m.? MARY (12) BOSCAWEN (bpt.
20 Jan. 1552 St. Michael Penkevil,
· 2I. NICHOLAS- b.c.1568; m. JOANNA ______; will 12 Sept.-3 Nov. 1613
· II. Philip- m. and had a son Tristram b. before 1601
· III. Lionel- m. Joan ______, d. 1636
· IV. Thomas- m.
· V. Elinor- m. Nicholas Meader
· VI. Tristram- will 6 Nov. 1601-16 Oct. 1602
(1) Parish Registers St. Michael Penkivel
(2) Archdeaconry of Totnes (
Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury & John Sargent Pillsbury-
The Coffin Family- pp.33-4, 82
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m. JOANNA ______, bur. 5 Feb. 1614/5 Brixton, Devon
will 12 Sept.-3 Nov. 1613 Totnes, Devon
bur. 8 Oct. 1613 Brixton,
St. Mary's Church- Brixton
"In the name of God, Amen the twelveth day of september in the eleaventh yeere of the Raigne of our Sovraigne Lord James... Anno Dni 1613 I Nicholas Coffyn of Buttlers wth in the pysh of Brixton in the countye of Devon Husbandman beinge weake of bodye but pfect in minde thankes bee therefore given to Allmightie God do make this my last Will and Testamt...
Itm I give and bequeath to Ann Meader the Daughtr of Eliner Meader five shillings
Itm I give and bequeath to Peter Coffyn my eldest Sonne my greatest brasse pann and my minde is that my Wief shall have the use thereof during her lief
Itm I give & bequeath to Tristram Coffyn my Sonnes Sonne one yearling Bollock
Itm I give & Bequeath to Johun Coffyn my Sonnes Daughtr one sheepe
Itm I give and bequeath to every of my God-children twelve pence apeece
Itm I give & bequeath to Johan Coffyn my Wief one bay nag wch we use to call Rowse
Itm I give bequeath will and devise unto Nicholas Coffyn my Sonne All such right term of yeares intrest and demand as I myself my Executors or Assignes now have or here after may or ought to have of & in one tenemt with his appttennce sett lying and being in Plimton Earle in the Countye of Devon aforesaid wherein one Thomas Spurwell there now dwelleth to githr three closes or pcells of land therunto belonging whereof the first is Called or knowen by the name of Fortie Acres the second Wallford als Woodpke and the third the Meadow belowe the waie all wch recited prmisses I have and hold of and by the demise & grante of Willm Moulton of Plimpton Earle aforesaide Gent....
And in consideracon hereof My Will and intent is that my said Son Nicholas
Coffyn shall within one whole yeere after my decease well & truely content
and paie unto my Daughtr Ann Coffyn thirteene pounds sixe shillings and eight
pence of lawfull money of
The residue of all my goods and chattles moveable and unmoveable as well quickstuffe & corne as implemts of household & all other goods of what quality soever the same bee not before by these presents given nor bequeathed I give & bequeathe to the foresaid Nicholas Coffyn & John Coffyn my Sonnes whome I make & ordaine to be my joynt Executors of this my last Will & Testamt Provided allwaies that my Wief shall have the bed steed bedd & bedd clothes thereunto belonging wherein I do usually lie one brasse pann & one brass crock to use the same duringe her lief and after her decease the same shall remaine to my said Executors And I do hereby appointe & entreat my well beloved Friends Bartholomew Clevanger & Nicholas Edwards to bee the over-seeres of this my last Will & Testamt..."(1)
From the "Coffin Family Newsletter" of August 1994 comes the following article which places doubt on the ancestry of Nicholas:
"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
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
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."
· II. Joanna- bur. 27 Dec. 1610 Brixton,
· III. John- d.s.p., will 4 Jan. 1627/8-3 Apr. 1628 Totnes
· IV. Nicholas- living in 1627/8 with a son Nicholas
· V. Ann- m.1 Feb. 1613/4 Brixton, Thomas Winston Jr.
(1) Archdeaconry of Totnes (
The Coffin Family- p.34
Brixton Parish Registers
Pillsbury Genealogy- pp.601-2
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b.c.1585-90 Brixton, Devon
m.c.1608 JOANNA (2) THEMBER (d. 30 May 1661
will 21 Dec. 1627-13 Mar. 1627/8 Brixton,
In 1614/5 Peter was a church- warden in Brixton. After his death his widow
Joan who received his lands for life probably kept her children with her until
they all left for
Ye Olde Coffin House- c.1700, Brixham
"In the name of God, Amen, ye 21st day of December in ye third yeare of
the raigne of our Sovraigne Lord Charles... I peter Coffyn of the Parish of
Brixton in ye
Item I give and bequeath unto Tristram Coffyn my Sonne one feather bedd... my best brasen panne and my best brasen crocke
Item I give and bequeath unto Johan Coffyn my Wife ye issues pfitts and comodities of all my lands tenements & hereditaments wth in ye sayd Parish of Brixton dureing her widdowhood she yeelding and payinge therefor yearly unto the sayd Tristram my Sonne his heirs and assignes the summe of Fifty shillings of lawfull English money at ye four most usual feasts of the year and also sufficient meat drink & clothes and convenient lodgings unto ye sayd Tristram according to his degree and callinge dureing her Widdowhood onely And if it happen ye sayd yearly rent of Fifty shillings or any part thereof to be behinde and unpayd that then and from thenceforth itt may and shall be lawfull to and for the sayd Tristram Coffyn his heirs and assignes unto all and singular the said prmises to enter and distraine and the distress so there taken from thence to lead drive carry away & empound and impound to detaine and keepe untill ye sayd rent of Fifty shillings with the arrearages of the same (if any bee) shall bee to him or them fully answered and payd. And further it is my Will that if the sayd Johan my Wife shall happen to marry that she shall immediately thereupon loose all ye pfitts commodities and right of that one tenement called Silferhey lying in Butlers in ye parish of Brixton aforesayd which duringe her Widdowhood by my Will she is to have and ye same to redound & be immediately in the possession of my Sonne Tristriam his heirs and assignes
Item I doe give and bequeath unto my Sonne Tristriam All my lands rents reversions services & hereditamts with the appurtenances whatsoever sett lying & being wthin ye sayd County of Devon To have and to hold ye same and every part and parcel thereof to ye sayd Tristriam Coffyn his heirs and assignes forever to ye only pfitt & behoof of the said Tristriam Coffyn his heirs and assignes to be holden of the chiefe Lord and Lords of the Fee thereof by the rents and services therefor yearly due and payable and my Will farther is that if the said Tristriam my Sonne shall chance to dy without an heir male lawfully begotten or to be begotten of his body that then all the prmisses last mentioned I given to him shall redound unto John Coffyn my Sonne his heirs and assignes accordingly and in ye same manner that it should to ye said Tristriam my Sonne
Item I doe give and bequeath unto Johan Coffyn Deborah Coffyn Eunice Coffyn and Mary Coffyn my four Daughters to each of them severally Thirty pounds in money that is to say amongst them CXX£ to be payd when they or each of them severally shall be of the full age of twentie years
Itm I give and bequeath unto John Coffyn my Sonne Fourty pounds in money to be payd him when hee shall be of the age of twenty years.
