First Coffin Family in America

THE FIRST TRISTRAM COFFYN, OF NANTUCKET.
The following paper has been prepared for the KKOIRD, incompliance with the request of its Editor, by Tristram Coffin, of Toughkeepsie, N. Y.
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 one 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 VVeever’s ” Funeral Monuments,” at page 534. 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 ofthat name now in this country. Nearly all his descendants are enabled by means of the accurate genealogical records in existence, to trace their lineage 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 1 John Bowne was a thrifty farmer at Flushing ,I>ong bland. He bought slaves when he needed them on his farm, raised barley, tobacco, corn, rials and wheat, and made cider, which he shipped to New York and some hoiled cider to Philadelphia for William Penn and others. lie left an account-book replete with interesting items concerning his daily business. In it are inventories of household effects, specifications for building his houses, and barns, and alterations of rooms, contracts for labor, exjiendiuires on account of travelling Friends or Quakers such as neck-cloths, muslin pockci-hnndkcrdnefs, mending boots and rlotlies, shoeing horses, mending saddles, buying bridles and horses, and a barrel of cider put on bourd of a vessel for the use of voyaging friends. Here is an interesting item : ” ifif> the 7th month, then disbursl Jamaica on the account of entertainment for William Penn and other Friends. ii, it. x.” In this account book he has also some poetry addressed to one he wished to make his second wife, and accounts of expenses for building arid keeping up meeting houses at Flushing and New York. “The rase of John Bowne” «ay» Hesse in his HiifTrrlniif of the Quiikrr* “was verry hard. The Dutch Governor took’ him from his aged father, and from hi: wife and children, confined him a long time in a close dungeon where he was almost famished to death, and shipped him to Holland without being suffered to sec his family before his departure. Sometime after his return home the Governor meeting him in the street, seemed ashamed of what he had done, and told him he was glad to see him safe home again, and that he hoped he should never do so any more to any of his friends. A token of repentance of an ingenuous disposition, such as few, if any of the rigid persecutors in New England did ever show.” The Jiinm.il of Bowne shows some of Hesse’s statements to be overcharged.

[Нккку ONDEKUONK Jr.] (another account says 1609) ; married Dionis Stevens, and in( 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 Nov. 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 Martin’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 mainland, but I have been unable to trace the statement to any reliable source.

Could he have foreseen what a multitude of descendents 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. 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 Hussey, 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 looo 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.

The following Oath of Office and Administrator’s Bond, were copied by the writer from the original instruments, which are oiji file in the Record Office at Nantucket, and he believes are now published for the first time : “Where as I Tristram Coffin Senior have Received a Commission dated the 1 6 of September 1677 Investinge me with power to be Chefe Magestrate one the He. of~ Nantucket and dependences for this ye four years ensuinge under further order I Tristram Coffin a bond said doe engage my selfe under the penalty of perjury to doe Justice in all causes that come before me according to Law and endeavor to my best understanding and heare unto I have Subscribed Chief Magistrat. “

Mr Tristram Coffin Senior acknow- 10 ledged this a bond Subscription to be his Act edged this a bond Subscription to be his Act and deed Before me PETER COFFIN Assistant “
November ye $th, 1677 “
We James Coffin John Coffin Steve Coffin doe bind ourselves jointly and severaly in the some of an hundred
pounds sterlinge to perform the trust and administer on our fathers estatte and to bare the Court harmless according to law
JAMES COFFIN
JOHN COFFIN
STEPHIN COFFIN “
At a Court of Sessions held the zgth of November 1681 there granted administration unto me James Coffin, John Coffin and Stephen Coffin on the estate of mr Tristram Coffin deceased the 3d of October 1 68 1 they having given security according to law.”
The body of the Oath was evidently written by Peter Coffin (son of Tristram); the signature, a fac simile of which is given, 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 (Oct. 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 school 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.

