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James Coffyn, Knight

Also Known As: "James Coffin"
Birthplace: Portledge Manor, Brixton, Devon, England
Death: Died in Monkleigh, Devon, England
Place of Burial: Monkleigh, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Coffin, of Portledge and Wilmot Coffyn
Husband of Elizabeth Coffin; Mary Coffyn and Anne St. Leger
Father of Mary Malet; Peter Coffin; Elizabeth Wyke and John Coffyn
Brother of John Coffin; Anne Tremayne; Christian Tolkarne; Margaret Bunker; William Coffin and 4 others

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About Sir James Coffyn, Knight

  • Sir James Coffyn
  • Birth: unknown
  • Death: 1566, England
  • 1566 James Coffyn esq Lord of the Manor
  • Born c1540 in Alwington, son of Richard Coffyn and Wilmot Chudleigh of Ashton
  • He married firstly Mary Cole of Knowston by whom he had
    • 1. Peter Tristram b1555 in Alwington,
  • He married secondly Elizabeth Ede by whom he had, ,.
    • 1. Mary b1560 in Marsh near Honiton
    • 2. Elizabeth 'the Older' b1563 in Marsh 3. Wilmot b1563 in Marsh
    • 4. Elizabeth 'the Younger' b1565
  • Family links:
  • Spouse:
  • Anne Knyvett St Leger (1475 - 1559)*
  • Burial: Monkleigh Cemetery, Bideford, Torridge District, Devon, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 73381608
  • From:


  • The visitation of the county of Devon in the year 1620 by Colby, Frederic Thomas
    • Coffin.
  • Rich. Coffin of Portlinch = Elizb. d. of Leonard Loveys Esq. ; ch: Richard (, 2), Leonard (, 3), Edward (, 4), James (, 5), Henry (, 6), Edm. (, 7), Will'm (, 8), John (m. Elizb. Hurding) Coffin
    • John Coffin of Portlinch, living = Elizb. d. of Hen. Hurding in com. Dorset Esq. ; ch: Jane, Elizabeth Coffin
    • Coffyn.
  • Richard Coffin of Portlinch in com. Devon Esq. = d. of Chudley ; ch: John (m. Mary Cary), Edward (2 =), James (m. Mary Cole) Coffin
    • Edward, 2 =
    • James, 3 = Mary d. of Cole of Knowston in com. Devon
    • John Coffin of Portlinch Esq. s. & h. = Mary d. of Robt. Cary of Clovelly ; ch: Richard (m. d. of Leonard Loveys), John (m. Grace Berrie), Mary (m. John Woollocom), Prudence (m. _ Berrie), Willmot (m. Wm. Addington) Coffin
      • Richard Coffin of Portlinch = d. of Leonard Loveys of Ugber in Cornw. Esq.
      • Mary = John Woollocom of Combe in Devon Esq.
      • Prudence = Berrie of Berrie in Erbor Esq.
      • Willmot = Wm. Addington of Horlebury in Essex Esq.
      • John Coffin, 2 of Goldworthy in com. Devon gent. = Grace d. of Rich. Berrie of Berrie in Erbor ; ch: Giles (2, æt. about 10), Nicholas (3, æt. 7), Humphrie (s. & h., æt. 15, 1620) Coffin


  • The life of Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, baronet, his English and American ancestors; (1886)
  • .... At Monkley, about ten miles east from Portlege, one of the homes of its junior branches, dwelt at the time James, son of Richard and Miss Chudleigh, whose brother John married Mary Cary. His wife, Mary Cole, was the near kinswoman of William, who married Radigan, daughter of Nicholas Boscawen. Tristram named his sons after his ancestors, James was his fourth son. These circumstances amount to nothing as proof, but may lead to it, or perhaps confirm the conclusion of Mr. Allen Coffin, that the connection with Alwington, if any, is much more remote. Near the close will be found an article on this and other kindred topics, portions of which by his permission I insert.
  • .... It will be seen that in the sixth generation John Coffin married Philippa, daughter and co-heiress of Phillip Kingston, His eldest son Richard, Sheriff of Devon in 1511 (2 Hen. VIII.), married Wilmot, daughter of Sir Richard Chudleigh, famous in legal annals as party in a leading case which bears his name. This marriage took place about 1510, The Sheriff had three sons, John, James, and Edward. The second, James, born as late as 1512, might well have been father of Peter, who, about 1562, married Mary Boscawen. Their son Nicholas, if born in 1563, .... etc.
  • The best known of the brothers of the Sheriff, Sir William, born about 1480, going to Court, stood high in the estimation of Henry the Eighth. .... He married Margaret, the daughter of Sir George Dimock, the champion of England, and from her, after his death the wife of Richard Manners, descended the later Dukes of Rutland. .... At Standon, a royal manor, of which he was high steward when he died in 1538, stands his monument. He left no children, and by his will devised his lands to his brother Richard's sons, bequeathed his hawks, hounds, and hunting gear to the King. His brothers James and Thomas had children, but the dates confirm the view that his nephew, James, and Mary Cole were the parents of Peter, who married Mary Boscawen.
  • .... etc.