Item I give & bequeath unto the child wc my Wife now goeth withal the sume of Thirty pounds in money to be payd when he or she shall be of the age of twentie years. Provided always & my mind & will is that if either Johan Coffyn Deborah Coffyn Eunice Coffyn Mary Coffyn John Coffyn of ye child my Wife goeth withal happen to dy before he she or they doe come to ye age of twenty years that then his her or their portion or portions shall be equally divided amongst the survivors
Item All ye rest of the goods chattels and cattells not before given nor bequeathed I doe give and bequeath unto Johan Coffyn my Wife whome I make constitute and ordaine my full and whole Executrix... I doe intreat... my brother in law Phillip Avent and my Brother Niclas Coffyn to ye Overseers.."(2) The inventory amounted to £236/5/17.
Issue- all children bpt. Brixton
· II. Joane- b.c.1611; d.s.p. before 1642?
· III. Peter- bpt. 20 Feb. 1613/4, d.s.p.
· IV. Deborah- b.c.1615; m. 25 June 1640 William Stephens?
· V. Eunice- bpt. 22 Mar. 1617/8; m. William Butler, d.s.p.
· VI. Mary- b.c.1619; m.c.1645 Alexander Adams
· VII. Ruth- bpt. 10 Sept. 1623; bur. 11 Nov. 1623
· VIII. John- b.c.1625; d. at Plymouth Fort c.1642
· IX. ______- b. after 21 Dec. 1627, probably died young
(1) Pillsbury Genealogy- p.603
(2) Archdeaconry of Totnes (
The Coffin Family- p.34
Genealogy of the Early Generations of the Coffin Family- N.E.H.G.R., Vol.24 pp.149-50
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bpt. 11 Mar. 1609/10 Brixton, Devon
m.c.1630 DIONIS (2) STEVENS (bpt. 4 Mar. 1609/10 Brixton; d. 6 Nov. 1684 Nantucket)
d. 2 Oct. 1681
In 1639/40 Tristram was a church warden in Brixton and in 1641 he was
constable. A difficulty arose between him and Thomas Maynard of Brixton,
gentleman, which in midsummer of 1641 was referred to the arbitration of Robert
Savery and Henry Pallexfeu, Esquires. How this was decided is unknown, but if
adverse to Tristram it may have been one of the reasons why he left the parish
Tristram belongs in that class of early immigrants for whose departure from
Francis Drake's Flagship- "Golden Hind"-
Tristram settled at
"Know all men by these presents, that wee Passaquo and Saggahew wth the consent of Passaconaway; have sold unto ye inhabitants of Pentuckett all ye lands wee have in Pentuckett... And wee ye said Passaquo and Saggahew wth ye consent of Passaconnaway, have sold unto ye said inhabitants all ye right that wee or any of us have in ye said ground and Ileand and Rivver: And wee warrant it against all or any other Indeans whatsoever into ye said Inhabitants of Penuckett, and to their heires and assignes forever Dated ye fifteenth day of november Ann Dom 1642.
Witnes our hands and seales to this bargayne of sale ye day and year above written (in ye presents of us.) we ye said Passaquo & Saggahew have received in hand, for & in consideration of ye same three pounds & ten shillings: John Ward, Robert Clements, Tristram Coffyn, Hugh Sherratt, William White, Thomas Davis."(1)
Tristram settled in
In 1644 Tristram was allowed to keep an ordinary, sell wine and keep a ferry
on the Newbury side and George Carr on the Salisbury side of Carr's Island.(3)
"Dec. 26, 1647- Tristram Coffin is allowed to keep an ordinary and retayle
wine, paying according to order, and also granted liberty to keep a ferry at
Newbury side."(4) With Samuel Winsley of
In 1653 Tristram acted as attorney for William Furber and in 1654 he served on the jury and signed a petition in Haverhill.(6) This same year he was sued by Theophilus Satchwell for not "insuring him three acres of accomodation according to promise" and won the case.(7) On 18 Jan. 1655 Tristram Coffin of Newbury sold some meadow in Salisbury to William Osgood.(8) While a resident of Salisbury, before his departure for Nantucket he was a commissioner or Justice of the Peace and signed a Salisbury petition in 1658.(9)
"The 20th of November 1647. These prsents wittness yt Tristram Coffyn of Nubery have bargained & sould unto Richard Littlehale one dwelling house & house Lott situate in Haverhill wch lately was belonging unto Willi Duglas now of Boston... fower acres... in the ye playne... & also fower acres of Medow... & also all Comonage for Cattell & hoggs & all other beasts... & also all privilidg of tymber & wood wth all accomodacons to ye say'd house & lott apytaining..."(10)
"I Tristram Coffyn of
"I Tristram Coffyn Senr of the Towne of Nubery in ye
"Tristram Coffyn aged about forty six years testifyeth yt aboute five,
six or seven years agoe att Nuberie I herd Ms Cutting make a bargaine wth
Josiah Cobham & Richard Currier for two pcells of meadow lying in Salisbury
Township & ye aforesaid Ms Cutting did... affirme that she had a letter of
Attorney made to hir by hir husband mr John Cutting before he went to sea that
gave her full power to act & doe in settling any pt of his estate here in
New England duering his absence The price & all ye pay I doe not now
remember only one Cowe was to be part of ye pay... Sworn in Court att
"Tristram Coffin of Newbury... for... eighteen pounds... have sould unto Samuel Poore of Newbury... all his house & houselott... in Newbury... next Mr. Cuttings land... with all & singular the glass, boards, plancks, the dung or soyle, with fences priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belonging... Aprill ye fifteenth one thousand Six hundred fifty & two."(14)
"I Tristram Coffin of Salisbury... & Dionis my wife... for... twenty eight pounds...sell... unto Lionel Worth of Newbury... forty acres of upland... in Newbury... being part of the farme formerly granted by the towne of Newbury unto Mr. Edward Rawson... which I the said Tristram Coffin lately purchased of the above named Mr. Rawson" 12 Apr. 1659.(15)
About 1658 Tristram became interested in the
Early in 1659 Tristram went to Martha's Vineyard where he took Peter Folger
the Grandfather of Benjamin Franklin as an interpreter of the Indian language
and went to Nantucket to ascertain the temper of the Indians and the
capabilities of the island so that he could report to the citizens of
"July 2d, 1659- These people after mentioned did buy all right and enterest of the Island of Nantucket that did belong to Sr Ferdinando George and the Lord Sterling, Mr. Richard Vines, Steward, Gentleman to Sir Ferdinando George, and Mr. James Ferrett, Steward to Lord Sterling, which was by them sold unto Mr. Thomas Mayhew, of Marthers Vineyard; these after mentioned did purchas of Mr. Thomas Mayhew these Rights: namely, the pattent Right belonging to the Gentleman aforesaid; and also the piece of Land which Mr. Mayhew did purchass of the Indians at the west end of the Island of Nantucket as by their grant or bill of sale, will largely appear with all the privileges and appurtenances thereof; the aforementioned Purchasers are Tristram Coffin, Senyr, Thomas Macy, Richard Swain, Thomas Barnard, Peter Coffin, Christopher Hussey, Stephen Greenleaf, John Swain, William Pile; the Mr. Thomas Mayhew himself also becom a Twentieth part purchaser so that they... had the Sole Interest, Disposell, power, and privilege of said Island and appurtenances thereof."(16)
