Tristram COFFIN

Male 1609 - 1681  (72 years)


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  • Name Tristram COFFIN 
    Born 1609  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Tristram, h. Dionis (d. Robert Stevens of Brixton), s. Peter [q.v.] of Brixton, co. Devon, Eng., and Joan Thumber, father of Peter, Tristram, Elizabeth, James, John, Deborah, Mary, John, and Stephen, --- --, 1605, in England. [1]
    Christened 11 Mar 1609/10  Brixton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Oct 1681  Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Trustram, Mr., Oct. 2, 1681. [Tristram, "came to New England in 1642 with five children" (Peter, Tristram, Elizabeth, James, John) [see also Haverhill and Newbury Vital Records], "of Haverhill, Mass., Nov. 15, 1642; removed to Newbury abt. 1648; thence to Salisbury, in 1664 or 1665; removed to Nantucket in 1660, ? h. Dionis, (d. Robert Stevens of Briston), s. Peter. [see birth record] and Joan Thumber [sic], 2: 10m: [dup. Oct. 2] 1681. PR38; 2: 10m:. PR63] [2]
    Buried Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I20479  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 4 Jul 2016 

    Father Peter COFFIN,   b. Abt 1580, Brixton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1627/8, Brixton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Mother Joan KEMBER,   b. Abt 1584, Brixton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1661, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married Abt 1603 
    Family ID F554  Group Sheet

    Family Dionis STEVENS,   b. 4 Mar 1609, Brixton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1676, Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 1630  Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Tristram, s. Peter of Brixton, Co. Devon, Eng., and Joan Thumber [sic], and Dionis Stevens, d. Robert of Brixton, Co. Devon, Eng., --- --, 1630, in England.* PR38 [3]
    Children 
    +1. Peter COFFIN,   b. 16 Jul 1631, Brixton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1715, Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +2. Tristram COFFIN, Jr.,   b. 1 Feb 1632, Plymouth, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1703/4, Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     3. Elizabeth COFFIN,   b. Abt 1634, Brixton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1678, Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
    +4. James COFFIN,   b. 12 Aug 1640, Brixton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1720, Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     5. John COFFIN,   b. 1641, Brixton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1642, Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     6. Deborah COFFIN,   b. 15 Nov 1642, Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1642, Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +7. Mary COFFIN,   b. 20 Feb 1644, Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1717, Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +8. John COFFIN,   b. 30 Oct 1647, Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1711, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +9. Stephen COFFIN,   b. 11 May 1652, Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1734, Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F6599  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1609 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 11 Mar 1609/10 - Brixton, Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1630 - Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Oct 1681 - Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Tristram (2) (Peter 1) was born in England, 1609; died in Nantucket, Mass., October 2, 1681. He married in England Dionis, daughter of Robert Stevens, of Brixton, and came to Salisbury, Mass., in 1642 with five children. He remained but a short time in Salisbury; for we find his name recorded in Haverhill, Mass., Nov. 15, 1642, as witness to the Indian deed of that place, granted to the first settlers by Sagahew and Passaquoi, sachems of Pentucket, now Haverhill. About 1648, he removed to Newbury, and thence to Salisbury, in 1654 or 1655, where he signed his name as "Tristram Coffyn Commissioner of Salisbury."

      In 1659 he was one of the company of Salisbury men who purchased of Thomas Mayhew nineteen-twentieths of the island of Nantucket, whither he removed in 1660 with his wife, mother, and some of his children, and where he died.

      They had:

      (1) Peter, Hon., b. in England, 1631; d. in Exeter, N.H., Mar. 21, 1715.
      (2) Tristram, Jr., b. in England, 1632; d. in Newbury, Feb. 4, 1704.
      (3) Elizabeth, b. in England; m. in Newbury, Mass., Nov. 13, 1651, Capt. Stephen, s. of Edmund and Sarah Greenleaf; d. Nov. 29, 1678. Capt. Stephen was b. in 1630, and d. in 1690. They had several children.
      (4) James, b. in England, Aug. 12, 1640; lived in Nantucket; d. there July 28, 1720.
      (5) John, b. in England; d. in Haverhill, Mass., Oct. 30, 1642.
      (6) Deborah, b. in Haverhill, Mass., Nov. 15, 1642, and d. there Dec. 8, 1642.
      (7) Mary, b. in Haverhill, Mass., Feb. 29, 1645; m. Nathaniel, s. of Edward and Catharine (Reynolds) Starbuck. She d. in Nantucket, Sept. 13, 1717; he was b. in 1638, and died in Nantucket, June 6, 1719.
      (8) John, b. in Haverhill, Mass., Oct. 30, 1647; d. in Edgartown, in 1711.
      (9) Stephen, b. in Newbury, Mass., May 11, 1652; d. in Nantucket, May 18, 1734. [4]
    • Nantucket death record of Tristram Coffin: Tristram, h. Dionis (d. Robert Stevens of Brixton), s. Peter [q.v.[ of Brixton, co. Devon, Eng., and Joan Thumber [sic], father of Peter, Tristram, Elizabeth, James, John, Deborah, Mary, John, and Stephen, --, 1605 [sic], in England. PR38"
    • Coffin--French, Chauve, the French Coffin, a form of Chauvin. The English records show the name Covin, when it was changed to Cophin, and is also found as Kophin, Coffyn, and Coffyne.

      Sir Richard Coffin, Knight, accompanied William the Conqueror from Normandy to England, 1066. Sir Richard held the rank of General in his army, and in the division of the spoils of conquest received the manor of Arlington Devonshire, in the parish of Abbotsham, on the border of the Severn, six miles east of the Isle of Lundy. The manor is still in the family.

      From the time of Henry II to Edward II, the heir was always called Richard.

      Tristram Coffin was probably a descendant of Sir Richard, although the family have never been traced beyond this Tristram, who married and lived in Brixton, Co. Devonshire, England.

      Nicholas Coffin, son of Tristram, lived in Butler's Parish, Devonshire, England, where he died in 1603. In his will which was proved at Tolnes, Devonshire, Nov. 3, 1603, mention is made of a wife and five children--Peter, Nicholas, Tristram, John, and Anne.

      Peter Coffin, eldest son of Nicholas, was born on the Coffin estate at Brixton, Devonshire, England, about 1580, and died there 1627-8. He married Joan Thember, and their six children were born and baptized in Brixton.

      (1) Tristom, b. 1605 (first American generation);
      (2) John, b. about 1607; he was a soldier and died from a mortal wound in battle.
      (3) Joan, b. 1609; probably died in England.
      (4) Deborah, probably died in England.
      (5) Eunice, came to America with her husband William Butler; settled first at Cambridge, Mass. He removed to Hartford, Conn., before 1641, and died in 1648, his wife Eunice having predeceased him. They had no children, and he left his property to his brother Richard.
      (6) Mary, came over with her mother and brother, and married Alexander Adams of Boston, son of Henry and grandson of Henry, both of Colchester, England. Mr. Adams was a shipwright and came to New England with Capt. Thomas Hawkins, who had permission to travel to America, dated May 8, 1632. Alexander Adams died in Boston, Jan. 17, 1677, at the age of 63 years, and on Feb. 6, 1679, his widow Mary m. William Wasser of Boston, who died in 1695. She died of cropsy, September 18, 1691.

      Tristram (1) Coffin, the founder of the Coffin family in america, was born at Brixton, Devonshire, England, and baptized there 11 March 1609/10. It is said he came over in the ship "Job Clement," or "Clement and Job," with Robert Clement, of Haverhill, Mass., who owned the ship.

      His mother Joan Thember Coffin accompanied him on the voyage, and died in Boston May 30, 1661, aged 77 years. Rev. John Wilson preached her funeral sermon, or as Judge Sewell's diary says, "Mr. Wilson embalmed her memory." Although the maiden name of Tristram Coffin's mother has been given as Thember and Thumber, yet in the will of Robert Keymber of Lower Hareston, in Brixton, are the words, "Joan my daughter the wyfe of Peter Cawfing," and in the will of Mrs. Anna Keymber there is a bequest to Peter Coffing's children of a like sum to that which she gave to the children of her son John.

      Tristram Coffin m. in England, 1630, Dionis Stevens, daughter of Robert and Dewyance (_____) Stevens, and in her father's will of 1637, she is called Dewence, which probably was only another spelling of Dionis. It appears that Dionis had a brother Tristram, and her mother may have been related to the Coffins in some way.

      Tristram Coffin settled in Salisbury where his name is recorded as a witness in 1642 to the Indian deed of that town.