The Medal of which the above is an family, at Nantucket, he took up his abode accurate outline representation, was struck on the eastern slope of what are now called by order of Sir Isaac, about the time of Trot’s Hills, near Cupaum pond, towards his visit to the Island, in memory of his the western end of the Island, and indistinguished ancestor. course of time, a little hamlet grew up in Il abandoned. One brown farm house, of comparatively modern build,abandoned. One brown farm house, of comparatively modern build, with two or three time-worn outbuildings, are all that remain. A few indentations, here and there, in the green sward, with pieces of brick and mortar mingled with the soil, show where the dwellings of some of the first settlers were located. One of these ancient cellars is pointed out as the site of the habitation where the subject of this sketch lived and died. Haifa mile to the eastward, on elevated ground, hard by two fresh
water ponds, and overlooking the ocean, is the oldest grave yard upon the Island ; and near at hand, a quantity of mortar, and a cluster of low bushes, tell where the first Friends’ meeting house once stood. Two furrows turned together around several acres of pasture land, and one solitary head stone, 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: The American Historical Record By Benson John Lossing

Published by Chase & Town, 1872

“Concerning the history and antiquities of America and biography of Americans.”

Our Coffin Family History

14 thoughts on “First Coffin Family in America

  1. Royal Coffin, son of Nerine Coffin had two daughters named Nerine Coffin and Alma Merita Coffin. I am the daughter of Alma Coffin. My name is TRACEE PICKETT. Royal Coffin was an inventor and was on the board of directors on Carrier Corporation. He also loved woodworking. His mother was instrumental in fundraising for the National Association for the Blind and was blind herself. In the earlier part of the 20th century she golfed for one of the fundraisers and was the first blind person ever known to golf. Nerine Coffin was also known to have tea with Mrs. Stickley, the mother of Gustave Stickley of Stickley’s Fine Furniture. Gustave and Royal were friends and this is where my grandfather Royal Coffin came to like woodworking and became known for making fine wooden cabnets for his hobby.

    The Coffins were from a line of inventers in America as one of the Coffins began an Edison Electric and later General Electric. In the 1840’s there was another Coffin who lived out his life in Bloomsbury and was concidered to be one of the Bloomsbury Group…

    Alma Merita Coffin took interest in the sciences and beauty and also the health sciences. The later Nerine Coffin did not follow far behind her Coffin roots with her engineer like brain and a mind for business as Nerine was a business person throughout her adult life. Alma had six children and Nerine had two children…. March 2010

  2. Do you know if there are any images of Sir William Coffin or Sir Richard Coffin?

  3. Do you know where Alma (coffin) rue which was married to Harvey L rue fits in here.Any info you could give me would b greatly b appreciated.Thank you

  4. Mrs Ellen Augusta Rue was my great grandmother on my mothers side.She married Leon Paul Kolcz.Their son was Chester Wayne Kolcz and he married Carolyn Jeanette Murdoch and they had 3 kids.Julie,Jackie, and Joey Kolcz.I am Julie’s son Cliff Kirvan and I have a little brother named Jeremy Kirvan.

  5. LADY TRACEE PICKETT, lady because i was honored by the royal family and england, africa, europe, the guggenheim and more. says:

    this is tracee pickett at the studio @ vosse. could someone retuurn my designs and my art, drawings and find out why my phone was hacked on october 16th three days after I announced new clean enegry designs. Read the new york times and please fix my phone and my hacking on my account.

    I am in seattle nd need real assistance.

