearbook of 1927
NY 931
Commissioned by Governor Lovelace as Chief Magistrate of Nantucket 1671-76; by Gov. Andres 1677-81. Born 1605, Died 1681

Notes for DIONIS STEVENS:
Quaker leader


Marriage Notes for TRISTRAM COFFIN and DIONIS STEVENS:
A son also named John was born in England and died in Haverhill. Also a daughter Deborah born 11/16/1842 and died 12/8/1642

Children of TRISTRAM COFFIN and DIONIS STEVENS are:
20. i. PETER15 COFFIN, b. 1631, Brixton, Devon,England; d. 21 Mar 1714/15.
21. ii. TRISTRAM COFFIN,2, b. 01 Feb 1631/32, Brixton, Devon, England; d. 04 Feb 1703/04.
22. iii. ELIZABETH COFFIN, b. ABT 1634, Brixton Devon England; d. 19 Nov 1678, Newbury, Mass..
23. iv. JAMES COFFIN, b. 12 Aug 1640, Brixton Parish Brixton Devonshire England; d. 28 Jul 1720, Nantucket MA.
v. DEBORAH COFFIN, b. 16 Nov 1642, Haverhill MA; d. 08 Dec 1642, Haverhill MA.
24. vi. MARY COFFIN, b. 20 Feb 1644/45, Haverhill MA; d. 13 Sep 1717, Nantucket MA.
25. vii. JOHN COFFIN, b. 30 Oct 1647, Haverhill MA; d. 05 Sep 1711, Edgartown MA.
26. viii. STEPHEN COFFIN, b. 11 May 1652, Newbury, Essex Co, MA; d. 18 May 1734, Nantucket, Mass.
ix. JOHN COFFIN, b. Brixton, Devon, England; d. Died in infancy.


19. CHRISTIAN14 COFFIN (PETER13, NICHOLAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born ABT 1605 in ,,England or Wales, and died 17 Apr 1688 in Haverhill, Essex, MA. She married THOMAS DAVIS ABT 1622 in Marlborough, Wilts, Eng. He was born 1603 in Marlborough, Wilts, Eng, and died 27 Jul 1683 in Haverhill, Essex, MA.

Child of CHRISTIAN COFFIN and THOMAS DAVIS is:
i. JOANNA15 DAVIS, b. Marlborough, Wiltshire, England; d. 18 Apr 1688, Haverill, Essex Co, MA; m. GEORGE CORLISS; d. 1686.


Generation No. 15

20. PETER15 COFFIN (TRISTRAM14, PETER13, NICHOLAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 1631 in Brixton, Devon,England (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901 ), and died 21 Mar 1714/15. He married ABIGAIL STARBUCK, daughter of EDWARD STARBUCK and KATHERINE REYNOLDS. She was born 1632 in England (Source: "The History of Nantucket Co, Island and Town", by Alexander Starbuck, pub. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co. 1924...).

Notes for PETER COFFIN:
SOURCE: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901

One of the original purchasers of Nantucket, but resided there for a short time only. He was made a freeman in 1666 at Dover.

In 1675 he was a lieutenant on service in King Philip's War. In 1672-73 and again in 1679 he was representative in the legislative branch. In 1690 he removed to Exeter, new Hampshire. From 1692 to 1714 he was at different times associated justice and chief justice of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, and a member of the Governor's Council. he died at Exeter, March 21, 1715.

Source: "The History of Nantucket Co, Island and Town", by Alexander Starbuck, pub. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co. 1924.

Peter Coffin was the son of Tristram and married Abigail daughter of Edward Starbuck. He was born in England in 1631. He was made a freeman at Dover in 1666. He was a very prominent citizen of New Hampshire, attaining the rank of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. His sojourn in Nantucket was brief and met with considerable opposition from the John Gardner faction during the so-called "Insurrection."

same source:
Peter's residence on Nantucket began about the time of King Philip's War. he married Abigail Strbuck. He is reputed to have been the wealthiest of the First Purcasers. he was chosen a magistrate at Nantucket and occupied an important position in the Town affairs, much to the disturbance of John Gardner, Peter Folger, and their sympathizers. in Dover he was made a Freeman in 1666; in 1675 he was commissioned a Lieutenant in serice in King Philip's War; he was a Representative in the General Court in 1672-73 and '79. He moved to Exeter in 1690, was a Justice and later Chief Justice of the supreme Court of new Hampshire and an owner of large mill property. He died at Exeter, March 21, 1715.


Children of PETER COFFIN and ABIGAIL STARBUCK are:
i. PETER16 COFFIN, JR, b. 20 Aug 1660, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. Nov 1699, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. ELIZABETH STARBUCK, 15 Aug 1682 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); b. 09 Sep 1665, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. ABT 1706, Nantucket, MA.

Notes for PETER COFFIN, JR:
Called sick Peter


ii. JETHRO COFFIN, b. 16 Sep 1663 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 1726 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. MARY GARDNER, ABT 1686; b. 27 May 1670, Salem (Source: (1) The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870, (2) Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.); d. 27 Oct 1767, Nantucket, Mass.

Notes for MARY GARDNER:
Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass
They lived in the "Horseshoe house."

Source: "Historic Nantucket Magazine," Winter 2000, Volume 49, No. 1, pg 13
Mary Gardner was born on Nantucket and married Jethro Coffin, grandson of Tristram, in 1686. Their home, built later that year, is still standing on Nantucket. Now known as the oldest House, it is owned and operated by the Nantucket Historical Association. The Coffin/Gardner marriage symbolized the end of an early conflict in Nantucket society involving their families that was known as the "half-share revolt." John Gardner and Tristram Coffin were key figures in Nantuckets early governance. Coffin represented the "full-share" men, or original founders of Nantucket, while Gardner was one of a group of tradesmen who came to work on the island but received only half-shares. Bitter debates between the full-share and half-share parties raged on Nantucket about land rights, who cuold hold public office and the future directions for the island. A tentative compromise between the two factions was reached in 1678, but it was not until Coffin's death in 1681 and eventual marriage of his grandson into the Gardner family that a full resolution of this conflict occurred.

iii. TRISTRAM COFFIN, b. 18 Jul 1665; d. Bef. 21 Mar 1714/15; m. DEBORAH COLCORD; b. 21 May 1664 (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901..).

Notes for TRISTRAM COFFIN:
Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870
He probably lived at Exeter, NH, and died before his father


iv. ABIGAIL COFFIN, b. 20 Oct 1657; m. DANIEL DAVIDSON, 16 Dec 1673.
v. EDWARD COFFIN, m. ANN GARDNER; b. 30 Dec 1667 (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.).