"Bee it known unto all Men by these Presents, that I, Thomas Mayhew, of Martha's Vineyard, Merchant, doe hereby acknowledge, that I have sould unto Tristram Coffin, Thomas Macy, Christopher Hussey, Richard Swayne, Thomas Bernard, Peter Coffin, Stephen Greenleafe, John Swayne, and William Pike, that Right and Interest I have in ye Land of Nantuckett, by Patent; ye wch Right I bought of James fforrett, Gent. and Steward to ye Lord Sterling, and of Richard Vines sometimes of Sacho, Gent., Steward-Genrll unto Sir Georges, Knight, as by Conveyances under their Hands and Seales doe appeare, ffor them ye aforesaid to Injoy, and their Heyres and Assignes forever, wth all the Priviledges thereunto belonging, for in consideration of ye Sume of Thirty Pounds of Current Pay, unto whomsoever I ye said Thomas Mayhew... shall appoint. And also two Beaver Hatts, one for myselfe, and one for my wife... and to hold one-twentieth Part of all Lands purchased... And in Witness hereof, I have hereunto sett my Hand and Seale this second Day of July, sixteen hundred and fifty-nine."(17)
"At Salysbury, February, 1659- At a meeting of the purchasers... it was agreed and Determined and approvd as followss, vizt: tht the ten owners will admitt of Ten more partners who shall have equall power and Interest with themselves, and tht either of the purchasers aforementioned shall have liberty to take a partner whome he pleases not being mostly excepted against by the rest. At that meeting Robert Pike was owned partner with Christopher Hussey, Robert Barnard was owned partner with Thomas Barnard, Edward Starbuck was owned to be Thomas Macy's partner, and Tristram Coffin, jur., partner with Stephen Greenleaf, James Coffin partner with Peter Coffin- at the same meeting it was mutually and unanimously agreed upon... that no man whatsoever shall purchase any land of any of the Indians upon the said iland for his own private or particular use; but whatsoever purchas shall be made, shall be for the general account of the Twenty ownners or purchasers... at the same meeting it was ordered and Determined that there shall be ten other Inhabitants admitted into the Plantation who shall have such accomodation as the Owners or purchasers shall judge meet- as namely necessary tradesman and Seaman."(18)
"At a meeting of these owners of the Island of Nantucket at Salisbury it was Debatted, and after debatted, determed and concluded, that as ther had ben a former meeting in Salisbury at the House of Benjamin Cambell, in February, 1659, in which meeting orders was made for Prohibiting of any Person from the purchasing any land from any of the Indians upon the Island of Nantucket except for the use of the Twenty owners or purchasers, the Order shall stand Inviolable unalterable as that which also as that which is likely necessary to the continuance of the well being of the place and the Conturary, that which tends to the confusion and Ruine of the whole and the Suverting of the rules and orders allready agreed upon and the depriveing of the said owners of there Just rights and Interest. Also it was ordered at the same meeting that all the Land that is fit for areable land convenient for House lot shall be forthwith measured, that the quantity thereof may be known, which being done, shall be divided by equel preportions, that is to say Four Fifths parts to the owners or purchasers; and the other Fifth unto the Ten other Inhabitants, whereof John Bishop shall have two parts or shares, that is to say of that Fifth part belonging to the Ten Inhabitant. Also at the same meeting it was ordered that Tristram Coffin, Thomas Macy, Edward Starbuck, Thomas Barnard, Peter Folger of Mathers Vineyard, shall have power to measure and lay out said Land according to the above said awder, and whatsoever shall be done and concluded in the said Case by or any three of them, Peter Folger being one, shall be accounted Legall and valid."(19)
Late in the season of 1659 the first settlers arrived including Thomas Macy and his family, Edward Starbuck, Isaac Coleman, and James Coffin. The first village grew up to the south and east of Capaum Pond where many of the cellar indentations are still visible. Tristram built his home near Capaum Pond and resided there until his death.
"May the 10th, 1661- At a meeting at Salisbury it was ordered and concluded that the aforementioned parties, vizt: Tristram Coffin, seny., Thomas Macy, Edward Starbuck, Thomas Barnard, Peter Folger, shall also measure and lay out all the rest of the Land, both meadows, Woods and upland, that is convenant to be appropriated within the bounds of the first Plantation; also it is determined that the above mentioned persons, together with Mr. Mayhew, Richard Swain, John Bishop or whatever others of the owners or puchasers that are present, shall have power to Determing what land is convenient to be improved and Laid out, and what should be common or Remain Common, and also, to Lay out the bounds of the Town and record it, provided always that the land being measured, they shall first lay out a convenant quantity of Land with suitable accomodations of all sorts which shall be Particularly reserved for the public use of the Town. Also it was ordered at the same meeting that an authentick Record shall be kept of all that is don about the proseeding and actions about the said Island, both the Island and on the main, untill further orders be taken. At the same meeting it was ordered, that for the particuler apointing which Lot every man shall have it shall be don be casting Lots excepting only those persons that have already taken there Lots, namly, Thomas Macy, Tristram Coffin, Seny., Edward Starbuck and Richard Swain. At the same meeting Robert Pike was appointed to keep the Records concerning the Island of Nantucket at Salisbury, and Thomas Macy to keep the Records at the Island, as in the above said orders expressed at present until further orders be taken by the owners or purchasers."(20)
At a meeting held at
"Tristram Coffin, Sen., had his house lot layed out at Cappammet, by the aforesaid Lot layers, at Cappamet Harbour head, sixty rods squar, or thereabouts, the east side line part of it bounded by the highway; the south side bounded by a rock southward of the pond; the north by the harbour head; the west side bounded by the lot of Tristram Coffin, Jr., more or less, as it is lay out."(21)
"Tristram Coffin, Junior, had his house lot layd out by the aforesaid Lot layers at Coppammet, sixty rods squar, or thereabouts, on the east side by the lot of his father, Tristram Coffin, on the south side by the common; on the west by the lot of William Pile, more or less, as it is layed out."(22)
"The one half of the accomodation to Tristram Coffin, sen., being assigned to Mary Starbuck and Nathaniel Starbuck, Tristram also being present at the place commonly called the Parliament House, Sixty rod square, bounded with the land of Thos. Mayhew on the south; and with the land of James Coffin on the north; and on the east with the land of Stephen Greenleaf; on the west by the common-Same land allowed at the east end with reference to rubbage land, more or less."(23)
"Tristram Coffin, sen., had an acre of meadow lay out by Edwd Starbuck, Thos. Macy, himself being present, and Peter Folger agreeing thereto, on the neck commonly called Nanna hamak Neck, at the south end of the woodland. At the same time Tristram Coffin, junior, had an acre lot laid out at the same place."(24)