  • The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising ..., Volume 1, Pages 1-452 edited by John Lambrick Vivian
  • Pg.208
  • Richard Coffin, temp. Hen. II. = ; ch: Richard Coffin
    • Richard Coffin of Alwington. Charter 28 Aug. 1254, Hen. III grants freewarren in Alwington to Richard Coffin and his heirs for ever. = ; ch: William Coffin
      • William Coffin of Alwington. Deed temp. Edw. I. = ; ch: 1Rcihard Coffin
        • 1Richard Coffin of Alwington, Ped. Fin. 4 Edw. II. = ch: 1Richard (4 son.), 1Lawrence (3 son.), 1Roger (2 son.), 1John (son and heir), Joan Coffin
          • 1John Coffin, son and heir. Deed 1318. = ; ch: David (m. Thomasine .... ) Coffin
            • David Coffin of Alwington 1359. Deed 44 Edw. III, 1370. = Thomasine, da. of ... ; ch: David Coffin
              • David Coffin, son and heir. Deed 44 Edw. III. = ; ch: John (m. Thomasin Hathey) Coffin
                • John Coffin of Alwington. Deed 1427. = Thomasin, da. and heir of ... Hathey. Deed 1427. ; ch: John (2 son. Deed 3 Feb. 1445.), William (m. Margaret Giffard) Coffin
                  • William Coffin of Alwington. Deed 3 Feb. 1445, d. 11 Sep. 1486. Inq. p.m. 2 Hen. VII, No. 49. = Margaret, da. of Thomas Giffard, survived her husband and named in the Inq. taken on his death. ; ch: John of Northam (2 son.), Richard (m. Alice Gambon), Constantia (mar. to John Wyse.) Coffin
                    • Richard Coffin, son and heir aged 30 years at his father's death 1486. = Alice, da. of John Gambon of Merston. ; ch: Sir 2William (m. Margaret Dymock & Lady Manners), Richard (2 son.), 2John (m. Elizabeth Hingeston), Jane (= 2John Berry of Coleton ch: Richard, Jaket Berry.) Coffin
                      • Sir 2William Coffin, Kt., Master of the Horse to Queen Jane, and Gent. of the Privy Chamber to Hen. VIII. M.P. for Derbyshire 21 Hen. VIII, d. 8 Dec. 1538, s.p., bur. at Standon, Herts, M.I. = 2Margaret, da. of Robert Dymock. ; = Lady Manners of Derbyshire.
                      • 2John Coffin of Porthledge, son and heir. = 2Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Philip de Hingeston. ch: A (Pg.209 1Jacquet (m. John Kestell), 1Alice, 1Margaret (m. Richard Gilbert of Yolgrave), 1Anne, 1William (5 son.), 1William (4 son.), 1Thomas (3 son.), James (m. Anne Chudleigh), Richard (m. Wilmot Chudley) Coffin)
  • Pg.209
  • James Coffin, 2 son, named in the will of his bro. Richard, living 1551. = Anne, da of Sir William Chudleigh, Kt., remar. Edward Widdon, vide Chudleigh ped. ante, p. 189. ; ch: Jacquet (m. 1 George Basset & 2 Humphrey Jones.) Coffin.
  • Richard Coffin of Portlinch in com. Devon, Esq., named in Inq. taken on death of his son James as deceased, d. 24, bur. 25 Dec. 1555 at Alwington.3 Inq. p.m. 2 and 3, Phil. and Mary, pt. 1, No. 26, recites will dated 27 July 1551. = Wilmot, Da. of Sir Richard Chudley by Mary, da. of Sir Nicholas Wadham of Merefield, named in the will of her husband and the Inq. taken on the death of her son James, bur. 13 June, 1569 at Alwington.3 ; ch: Anne, (mar. 1 Feb. 1550-1 at Lamerton4 to Roger Tremayne of Callacombe, remar. John Smith of Tregonacke, co. Cornw.), Christian (named in her father's will, mar. 1 Dec. 1566 at Lamerton4 to Justinian Tolkerne of Cornwall.), Elizabeth (mar. 2 Feb. 1568-9 at Monkleigh5 to Edward Whiddon.), Edward (2 fil. named in his father's will.), William (4 son, named in the Inq. taken on the death of his bro. James.), James (m. Elizabeth Ede), Johanna (named in her father's will, mar. 12 Sept. 1574 at Alwington3 to Richard Tremayne.), Margaret (named in her father's will.), John (m. Mary Cary) Coffin.
