Tristram Coffin, Il (1632 - 1704) MP

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Birthplace: Brixton, Devon, England
Death: Died in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Occupation: Merchant in Newbury
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About Tristram Coffin, Il

Made freeman 29 Apr 1668.

When Tristram's father left Newbury, Tristram Jr. stayed behind. He was very active in town and church affairs holding a number of positions in town government. In about 1654 Tristram erected the Coffin home on what is now High Street in Newbury. This house, one of the oldest still standing in North America, is now owned by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. And may be visited by the public.

The Rev. Thomas Parker first settled Newbury in 1635 with a group of about one hundred of his followers. The church in Newbury was led by Rev. Parker for many years and in the 1660's great controversy arose as to its administration and religious practices. Two factions developed in the town and Tristram, throughout was a supporter of Rev. Parker, signing petitions and giving testimony throughout the period.

On May 14, 1654, Tristram signed petition in defense of Robert Pike who was accused of "intemperate zeal and seditious speech".

On March 7, 1663, he was appointed a fence viewer.

On May 29, 1668 Tristram was admitted as freeman.

In March of 1674, Tristram, among others was appointed to lay out six acres to be used as pasture for the future ministry. This, apparently led to him being appointed lot layer on September 21, 1677.

In the years, 1669, 1670, 1680, and 1681 he served as a selectman of the town.

Additionally, on September 29, 1681 he was appointed by General Court as one of three commissioners of small claims.

On March 1, 1682 Tristram was appointed "standing way warden to see that evry inhabitant do their part on the hye wayes"

By the year 1683, Tristram was one of the largest sheep owners in Newbury with a herd of 55.

In 1686 he was a member of the committee that partitioned the balance of the undivided common lands in Newbury.

On November 21, 1693, having previously been made a Deacon of the church, Tristram, with the other two deacons were chosen as standing overseers of the poor in Newbury and he was made Treasurer for the Poor.

In 1695, Newbury, having grown substantially was divided into two parishes, Tristram and two others were selected to make the geographical division. This was the beginning of the parish divisions which would result in the break off of Newburyport seventy years later.

Remaining active in church and town affairs until the end, on October 18, 1700 Tristram was appointed to a committee to procure a new bell for the First Parish Meeting House.

When Tristram died in 1704 a memorial inscribed as follows was erected in the First Church burial ground in Newbury:

To the memory of Tristram Coffin, Esq.,

who having served the first church of

Newbury in the office of Deacon 20 years

died Feb, 1703-4 aged 72 years.

'On earth he pur-chas-ed a good degree,

Great boldness in the faith and liberty,

And now possesses immortality.'

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Tristram Coffin Jr. was born in England in 1632. He married Judith Somerby of Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1652. Tristram was a weaver and filled many notable positions on the Newbury Town Council. He was named Deacon to the first Parish of Newbury. His house in Newbury is known as the Old Coffin House. Tristram Jr. and his wife Judith's graves are marked in the cemetery of the First Parish of Newbury which is located across the street from the Coffin house. Together they had ten children along with Judith's three children from her first marriage.

Grave

TO THE MEMORY OF

TRISTRAM COFFIN

ESQr WHO HAVEING

SERVED THE FIRST

CHURCH OF NEWBURY

IN Ye OFFICE OF A DEACON

20 YEARS DIED FEBR Ye

4th 1703/4 ÆTATIS SUE 72

ON EARTH HE PURCHASED A GOOD DEGREE

GREAT BOLDNESS IN Ye FAITH & LIBERTY

AND NOW POSSESSES IMMORTALITY

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Came over with parents from England in 1642. Freeman 1668, 20 years deacon. merchant tailor. learned his trade from his wifes first husband who he had been apprenticed to.

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The photo of the Coffin House is dated to 1678 and is the oldest house in the Newbury Historic District.It was built by Tristram Coffin Jr.

Tristram Coffin Jr. Became a weaver/ tailor and Deacon of the First Parish of Newbury.

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Tristan Coffin was born in 1632 at Brixton, Devonshire. He married Judith Greenleaf, daughter of Edmund Greenleaf and Sarah Dole, on 2 Mar 1652/53 at Newbury, Mass. He died on 4 Feb 1704.

Children of TristanCoffin and Judith Greenleaf were as follows:

1. Judith; born 4 Dec 1653 at Newbury; married John Sanborn 19 Nov 1674.

2. Deborah; born 10 Nov 1655 at Newbury; married Joseph Knight 31 Oct 1677.

3. Mary; born 12 Nov 1657 at Newbury; married Joseph Little 31 Oct 1677.

4. James; born 22 Apr 1659 at Newbury; married Florence Hook, daughter of Horace Hook, 16 Nov 1685.

5. John; born 8 Sep 1660 at Newbury; died 13 May 1677 at Newbury at age 16.

6. Lydia; married Moses Little; born 22 Apr 1662 at Newbury; married John Pike 18 Mar 1685..

7. Enoch; born 21 Jan 1663 at Newbury; died 12 Nov 1675 at Newbury at age 12.

8. Stephen; born 18 Aug 1664 at Newbury; married Sarah Atkinson, daughter of John Atkinson and Sarah Mirack, 8 Oct 1685; died 31 Aug 1725 at Newbury at age 61.

9. Peter; married Apphia Dole, daughter of Richard Dole and Hannah Rolfe; born 27 Jul 1667 at Newbury; died 19 Jan 1746 at Gloucester, Mass, at age 78.

10. Nathaniel, married Sarah Brocklebank; born 1669.

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Tristram Coffin's Timeline

1632
February 1, 1632
Brixton, Devon, England
1642
1642
Age 9
Massachusetts, United States

Tristram, Dionis, Peter, Tristram Jr., Elizabeth and James arrived in Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1652
March 2, 1652
Age 20
Newbury, Massachusetts, United States
1653
December 4, 1653
Age 21
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1655
November 10, 1655
Age 23
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1657
November 12, 1657
Age 25
Newbury, Essex, MA
1659
April 22, 1659
Age 27
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1660
September 8, 1660
Age 28
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1662
April 22, 1662
Age 30
Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1663
January 21, 1663
Age 30
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States