Abigail Coffin (Starbuck) (1813 - 1891)

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Birthplace: Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana
Death: Died in Downey, Bannock County, Idaho
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About Abigail Coffin (Starbuck)

Abigail was born in Indiana and spent her childhood there. She married William Barney Coffin in North Carolina at age 20. They were the parents of four sons and four daughters. The family lived in Nauvoo, Ill and later at Council Bluffs, Iowa where Mr. Coffin died of smallpox.

She crossed the plains in 1852 with the Harmon Cutler Company, her twelve year old son driving the team of oxen. She first settled in Ogden, Utah, then later moved to Marsh Valley, Idaho, settling in a log cabin at Nine Mile; about 2½ miles north of Downey. Nine Mile later became known as Cambridge.

She assisted her neighbors as a midwife and nurse in the days when there were no doctors between Fort Hall on the north and Red Rock on the south, a distance of about 60 miles.

Seeing the need for a store, she established one in her home, making it the first one in the valley. She traveled to Ogden with a horse and carriage, taking farm produce to exchange for the commodities that were needed by the settlers.

Her home also became the first school in the valley when she donated its use as a classroom for the six or eight school-age children in the area.

Abigail's cabin is now located in the city park in Downey, Idaho, having been moved there from Cambridge in 1934. The Daughters of the Idaho Pioneers were instrumental in having the historical building moved as a memorial to Mrs. Coffin and all the pioneer women of Marsh Valley. It is now under the care of the Daughters of the Camp Hunt Utah Pioneers.

The cabin was dedicated as a pioneer memorial in September 1961, at which time the monument was erected.

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Abigail Coffin's Timeline

1813
June 1, 1813
Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana
1839
January 24, 1839
Age 25
Richmond, Wayne, Indiana
1840
September 28, 1840
Age 27
1842
October 12, 1842
Age 29
1844
August 15, 1844
Age 31
Idaho
1846
November 15, 1846
Age 33
1849
October 5, 1849
Age 36
1891
December 11, 1891
Age 78
Downey, Bannock County, Idaho
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Downey, Bannock County, Idaho