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Mary Coffin (Gardner)

Birthplace: Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. John Gardner, of Nantucket and Priscilla Grafton
Wife of Jethro Coffin
Mother of Margaret Hall Wilson; Priscilla Gardner; John (Mendom) Coffin; Josiah Coffin and Robert Coffin
Sister of John Gardner, Jr.; Joseph Gardner; Priscilla Arthur; Rachel Brown; George Gardner and 6 others

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About Mary Coffin

Mary Gardner Coffin (1670-1767) was born on Nantucket and married Jethro Coffin, grandson of Tristram, in 1686. Their home, built later that year, is still standing on Nantucket. Now known as the Oldest House, it is owned and operated by the Nantucket Historical Association. 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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Mary Coffin's Timeline

May 27, 1670
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
Age 15
June 10, 1689
Age 19
Age 20
April 12, 1694
Age 23
Dover, NH, USA
Age 32
Nantucket, MA, USA
Age 33
October 27, 1767
Age 97
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA