Coffin

Name origin: In Welsh, Cyffin, signifies a boundary, a limit, a hill; cefyn the ridge of a hill. The name has its origin from Co, high, exalted, and fin, a head, extremity, boundary.

John Coffin

b.abt.1392 prob.Alwington, Devonshire, England; parents ukn
d.1427
m.abt.1422 prob.Alwington, Devonshire, England Thomasin Hathey
b.abt.1396 prob. Alwington, Devonshire, England
d.aft.1427

CHILDREN included:

  1. William Coffin b.abt.1423 d.Sept. 11, 1486
  2. John Coffin b.abt.1425

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William Coffin

b.abt.1423 Alwington, Devon, England; s/o John Coffin and Thomasin Hathey
d.Sept. 11, 1486
m.abt.1453 prob.Alwington, Devon, England Margaret Giffard
b.abt.1427 prob. Alwington, Devon, England d/o Thomas Giffard and Wilmot Knight

CHILDREN included:

  1. Constantia Coffin b.abt.1454
  2. Richard Coffin b.1456
  3. John Coffin b.abt.1458

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Richard Coffin

b.ca.1456 Portledge, Near Bideford, Devon, England; s/o William Coffin and Margaret Giffard
m.abt.1476 Merston, Shropshire, England; Alice Gambon
b.abt. 1460 Merston, Shropshire, England; d/o John Gambon

CHILDREN included (all born Portledge):

  1. Joan Coffin b.bef.1477
  2. John Coffin b.abt.1475
  3. Jane Coffin b.abt.1477
  4. Richard Coffin b.abt.1479
  5. William Coffin b.abt.1481 d.Dec. 8, 1538

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John Coffin

b.abt.1475 prob.Portledge, Devonshire, England; s/o Richard Coffin and Alice Gambon
m.Elizabeth (Phillippa) Hingston
b.abt.1475 prob.Portledge, Devonshire, England d/o Phillip Hingston

CHILDREN included (all born Portledge):

  1. Jacquet Ann Coffin b.abt.1498 d.May 7, 1578
  2. Alice Coffin b.abt.1499
  3. Margaret Coffin b.abt.1500
  4. James Coffin b.abt.1503
  5. Richard Coffin b.abt,1500 d.Dec. 24, 1555
  6. Alice Margaret Coffin b.abt.1505
  7. Thomas Coffin b.abt.1508

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Richard Coffin

b.abt.1500 Portledge, Devonshire, England; s/o John Coffin and Elizabeth Hingston
d.Dec. 24, 1555 Alwington, Devonshire, England
m.abt.1523 Merifield, Near St. Germans, Cornwall, England; Wilmot Chudleigh
b.abt.1488 Merifield, Cornwall, England; d/o Richard Chudleigh and Mary (Waddam) Wadham
d.June 13, 1569 Alwington, Devonshire, England

CHILDREN included (all born Portledge, Devonshire, England):

  1. Anne Coffin b.abt.1526 d.March 1, 1592
  2. Christian Coffin b.abt.1528
  3. Elizabeth Coffin b.abt.1530
  4. Johanna Coffin b.abt.1532
  5. Margaret Coffin b.abt.1534
  6. John Coffin b.Dec. 29, 1536 d.March 28, 1608 Alwington, Devonshire, England
  7. Edward Coffin b.abt.1538
  8. James Coffin b.abt.1540
  9. William Coffin b.abt.1542 d.aft.1567

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James Coffin

b.abt.1540 Portledge, Near Bideford, Devon, England; s/o Richard Coffin and Wilmot Chudleigh
d.Dec. 15, 1566 prob. Monkleigh, Devon, England
m.1534 Portledge, Devon, England; Mary Cole
b.1516 Knoston, Devon, England

CHILDREN included:

  1. Peter Coffin b.1535 d.1560

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Peter (Coffyn) Coffin

b.1535 Portledge, Devonshire, England; s/o James Coffin and Mary Cole
m.1560 prob.Brixton, Devonshire, England Mary Boscawen
b.Jan. 20, 1552 St. Michael, Penkivel, Cornwall, England d/o Hugh Boscawen and Phillippa Carminow
d.Sept. 4, 1622 Pankeville, Nr Brixton, Devonshire, England

CHILDREN included:

  1. Nickolas (Nicholas) Coffin (Coffyn) b.Nov. 1561 Butler's Parish, Brixton, Devonshire, England d.Oct. 8, 1613 Butler's Parish, Brixton, Devonshire, England
  2. Tristram Coffin b.1563 Brixton, Devonshire, England d.Oct. 16, 1602 (will proved)

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Nickolas (Nicholas) Coffin (Coffyn)

b.Nov. 1561 Butler's Parish, Brixton, Devonshire, England; s/o Peter Coffin and Mary Boscawen
d.Oct. 8, 1613 Butler's Parish, Brixton, Devonshire, England
m.1583 Brixton; Joan Avent
b.1550 Butler's Parish, Brixton, Devon, England
d.Feb. 5, 1614 Butler's Parish, Brixton, Devon, England

CHILDREN included:

  1. Eleanor Coffin b.1578 prob.Devonshire, England
  2. Peter Coffin b.1580 Brixton, Devonshire, England d.March 13, 1627/28 Brixton, Devon, England
  3. Joane Coffin b.1582 Brixton d.Dec. 27, 1610 Brixton
  4. Nicholas Coffin b.1582-84 Brixton d.aft.1627
  5. Tristram Coffin b.1584 Butler's Parish, Brixton
  6. John Coffin b.1586 Butler's Parish, Brixton d.Jan. 4, 1624 Brixton
  7. Anne Coffin b.1590 Butler's Parish