21. TRISTRAM15 COFFIN,2 (TRISTRAM14, PETER13, NICHOLAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 01 Feb 1631/32 in Brixton, Devon, England, and died 04 Feb 1703/04. He married JUDITH GREENLEAF 02 Mar 1662/63 in Newbury, Mass. (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870), daughter of EDMUND GREENLEAF and SARAH DOLE. She was born 1625, and died 15 Dec 1705 in Newbury, Mass. (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).

Notes for TRISTRAM COFFIN,2:
Source: NEHG Register, Vol. 1 Oct 1847, c. NEHGS & Broderbund Software, Inc., Banner Blue Division
On the headstone of Mrs. Judith Coffin, who lived to see 177 of her children and grandchildren, and died at the age of 80 in 1705, is somewhat better.
"Grave, sober, faithful, Fruitfull vine was she
A rare example of true piety,
Widow'd awhile, she wayted wisht-for rest
With her dear husband in her Savior's Brest."

The epitaph of this "dear husband" follows:
"To the memory of Tristam Coffin Esq, who having served the church of Christ in the office of a deacon 20 years died Feb. 4, 1703-4 aged 72 years.
"On earth he pur-chas-ed a good degree,
Great boldness in the faith and liberty
And now possesses immortality."

Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870
He was made freeman April 29, 1668, and died in Newbury, Feb. 4, 1704. This Tristram, Jr., was the ancestor of all of that name originating from Newbury. His house, two centuries old, is (1869) still standing and occupied by his descendants.

SOURCE: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901

He was made a freeman April 29, 1668, and died in Newbury, February 4, 1704, aged seventy-two. He was a merchant tailor and filled many positions of trust. He lived in the Coffin mansion in Newbury, which still continues in the family; whether he or his wife's former husband built it is uncertain.

It is said that Tristram Coffin, Sr., lived in this old mansion before he removed to Nantucket.

Source: "The History of Nantucket Co, Island and Town", by Alexander Starbuck, pub. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co. 1924.
Tristram, Jr. was a resident of Newbury. He never was a resident of Nantucket.


Notes for JUDITH GREENLEAF:
Source: NEHG Register, Vol. 1 Oct 1847, NEHGS & Broderbund Software, Inc., Banner Blue Division
On the headstone of Mrs. Judith Coffin, who lived to see 177 of her children and grandchildren, and died at the age of 80 in 1705, is somewhat better.
"Grave, sober, faithful, Fruitfull vine was she
A rare example of true piety,
Widow'd awhile, she wayted wisht-for rest
With her dear husband in her Savior's Brest."


Children of TRISTRAM COFFIN and JUDITH GREENLEAF are:
i. STEPHEN16 COFFIN, b. 18 Aug 1664, Newbury, Mass. (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 31 Aug 1725, Newbury MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. SARAH ATKINSON, 08 Oct 1685, Newbury, Mass.; b. 1665.
ii. NATHANIEL COFFIN, b. 22 Mar 1668/69, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 20 Feb 1748/49 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. SARAH BROCKELBANK, 29 Mar 1693; d. 1750.
iii. JUDITH COFFIN, b. 04 Dec 1653, Newbury, Mass. (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. JOHN SANBORN, 19 Nov 1674 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); b. , of Hampton, NH (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
iv. DEBORAH COFFIN, b. 10 Nov 1655, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. JOSEPH KNIGHT, 31 Oct 1677 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
v. MARY COFFIN, b. 12 Nov 1657, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. JOSOPH LITTLE, 31 Oct 1677 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
vi. JAMES COFFIN, b. 22 Apr 1659, Newbury, Mass. (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. FLORENCE HOOK, 16 Nov 1685 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
vii. JOHN COFFIN, b. 08 Sep 1660, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 13 May 1677, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
viii. LYDIA COFFIN, b. 22 Apr 1662, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. (1) MOSES LITTLE; m. (2) JOHN PIKE, 18 Mar 1694/95 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
ix. ENOCH COFFIN, b. 21 Jan 1662/63, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 12 Nov 1675, Nantucket, Mass.
x. PETER COFFIN, b. 27 Jul 1667, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 19 Jan 1745/46, Gloucester (?) (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).


22. ELIZABETH15 COFFIN (TRISTRAM14, PETER13, NICHOLAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born ABT 1634 in Brixton Devon England (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901 ), and died 19 Nov 1678 in Newbury, Mass.. She married STEPHEN GREENLEAF 13 Nov 1651 in Newbury, Mass. (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901 ), son of EDMUND GREENLEAF and SARAH DOLE. He was born ABT 1628.

Notes for STEPHEN GREENLEAF:
"Captain" Stephen Greenleaf of Boston

SOURCE: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901

Stephen Greenleaf was one of the original proprietors of Nantucket, and authority says, a religious man.
In "Greenleaf Family" we find the first mention of Stephen Greenleaf as ensign, May 11, 1670. August 5, 1675, with others, he marched against the Indians in response to a call to the colonies from Swanzy, where shortly after "nine Indians were murdered," this being the first blood shed in King Philip's War.


Source: "The History of Nantucket Co, Island and Town", by Alexander Starbuck, pub. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co. 1924.
Stephen Greenleaf never removed to Nantucket. he married, Nov. 13, 1651, Elizabeth Coffin, daughter of Tristram Sen'r. He married subsequently Esther Swett, daughter of Nathaniel Ware or Wyer and widow of Capt. Benjamin Swett. He sold his share to his brother-in-law, Nathaniel Starbuck.

Child of ELIZABETH COFFIN and STEPHEN GREENLEAF is:
i. TRISTRAM16 GREENLEAF, b. 11 Feb 1667/68 (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901..); d. 13 Sep 1740 (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901..); m. MARGARET PIPER, 12 Nov 1689 (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901..); b. 16 Jun 1668 (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901..).


23. JAMES15 COFFIN (TRISTRAM14, PETER13, NICHOLAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 12 Aug 1640 in Brixton Parish Brixton Devonshire England (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870), and died 28 Jul 1720 in Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870). He married MARY SEVERANCE 03 Dec 1663 in Salisbury MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870 ), daughter of JOHN SEVERANCE and ABIGAIL KIMBALL. She was born 05 Aug 1645 in Salisbury, Essex, MA (Source: (1) "The Severance Genealogy," by Henry Ormal Severance, Pub. Lucas Brothers, Columbia, Missouri 1927., (2) #1533 Severns Family Record 579.), and died 28 Jul 1720 in Nantucket, Mass (Source: "Richard Pinkham of Old Dover NH and His Descendants East and West", By Rev. Charles Nelson Sinnett, Pub. Concord, NH, Rumford Printing Co. 1908.).

