Category Archives: Surnames

Silhouette: Tristram Coffin (1632-1704 )

TRISTRAM COFFIN, LIEUTENANT, ESQ. (Tristram1) was born in Brixton, England, in 1632 and became a merchant tailor at Newbury, Mass., serving his apprenticeship under Henry Somerby whose widow he married there March 2, 1653, Judith Greenleaf. Mr. Coffin was very … Continue reading

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Silhouette: John Greenleaf Whittier (1807 – 1892)

John Greenleaf Whittier, son of John Whittier and Abigail Hussey Whittier, was born December 17, 1807 near Haverhill.  The poet’s paternal great grandmother was Sarah Greenleaf, of Newbury, third cousins to my direct ancestors, James Coffin and Sarah Greenleaf who … Continue reading

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