"Tristram Coffin, Sen., had a twenty acre lot; being a Second Division answerable to the lot laid out in the five pound purchases, thirty rod in breadth, lying a Long from the north side of the house lot of the said Tristram Coffin lot, by Cuppammet head to the sea, more or less."(25)
"Tristram Coffin, Jr., had twenty acre lot layed out by Tristram Coffin, Edward Starbuck & Peter Folger, answerable to the twenty acres on the five pound purches."(26)
Tristram was 37 years old upon his arrival in
For several years after this Tristram, with his sons, held the controlling
interest in the
Jethro Coffin's House on Sunset
"The tenth Day of October, one thousand six hundred fifty and nine; These presents Witness, That I, Thomas Mayhew, of Martin's Vineyard, Mercht, doe Give, Grant, Bargaine, and Sell, all my Right and Interest in Tuckannuck Island, als Tuckannuckett, which I have had, or ought to have, by Vertue of Patent Right, purchased of ye Lord Stirling's Agent and of Mr Richard Vines, Agent unto Sir fferdinando George, Knight, unto Tristram Coffin Sr, Peter Coffin, Tristram Coffin Jur, and James Coffin, to them and their Heyres forever, ffor and in consideracon of ye just Sume of six Pounds in Hand paid, and by mee Thomas Mayhew, received in full Satisfaction of ye aforesaid Patent Right, of ye aforesaid Island."(27)
"This witnesseth that I, Wanochmamack, chife sachem of Nantucket, hath sold unto Mr. Tristram Coffin and Thomas Macy, their heirs and assigns, that whole nack of land called by the Indians, Pacummohquah, being at the east end of Nantucket, for and in consideration of five pounds to be paid to me in English goods or otherwise to my content by the said Tristram Coffin aforesaid at convenient time as shall be demanded. Witness my hand or mark this 22 of June, 1662."(28)
Tristram assumed the obligation to construct a cornmill, built and
maintained it. He employed large numbers of Indians on his land. Benjamin
Franklin Folger, the historian of Nantucket, says of him: "The christian
character which he exhibited and which he practically illustrated in all the
varied circumstances and conditions of that infant colony, is analogous to that
which subsequently distinguished the founder of
The Indians were divided into bands and sometimes had quarrels among
themselves and sometimes were at variance with the settlers. The Indians became
troublesome only after they had learned to drink rum. The early court records
are mainly devoted to trials, convictions and sentences of Indians to be
whipped for getting drunk and for petty larcenies, and of fines imposed upon
white men and women for selling rum to Indians. The first General Court for
Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard composed of Tristram Coffyn, first chief
magistrate of Nantucket and Thomas Mayhew, first chief magistrate of
"Whereas ye Honble Coll: Lovelace, Governour of New Yorke, gave forth his Summons for ye Inhabitants of ye Isle of Nantuckett to make their Appearance before his Honor at New Yorke, either in their own Person or by their Agent, to shew their Claymes in respect to their Standing or Clayme of Interest on ye aforesaid Island. Now wee whose Names are underwritten having intrusted our ffather Tristram Coffin to make Answer for us, Wee doe Empower our ffather Tristram Coffin to act and doe for us wth Regard to our Interest, on ye Isle of Nantuckett and Tuckanuckett. Witness our Hands ye 2d Day of ye fourth Month, sixteen hundred and seventy-one, 1671." Signed by James, John, Stephen Coffin and Nathaniel Starbuck.(30)
Tristram as the chief magistrate of Nantucket and Thomas Mayhew as chief
"Imprimis, Wee humbly propose Liberty for ye Inhabitants to chuse annually a Man or Men to be Chiefe in ye Governmt, and chosen or appointed by his Honor to Stand in place, contantly invested wth Power of Confirmacon by Oath or Engagemt, or otherwise as his Honor shall appoint, one to be Chiefe in ye Cort and to have Magistraticall Power at all times wth regard to ye Peace and other necessary Consideracon.
2ly. Wee take for granted yt ye Lawes of
3ly. In Point of carrying on ye Governmt from Time to Time, wee are willing to joyne with or Neighbor Island ye Vineyard, to keep together one Cort every Yeare, one Yeare at or Island, ye next wth them, and Power at Home to End all Cases not exceeding 20lb; And in all cases Liberty of Appeale to ye Genrll Cort in all Actions above 40lb. And in all Actions amounting to ye vallue of 100lb Liberty of Appeale to his Highnesse his Cort at ye Citty of New York; And in Capitall Cases, or such Mattrs as concerne Life, Limbe, or Banishmt. All such cases to be tryed at New Yorke.
4. And feeling ye Indians are numerous among us, Wee propose that or Governmt may Extend to them, and Power to Summon them to our Corts wth respect to Mattrs of Trespass Debt, and other Miscarriages, and Try and Judge them according to Lawes, when published amongst them.
And Lastly, some Military Power committed to us, respecting our Defence, either in respect of Indyans or Strangrs invadeing, &c."(31)
The town voted to have a harrow for the use of the inhabitants and Tristram was to provide the harrow and he along with Thomas Macy were empowered to see that every man sowed seed "according to order".
"Francis Lovelace, Esq., &c.: Whereas upon address made unto mee by Mr. Tristram Coffin and Mr. Thomas Macy on ye behalfe of themselves and ye rest of ye inhabitants of Nantuckett Island concerning ye Mannor and Method of Government to be used amongst themselves, and having by ye advice of my councell pitcht upon a way for them; That is to say, That they be governed by a person as Chiefe Magistrate, and two Assistants, ye former to be nominated by myselfe, ye other to be chosen and confirmed by ye inhabitants as in ye instructions sent unto them is more prticularly sett forth. And having conceived a good opinion of ye fitness and capacity of Mr. Tristram Coffin to be ye present Chiefe Magistrate to manage affayres with ye Ayd and good advice of ye Assistants in ye Islands of Nantuckett and Tuckanuckett, I have thought fit to nominate, constitute, and appoint, and by these presents doe hereby nominate, constitute and appoint Mr. Tristram Coffin to be Chief Magistrate of ye said Islands of Nantuckett and Tuckanuckett. In ye management of which said employment hee is to use his best skill and endeavour to preserve his Maties Peace and to keep ye Inhabitants in good Order. And all Persons are hereby required to give ye said Mr. Tristram Coffin such respect and obedience as belongs to a Person invested by commission from authority of his Royall Highness in ye place and employment of a Chiefe Magistrate in ye Islands aforesaid. And hee is duly to observe the Orders and Instructions which are already given forth for ye well governing of ye Place; or such others as from time to time shall hereafter bee given by mee: And for whatsoever ye said Mr. Tristram Coffin shall lawfully Act or Doe in Prosecution of ye Premises, This my Commission which is to bee of fforce until ye 13th day of October, which shall bee in ye yeare of our Lord, 1672, when a new Magistrate is to enter into the employment shall be his sufficient Warrant and Discharge.