Notes for JAMES COFFIN:
James Coffin 1646-1720 Representitive to General Court 1696-1704, 1707-1716 Judge of Common Pleas 1696-1718 Chief Justice 1708-1718 - Early Settlers of Nantucket pp 28, 197. History of Nantucket pp. 634-635 Society of Colonial Wars Year Book 1922

See "The Coffin Family", Edited by Louis Coffin, Published by The Nantucket Historical Association 1962 Line C of James

Honorable Judge of the Probate Court Nantucket MA

Hon. James Coffin, the fourth child, was born in England, Aug. 12, 1640. (Note: Several other sources has birth date Aug. 12, 1639. With all the information gathered 1639 seems to be the most accurate date.) He married, Dec. 3, 1663, Mary, daughter of John and Abigail Severance, of Salisbury, Mass.; and died at Nantucket, July 28, 1720, aged 80 years. He came to Nantucket with the first settlers, but subsequently removed to Dover, N. H., where he resided in 1668, being a member of the church there in 1671, and the same year, May 31, he was there made freeman. Soon after this date, however, he returned to Nantucket and resided there until his death. He filled several important public offices at Nantucket, among them Judge of the Probate Court. The first records of the probate Office are under his administration. He was the father of fourteen children, all of whom, except two, grew to maturity and married. From him have descended, perhaps, the most remarkable representatives of the Coffin family, as doubtless the most numerous and generally scattered. This branch furnished the families that remained loyal to Great Britain in the American Revolution, and General John Coffin, as well as his brother, Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, rendered valiant service against the Colonies, for which they received in time their rewards, two sons of Gen. John now holding Admiral's commissions in the Royal Navy, one aged 88 and the other 84 years, both hale and hearty when last heard from. The most distinguished woman which America has produced, Lueretia Mott, was also descended from this line, her father, Thomas Coffin, being the 17th child of Benjamin, and not the youngest, either.

From the Coffin Family Newsletter dated February 1992

Hon. James Coffin of Dover, New Hampshire and Nantucket Massachusetts Justice of the Inferior Court, Rep. to the General Court third son of the immigrant

James Coffin was only three years old when his father Tristram brought him to America with his mother, grandmother, two maiden aunts, Eunice 24 years old, and Mary 22 years old, 12 year old brother Peter, 10 year old brother Tristram, his 8 year old sister Elizabeth and his baby brother John, about one year old. This could have been a great experience for the lad, or the hardships may have made it traumatic. We probably shall never know. The trip and getting settled in America must have been too much for brother John because he died 30 Oct. 1642 shortly after the family arrived there.

James, third son and fourth child of the immigrant, was born 12 Aug 1639, in Brixton, Devonshire, England. His baptism on 11 Sep 1639 was recorded in the Registry of the Bishop of Exeter. A reduced photocopy of a certified copy of this record made in 1902 for Charles Howard Colket is included on the next page. Note that Tristram Coffin signed as Churchwarden.

James Coffin married at Salisbury, Massachusets on 3 December 1663, Mary Severance, daughter of John and Abigail (Kimball) Severance, Captain Robert Pike performed the ceremony. The Tristram Coffin family was living at Salisbury in 1659 when the Island of Nantucket was purchased. James, a lad of 20 years, is thought to have accompanied the first settlers to the Island in the fall of that year. There was probably much traffic between the two towns for a few years, and one can imagine James taking every opportunity to visit his true love Mary Severance. He apparently persueaded the lady to marry him and it appears that the two first lived in Nantucket where daughter Mary was born. Their son James, born about 1667 (Note: another source has birth July 9, 1664 this seems to be the more accurate date.), was probably born in Dover, NH where the third child Nathaniel was born in 1671. When they went to Dover, New Hampshire, perhaps they lived with James older brother Peter until they got established in their own home. James is known to have been in Dover by 1668 and was a member of the church there in 1671. James Coffin is listed in the index of ancestors of the Society of Colonial Wars for his service as a member of the Massachusetts Court from Nantucket.

Soon, James Coffin was back in Nantucket, probably about 1672/3. Son John was born at Nantucket, probably about 1673 but almost surely before 1675. (Note: Another source has birth Feb. 4, 1679/80. This seems to be the more accurate date.) There, James was elected by the town of Nantucket to be the first representative to the Great and General Court under the royal charter granted by William and Mary in 1691. James Coffin was Justice of the Inferior Court of Nantucket in 1696, 1699, 1702, 1715 and 1718. [Colonial Dames of America, Pennsylvania Society Register 1911, has him as Judge of Common Pleas in these same years. Could both be true?] James Coffin was Judge of Probate from 1706 to 1718. The first records of the Probate Office were made during his adminstration. He was also representative in the General Court from 1707 to 1712. James died at Nantucket 28 Jul 1720.

The will of James Coffin was dated 17 May 1720 and probated 12 August 1720. It mentions sons James, Nathaniel, John, Jonathon and Ebenezer; grandsons Zaccheus Coffin and Hezekiah Coffin; the children of son Joseph Coffin, grandson Micah Coffin and his sisters; daughter Mary Gardner, Dinah Starbuck, Deborah Bunker, Elizabeth Bunker and Ruth Gardner, daughter Abigail Gardener, deceased. Sons John and Ebenezer were named executors.

James Coffin, son of James and grandson of Tristram, may be candidate for the honor of being the second Coffin to marry a Gardner after the death of Tristram let the bitter feud between the two families die out. James married Love Gardner, daughter of Richard and Sarah about 1689. She died in 1691 and he married 19 Mar 1692 Ruth Gardner, daughter of John and Priscilla. Jethro Coffin who married Mary Gardner and lived in the Horseshoe House was probably the first. Six other grandchildren of Richard Gardner married grandchildren of Tristram.

James Coffin had 14 children and his grandson Benjamin had a total of 19, 15 of whom were sons and of them 12 grew to adulthood and married.

SOURCE: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901

One of the associated proprietors, and filled several important offices at Nantucket, among them judge of Probate Court, and is said to have been the first judge of probate on the island, appointed in 1680 (Massachusetts Civil List, pp. 112-114.

Notes for MARY SEVERANCE:
Mary was born August or October 5, 1645 and died 1720 [Kimball History] & [MAVR] in Salisbury, MA (Family tree said born in (Nantucket). Was married to James Coffin of Nantucket (son of Tristram Coffin and Donis Stevens) on Dec. 3, 1663 in Salisbury. [NHVR] (Family Tree #178 Said died in Nantucket). James Coffin was born in England on Aug. 12, 1640 in Brixton, Devonshire, England and died on July 28, 1720 at the age of 80 in Nantucket MA. Mary died after 1680. They had 14 children

Children of JAMES COFFIN and MARY SEVERANCE are:
i. JAMES16 COFFIN, JR, b. 09 Jul 1664, Dover NH; d. 04 Oct 1748, Nantucket MA; m. (1) LOVE GARDNER; b. 02 May 1672; m. (2) RUTH GARDNER, 19 Mar 1691/92; b. 04 Dec 1676, Nantucket, MA; d. 04 Oct 1748 (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.).