      He removed to Haverhill and is said to be the first man to plow land there, he constructing his own plow.

      In 1648-9, he removed to Newbury, which town was settled by a little band of Puritan exiles in 1635, under the leadership of Rev. Thomas Parker. At Newbury he kept an ordinary and kept the Newbury side of Carr's Ferry. In September 1643, his wife Dionis was prosecuted for selling beer for three pence per quart, while the regular price was but two penc e, but she proved that she had put six bushels of malt into the hogshead while the law only required the use of four bushels and she was discharged.

      Tristram Coffin was a Royalist, and as far as known, the only one of the early settlers of Newbury who came to America in consequence of the success of Oliver Cromwell.

      Mr. Coffin returned to Salisbury 1654-5, where he signs his name "Tristram Coffyn Commissioner of Salisbury," and while there planned the purchase of Nantucket, 1657. In 1660, he removed to Nantucket.

      The original right of Nantucket was obtained by Thomas Mayhew of James Forrett, agent to William, Earl of Sterling, the 13th day of the 10th month, in the year 1641, at New York; and that by said Mayhew in 1659, nine-tenth's of it was conveyed to Tristram Coffin, Thomas Macy, Christopher Hussey, Richard Swain, Thomas Barnard, Peter Coffin, Stephen Greenleaf, John Swaine, and William Pile.

      The price paid to Mayhew was "thirty pounds of current money and two beaver hats, one for myself and one for my wife."

      The adjacent lands at Tuckannuck comprising about 1,260 acres, was conveyed by Mr. Thomas Mayhew, Oct. 10, 1659, to Tristram Coffin, Peter Coffin, Tristram Coffin jr., and James Coffin for the sum of L6.

      These islands were not under New England government. They were claimed by the Earl of Sterling [see 2 Mass. Hist. Soc'ty's Col. Vol. III., pg. 82].

      After the year 1654, Mayhew exercised a kind of independent government [see Broadhead's "History of New York," vol. II, 139]. In 1671, they were attached to New York; in 1692, they were annexed to Massachusetts.

      The island was known as Sherborne as early as 1673, and was known by that name until 1795, when it was called Nantucket.

      Tristram Coffin was the third Chief Magistrate of Nantucket, in 1671. The long autograph letters of Tristram Coffin to Governor Lovelace of New York are preserved in the archives of the State Department at Albany, and are said to compare favorably in every way with the early letters of George Washington, written a hundred years later.

      Tristram Coffin died at Nantucket, Oct. 3, 1681; administration on the estate was granted Nov. 29, 1681, to sons James, John, and Stephen.

      The estate was later given to widow Dionis. The house at Newbury, built by Tristram Coffin, is still standing.

      Children:

      (1) Peter.
      (2) Tristram, b. 1632; m. in Newbury, Mass., Mar. 2, 1652, Judith (Greenleaf), widow of Henry Somerby, and daughter of Edmund Greenleaf. They had ten children.
      (3) Elizabeth, b. about 1634; m. Capt. Stephen Greenleaf, s. Edmund.
      (4) James, b. Aug. 12, 1640.
      (5) John, died in infancy.
      (6) Deborah, d. in infancy.
      (7) Mary, b. Haverhill 20 February 1645; m. 1662, Nathaniel Starbuck, s. Edward and Katharine (Reynolds) Starbuck.
      (8) John, b. in Haverhill, Oct. 30, 1647.
      (9) Stephen, b. at Newbury, May 10, 1652; m. Mary, daughter of George and Jane (Godfrey) Bunker. Her mother Jane m. (2) Richard Swain, the ancestor of Elijah Swain, grantee in Barrington, Nova Scotia. [5]

  • Sources 
    1. [S64] Massachusetts Vital Records Website, website: http://ma-vitalrecords.org/, Nantucket births, pg. 337.

    2. [S64] Massachusetts Vital Records Website, website: http://ma-vitalrecords.org/, Nantucket deaths, pg. 188.

    3. [S64] Massachusetts Vital Records Website, website: http://ma-vitalrecords.org/, Nantucket marriages, pg. 318.

    4. [S34] NEHGR, New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, vol. 24, pg. 150.

    5. [S23] NEHGS, website: www.americanancestors.org, New Englanders in Nova Scotia, pgs. 31-2.