Given under my Hand and Seale at fforte James, in New Yorke, this 29th day of June, in ye 22d yeare of his Maties Reigne, Annoq Dni. 1671."(32)
Between 1675-6 there was a dispute in court between Thomas Macy then chief
magistrate and William Worth his son-in-law on one side and John Gardner, Peter
Folger and others on the other side. The islanders lined up on one side or the
other. The matter was a question of land and superior authority, for
"Testimony of Tristram Coffin aged 67 years: That on the 6th day of June 1677, the General Court being set in the town of Sherburne, and Capt. John Gardner being brought into Court, and sot down on a chest where I sat, ther being of the members of the Court that spake to him concerning the contmptuous carriages in regard to the King's authority then and there present, and he accused and brought as a delinquent.
I spake to him and told him I was very sorry that he did not behave himself. The aforesaid Capt. John Gardner replied and said:
'I know my business and it may be some of these that have meddled with me had better have eaten fier.'
Witnes my hand to the verity of this
The feeling for accepting the jurisdiction of
"Edmund Andros, Esqr., seigneur of Sausmarez, Lieut. & Governour
General under his Royall Highnesse James, Duke of Yorke and
Whereas an undue or illegall returne of the Chief Magistrate of Nantuckett hath been make two yeares successively from thence, the one being by law wholly incapable thereof: Therefore by advice of my Counsell, by vertue of Majesties Letters Pattents, & authority from his Royall Highnesse, I doe hereby in his Majesty's names, nominate, constitute, and Authorize Mr. Tristram Coffin, Senr., to be Chief Magistrate of the said Island of Nantucket and dependencyes for the ensuing yeare, or further order, in the place and stead of Mr. Thomas Macy, late Chiefe Magistrate, and being thereunto sworn by him, or next in place, to act as Chiefe Magistrate according to Law and lawfull custome and practice, requiring all persons who it may concern, to conform themselves thereunto accordingly.
Given under my hand and seale of the
Tristram held the office of Governor until 1680 when John Gardner was appointed.
"I Tristram Coffin of Nantucket, do for divers good considerations, as Also in regard of my Fatherly affections, do give unto my daughter, Mary Starbuck, the one half of my accomodations of my purchase, on Nantucket Island... 14th 4th mo. 1664."(35)
This unusual gift to a daughter was probably due to the fact that his sons were all co-purchasers with him in the island. Later he gave to his sons the remainder of his real estate.
"I Tristram Coffin, of Nantucket, Senore, do give... unto my son, Stephen Coffin, the one-half of my land at Cappan, Alies Northam, within the township of Sherborn, situated upon Nantucket Island... all... except... my new dwelling house upon the hill, and my old dwelling house under the hill, by the Erbe garden; now, for and in consideration of the aforesaid premisses, my son, Stephen Coffin, shall always from time to time do the best he can in managing my other half of my lands and accomodation during mine and my wife's life, and tht he be helpfull to me and his mother in our old age and sickness, what he can:... the fifteenth of the elventh mone, one thousand six hundred and seventy-six."(36)
"Tristram Coffin, Senior, in the town of Sherborn, on the Island of Nantucket... in regard to my naturall afections unto my son, John Coffin, now of Sherborn, as also for divers other good and Lawful consideration... I... do freely give unto my son, John Coffin... my new Dwelling house, with all other houses Adjoining unto it, and also the whole half share of land and accomodation... to have and to hold forever, imediatly after the Decease of me... and my now wife Dionis Coffin" 3 Dec. 1678.(37)
"I Tristram Coffin of Sherborn... in Regard of my Natural afection unto my Grand Children... give unto every one of them Ten Acres of land to plant or sow English grain on... upon the Island of Tuckernuck... and if they... shall sow their land with english hay seed they shall have liberty to keep four shep upon every acre during their Lifetime... 3d 10th 1678."(38)
Tristram in 1680 was brought into Court for an infringement of the Admiralty
law. A ship having been cast away was salvaged by the people of the
"At a Court of Admiralty, held at the Island of Nantuckett ye twenty-eighth day of August, by his Maties Athority, in the thirty-second Yeare of the Reiagne of our Sovereigne Lord King Charles the Second, and in the Yeare of our Lord on thousand six hundred and eighty.
Present, Captn Cesar Knapton,
Captn Richard Hall,
Mr. John West,
Capt John Gardner, Magistrate.
Mr. Tristram Coffin, late Magistrate, being called to give an Accoumpt of what was saved out of the Rack of a French Ship, cast away on this Island by some of Capt. Bernard Lamoyn's Men about the latter Part of the Yeare seventy-eight, declared he had formerly given an Accoumpt, which being produced and read, it appeared that thare ware saved out of the said Rack two thousand and sixteen Hydes, which he confesseth are disposed of by his Order, Alowance and Aprobation and by Information given, we valleu at fouer Shillings per Hyde, which amounts toe fouer hundred and three Pound fouer Shillings; and also one Cable and a Pece, likwise sold by the said Tristram Coffin at forty fouer Pounds; and one Sayle at six Pounds ten Shillings; and two Pecis of Hafers at eleven Pounds, and an Ancker at thirteen Pounds; which in all amounts toe fouer hundred seventy-seven Pounds fourteen Shillings, for which no Claime hath bin make according to Law.
This Court tharefore, taking into Consideration the Allowance of Salvage of said Goods, and understanding the Difeculty and Hardship the Savers endured, doe alow on fifth Part thareof for Salvage, according to Law, which amounts toe ninety-five Pounds ten Shillings And for what was disburred by the said Tristram Coffin on Accoumpt of some Duch Prissoners left one the Island, and what was paid by him to William Worth, for his Wound, forty Pound one Shilling. In all, on hundred thirty-five Pounds eleaven Shillings; which being deducted out of the said Sum of fower hundred seventy seaven Pounds fourteen Shillings. They doe adjudge and determine that the said Coffin doe make Payment and Sattisfaction toe the Governor or his Order, on Accoumpt of his Royall Highness to whom by Law it doth appertain the Remainder of the said Sum, being three hundred forty-three Pounds ten Shillings. And as for what Guns or Rigeing or other Things that are undisposed of, toe be apprised and Salvage to be alowed as above, and to be sent to New York for his Royall Highness use, the Salvage toe be lickwise paid by the said Coffin, to be deduckted out of the three hundred fourty-three Pounds ten Shillings. The Court lickewise declare thare Opinion that the said Coffin's Actings Proceedings in disposing of the said Goods, are contrary to Law."(39)
"To the Right Honrabell Ser Edmund Andros, Knight, Signeur of Safmaryoe, Lieut. Generall under his Royall Hynes James Duke of York and Albany, and Governor Generall of his Royal Hynes Territorys in America. These present.