Notes for JAMES COFFIN, JR:
WILL - The will of James Coffin of Sherborn, yeoman, dated 1 Jul 1740 probated 6 Nov 1741 named wife Ruth; children of son George deceased; son Nathan, George and Benjamin; daughter [unnamed]; children of daughter Sarah Gardner, deceased; granddaughter Judith Coffin.

ii. MARY COFFIN, b. 18 Apr 1665, Dover, Mass. Bay Colony (Source: (1) The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870, (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 01 Feb 1740/41, Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. (1) JAMES GARDNER; b. 19 May 1662, Salem, Mass (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 01 Apr 1723, Nantucket, Mass (Source: (1) Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass., (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); m. (2) RICHARD PINKHAM, 1683 (Source: "Richard Pinkham of Old Dover NH and His Descendants East and West", By Rev. Charles Nelson Sinnett, Pub. Concord, NH, Rumford Printing Co. 1908..); b. ABT 1663, Dover Neck, NH (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 1718, Nantucket MA.

Notes for MARY COFFIN:
Mary had children, surname Pinkham; Jonathon, Shubael, Nathaniel, Deborah, Daniel, Barnabus, Peleg, Theophilus and James.


Notes for RICHARD PINKHAM:
Of Portsmouth NH who came from the Isle of Wight

The descendants say that he went to Nantucket about 1680 in the good sloop Rochester; a man of noble and sturdy character; he was no doubt a member of the Friends' Church as so many of his descendants were faithful helpers in that church.


iii. NATHANIEL COFFIN, b. 16 Oct 1671, Dover, Stratford, NH; d. 29 Aug 1720, Nantucket MA; m. (1) ABIGAIL COFFIN; b. 1666, Nantucket MA (Source: WFT Disc 8 #715.); d. 15 Mar 1708/09, Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. (2) DAMARIS GAYER, 17 Aug 1692, Nantucket MA; b. 24 Oct 1673, Nantucket, MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 06 Sep 1764, Nantucket, MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.).

Notes for NATHANIEL COFFIN:

A Sea Captain

Nathaniel was married by William Worth, J.P.

Nathaniel left no will, administration of the estate of Nathaniel Coffin late of Sherborn, deceased, was granted to Damaris Coffin, widow relict Aug 24, 1723.


Notes for ABIGAIL COFFIN:
First person buried in Gardner's burial ground

iv. DINAH COFFIN, b. ABT 1673, Nantucket MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 01 Aug 1750, Nantucket MA (Source: (1) The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870, (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); m. NATHANIEL STARBUCK, JR, 20 Nov 1690, Nantucket MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); b. 08 Sep 1668, Nantucket, Mass (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 02 Sep 1753, Nantucket, Mass (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.).

Notes for NATHANIEL STARBUCK, JR:
Source: "Historic Nantucket Magazine," Winter 2000, Volume 49, No. 1, pg 14
Nathaniel Starbuck Jr. was a blacksmith. The account book, which spans the years 1683 to 1738, lists the work Starbuck performed for various Nantucketers, from shoeing horses to making locks, hinges, chains and pitchforks. Starbuck's mother, Mary Coffin Starbuck, daughter of Tristram Coffin also kept a ledger recording her accounts with the island's Native Americans, who purchased goods from her shop. The NHA library contains more than 475 account books that span three centuries and display the profits and expenditures of local businesses and households.

v. DEBORAH COFFIN, b. ABT 1675, Nantucket MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 08 Oct 1767, Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. DANIEL GEORGE BUNKER, ESQ, 10 Oct 1695, Nantucket MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); b. 22 Apr 1671, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 22 Oct 1744 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
vi. ELIZABETH COFFIN, b. 19 May 1675, Nantucket MA; d. 30 Mar 1769, Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. (1) JONATHAN BUNKER, ABT 1689, Nantucket MA; b. 25 Feb 1674/75, Nantucket MA (Source: Bunker Genealogy, The Charlestown, MA and Nantucket, MA. Branches and some unconnected Groups, by Edward C Morgan, Jr, Vol. 2 1961); d. ABT Sep 1721; m. (2) THOMAS CLARK, 30 Mar 1735, Nantucket MA; d. 18 Sep 1740, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
vii. EBENEZER COFFIN, b. 30 Mar 1678, Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 17 Oct 1730, Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. ELEANOR BARNARD, 12 Dec 1700, Nantucket MA (Source: (1) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967., (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); b. 18 Jun 1679, Nantucket MA (Source: (1) "The History of Nantucket Co, Island and Town", by Alexander Starbuck, pub. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co. 1924...., (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 17 Oct 1730, Nantucket MA.

Notes for EBENEZER COFFIN:
The will of Ebenezer Coffin, Esq. dated 11 Aug 1730 probated 13 Jan 1730/1 names wife Eleanor; sons Cromwell, Alexander, Valentine, Joseph and Benjamin; daughters Love and Jane; two daughters of son Prince. Executors wife Eleanor and son Cromwell.


viii. JOHN COFFIN, b. 04 Feb 1679/80, Nantucket MA; d. 01 Jul 1747, Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. HOPE GARDNER, ABT 1692, Nantucket MA; b. 16 Nov 1669, Nantucket MA (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass..); d. 12 Oct 1750, Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).

Notes for JOHN COFFIN:
See "The Coffin Family", Edited by Louis Coffin, Published by The Nantucket Historical Association 1962 Line C of James pg 184

Records of David P Coffin publisher of Coffin Family Register show John Coffin born about 1673 died 9/1/1747.

Division of the estate of John Coffin of Sherbourne who died intestate Richard Coffin his oldest child, Elias Coffin, Richard as guardian of son Francis, Judith Gardner,wife of Ebenezer Gardner, Abigail Folger wife of Zacheus Folger after providing for their mother. Dated 11/24/1747.

ix. JOSEPH COFFIN, b. 04 Feb 1679/80, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 15 Jul 1719, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. BETHIA MACY, ABT 1704, Nantucket MA; b. 08 Apr 1681, Nantucket, Mass (Source: "Genealogy of the Macy Family from 1635-1868" compiled by Silvanus J. Macy, NY, Albany: Joel Munsell 1868 ); d. 06 Jun 1738, Nantucket, Mass (Source: (1) "Genealogy of the Macy Family from 1635-1868" compiled by Silvanus J. Macy, NY, Albany: Joel Munsell 1868 , (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.).
x. BENJAMIN COFFIN, b. 28 Aug 1683, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 20 Jan 1703/04.