    • James Coffin of Marsh, 3 fil., named in his father's will, d. 15, bur. 17 Dec. 1566 at Monkleigh.3 Inq. p.m. 9 Eliz. No. 204, and 30 Eliz. pt. 2, No. 25. = Elizabeth, da. of ... Ede, mar. 5 Feb. 1559-60 at Ashton,6 survived her husband and named in the Inq. taken on his death. ; ch: Elizabeth (4 da. and coh., b. 5 Aug. 1565, aged one year 5 Aug. 1566, mar. John Wyke of Henly, co. Somerset.), Wilmot (3 da. and coh. aged 3 years on 29 Sep. 1566), Elizabeth (2 da. and coh. aged 3 years on 29 Sep. 1566, mar. Thomas Gere.), Mary (1 da. & coh. aged 6 years on 26 Dec. 1566, mar. Arthur Mallett.)
    • John Coffin of Portlinch, fil. et Heres, Esq., aged 19 years on 29 Dec. 1555, d. 28, bur. 30 Mar. 1608 at Alwington.1 Inq. p.m. 7 Jas. pt. 2, No. 93. Will 2 Feb. pro. 28 May 1608, Archd. Ct. of Barnstaple, Exeter. = Mary Da. of Robert Cary of Clovellye. ; ch: Prudence (bap. 2 June 1573 at Alwington,3 mar. to Humphry Berrie of Berrie in Erbor. Esq.), Mary (mar. 23 Oct. 1589 at Alwington3 to John Woollocom of Combe in Devon, Esq.), Johane (bap. 1571, bur. 20 Sept. 1571 at Alwington.3), Willmot (bap. 6 Dec. 1569 at Alwington,3 mar. to William Addington of Harleberie in Essex, Esq. remar. 7 Feb. 1596-7 at Alwington3 to Launcelot Ffarington.), John (m. Grace Berrie), 8Richard (m. 8Elizabeth Loveys) Coffin
      • John Coffin, 2 fil. of Goldworthy in com. Devon, Gent. bapt. 25 June 1576 at Alwington,2 bur. 23 Jan. 1628-9 at Parkham.7 M.I. = Grace, Da. of Richard Berrie of Berried in Erbor, bur. 4 June 1623 at Parkham.7 M. I. ; ch: Jane (bap. 30 Sep. 1618 at Alwington.3), Elizabeth (bap. Dec. 1619 at Alwington.3), Gertrude (bap. 12 Aug. 1621 at Alwington.3), Nicholas (3 fil. æt. 7 annor. 1620, bur. 29 Mar. 1636 at Parkham.7), Giles (2 fil. ætat. about 10, 1620, bur. Nov. 1628 at Parkham.7), Humphry (1 son, bap. 22 May 1603 at Alwington,3 died an infant.), Humphrie (fil. primogenitus, bap. 30 June 1605 at Alwington,3 æt. 15 temp. Visitacois 1620.) Coffin
        • Humphrie Coffin .... etc.
      • 8Richard Coffin of Porthleinch, son and heir, bap. 12 Feb. 1574-5 at Alwington,3 aged 30 years and more at his father's death and exr. of his will, d. 25, bur. 30 July 1617 at Alwington,3 aged 48. M.I. = 8Elizabeth, Da. of Leonard Loveys of Ugber in com. Cornwall, Esq. mar. 10 June 1589 at Alwington,3 named in the will of her sons William, Henry and John, d. 3 May 1651, aged 80. M.I. Alwington. Will 20 May 1649, pro. 5 July 1651, P.C.C. (rey 124). ; ch: 8Mary (m. John Moore), 8Ibbot (m. Hugh Levelis), 8Wilmot (m. Francis Weekes), 8Elizabeth (m. Hugh Fortescue), 8Edward (7 son), 8William (8 son), Katherine (m. William Hockin), 8Christian, 8Julian (m. Richard Gifford) Coffin, B (Pg.210 4Henry (m. Honor Clarke), 4James (5 son), John (m. Elizabeth Hurding), 4Edmond (4 son), 4Leonard (3 son), 4Richard (m. Alice ...) Coffin)
        • .... etc.



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Sir James Coffyn, Knight's Timeline

Brixton, Devon, England
Age 20
Devon, UK
Age 21
Portledge Manor,Brixton,Devonshire,England
Age 26
Portledge, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
February 5, 1560
Age 46
August 5, 1565
Age 51
December 15, 1566
Age 52
Monkleigh, Devon, England
Age 52