Nantuckett, 30th of August, 1680.
Right Honerabell Sir:
My humbell Service presented unto your Excellencye humblie shewing my hartie Sorow yt I should in any way give your Excelency just occasion of Offence, as I now plainly see, in actinge contrary to the Law, as I am convinced I did, throw Ignorance in regard to not beinge acquainted with the maretime Lawes, and yet I humblie intreat your Exclency to consider yt in on Respect my weeackness I hope may bee a littell born with: for I did tender diverse Persons theone halfe to save the other halfe, and I could not get any to doe it: and for the Hides I could not get any to goe but for to tacke all for their Labor, because it was judged by many yt the weare not worth the saving; so I was nesesetated to doe as I did or else the had bin quite lost. Thare fore I humblye intreat your Excelency not to think yt I did it for any bye Respects or selfe Ends; for I doe assure your Excelency yt theare was not any on Person yt did indent with me for any on Shillinge Proffit, only I did tell foure of them yt if I should bee by any cal'd to accot, the should bee accountabell to me. But now the will not owne it and I can not prove it, so I by Law am caust to beare all, only my hop is yt your Excelency will bee pleased out of your Leniency and Favor to me to except of int Money, and Bill is sent for the answeringe of the Judgement of the Court; for had not my Sonn James Coffyn borrowed Money and ingaged for the rest of my Bill, I could not have done it, but must have gone to Prison. Now I humblye intreat your Excelency to heare my loving Nighbor, Capt John Gardner, in my behalfe, and wth your Excelency shall bee pleased to order Concerning the Case, I shall thankfulye except, knowing your Excelency to be a compashonate mercyeful Man. And I hop I shall for Time to com... to be more wiser and doe kept your Excelency's humbell Sarvant whylst I live to my Power.
The court accepted £150 in full payment, 6 Nov. 1680.
Less than a year later Tristram died leaving a very small estate as he had given most of it away to his sons and daughter and the fine inflicted by the Court of Admiralty took a large amount of the residue.
"Mr James Coffin, John Coffin, Steven Coffin doe bind ourselves, Joyntly and severally, in the some of an hundred pounds starlinge, to performe the trust in administering on our father's estate, and to baer the Court harmless according to law."(41)
"The 8th day of August, 1682, an Inventory being presented to the Court of the estate of Mr. Tristram Coffin, Senior, who departed this life the third day of October, on thousand six hundred eighty one, the Court taking into consideration the present state of the estate, together with the best Information of his mind before his decease: doe order the use of the estate for Ms Dionis Coffin, his widdow, during her life after al Just debts are paid."(42)
· I. Peter- bpt. 18 July 1630 Brixton, Devon;
m. c.1655 Abigail Starbuck; d. 21 Mar. 1715
· IV. James- bpt. 11 Sept. 1639 Brixton, Devon;
m. 3 Dec. 1663
· V. John- b.c.1641; d. 30 Oct. 1642
· VI. Deborah- b. 16 Nov. 1642
· VII. Mary- b. 20 Feb. 1644/5
· VIII. John- b. 30 Oct. 1647
· IX. Stephen- b. 10 May 1652 Newbury, MA;
m.c.1668 Mary Bunker; d. 14 Nov. 1734
(1) Norfolk Co. Deeds- book 2, p.209
(2) History of Haverhill- pp.49-50
(3) A Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury- p.43
(4) Ibid- p.49
(5) The Coffin Family- p.40
(6) Mass. Archives- Vol.10, p.300
(7) Essex Co. Court Files
(8) Mass. Archives- Vol.15b, p.41
(9) Ibid- Vol.10, p.45
(10) Norfolk Co. Deeds- Vol.1, p.30
(11) Ibid- p.74
(12) Ibid- p.41
(13) Ibid- p.42
(14) Ipswich Deeds- Vol.1, p.117
(15) Ibid- p.240
(16) The Coffin Family- p.44
(17) Albany Deeds- Vol.III, p.56
(18) The Coffin Family- pp.44-5
(19) Ibid- p.45
(20) Ibid- pp.45-6
(21) First Book of Nantucket Records
(27) Albany Deeds- Vol.III, p.57
(29) The Coffin Family- p.49
(30) Albany Deeds- Vol.III, p.58
(31) Ibid- p.59
(32) Ibid- p.62
(33) Publication of the Nantucket Historical Society- p.36
(34) Nantucket Records- Vol.1, p.101
(35) Nantucket Deeds- Vol.1, p.197
(36) Ibid- old book, p.63
(37) Ibid- Vol.2, p.19
(38) Ibid- Vol.2, p.17
(39) New York Colonial MSS, XXIX
(40) Ibid- p.29
(41) Nantucket Records
Old Families of Salisbury & Amesbury- David W. Hoyt, Vol.I, p.103
Pillsbury Genealogy- pp.605-15
Genealogy of the Early Generations of the Coffin Family in New England- N.E.H.G.R., Vol.24, p.150
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b. 1 Feb. 1632 Brixton, Devon
m. 2 Mar. 1652/3
d. 4 Feb. 1704 Newbury, MA
Tristram lived mostly at
The Coffin House- c.1678, Newbury
view of the main hall, built in 1678 showing Tristram's spinning wheel and the
table the family brought with them from
Chest brought from England by Tristram Coffin- in the hall of the Coffin Manse in Newbury
"I Stephen Greenleaf of Newbury... Have with the asent & consent of
Elizabeth my wife... Sould... unto... Tristram Coffin... parsell of Salt marsh
In 1671 Tristram deposed in court that he paid Mr. Richard Lowell, eight pounds sterling for the debt which Henry Somerby, his wife's former husband, owed.
"I Stephen Greenleafe of Newbury... for... nyne pounds... payd... by... my Brother Tristram Coffin of the abovesd Towne... sell unto.. Tristram Coffin all my... right... in marsh... in Newbury... & I... & Elizabeth my wife have sett to our hands & seales this 12th day of december one thousand six hundred seventy & one."(3)
"Henry Short with the free and volentary consent of Sarah my wife... of Newbury.. sell unto... Tristram Coffin a certain parcell of meadow... in... Newbury... only by this tis provided and to be understood that the Sayd Coffin... are not to be possessed, of the above bounded mead while my Unkle Richard Kent is living but Imediatly after his death..." 22 Nov. 1676.(4)
Tristram took the oath of Allegiance in Newbury in 1678 in his 47th year. He served on the Grand Jury several years and in 1681 he sold land as Lieut. Tristram Coffin.