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Peter Coffin

b.1580 Brixton, Devonshire, England; s/o Nicholas Coffin and Joan Avent
d.March 13, 1627/28 Brixton, Devonshire, England
m.1608 Brixton Parish, Brixton, Devonshire, England; Joanna (Jeanna) Kember
b.1584 Brixton, Plymouth, Devon, England; d/o Robert Kember and Anna _____
d.May 30, 1661 Boston, MA

CHILDREN included (all born Brixton, Devon, England):

  1. Tristam Coffin b.March 11, 1609 Plymouth, Brixton Parish, Devonshire, England
  2. Joane (Joan) Coffin b.1611 d.Oct. 2, 1681
  3. Peter Coffin b.Feb. 20, 1613 d.Feb. 22, 1613
  4. Deborah Coffin b.1616
  5. Eunice Coffin b.March 22, 1618 d.1648 USA
  6. Mary Coffin b.Feb. 1621 d.Sept. 18, 1691 Boston, MA
  7. Ruth Coffin b.Sept. 10, 1623 d.Nov. 11, 1623
  8. John Coffin b.1625 d.Oct. 2, 1681 Brixton, Devonshire, England
  9. unnamed child b.Dec. 21, 1627 d.Dec. 21, 1627

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Tristam Coffin

b.March 11, 1609 Plymouth, Brixton Parish, Devonshire, England; s/o Peter Coffin and Joanna Kember
d.Oct. 20, 1681 Nantucket, MA
m.1629/30 Brixton Parish, Devonshire, England; Dionis Stevens (Stephens)
b.March 4, 1609 Plymouth, Brixton, Devon, England; d/o Robert Stevens
d.Sept. 16, 1676 Nantucket, MA

    CHILDREN included:
  1. Peter Coffin [Judge] b.July 16, 1631 Plymouth, Brixton, Devon, England d.March 21, 1715 Exeter, NH m.Abigail (Starbuck?)
  2. Tristam Coffin b.Feb. 1, 1632 England d.Feb. 4, 1704
  3. Elizabeth Coffin b.Nov. 1634 Brixton, Plymouth, Devon, England d.Nov. 19, 1678 Newbury, MA
  4. John Coffin b.bef.1636 prob.England d.Nov. 19, 1678 Newbury, MA
  5. James Coffin b.Aug. 12, 1640 B/P/D England d.Sept. 5, 1711 Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA
  6. John Coffin b.1641 B/D/E d.Oct. 30, 1642 Haverhill, MA
  7. Deborah Coffin b.Nov. 16, 1642 Haverhill (or Salisbury), MA d.Dec. 30, 1642 Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA
  8. Mary (Great Mary) Coffin b.Feb. 20, 1645 Haverhill, MA d.Nov. 13, 1717 Nantucket, MA
  9. Stephen Coffin b.May 10, 1652 Newbury, MA d.Nov. 14, 1734 Nantucket, MA

From Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 by Holmes: TRISTRAM, b.Buxton, Dorsetshire, Eng., came with his mother, Joanna, widow of Peter, in 1643, to Newbury, Mass.; afterwards resided at Salisbury, Mass., and in 1660 settled at Nantucket, Mass.

Source: "Dover Hist. Collection" and Pioneers of Maine and NH p.41

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Tristam Coffin

b.Feb. 1, 1632 Plymouth, Brixton Parish, Devonshire, England; s/o Tristam Coffin and Dionis Stevens
d.Feb. 4, 1704 Newbury, MA
m.March 2, 1652 Newbury, MA; Judith Greenleaf
b.Sept. 2, 1625 Ipswich, Suffolk, England; d/o Edward Greenleaf and Sarah Dole
d.Dec. 15, 1705 Newbury, MA

    CHILDREN included (all born Newbury, MA):
  1. Judith Coffin b.Dec. 4, 1653 d.May 17, 1724 Hampton, NH
  2. Deborah Coffin b.Nov. 10, 1655
  3. Mary Coffin b.Nov. 12, 1657 d.Nov. 28, 1725 Newbury, MA
  4. James Coffin b.Apr. 22, 1659 d.March 4, 1735 Newbury, MA
  5. Joseph John Coffin b.Sept. 28, 1660 d.May 13, 1677 Newbury, MA
  6. Lydia Coffin b.Apr. 22, 1662 Newbury, MA d.March 25, 1719 Newbury, MA m.March 18, 1695 John Pike
  7. Enoch Coffin b.Jan. 21, 1663 d.Nov. 12, 1675 Newbury, MA
  8. Stephen Coffin b.Aug. 18, 1664 d.Aug. 31, 1725 Newbury, MA m.Sarah Atkinson
  9. Peter Coffin b.July 27, 1667 d.Jan. 19, 1746 Gloucester, MA
  10. Nathaniel Coffin b.March 22, 1669 d.Feb. 20, 1749 Newbury, MA

When Tristram's father left Newbury, Tristram Jr. stayed behind. He was very active in town and church affairs holding a number of positions in town government. In about 1654 Tristram erected the Coffin home on what is now High Street in Newbury. This house, one of oldest still standing in North America, is now owned by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities and may be visited by the public.

When Tristram died in 1704 a memorial was erected the First Church burial ground in Newbury:

To the memory of Tristram Coffin, Esq.,
who having served the first church of
Newbury in the of Deacon 20 years
died Feb, 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'.

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