Notes for BENJAMIN COFFIN:
Lost at sea very young between Nantucket & Marthas Vinyard

The journal of Rev. John Pike (as reported by Colket) says on date of 20 Jan 1703/4 that Benjamin the son of James Coffin and Nathaniel the son of Stephen Coffin with four Indians were drowned going from Martha's Vinyard to Nantucket in a whaleboat.

xi. RUTH COFFIN, b. ABT 1685, Nantucket MA; d. 28 May 1748, Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. JOSEPH GARDNER; b. 08 May 1677, Nantucket, Mass (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.); d. 29 Jul 1747 (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.).
xii. ABIGAIL COFFIN, b. 1666, Nantucket MA (Source: WFT Disc 8 #715.); d. 15 Mar 1708/09, Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. (1) NATHANIEL COFFIN; b. 16 Oct 1671, Dover, Stratford, NH; d. 29 Aug 1720, Nantucket MA; m. (2) NATHANIEL GARDNER; b. 16 Nov 1669, Nantucket MA; d. 1713, England (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.).

Notes for ABIGAIL COFFIN:
First person buried in Gardner's burial ground

Notes for NATHANIEL COFFIN:

A Sea Captain

Nathaniel was married by William Worth, J.P.

Nathaniel left no will, administration of the estate of Nathaniel Coffin late of Sherborn, deceased, was granted to Damaris Coffin, widow relict Aug 24, 1723.


xiii. EXPERIENCE COFFIN, b. ABT 1689, Nantucket MA; d. Nantucket MA.

Notes for EXPERIENCE COFFIN:
Died very young

xiv. JOHNATHON COFFIN, b. 28 Aug 1692, Nantucket MA; d. 05 Feb 1773, Nantucket MA; m. HEPSABETH HARKER, 24 Nov 1711, Nantucket MA (Source: The Folger Family, Compiled by william Coleman Folger of Nantucket, a Corresponding Member of the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society. ); b. 1694 (Source: The Folger Family, Compiled by william Coleman Folger of Nantucket, a Corresponding Member of the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society. ); d. 30 Dec 1773 (Source: The Folger Family, Compiled by william Coleman Folger of Nantucket, a Corresponding Member of the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society. ).

Notes for JOHNATHON COFFIN:
The will of Jonathon Coffin Esq. dated 19 Feb 1722 probated 17 Mar 1723 names wife Hepzabah; sons Jonathon and Joshua; heirs of son Henry deceased; grandson James the son of the deceased son James; daughters Susanna Coffin, anna Paddock and Mary Hussey; heirs of deceased daughter Hepzabah. Executors, wife and sons Jonathon and Joshua.


24. MARY15 COFFIN (TRISTRAM14, PETER13, NICHOLAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 20 Feb 1644/45 in Haverhill MA (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901 ), and died 13 Sep 1717 in Nantucket MA. She married NATHANIEL STARBUCK 1662 in Nantucket, Mass, son of EDWARD STARBUCK and KATHERINE REYNOLDS. He was born 06 Jun 1635 in Dover, NH, and died 06 Jun 1719 in Nantucket, Mass.

Notes for MARY COFFIN:
This comes from the Coffin Family Newsletter, Vol. XI, dated November 1995, Whole No. 44
MARY COFFIN STARBUCK
Seventh Child of Tristram Coffin

Mary Coffin Starbuck has been styled the first Suffragette because of her leading role in the early political and religious activities on Nantucket. But she was also noted for her attention and handling of her household and loving care of her 10 children of her neighbors. Allen Coffin, the Nantucket lawyer who organized the 1881 Coffin Family Reunion and wrote the pamphlet "The Coffin Family" which is reproduced in the first part of the book of the same name edited by Louis Coffin and published by the Nantucket Historical Association stated it this way;

"She was a most extraordinary woman, participation in the practical duties and responsibilities of public gatherings and town meetings, on which occasions her words were always listened to with marked respect. The genius of whatever attaches to the Equal Rights for Women movement of the present day, in every true and proper sense, she anticupated by two centuries, and reduced to practice, without neglecting her domestic duties. She was consulted upon all matters of public importance, because her domestic duties. She was consulted upon all matters of public importance, because her judgment was superior, and she was universally acknowledged to be a great woman."

Tristram and Dionis Coffin's seventh child Mary was a noted organizer, leader and preacher and minister of the Quaker community which eventually came to include fifty to seventy pecent of the people on the Island. She apparently first met and conversed with a Quaker on Nantucket about 1664. when the Quaker missionary Jane Stokes visited there. She was then nineteen years old and had been married to Nathaniel Starbuck for two years/. Her daughter Mary Starbuck, the first non-Indian child born on Nantucket, was one year old.

Mary, of course knew about the Quakers, and about the trouble Thomas Marcy had in Salisbury as a result of giving shelter to Quakers during a storm. Quakers visited several other times but it was Thomas Chalkley during his visit in 1698, who made the most lasting impression. Chalkley later wrote in his journal "At this time a Friend was convinced, whose name was Starbuck, who became very serviceable, and lived and died an eminent Minister of Christ on that Island." Most historian identify this Starbuck as Mary (Coffin) Starbuck, but Warren concludes that he referred to her son Nathaniel, then thirty years old. It was three years later that John Richardson and three other Friends came to Nantucket that Quakerism apparently took root on the Island. He held a meeting in the house of Mary and Nathaniel Starbuck which according to the papers of Richardson was attended by a large and interested group of Nantucket people.

It was Richardson who referred twice in his journal to Mary as "the great woman". He also praised her many abilities. After a group of Friends led by Thomas Story visited in 1704 it is believed that regular Quaker type meetings were held at "Parliament House" the term used for the home of Mary and Nathaniel Starbuck. This many not have been a regular Monthly Meeting of Friends because in 1798 the group applied to the Yearly Meeting in Rhode Island to be recognized as a monthly meeting of business and asked what quarterly meeting "...may be thought most convenient for us to be joyned unto..." This letter was signed by five men and four women, only one of whom was not a member of Mary's family.

Leach lists the year in which the citizens of Nantucket joined the Society of Friends. In the year 1708 he shows that Mary (Coffin) Starbuck joined the newly formed Nantucket Monthly Meeting. Also joining at this time were Mary's younger brothers John and Stephen, her Husband Nathaniel Starbuck, her son Nathaniel with his Dinah Coffin and the first seven (all then born) of his children. Also a part of this original meeting were Mary's son Jethro with his wife Dorcas Gayer and the five children then born. There were others in this initial group of Quakers. However there can be no doubt that Mary (Coffin) Starbuck, with her oldest son Nathaniel, was the driving force. She became a well known and respected minister, speaking out in the First Day meetings very frequently.