"Peter Coffin of...
"Laurence Hammond of Charlestowne... Merchant Executor of the last will
& Testamt of Margaret his late wife who formerly was the Relict widow and
sole Executrix of the last will and Testament of Francis Willoughby Esqr of
Charlestown abovesd Deced Sendeth Greeting Know ye that the sd Lawrence Hammond...
in consideration of... three hundred Sixty & eight pounds... paid by
Tristram Coffin of Newbury...
In 1680 Tristram sold back to his brother Peter of Dover the land that Peter sold him in 1678 and in 1681 he signed a Newbury petition.(7)
Tristram Coffin, Henry Short and Abraham Morril were appointed to survey for a new precinct at Newbury 3 Jan. 1684/5.(8)
Tristram was appointed appraiser, executor and distributor of the estate of
Mr. George Carr of
"This Indenture made the tenth day of march one thousand six hundred
Eighty and Eight... Between Jonathan Willoughby of the Parrish of St. Martins,
Outwich, in the Citty of London, Barber, Chyrurgion, Eldest Son of Jonathan
Willoughby who was the Eldest Son of Francis Willoughby Late of Charlestowne
Esq... both Deceased of the one part. And Tristram Coffin of Newbary...
The next day Jonathan Willoughby made a similar deed but this time for £10/5.
"Tristram Coffin of Newbury... Sendeth Greeting... Know Yee that I...
In Respect of Natural affections... Have Given... unto my son Peter Coffin all
tht my farme which was formerly... by me purchased of Capt. Hammonds ye Heire
Stephen Blandford of
Between this date and 16 Aug. 1700, the date of Tristram's last conveyance, there are over thirty deeds recorded in his name. At the time of his death, he owned considerable property and left a very long will, written by himself:
"In the Name of god Amen I Tristram Coffin of Newbury... being sensaball of my owne mortallity and at this time of a disposing mind do mak this as my last will and testament... as for my worldly goods which god hath given me I dispose of them as followeth.
1. I doe ordan and appoynt my son Nathaniel Coffin to take spesshall care of my Wife his mother to provid for her in all Respects duering har life all things nessesary for har comfortabell being both In sickness and In helth.
2. my will is and I dow hearby give to my son James Coffin.. the hous he now livith in and the shop the two barns next his hous and an half of the pastoor land ajoyning Including his orchard... As allso all the plowland I boubt of John long and Shuball: in one year aftere my death and two parts in five of all Coman priviliges In the town Comans: and the one half part of my orchard and pasture at wattes bridg and one half of the meddow I bouft of parsifill lowell; and fower acre of that meddow ajoyning to Deacon Cotin Noys..." (Tristram gives him various pieces of real estate and lists from whom he purchased them) "provided that my son James Coffin pay to his brother Nathaniell Coffin fortey Shillins a yeare during his Mothers life...
3. my will is and I dow give to my son Stephen Coffin... all my howsing and upland and meddows with priviligis of Comman Reights belonging to me In haverhill and all my meddo within the bounds of Mr hookes farme... in Newbury" (more land) "he paiing to his Son William five pounds.
4. My will is I give to my son peter Coffin... the farm at gloster with the Iland and all priviligis in comon With In the toun ship of glostar the which I have given him a deed of and I give him six shillins and I dow hearby ordar my said son peter Coffin to pay to his brother Nathaniel Coffin all tht Is due to me from him eithar by book bill or bond; and the 6sh a year that my wife should reseave of him annually dureing har natural life becas my son Nathaniel must provide for his mother.
5. my Will is and I dow give to my son Nathaniel Coffin... my now dwelling house with my barnes and pastural lands ajoyning and orchards... and all my plowland property ajoyning to Joseph Downes land..." (Tristram gives him various pieces of land and lists from whom he purchased them)"as allso all My houshowld goods and Cattell and sheep and swines and horsis and all othar things belonging to me and all my debts due to me...
6. My Will is I give to my grandson Tristram Sambron fower pounds to be paid to him by his father out of the money I lent him to by meddow with and the Remainder I give to my dafter Judeth.
7. Item I give to my daftar deborah knights 5s and twelf walnut trees: In
that land I bowft of edman
8. I give to my dafter Mary littel 5s and to har son Tristram littel a cow and 2 Sheep
9. I give to my dafter lidia pike 5s
10. I give to my grand dafter Mary littell a fethar bed and bostar and pillo and a par of blinkits and 2 coverleds and 2 pare of sheets.
11. My will is and I dow hearby appoynt my son Nathaniell Coffin to be the Executar of this my will to pay all my honest deptes and to reseve all my debtes and to par forme the legissis according to this my will and to take speshall Care of his mother In har age and I dow Renouns all formar wils by Me made... this 12 dy of May 1703."(13)
Tristram Coffin's headstone in the First Parish Cemetery- Newbury
After his death Judith quit to her sons her dower in Henry Somerby's estate and they acquired the rest of his estate by purchase.
"I Judith Coffin of... Newbury... Widdow and relict of Tristram Coffin Esq. late of Newbury deceased... for and in Consideration of the love goodwill and affection which I have and doe beare unto my loving and dutifull Sons James Coffin, Stephen Coffin and Nathaniel Coffin of Newbury Abovesd... give... unto my Said Sons... all my right and Intrest which I have in or unto Any prt or parcell of My former Husbands Estate viz. Mr Henry Somerby deceased which became Mine by... A settlement of Court... the 30th day of the Ninth Month one thousand Six hundred and fifty and two... in Such manner and proportion as My late Husband Tristram Coffin late of Newbury deceased gave unto them by his last will and Testament bearing date the twelfth day one thousand Seven Hundred and three... this twenty Eighth of August... one thousand Seven hundred and five."
