William H. Coffin, Captain (1778 - 1808)

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Wm Henry commanded an East India merchant man and died at sea in 1808 when in his thirtieth year under suspicious circumstances It was believed that the crew mutinied and murdered him for though his effects under charge of a black boy whom he had in his cabin were transferred to a passing vessel and sent home yet the ship he had commanded never returned to port although it was heard of by the owners long afterward as cruising in the India seas The account of the sickness of his master as given by the black boy who was only half witted was that the Captain was confined for but a few hours to his berth that there were spots of blood on the clothing and that there had been a fight on deck

Captain Wm Henry Coffin married Martha daughter of Ebenezer Allen and had two children 

William Henry Jr who succeeded his grand father Alexander Coffin of Hudson as Post Master in 1825 and held the office until 1833 and Robert B who entered the U S Navy in 1818 and sailed first on the frigate Congress under the command of his cousin Lieut William Howard Allen While a midshipman on board the Franklin 74 he was drowned by the upsetting of a boat off Valaparaiso 12th March 1822 at the age of fifteen years

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