Mary was universally recognized as a great woman, with many talents. But it was the Quaker Richardson who referred at least twice in his journals as "the Great Woman". Richardson had many other words of praise and tribute to the abilities of Mary Starbuck. Thomas Story also expressed his appreciation of her competence and skill in the affairs on Nantucket as did many other. It was Story woh selected her to be the one to start the Quaker Meeting on the Island. Allen Coffin says it thus:

It was not that her husband Nathaniel Starbuck was of inferior mold, that she gained such prominence, for he was a man of good ability; but because of her pre-eminent qualifications that she acquired so good a reputation, whereby her husband's qualifications were qpparently lessened. In the language of John Richardson, an early preacher, "The Islanders esteemed her as a Judge among them, for little of moment was done without her," In the town meetings which she was accustomed to attend, as he took an active part in the debates, usually commencing her address with "My husband thinks" ...or "My husband and I, having considered the subject, ..." From every source of information, as also from tradition, there is abundant evidence that she was possessed of sound judgement, clear understanding and an elegant way of expressing herself perfectly easy and natural to her. In 1701, at the age of 56, she became interested in teh Religious Fath of the Quakers or Friends, and took the spiritual concerns of the whole island under her special superintendence.

Mary Coffin, seventh child of the immigrant Tristram, was born at Haverhill, Essex county Massachusetts on 20 Feb 1645 and died at Nantucket on 13 Nov 1717 at the age of 72 years. Hinchman states; "The first book of births, marriages and deaths for the town of Sherburne (page 11) says 'Mary Starbuck departed this Life ye 13 day of ye 74 year of her age and was decently buried in Friends burying ground." This seems to indicate the year 1644, rather than the commonly accepted 1645 for her birth. Remember that by the old calander, prior to 1752 the year started in March and the 9th month was November.

When 17 years old she was married in 1662 at Nantucket to 24 year old Nathaniel Starbuck, the son of Edward and Catherine (Reynolds) Starbuck. Their marriage was one of the first on the island and their first child Mary, born 30 Mar 1663 was the first white child to be born at Nantucket. It is believed that all Starbucks in the country are descended from Mary and Nathaniel Starbuck. (Nathaniel's parents had four daughter and one other son, Jethro who was run over by a cart at age 12.) McConnell states that Nathaniel Starbuck and his father were chosen and Nathaniel Starbuck is not there. Edward Starbuck was chosen by Thomas Macy and no associate is shown for Tristram Coffin, who In 1664, conveyed to his youngest daughter Mary and her husband Nathaniel Starbuck one half of all his estates. So in effect Nathaniel Starbuck acquired the status of an associate.

Mary (Coffin) and Nathaniel Starbuck had ten children eight of whom lived to adulthood and seven of whom married and had offspring. The six children for whom we have family date produced for the "great Lady" forty-two grandchildren.

Daughter Mary, born 30 March 1663 married James Gardner, son of Richard Gardner and Sarah Shattuck and had six children, five of whom held responsible positions in the meeting of the Quakers.

Daughter Elizabeth, born 9 September 1665 married Peter Coffin and her husband's sister Abigail (Starbuck) Coffin and had seven children.

Son Nathaniel, born 9 August 1668 married Dinah Coffin daughter of James Coffin and Mary Severance and had ten children. He was a minister, treasurer and clerk in the church. Dinah was elder and clerk. Three of their children were elders and three were minister.

Son Jethro, born 14 December 1671 married Dorcas Gayer, daughter of William Gayer and her husband Nathaniel's sister Dorcas Starbuck and they had seven children. Jethro was an elder and treasurer in the Quaker church and Dorcas was an elder and clerk. Five of their children held positions of elder, minister or overseer in the Monthly Meeting. Jethro was one of the people who signed the 1707 letter asking to be joined to the Rhode Island Yearly Meeting. He served as selectman for thrity years and in 1721 he and four others were chosen as trustee of the "towne propotion of ye fiftie thousands pounds loan granted by ye General Court."

Son Barnabas, born in 1673 lived to age 59 but never married. He was an elder and treasurer in a Rhode Island Monthly Meeting of Friends.

Daughter Eunice, born 1 Apr 1674 married George Gardner son of John Gardner and Priscilla Grafton and they had only four known children. The fourth child, son Grafton, married Abigail Coffin daughter of Enoch and Beulah Eddy. They lived at number 8 Pine Street in a house built in 1748. We have no record of Eunice becoming a Quaker.

Daughter Priscilla, born 24 October 1676 married John Coleman son of John Coleman and Joanna Folger and they had eight children. Priscilla was a minister and John an elder in the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting of Friends. Five of their children were elders or ministers in the Quaker Meeting of Nantucket, Dartmouth or Nine Partners.


Daughter Hephzibah, born 2 April 1680 married Thomas Hathaway. They lived at Dartmough were Hephzibah was a minister in the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting. We have no information about Thomas' parents or the children of this couple.

Mary's role in the affairs of her family are attested to by the lives of her children and grandchildren. It has been said that Mary Starbuck was as distinguished in her domestic economy as she was celbrated as a preacher. Hichman in "Early Settlers of Nantucket" quotes a letter from Mary Starbuck to her granddaughter Eliza Gorham, who had suffered loss by fire, as evidence of her interest in domestic matters.

SOURCE: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901

She was a remarkable woman, anticipating by two centuries the advanced views of women of today. She took an active part in town debates, usually opening her remarks with "My husband and I, having considered the subject, think, etc."

In 1701, at the age of fifty-six, she became interested in the religious faith of the Friends, and held meetings at her house. She was a minister in the Society, as were also several of her children, her grandsons Elihu and Nathaniel Coleman, and her graddaughter Priscilla Bunker.

Elihu Coleman published one of the earliest protests against slavery in New England.

Mary Starbuck was "as distinguished in her domestic economy as she was celebrated as a preacher."

Notes for NATHANIEL STARBUCK:
Source: "The History of Nantucket County, Island and Town, including Genealogies of first Settlers," by Alexander Starbuck, Pub. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co. 1924
NATHANIEL STABBUCK son of Edward, married Mary, daughter of Tristram Coffin, previously to removing to Nantucket and was the chosen partner of his father-in-law as one of the First Purchasers. Mary, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary was the first English child born on Nantucket. He was a man of marked ability and his wife was a woman of such excellent judgment that as Thomas Story noted in his Journal she was "a wise and discreet woman, well read in Scripture and not attached to any sect, but in great reputation throughout the Island for her knowledge in matters of religion, and an Oracle among them on that account, insomuch that they would not do anything without her advice and consent therein." Their children were; i. Mary who married James, son of Richard Gardner Sen'r; ii. Elizabeth, who married (1) Peter Coffin Jr. (2) Nathaniel Barnard Jr.; iii. Nathaniel who married Dinah daughter of James Coffin; iv. Jethro, who married Dorcas, daughter of William Gayer; v. Eunice, who married George, son of John Gardner Sen'r; vi. Priscilla, who married John Coleman Jun'r; vii Hepzibeth, who married Thomas Hathaway, of Dartmouth; viii Barnabas, who did not marry; and ix. Anna and x. Paul who died young. He died on the 6th 6 mo 1719.

