Jethro Coffin (1663 - 1726) MP

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Birthplace: Dover, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
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About Jethro Coffin

The Coffin/Gardner marriage symbolized the end of an early conflict in Nantucket society involving their families that was known as the "half-share revolt." John Gardner and Tristram Coffin were key figures in Nantucket's early governance. Coffin represented the "full-share" men, or original founders of Nantucket, while Gardner was one of a group of tradesmen who came to work on the island but received only half-shares. Bitter debates between the full-share and half-share parties raged on Nantucket about land rights, who could hold public office, and the future directions for the island. A tentative compromise between the two factions was reached in 1678, but it was not until Coffin's death in 1681 and the eventual marriage of his grandson into the Gardner family that a full resolution of this conflict occurred.

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Jethro Coffin's Timeline

1605
March 11, 1605
Plymouth, Devon, England
1663
September 16, 1663
Dover, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
1686
1686
Age 22
Nantucket,Nantucket,Massachusetts,USA
1689
June 10, 1689
Age 25
Nantucket,Nantucket,Massachusetts,USA
1691
1691
Age 27
1694
April 12, 1694
Age 30
Dover, NH, USA
1703
1703
Age 39
Nantucket, MA, USA
1726
1726
Age 62
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
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