Col. Joseph Coffin (1702 - 1773)

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Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of the state of Massachusetts Volume 4 William Richard Cutter, William Frederick Adams\ http://books.google.com/books?id=FM8UAAAAYAAJ&dq

(VII) Colonel Joseph, fourth son of Nathaniel and Sarah (Brocklebank) (Dole) Coffin, was born December 30, 1702, in Newbury, where he died September 12, 1773. He was an active citizen of the town, and held the rank of colonel in the militia. He married, July 15, 1725, Margaret, daughter of Benjamin and Susanna (Merrill) Morse, of Newbury, born there April 14, 1702, died February 9, 1775- Children: Sarah, born August 25, 1726; Enoch, August 9, 1728: Mary, December 8, 1729; Joshua, January 9, 1732; David, mentioned below; Susanna, February 6, 1735; Paul, January 16, 1737; Charles, August 17, 1741.

"Ould Newbury": historical and biographical sketches

By John James Currier

"His son, Colonel Joseph Coffin, born Dec. 30, 1702, was the next occupant of the house. He married July 15, 1725, Margaret Morse, daughter of Benjamin Morse. He was elected town clerk in 1749, and served in that capacity until the day of his death. He had eight children. Two of them, the Rev. Paul Coffin, D.D., and Charles Coffin, M.D., graduated at Harvard College. He died Sept. 12, 1773. During the latter part of his life his son Joshua, born Jan. 9, 1731, occupied one-half of the house. This son, afterward known as Major Joshua Coffin, married Sarah Bartlett Jan. 21, 1755. They had twelve children, one of whom, the Rev. Ebenezer Coffin, graduated at Harvard College. A letter written Sept. 27, 1764, by Joshua Coffin, and addressed to his father, Colonel Joseph Coffin, gives a glimpse of the domestic life of that day, and indicates an estrangement between father and son. The letter reads as follows :—

Honored Sir,

'Tis in your power to make my life (as to outward circumstances) either Happy or Miserable, & I am sure 'twould be with the Greatest Regrett I should do anything to Render your life uneasy. I don't ask you to give me house or land at present, although I d'ont think in that case I should be unreasonable (considering my family Increases so fast), but at present I only ask Leave to build a Bedroom chimney on my , own cost for our present comfort. Which, when you have properly weighed the affair & Considered what you have done for Bro. David & Paul, not to mention Boyd, for their convenience, & my present need of what I ask, I Cant suppose you will single me out from the rest of your Children as an object of your Displeasure. Since I don't know as either of them have done more to merit your favor. I now Intreat you, Sr, in this Request to treat me only as a son, whose happiness so much Depends on your approbation & afection. I am, Sr, with all Due Reverence & Duty. Your Dependent son,

Joshua Coff1n.

The writer of the letter quoted above died March 30, 1774, about six months after the death of his father." -------------------- http://www.sewellgenealogy.com/p96.htm#i5853

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Col. Joseph Coffin's Timeline

1702
December 30, 1702
1725
July 15, 1725
Age 22
NEWBURY, MA.
1726
August 25, 1726
Age 23
1728
August 9, 1728
Age 25
1729
December 8, 1729
Age 26
1732
January 9, 1732
Age 29
1733
February 27, 1733
Age 30
1735
February 6, 1735
Age 32
1737
January 16, 1737
Age 34
1737
Age 34