Children of MARY COFFIN and NATHANIEL STARBUCK are:
i. ANN16 STARBUCK, b. Aft. 1680 (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.).
ii. MARY STARBUCK, b. 30 Mar 1663, Nantucket, MA (Source: (1) Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass., (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 1696, Nantucket, MA (Source: (1) "Our Family's Starbuck Ancestry" by George Edward Mcconnell & David Ross Mcconnell 1604/1963., (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); m. JAMES GARDNER, 1685, Nantucket, MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); b. 19 May 1662, Salem, Mass (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 01 Apr 1723, Nantucket, Mass (Source: (1) Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass., (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.).

Notes for MARY STARBUCK:
Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass
Mary Starbuck, dau. of Nathaniel and Mary (Coffin) Starbuck. She was the first child of Anglo-Saxon parentage born on Nantucket.


iii. ELIZABETH STARBUCK, b. 09 Sep 1665, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. ABT 1706, Nantucket, MA; m. (1) NATHANIEL BARNARD; b. 24 Nov 1672, Nantucket, MA (Source: (1) "The History of Nantucket Co, Island and Town", by Alexander Starbuck, pub. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co. 1924...., (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 28 Feb 1717/18 (Source: (1) "The History of Nantucket Co, Island and Town", by Alexander Starbuck, pub. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co. 1924...., (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); m. (2) PETER COFFIN, JR, 15 Aug 1682 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); b. 20 Aug 1660, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. Nov 1699, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).

Notes for PETER COFFIN, JR:
Called sick Peter


iv. NATHANIEL STARBUCK, JR, b. 08 Sep 1668, Nantucket, Mass (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 02 Sep 1753, Nantucket, Mass (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); m. DINAH COFFIN, 20 Nov 1690, Nantucket MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); b. ABT 1673, Nantucket MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 01 Aug 1750, Nantucket MA (Source: (1) The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870, (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.).

Notes for NATHANIEL STARBUCK, JR:
Source: "Historic Nantucket Magazine," Winter 2000, Volume 49, No. 1, pg 14
Nathaniel Starbuck Jr. was a blacksmith. The account book, which spans the years 1683 to 1738, lists the work Starbuck performed for various Nantucketers, from shoeing horses to making locks, hinges, chains and pitchforks. Starbuck's mother, Mary Coffin Starbuck, daughter of Tristram Coffin also kept a ledger recording her accounts with the island's Native Americans, who purchased goods from her shop. The NHA library contains more than 475 account books that span three centuries and display the profits and expenditures of local businesses and households.

v. JETHRO STARBUCK, b. 14 Dec 1671, Nantucket, MA (Source: (1) Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket , Their Associates and Descendants", compiled by Lydia S Hinchman, Pub., Ferris & Leach, 1901., (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 12 Aug 1770, Nantucket, MA (Source: (1) Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket , Their Associates and Descendants", compiled by Lydia S Hinchman, Pub., Ferris & Leach, 1901., (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); m. DORCAS GAYER, 06 Dec 1694, Nantucket, MA (Source: (1) "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901., (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); b. 29 Aug 1675, Nantucket, MA (Source: (1) Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket , Their Associates and Descendants", compiled by Lydia S Hinchman, Pub., Ferris & Leach, 1901., (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 11 Oct 1747, Nantucket, MA (Source: Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket , Their Associates and Descendants", compiled by Lydia S Hinchman, Pub., Ferris & Leach, 1901.).
vi. BARNABAS STARBUCK, b. 1673, Nantucket, MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 21 Nov 1732 (Source: "Our Family's Starbuck Ancestry" by George Edward Mcconnell & David Ross Mcconnell 1604/1963.).
vii. EUNICE STARBUCK, b. 01 Apr 1674 (Source: "Our Family's Starbuck Ancestry" by George Edward Mcconnell & David Ross Mcconnell 1604/1963.); d. 12 Jul 1766 (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); m. GEORGE GARDNER; d. 17 Feb 1749/50 (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.).
viii. PRISCILLA STARBUCK, b. 24 Oct 1676, Nantucket, MA (Source: "Our Family's Starbuck Ancestry" by George Edward Mcconnell & David Ross Mcconnell 1604/1963.); d. 14 Mar 1762, Nantucket, MA; m. JOHN COLEMAN, JR; b. 02 Aug 1667 (Source: The Folger Family, Compiled by William Coleman Folger of Nantucket, a Corresponding Member of the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society. ); d. 19 Jan 1762 (Source: The Folger Family, Compiled by william Coleman Folger of Nantucket, a Corresponding Member of the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society. ).
ix. HEPZIBAH STARBUCK, b. 02 Apr 1680 (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901.); d. 07 Feb 1739/40 (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901.); m. THOMAS HATHAWAY; b. 1644 (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901.); d. 1748 (Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901.).
x. PAUL STARBUCK, b. 1685; d. 06 Jun 1719, died young.


25. JOHN15 COFFIN (TRISTRAM14, PETER13, NICHOLAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 30 Oct 1647 in Haverhill MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870), and died 05 Sep 1711 in Edgartown MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870). He married DEBORAH AUSTIN ABT 1668 in Nantucket,MA, daughter of JOSEPH AUSTIN and SARAH STARBUCK. She was born 1647 in Edgerton, MA, and died 04 Feb 1717/18 in Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).

Notes for JOHN COFFIN:
Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket, Their Associates and Descendants," Compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman, Philadelphia, Ferris & Leach, 1901

Lieutenant John Coffin removed to Martha's Vineyard , after his father's death, and died there Sept 5, 1711.


