Lemuel Coffin, DAR CinC Guard (1755 - 1837)

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Death: Died in Newburyport, MA, USA
Managed by: David John Coffin
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About Lemuel Coffin, DAR CinC Guard

Lemuel Coffin was the Great-great Grandson of Tristram Coffin Sr. of Newbury and Nantucket. Lemuel was an early member of the Dernier Fire Society. The members of the society were required to keep at their residences, two leather buckets and a knapsack containing two canvas bags, ready for use at all times. This was the first, known, formally organized, volunteer fire department in Newburyport.

Marrying in Fredrick, Md. in 1780, he lived there until 1785, when he returned to Newburyport with his wife Catherine and infant daughter Olive. Lemuel, for thirty five or forty years occupied a house at the corner of Warren and Merrimac Streets.

American Revolutionary War service

Lemuel was also a veteran of the Revolutionary War. On April 19, 1775, he was in the Minute Company, under the command of Captain Moses Little that answered the alarm precipitated by the battle of Lexington and Concord. He enlisted May 9, 1775 in Captain Benjamin Perkins' Company, Seventeenth Regiment, Continental Infantry. Lemuel served at the battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775. He re-enlisted January 1, 1776 in Capt. Benjamin Perkins Company, Twelfth Regiment, Continental Infantry, again under the command of Col. Moses Little. On March 12, 1776, he was transferred at Cambridge, to the Commander in Chief's Guard (Washington's guard unit) commanded by Caleb Gibbs.

He served at the battle of White Plains, N.Y., October 28 1776; he was discharged at Newtown, Pa., December 4, 1776; re-enlisted in Capt. George Lewis' Troop, Third Regiment, Continental Dragoons, commanded by Col. George Baylor; he was again assigned to the cavalry in the Commander-in-Chiefs Guard on May 1, 1777 and was a member of General Washington's body guard.

He served at the battle of Germantown Pa., October 4, 1777; at the battle of Monmouth, N.J. Lemuel wintered at Valley Forge with Washington and on June 28, 1778 was at the skirmish at Tappan, N.Y., September 28, 1778. He was discharged at Philadelphia, December 12, 1779.

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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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Coffin, Lemuel, Newburyport (also given Newbury and Gardnerstown). Private, Capt. Moses Nowell's co., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 4 days; also, Capt. Benjamin Perkins's co., Col. Moses Little's (17th) regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted May 9, 1775; service, 12 weeks; also, company return [probably Oct., 1775]; age, 21 yrs.; also, order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Prospect Hill, Nov. 14, 1775; also, Capt. Benjamin Perkins's co.; company return for 1775 endorsed “Col. Garrish's regt.;” also, return of men enlisted into Continental Army from 2d Essex Co. regt., as made by Maj. Ralph Cross, sworn to in Essex Co., Feb. 16, 1778; residence, Gardnerstown; enlisted for town of Newburyport; enlistment, 3 years; reported in Gen. Washington's Life Guard; also, Lieut. Col. William Washington's (3d) regt. of light dragoons; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Dec. 13, 1779. --Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols.

Lemuel Coffin is listed on the first payroll of the Cavalry Guard. There is a copy of the Pay Roll in The Commander-in-Chief's Guard by Carlos E. Godfrey, p 39. The book was originally printed in 1905 and reprinted in 1972.

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1755
November 20, 1755
1780
April 2, 1780
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1781
August 18, 1781
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1783
July 9, 1783
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1785
July 14, 1785
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1788
March 25, 1788
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1790
August 9, 1790
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1792
October 21, 1792
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1795
January 19, 1795
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1797
July 29, 1797
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