Issue- All children born in
· I. Judith- b. 4 Dec. 1653; m.19 Nov. 1674
· III. Mary- b.12 Nov. 1657; m. 31 Oct. 1677
Capt. Joseph Little; d.28 Nov. 1725
· IV. James- b. 22 Apr. 1659; m.16 Nov. 1685 Florence Hooke; d.4 Mar. 1735/6
· V. John- b. 8 Sept. 1660; d. 13 May 1677
· VII. Enoch- b. 21 Jan. 1663; d. 12 Nov. 1675
· IX. Peter- b. 27 July 1667; m.c.1688 Apphia Dole; d. 19 Jan. 1746
· X. Nathaniel- b. 22 Mar. 1669; m. 29 Mar. 1693 Newbury, MA, Sarah Brocklebank Dole; d. 20 Feb. 1748/9
(1) Mass. Archives- Vol.112, p.86
(2) Ipswich Deeds- Vol.III, p.224
(3) Ibid- Vol.IV, p.326
(4) Ibid- p.90
(5) Ibid- Vol.V, p.78
(6) Ibid- p.39
(7) Mass. Archives- Vol.112, p.328
(8) Ibid- Vol.11, p.309A
(9) Ibid- Vol.16, pp.295-7
(10) Ipswich Deeds- Vol.V, p.347
(11) Ibid- p.483
(12) Essex Co. Deeds- Vol.10, p.15; see also Ipswich Deeds- Vol.IV, p.410 & Vol.V., p.172
(13) Essex Co. Probate- No.5976
Pillsbury Genealogy- pp.935-40
The Coffin Family-
A Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury- p.299
Genealogy of the Early Generations of the Coffin Family in New England- N.E.H.G.R., Vol.24, p.151
Mass. Archives- Vol.39, pp.731,751
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b. 18 Aug. 1664
m. 8 Oct. 1685 Newbury SARAH (3) ATKINSON (b. 27 Nov. 1665 Newbury; d.20 Jan. 1724/5 Newbury)
d. 31 Aug. 1725 Newbury, MA
"I Nathaniel Coffin of... Newbury... for... that love & respect which I have & doe bare unto my brother Stephen Coffin of Newbury... Confirme unto my said Brother one third part of a lott of land... in Newbury... which was given to me by my father Tristram Coffin by his Will..." The deed is dated 6 Feb. 1705.(1)
Stephen was part owner of the brigantine Newbury of Newbury along with his brother Nathaniel, 4 Oct. 1710.(2) He was also part owner of the sloop Greyhound of Boston, 29 May 1713 which was built in Newbury.(3)
"Essex Newbury July ye 28th 1725
I Stephen Coffin of ye Towne of Newbury in the
1 I give & bequeath to my Son Stephen Coffin... all my land & Housing where he now dweleth... and five acres of my land near Marches farm... & my four acres of meadow at Towne Creek in Salisbury...
2 I give & bequeath to my son Daniel Coffin... all my whomestead where I now dwel on ye Northerly side of ye lane... with the buildings orchard & fences ect, thereon- and one halfe of my wood lott or lotts in Newbury... & one halfe of my meadow at mr Boardman's mill in Salisbury... & one half of my land in ye 4th general pasture...
3 I give & bequat to my son Joseph Coffin... all my land in Browns Gardin (so caled) which I had of my father & Brother Nathl Coffin & my Six acres of meadow below ye plumb Bushes... & my meadow at the black Rocks in Salisbury... and five acres of my pasture land which is near Nathaniel Noyeses...
4 I give & bequeat to my son Benjamin Coffin... all my housings land & meadow on ye Southerly side of ye lane where I dwell and nine acres of my pasture land near Nathaniel Noyeses... and ye one halfe of my wood lott or lotts in ye uper common... & halfe my land in ye 4th pasture...
5 I give & bequeath to my son Abner Coffin... all my pasture land near
6 I give to my daughter Sarah Bailey ten pounds...
7 I give to my daughter Judeth Greenleaf ten pounds...
8 I give and bequeath to my daughter Abigaill Coffin... one hundred pounds: fifty pounds worth of my houshold goods... & allso my meadow land which I had of mr Clement at Towne Creek in salisbery at fifty pounds & one roome in my dweling house viz my Chamber with a fire place in it- & conveniet celler roome for her use & liberty to keep one pigg or swine, & a small garden plott & privilege for water at ye well for so long a time as she shall remain unmarried.
9 I give to my grandchild Dorothy Carr, ye sum of thirty pounds: to be paid at ye age of eighteen years- the one half in Houshold goods ye other halfe in bills of credit or marchantable pay... & if sd Dorothy depart this life before she arrive to ye age above mentioned then sd thirty pounds shall not be paid to her father Richard Carr or to any person.
10 I give to my cusen Joanna pike that now liveth with me twenty pounds: if she live to the age of eighteen years...
11 I give to my Son John Coffin... all my land & Housing where he now
liveth: on ye Southward of Merrimack River:... & one halfe of my meadows at
mr Bordmans Mill in
signed in presence of us
Issue- First six children born in
· I. Sarah- b.16 May 1686; m. 6 Feb. 1706/7 Joshua Bailey; d. 20 Nov. 1768
· II. Tristram- b. 14 Jan. 1688; d. 9 Mar. 1688
· III. Tristram- b. 6 Mar. 1689; d. 23 Jan. 1718
· V. Judith- b. 23 Feb. 1693; m. 7 June 1714 Nathaniel Greenleaf, d. 17 Dec. 1769
· VI. John- b. 30 Jan. 1695/6; m.1. 1718 Anna Ordway (b. 15 May 1699 Newbury, d. 1 Nov. 1725 Newbury), 2. 28 Apr. 1726 Hannah Chenny (b. 25 Sept. 1706 Newbury, d. 22 Sept. 1775 Newbury), d. 19 Nov. 1764 Newbury
· VII. Abigail- b. 25 Sept. 1696; m. 13 July 1727 Robert Morgan; d. 1777
· VIII. Stephen- b. 1698; m. 16 Aug. 1722 Sarah Boardman, d. 1736
· IX. Daniel-b. 19 Sept. 1700; m.1. 11 Jan.
· XI. Mary- b. 26 Sept. 1704; d. 18 Jan. 1717
· XII. Joseph- b.26 Dec. 1706; m.1. 15 May 1729
· XIII. Benjamin- b.14 June 1710; m. 28 Oct. 1731 Miriam Woodman; d. 30 Apr. 1784
(1) Essex Co. Deeds- Vol.20, p.53
(2) Mass. Archives- Vol.7, p.379
(3) Ibid- p.467
(4) Essex Co. Probate- No. 5790
Newbury & Haverhill V.R.
Pillsbury Genealogy- pp. 711-2
The Coffin Family-
Genealogy of the Early Generations of the Coffin Family in New England- N.E.H.G.R., Vol.24, pp.153-4
A Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury-p.299
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b. 29 Apr. 1702 Newbury, MA
m. 10 Dec. 1725 Stratham, NH MARY (4) ROLLINS (b.c.1705, d. after 1750)
Abner moved to
· IV. Mary- b. 18 Oct. 1730; m. Benjamin York
· V. Rachel- b. 9 Oct. 1732; m. 30 Sept. 1756 Newbury, Samuel Bartlett
· VI. Phebe- b. July 1734; m. 7 Apr. 1759 Newbury, Moses Merrill
· VII. Dorcas- b. 20 Oct. 1735; d. 7 Feb. 1760
· VIII. Abner- b. 25 Apr. 1738; m. Keziah
· IX. Stephen- d. young
· XI. Catherine- b. 25 Nov. 1742; m. Edmund
· XII. Stephen- b. 6 June 1744; m. Martha Chapman; d. 29 July 1800
· XIII. Thomas- d. young
· XIV. Thomas- b. 17 July 1748; m. Polly Fogg
The Coffin Family-
Genealogy of the Early Generations of the Coffin Family in New England- N.E.H.G.R., Vol.24, p.311
Dill: Descendants of Daniel 1660- p.17
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