Source: "Coffin Family Newsletter," Vol. XIII, No.3, Aug. 1997, Whole No. 51
John and Deborah were original members of the Nantucket Monthly Meeting in 1708. John Coffin died at Edgartown. Martha's Vinyard, 5 Sep 1711. John's will was probated at Edgartown 17 Apr 1712, L-1, F-46/7

Children of JOHN COFFIN and DEBORAH AUSTIN are:
i. LYDIA16 COFFIN, b. 01 Jun 1669, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. (1) JOHN (ROBERT) LOGAN; m. (2) JOHN DRAPER; m. (3) THOMAS THAXTER; b. of Hingham.
ii. PETER "NOPE" COFFIN, b. 05 Aug 1671, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 27 Aug 1749, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. (1) CHRISTIAN CONDE; m. (2) HOPE MACY GARDNER, 15 Mar 1707/08; b. 1683 (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.); d. 1758.
iii. JOHN COFFIN, b. 10 Feb 1671/72.
iv. LOVE COFFIN, b. 23 Apr 1676, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
v. ENOCH COFFIN, b. 1678, Nantucket, Mass.
vi. SAMUEL COFFIN, b. 12 Dec 1680, Nantucket, MA; d. 22 Feb 1764, Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. MIRIAM GARDNER; b. 14 Jul 1685 (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.); d. 14 Sep 1750 (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.).
vii. HANNAH COFFIN, b. 1682, Nantucket, Mass; d. 28 Jan 1768; m. BENJAMIN GARDNER; b. 20 Jul 1683, Nantucket, Mass (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.); d. 22 Jan 1764, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
viii. BENJAMIN COFFIN, b. 23 Aug 1683.
ix. TRISTRAM COFFIN, b. Nantucket, Mass; d. 29 Jan 1763 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. MARY BUNKER, 28 Feb 1713/14 (Source: The Coffin Family, by Louis Coffin, Nantucket Historical Assoc., Nantucket, MA, 1962.); b. 1685 (Source: Bunker Genealogy, The Charlestown, MA and Nantucket, MA. Branches and some unconnected Groups, by Edward C Morgan, Jr, Vol. 2 1961); d. 29 Jan 1763, Nantucket, Mass (Source: Bunker Genealogy, The Charlestown, MA and Nantucket, MA. Branches and some unconnected Groups, by Edward C Morgan, Jr, Vol. 2 1961).
x. DEBORAH COFFIN, b. 1687, Nantucket, Mass; d. 23 Sep 1760, Nantucket, Mass; m. THOMAS MACY, 18 Jun 1718, Nantucket, MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); b. ABT 1687, Nantucket, Mass (Source: (1) The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870, (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.); d. 16 Mar 1759, Nantucket, Mass (Source: (1) The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870, (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.).
xi. ELIZABETH COFFIN, b. 1689, Nantucket, Mass.


26. STEPHEN15 COFFIN (TRISTRAM14, PETER13, NICHOLAS12, PETER11, JAMES10, RICHARD9, JOHN8, RICHARD7, WILLIAM6, JOHN5, DAVID4, DAVID3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 11 May 1652 in Newbury, Essex Co, MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870), and died 18 May 1734 in Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870). He married MARY BUNKER 29 Feb 1667/68 in Nantucket MA (Source: "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.), daughter of GEORGE BUNKER and JANE GODFREY. She was born 02 May 1652 in Topsfield, Mass (Source: (1) Bunker Genealogy, The Charlestown, MA and Nantucket, MA. Branches and some unconnected Groups, by Edward C Morgan, Jr, Vol. 2 1961, (2) "Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman, Pub. J G Flack 1967.), and died 18 May 1724 in Nantucket, Mass (Source: Bunker Genealogy, The Charlestown, MA and Nantucket, MA. Branches and some unconnected Groups, by Edward C Morgan, Jr, Vol. 2 1961).

Notes for STEPHEN COFFIN:
Tristram left the bulk of his estate to Stephen, his youngest, who remained at home and took care of his parents in their old age. He had ten children, two of whom were lost at sea.


Joined Society of Friends 1708. Occupation: Landowner


Notes for MARY BUNKER:
Source: Bunker Genealogy, The Charlestown, MA and Nantucket, MA. Branches and some unconnected Groups, by Edward C Morgan, Jr, Vol. 2 1961
Administration of father's estate mentioned as age 6 in 1658.


Children of STEPHEN COFFIN and MARY BUNKER are:
i. SUSANNA16 COFFIN, b. ABT 1680, Nantucket MA; d. 11 Jun 1740, Nantucket MA (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. PELEG BUNKER, 09 Jan 1699/00, Nantucket MA; b. 18 Dec 1676, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 01 Apr 1730, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
ii. ANNA COFFIN, b. 1686, Nantucket, Mass; d. 22 Apr 1740, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. SOLOMON GARDNER, Nantucket, MA; b. 01 Jul 1680, Nantucket, Mass (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass); d. 17 Jun 1760, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).

Notes for ANNA COFFIN:
Joined the Society of Friends in 1720.


iii. STEPHEN COFFIN, b. 20 Feb 1675/76, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 1725 (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. EXPERIENCE LOOK, 21 Sep 1693 (Source: Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket , Their Associates and Descendants", compiled by Lydia S Hinchman, Pub., Ferris & Leach, 1901..); b. 22 Nov 1672 (Source: Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket , Their Associates and Descendants", compiled by Lydia S Hinchman, Pub., Ferris & Leach, 1901..); d. 17 Apr 1759 (Source: Source: "Early Settlers of Nantucket , Their Associates and Descendants", compiled by Lydia S Hinchman, Pub., Ferris & Leach, 1901..).
iv. DANIEL COFFIN, b. Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 1724, Lost at Sea (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
v. DINAH COFFIN, b. 21 Sep 1671, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. JACOB NORTON.
vi. PETER COFFIN, b. 14 Nov 1673, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).
vii. JUDITH COFFIN, b. Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. 02 Dec 1760 (Source: The Folger Family, Compiled by William Coleman Folger of Nantucket, a Corresponding Member of the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society.); m. (1) PETER FOLGER; b. 28 Aug 1674, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Folger Family, Compiled by william Coleman Folger of Nantucket, a Corresponding Member of the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society. ); d. 1707, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Folger Family, Compiled by William Coleman Folger of Nantucket, a Corresponding Member of the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society.); m. (2) NATHANIEL BARNARD, JR.; d. 28 Feb 1717/18, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); m. (3) STEPHEN WILCOX.

Notes for PETER FOLGER:
Source: The Folger Family, Compiled by William Coleman Folger of Nantucket, a Corresponding Member of the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society.
Peter Folger was register of probate, and died in 1707.

viii. MEHITABLE COFFIN, b. Nantucket, Mass; m. ARMSTRONG SMITH.
ix. HEPZIBAH COFFIN, b. Nantucket, Mass; m. SAMUEL GARDNER, 04 Sep 1707 (Source: "Swains of Nantucket, Tales and Trails" by Robert H Swain.); b. Nantucket, Mass; d. 28 Oct 1757 (Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.).
x. PAUL COFFIN, b. 15 Apr 1695, Nantucket, Mass (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870); d. Apr 1729, Lost at Sea (Source: The Coffin Family, Printed from NEHG Register, Vol. 24, April 1870).

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