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Coffin Genealogy

Coffin Genealogy

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Published by Jeff Martin
Ancestry of Abner Coffin of Newbury, MA and Falmouth, Maine.
Ancestry of Abner Coffin of Newbury, MA and Falmouth, Maine.

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Published by: Jeff Martin on Mar 14, 2010
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?1. PETER 
(bpt. 20 Jan. 1552 St. Michael Penkevil, Cornwall, d. 4 Sept. 1622, bur atPenkivel Chapel)(
- b.c.1568; m.
JOANNA ______ 
; will 12 Sept.-3 Nov. 1613II. Philip- m. and had a son Tristram b. before 1601
III. Lionel- m. Joan ______, d. 1636
IV. Thomas- m. Alice ______, d. 1616
V. Elinor- m. Nicholas Meader 
VI. Tristram- will 6 Nov. 1601-16 Oct. 1602 Totnes, Devon: "I Tristram Coffing of Butlers in the P'sh
 of Brixton being sick of body but of pfect remembrance thankes be geven unto Almighty God do make thismy last Will and Testament... Item I geve & bequeath to Johan Coffing the Daughter of Nicolas Coffing II brass pannes the greatest & the lest and on coverlet of draught work Item I give and bequeath unto TristramCoffing the Sonnee of Philip Coffing forty shillings. Item I geve and bequeath unto Philip Coffing XXsItem I give unto Richard and Johan Coffing the children of Linell Coffing VIs VIIId Item I geve to thechildren of Thomas Coffing each of them IIIs IIIId Item I geve more to Johan Coffing the Daughter of  Nicolas Coffing V£ Item I geve to An Coffing the Daughter of Nicolas Coffing the right and titell of suchground as I have from Robert Chember or eles the som of X£ more I geve to the sayd An II brass pannesand on coverlett Item I geve to foure children of Nicolas Meader each of them IIIsIIIId Item I geve to JohnCoffing the Sone of Nicolas Coffing one bullock of the age of on year the resydue of my goodes &cattells... I geve and bequeathe to Nicolas Coffing the Sone of Nicolas Coffing whom I make... my...Executor... Nicolas Coffing and James Coule to be my overseers"(
) Parish Registers St. Michael Penkivel(
) Archdeaconry of Totnes (Exeter), 1602Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury & John Sargent Pillsbury- pp.599-600
The Coffin Family
- pp.33-4, 82
JOANNA ______ 
, bur. 5 Feb. 1614/5 Brixton, Devonwill 12 Sept.-3 Nov. 1613 Totnes, Devon bur. 8 Oct. 1613 Brixton, Devon"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 toAllmightie God do make this my last Will and Testamt...Itm I give and bequeath to Ann Meader the Daughtr of Eliner Meader five shillingsItm I give and bequeath to Peter Coffyn my eldest Sonne my greatest brasse pann and my minde is that myWief shall have the use thereof during her lief 
St. Mary's Church- Brixton
Itm I give & bequeath to Tristram Coffyn my Sonnes Sonne one yearling Bollock Itm I give & Bequeath to Johun Coffyn my Sonnes Daughtr one sheepeItm I give and bequeath to every of my God-children twelve pence apeeceItm I give & bequeath to Johan Coffyn my Wief one bay nag wch we use to call RowseItm I give bequeath will and devise unto Nicholas Coffyn my Sonne All such right term of yeares intrestand demand as I myself my Executors or Assignes now have or here after may or ought to have of & in onetenemt with his appttennce sett lying and being in Plimton Earle in the Countye of Devon aforesaid whereinone 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 thirdthe 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 wholeyeere after my decease well & truely content and paie unto my Daughtr Ann Coffyn thirteene pounds sixeshillings and eight pence of lawfull money of England... And likewise the said Nicholas my Sonne shallafter my decease paie unto my Sonne John Coffyn eight shillings yeerely during there naturall lives or aslong as they two shall live togither.The residue of all my goods and chattles moveable and unmoveable as well quickstuffe & corne asimplemts of household & all other goods of what quality soever the same bee not before by these presentsgiven nor bequeathed I give & bequeathe to the foresaid Nicholas Coffyn & John Coffyn my Sonneswhome I make & ordaine to be my joynt Executors of this my last Will & Testamt Provided allwaies thatmy 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 remaineto 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..."(
)From the "Coffin Family Newsletter" of August 1994 comes the following article which places doubt onthe ancestry of Nicholas:
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 somewherearound 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 Devonshire where in 1523 he paid asubsidy of 4. He probably occupied some of the property owned by the family of Portledge. In aninquisition post mortem 18th February 2 & 3 Philip & Mary (18 Feb. 1555/56) Richard Coffin, grandson of Richard who was brother of John of Northam, held property in Plympton, adjacent to Brixton as well as inHolbeton, five miles from Brixton. We have not discovered how long this property had been among theCoffin estates. John Coffin, son and heir of Richard Coffin of Portledge and nephew of John of Northammarried about 1500 Elizabeth, daughter and coheiress of Philip Hingston. She may have brought the property in Plympton and Holbeton. We have no record of the death of Richard unless he is the Richardwho had a will recorded in Stokenham, nearly 20 miles from Plympton. Richard had younger brothers Johnand Walter and a son John Coffin, born about 1525.John Coffin, son of Richard lived in Brixton but also paid a subsidy in Plympton St. Mary. Theadministration of the estate of John Coffin was recorded in 1589. John had a son Nicholas born about 1550in Brixton. Nicholas Coffin lived at Butlers in the parish of Brixton and had a son Peter who became the father of Tristram Coffin who emigrated to New England in 1642 with his mother, his two sisters and his children.The above is a pedigree which has not been, and perhaps never can be proved, so please do not enter it intoyour 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 moreresearch 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 fewgenerations before nicholas. We have no proof of the connection between Brixton and Protledge and therewere probably many more Coffins in the Brixton area than we have found. And there are certainly more inthe Portledge line. We currently have no information about whether John Coffin of Northam had a sonRichard or any other children. We have more confidence, but again no proof, that the father of Nicholaswas John and his grandfather Richard. Do be on the look-out for any data that will relate to this and might

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