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John and his brother Lemuel were both members of the CinC or Commander in Chief Guard unit, detailed to protecting George Washington. Service 1777-1779 12th Massachusetts Regt.

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Caleb Gibbs of Massachusetts was appointed " Captain Commandant," and George Lewis, a nephew of Washington, lieutenant. Men were detailed from the various regiments at Cambridge to serve in the ranks of the company. " It was considered a mark of peculiar distinction to belong to the Commander-in-chief's Guard."'

January i, 1777, Lieutenant Lewis organized a troop of fifty men, and on the first day of May following some of these men were detached and assigned for duty, as mounted cavalry- men in the Commander-in-Chief's Guard, and Lieutenant Lew- is was appointed captain of the " Cavalry Guard."

The followmg-named persons, who enlisted in Newburyport early in 1775, were transferred from Massachusetts regiments to the company under the command of Capt. Caleb Gibbs, and afterwards to the cavalr\' under the command of Capt. George Lewis.-

Michael Caswell enlisted May 3. 1775, in Capt. Ezra Lunt's company, Seventeenth regiment, commanded by Col. Moses Little ; re-enlisted in Newtown, Pa., December 14, 1776, in Capt. George Lewis' troop. Third regiment. Continental Dra- goons, commanded by Col. George Baylor ; assigned to the cavalry of the Commander-in-Chief's Guard, commanded by Capt. George Lewis, May i, 1777 ; at the battle of German- town, Pa., October 4, 1777 ; at the battle of Monmouth, N. J., June 26, 1778 ; at the skirmish at Tappan, N. Y., September 28, 1.778 ; discharged in Philadelphia December 13, 1779.

John Coffin enlisted August 3, 1775, in Capt. Benjamin Perkins' company. Seventeenth regiment, commanded by Col. Moses Little; re-enlisted January i, 1776, in Captain Per- kins' company. Twelfth regiment, commanded by Col. Moses Little; transferred at Cambridge March 12, 1776, to the Commander-in-Chief's Guard ; at the battle of White Plains, New York, October 28, 1776 ; discharged December 14, 1776 ; re-enlisted for three years in Capt. George Lewis' troop, Third regiment. Continental Dragoons, commanded by Col. George Baylor ; assigned to the ca\alry of the Commander-in-

1 Lossing's Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution, vol. II., p. 120 note.

" See Commander-in-Chief's Guard, by Carlos E. Godfrey, published in 1904.

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Chief's Guard, commanded by Capt. George Lewis, May i, 1777 ; at the battle of Brandywine, Delaware, September 11, 1777 ; at the battle of Germantown, Pa., October 4, 1777 ; at the battle of Monmouth, N, J., June 28, 1778 ; at the skirmish at Tappan, N. Y., September 28, 1778; discharged in Phila- delphia December 13, 1779/

Lemuel Coffin enlisted May 9, 1775, in Capt. Benjamin Perkins' company, Seventeenth regiment, Continental Infantry, commanded by Col. Moses Little ; at the battle of Bunker hill June 17, 1775 ; re-enlisted January i, 1776, in Capt. Benjamin Perkins' company, Twelfth regiment, Continental Infantry, commanded by Col. Moses Little ; transferred at Cambridge March 12, 1776, to the Commander-in-Chief's Guard, commanded by Caleb Gibbs ; at the battle of White Plains, N. Y., October 28, 1776; discharged at Newtown, Pa., December 4, 1776; re-enlisted in Capt. George Lewis' troop, Third regiment. Continental Dragoons, commanded by Col. George Baylor ; assigned to the cavalry of the Command- er-in-Chief's Guard, commanded by Capt. George Lewis, May I, 1777 ; at the battle of Germantown, Pa., October 4, 1777 ; at the battle of Monmouth, N. J., June 28, 1778 ; at the skir- mish at Tappan, N. Y., September 28, 1778; discharged at Philadelphia December 13, 1779.-

Zebulon Titcomb and Michael Titcomb enlisted April 19, 1775, in Capt. Moses Nowell's company and marched to Cam- bridge when news of the battle at Lexington and Concord reached Newburyport. They re-enlisted for eight months in the Seventeenth regiment, commanded by Col. Moses Little ; re-enlisted January i, 1776, for one year, in the Twelfth regi-

1 John Coffin, son of Joseph and Olive (Fowler) Coffin, was born in Newbury August 12, 1757. He married Mary Palmer November i8, 1781. Children: Henry, born February 23, 1783; John, born November 20, 1785 ; Jeremiah, born August 21, 1787.

2 Lemuel Coffin, brother of John Coffin, was born in Newbury, now Newbury- port, November 20, 1755. He married Catherine Cressol April 2, 1780, in Fred- erick, Md., and probably lived there until November 16, 1785, when he removed to Newburyport. He occupied for thirty-five or forty years a dwelling house near the corner of Warren and Merrimack streets. His son Abel, born October 21, 1792, was master of the ship Sachem when she brought the Siamese twins from Siam to Boston in 1829. (See chapter HI., p. 158.) LemuelCoHin diedinNew- buryport June 29, 1837.

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ment, commanded by Col. Moses Little ; transferred at Cam- bridge March 12, 1776, to the Commander-in-Chief's Guard, commanded by Capt. Caleb Gibbs; at the battle of White Plains, N. Y., October 28, 1776; discharged at Newtown, Pa., De- cember 14, 1776 ; re-enlisted for three years in Capt. George Lewis' troop, Third regiment, Continental Dragoons, com- manded by Col. George Baylor ; assigned to the cavalry of the Commanders-in-Chief's Guard, commanded by Capt. George Lewis, May i, 1777 ; at the battle of Brandywine, Del., September 11, 1777 ; at the battle of Germantown, Pa., October 4, 1777 ; at the battle of Monmouth, N. J., June 28, 1778; rejoined the regiment September 26, 1778; at the skirmish of Tappan, N. Y., September 28, 1778 ; discharged at Philadelphia, Pa., December 13, 1779.'

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