  6. LADY TRACEE PICKETT, lady because i was honored by the royal family and england, africa, europe, the guggenheim and more. says:

    we have a history of sciennce, history, care, designs and art projects that i would like to continue.
    as i said in a poem to a man ive not yet danced with,” its a new world than the one we walked before. ”
    “and gosh do i have a persective of the world that will amaze the entire world.”

    a bit different perspective than the gunius bill gates. but what would the world be like without his drawings of
    a unimaginable invention in the hands of others without his vision.

    malinda, i don”t know how our worlds connected though I think you need me. and I need your assistance today.

    please fix my phones and work with me on global safety issues in technology of banking safety, economic stucture with ethics and my perspective s that
    made econmist run and then come back for the understanding of profit and quality, equality and constitution that we need to contunue america and the global world in the twenty first centruy. and when I recieve mey keys back with my new book about chairs stock trade, industry, clean water and quality farms, in the place i left it woith all my work, their will be a correctness in the world as quoted by ROB FORBES founder of design within in reach.

    I have met thug s in star bucks, mc donnalds, walgreens, office depoo, target, and even macys. at public train stops and side walks, post offices, parking attendeance, even seattles best coffee, busses, cabs, and planes. office attire, ragged attire, short tall, and much bigger than I.
    I have complaints to the oval office, governors, mayors, citezenze, the federal trade commision for standaard in quality and equality of patronage,
    and not so nice ongoing with the publicly traded companies and big losses in the future for not only stock holders but employees and corporate management. I have compliants with the federal banking commission, and the governor of washington state as well.

    To the mayor of Seattle wa. please correct the thugs in seattle from bringing shame to your community with many issues which i have reporte d to the television research news media as well as the oval office and the new york times. and whats with security people in buildings and post offices asking anyone to leave public space to keep from cold, rainy weather or sleep if they chose. since when did seattle have such a place that does not care about the way people are treated and look out for humanity. me, elder, culture, ethics, quality of life, and the american dream of constuotutional structure.
    “it’s my work and my perspective of the world and I would like to actuall y like to live to see the future
    i create and dream of”

  7. entry date occtober 31 st 2012,
    this mornming i slept on the sidewalk in the rain on fifth ave in seattle washington. I beleive that is prefectly fine, as I am the woman who began an the idea that i brought to governors all over the country, mayors in cities and decent people this..
    sleep at nightt in your cities, infront of big bank buildings, on fifth ave, shopping stores finest places, the best hotels, the most populated places, places where the kids are hanging out and children of six used to play, dress your worste, in warn shoes and old clothes.
    buy a ten dollar blanket and a small pillow, sleep beside the finest bestros and under windows of fine shops, take a month as if traveling the european railway, and then, say not a word and look at this land, america.
    i was stopped on the streets, strangers telling me to get out of train stops in the cold rain, 2 am, 3 am, we have these uneducated thugs that wear these fake badges and say that they are the owners of streets and sidewalks. public space under the stars, the universe the wind, the light, the water, the rain, the snow. the snow, to fall asleep, in a snow and see.

