William Coffin (1699 - 1775)

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Birthplace: Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation: Tavern Keeper
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About William Coffin

  • Moved to Boston MA
  • 1731-1733 Owner of the "Bunch of Grapes Tavern" in Boston
  • Patriarch of the "Boston Coffins"
  • The "Boston Coffins" were loyalists, Banished during the Revolutionary War

The Coffins were strong in numbers and near neighbors, along the principal thoroughfare, now Washington street, dwelt twenty families, descended from William Coffin, or their near kinfolk, who lived in constant intercourse. The patriarch, at four score, his vigor hardly abated, lived on this street near his son's house. His daughter, Elizabeth, married her cousin, Thomas C. Amory, who had bought the house opposite her father's, at the corner of Hollis street, built by Governor Belcher for his own use. He was one of the organizers of Trinity church in 1734 and was one of the first wardens of same. He lived in honor and affluence till he died in 1774, just before the war broke out, which saved him from witnessing the exile and widespread confiscation that awaited his sons. His children and their children counted about sixty when he died, but of his descendants bearing the name of Coffin, all have died out in Massachusetts. He had four sons, all staunch Loyalists, William, Nathaniel, John and Ebenezer. The daughters, Mrs. De Blois, Mrs. Amory, and Mrs. Dexter, married into the best families of Boston, and through love for their husbands took the other side. The sons were proscribed and banished by an Act of the Massachusetts Legislature.

The loyalists of Massachusetts and the other side of the American Revolution

By James Henry Stark
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William Coffin's Timeline

December 1, 1699
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
September 3, 1722
Age 22
Boston, Massachusetts
April 11, 1723
Age 23
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
July 24, 1725
Age 25
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
June 2, 1727
Age 27
August 19, 1729
Age 29
Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
December 15, 1730
Age 31
March 1, 1731
Age 31
July 3, 1734
Age 34
May 21, 1736
Age 36