    security of the building, i think not. i was verbally battered by a thug of no more than ten or twenty, i don’t know. I asked for his builing id, his security federal registration, he said no. and showed me his plasic badge from a five and dime. then a sherrif car ran by. the thug, folloed me around the block and said you can not sleep here. he said, we own the builing and the side walk. someone gave him an entry card, his fingerprint everywhere. i stopped speaking and arrived at the fairmonth hotel, inside to the desk is said to a man of say, 26, please call the mayors office in seattle and tell him there is a man harrassing me on the street. call the mayor, the mayor, of seattle washington, you know.. and tell the mayor that there is a man harrassing a woman at 3 am on fifth and fourth avevenue. should i state that the cabs are not safe. I have a friend that said.. the cab ride was expensive… its too expensive to walk a street in peace and be harrassed, who drives the cabs, the busses, the train, where does it go. is the city an international city here of good practice.. an where are the reservations I requested at the westin. the westin hotels.. my favorite place to stay. I arrived after blistered feet and a hacked account, no keys returned yet, no public appology in the news media..from the city or the state governor. no police writting 60,000 word papers for the understanding of constitution and the understanding there of. another paper i request as a higher educator with honors from the museums associations internationally, the paper for real security, and police today i wish on my desk with DC effectively in order, is 60,000 word paper of what kinds of action can happen to bad practice of officials.. America dismissed a president once. My cat, let me tell you. he knows that I have rules of safety and care, he gets in trouble today even, and my tiny cat, understand the order of bad behavior and concequences. my cat is more caring and understands care and consequence. his consequence is five minutes in the brink. (a large laundry room with oringanal art of mine on the wall and warm covers and clean bug spray free posin free cleaners. and a bathroom and . I set a timer and arrive in five minutes. at very bad times, he has to stay twenty minites in th brink laundry room which is posh really and warm. at that time, he can not stand his action and he goes to say. I will try better and can i sit with you to work on your drawings. my cat has his own charis at windows and near my desk. sometimes he sits all day at his chair near mine at my drawing and business desk. then he waits to review my films of my work in educational programming. he watched every minute. then he waits for me to play his movie with me, having coffee. with the sundance institute online. it was a productional invitation from robert redford personally. and my cat is very happy to be in the production and watch the online film. i recieved bad looks from the other cats, two that is. for a month. i tried to film the others but they couldn”t sit still or take direction well. murri dai not do so well either as we took six hour to film a ten minute short for sundance, in the 2011 sundance film festival.. on a day that was 107 degrees, i dressed without technology on my desk, and also prepared myself to look aged and very conservative, with a list of something… the minds of a seventy year old woman in this case is valuable, and man that believe in thier mind and spirit is so important,, be it a personal or high finance with ethics at the oval office.

    This is tracee pickett with the studio @ vosse and I can not confirm my reservation at the westin, which I requested by three places. the NYT,david letterman, and a friend, I have not recieved my gift card from starbucks at $40.00 for food as my bank has been hacked for 11 days, and I just sent bandgaes from my blistered feet with posin traces that I sweat out walking to many places for assistance, bathrooms, to charge my equipment to use for emergencies and was told at target,.. the at&t, shop / office depo… the seattle public library.. the walgreens.. this message..you can not use the usb port to charge your equipment. you have to come back in three days, your equipment is nott good for our computers, i am security and you can not charge a phone or equipment such as a phone equipt with video technology to prove we said no on film, or photgraoph us in any way or request our offical identification whuich is registerd federally.

    at the post office 4;30 am, a man in the snack shop outside the offical doors of the 98101 post office at union street and 3 ave, in seattle, he said, you have to leave the post office you can not just sit to warm up on the floor near the heater. He then took a large gabage can and slammed to down infront of me several times. i was on the floor by a heater drying my sweater from heavey rain and writting a letter to the oval office. why the oval office, well lets get back to concequence and my missing work and rental keys.

    the man in the post office man a mistake, my rian cape was on the can he slammed and his finger prints are reqcorded. Oh my. and the clothes I have on right now, I have cut samples from you undegarmets with even more traces of posin which I sent to DC.

    I have had many creative demonstartion, but at this point the city is involed with expoytation of my life. my freedom of humanity and more.

    read or see my newest exhibition at the guggenheim which I sen by mail in a six x six inch envelope. about busses and my experience in seattle within a creative story yet true..
    i think that the\is exhibit will travel the world in guggeheim museums everywhere including berlin.

    the name of the exhibit is , “the woman who began a dream ” a four trillon dollar stolen enegry design, a free small agreements of production delayed and why we should watch out for busses and woman with peace and a brain”
    “who is she” in other words, what does she write about create, design, educate about, …and eat for lunch these days…………………………………………………………………………………………………

    In other words, we don”t know what the world will bring, and we don”t know where were at, you say this and the other, I say this and that. you say tomato, I say tomato, I say tomato, you say tomato, and speaking of tomatoes, who is the woman who had very contray beliefs in the American way and photgraphed herself in a hand made dress made from a clear bag and purchased tissse packs made in china as she stood on the streets of NYC with chinese made shoes removed, a broken unbrella dusted with bolluted soil as she stood on foam from packaging and more poluted soil to exhibit later. What was her name and what was the photo about.. eco-nomics, ethical practic, or poluted water in india america, china, and elsewhere.

    the January 2012 photo of this famous face is in the news. Alex trabeck jeporty question and did she design the newest clean energy designs, research for you alex,, find my drawing and match the prints, or check the cybersapce transmissions.
    i do hope the guggenheim sees this as I forgeot to send the name of the exhibit.

  8. Lady tracee pickett

    Seattle 2012 ,
    Decembwr…grandfather and mom.

    Im fine. you are both wonderful..
    I love you both. Gradfather, your dautter , is amazing. Tou
    Meet soon. I am will be working in washington dc oval office for a short time. I have some time to adjust.

  9. Royal was born at the time to celebrate charles. Coffin in england and spain is pronounced coffi or coffee.
    The coffin arrived in 1600 to an island east of boston by ship.. They built a coffee house which still stands today out of brick..

    Coffin is not casket. Its a remidy for caugh with coffee and milk. As midicinal bot medicin.. Medicin interestionly enough is a word similar to medicci and artist italy. The histrory of the medicci building unknown. Medicci,, building… Walls stiudy. Xould have been a place to sleep. Frank gehry has designed a home with berriar walls to block norise of busy streets to live in. Madicci did the
    Same. Meddicci was said to be a bank witih, gold unreaxhable and fearful of people. Ir say wruong again. Histiry is wrong. Wouldntq you
    Say grandfaalther royal coffin. Lets have coffee on, me soon.. I have sdomei droawing to ,show you..
    And your daughtet ell is an ,amazung artist too., she, is..

    You may have heard of royal coffee.

  10. The name picnkett is pronoucned pckuiee in ,spain and china.

    France, picki tt is sinent.

    saitqe tia,.
    santa Marriea, and
    The english, ship.. Was may flower
    To the east.. Spain italy, and england wirh african,,infleunce, and unity. Although id traveling from adrica it is easy to reach the gulf coast then ca and ameriacas south china asisa was good.

    Ali are you in

  11. dear grandfather,
    I love you. I reached my home office safely since the last message. Yes, I did write many letters to make sure I had assistance. I don’t know if you received my messages here, though, I wish to see you. It has been many years since we have seen each other. I was just 9 years old then.

    The times for everyone were difficult, I know. For everyone. You daughter Alma does know that you love her. I know that I missed a great deal of billiards with you, though did learn to play quite well.

    I am about to purchase another chess game for travel.

    Inventive minds are the best grand papa. We did okay.

    Much love to you. from your granddaughter Tracy Suzanne Pickett / pen name TRACEE PICKETT
    xoxo always
    today is October 4th 2013 11:23 pm

  12. HERE IS A SONG FOR YOU GRANDFATHER “HERE COMES THE SUN” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6j4TGqVl5g it’s from my friend Sir PAUL from Liverpool. He is a very nice friend as are all my friends. YOKO ONO said hi. SIR JOEL said hi too, and VLAD and SIR Gaiman too. You may meet them next summer or sooner. ROB REDFORD said he’s make sure of it! He is teaching me how to Hug Kemoto Dragons. Really !
    KEMOTO DRAGON is in my new BOOK ::::

    “THE MAGIC OF THE OSTRAKITTECCI BIRD” about Rulers or Rules and the Queen of England and how the earth finds peace and prosperity. written, narrated and illustrated by none other than me grandfather TRACEE PICKETT

    ___________Later this year I fall out of a giant tree as I climb out on a limb to save ….

    well… something and three men arrive just in time to catch me! GUESS WHO?

    I will tell you later grandfather- promise! Enjoy the song.

  13. GRANDFATHER- I have an error in the above note. My friend- he is the KING of democracy. He is a true prince in every way grandfather. But what do you do when three real princes arrive and break you fall.

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