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Edmund Coffin, Dr.

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Newbury, Essex, Massachussetts
Death: January 19, 1789 (80)
Kittery, York, Maine
Immediate Family:

Son of Hon. Nathaniel Coffin and Sarah Coffin
Husband of Shuah Coffin
Father of Edward Coffin; Phebe Coffin; Edmund Coffin; Nathaniel Coffin; Sarah Hill and 8 others
Brother of John Coffin; Colonel Joseph Coffin; Jane Webster; Moses Coffin; Enoch Coffin and 1 other
Half brother of Sarah Little

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About Edmund Coffin, Dr.

Dr. Edmund Coffin, born March 19, 1708, son of Hon. Nathaniel Coffin, of Newbury; he was a practicing physician in Kittery Maine; they had thirteen children


Dr. Edmund Coffin.

Dr. Willis. Dear Sir: Dr. Fogg very kindly sent me the following in regard to Dr. Edmund Coffin; and in answer to your query in the March Old Eliot, I venture to send it to you:

"Dr. Edmund Coffin was born in Newbury, Mass., March 19, 1708. He was the sixth son of Hon. Nathaniel Coffin. He removed from Newbury to Kittery, Maine, [now Eliot,] about 1730, and commenced practice as a Physician. His residence was near the house of Mr. Sylvester Bartlett. He was buried in its close vicinity, and his tombstone may yet be seen. He married Shuah Barllett, November 15, 1732. She was born January 1, 1716."

Dr. Edmund Coffin's daughter Mary was my grandmother's grandmother. My grandmother remembered her grandmother, but not this grandmother's father,—Doctor Coffin.

Mary Coffin, the Doctor's daughter, married Waldron Kennison; and their son Waldron was my grandmother's father. Augusta H. Nason, Kennebunk, Maine.

Mr. Alfred Bartlett of Eliot, writes concerning Dr. Cofnn:

"In regard to Dr. Willis' inquiry in the March Old Elliot, I would say, it is a matter of record that Dr. Edmund Coffin married Shuah Bartlett, daughter of Capt. Nathan and Mrs. Shuah (Heard) Bartlett, November 15, 1732. Both were of Kittery (now Eliot.) Their marriage intentions were announced and entered "September ye nth, 1732."

"My father, [James W. Battlett,] says that the Dr. lived in the house which stood near the foot of our garden; and that his grave is in the burying ground in Uncle Sylvester Bartlett's field opposite this house."

The physicians of Eliot, Maine

By John L. M. Willis


Without doubt the first physician to settle in the upper parish of Kittery, now Eliot, was Dr. Edmund Coffin. Born in Newbury, Mass., March 19, 1708; the sixth son of the Hon. Nathaniel Coffin. He removed from Newbury to Eliot, about 1730; and commenced practice as a physician. He married Shuah Bartlett, the daughter of Capt. Nathan and Shuah (Heard) Bartlett. The marriage intention was entered " Sept. ye nth, 1732."

Dr. Coffin's house stood near the home of Mr. James W. Bartlett, at the foot of the garden; and his grave is in the old burying ground in the field of Mr. C. Edward Bartlett. His gravestone may yet be seen. He had thirteen children, the youngest born in 1759.

Two sons of Dr. Coffin,—Nathan and Nathaniel,—were patriots of the Revolution, and proved their zeal by actual service. Nathan was Sergeant, Capt. T. Fernald's Co. 30th Foot Reg. United Colonies; enlisted May 3, 1775. He was then twenty-six years old.

Nathaniel was First Lieut. Capt. John Shapleigh's Co. Coast Guards, at Kittery Point, in 1775; and in Capt. Hubbard's Co. Coast Guards, January to November, 1776. —See July Old Eliot, pp. 106, 119.

In Coffin's history of Newbury, page 210, is a letter, written by Dr. Coffin, of Eliot, to his father; and on page 337, is another communication.

In the Berwick town records, 1730, we find the following: 'Voted that three pounds be granted to Dr. Edmund Coffin, for the prime cost of his medicines, in doctoring Ebenezer Beltwood in his long and lingering sickness, when on his deathbed."

Dr. Coffin owned a small field near the Geo. Frye place.

Old Kittery and her families

By Everett Schermerhorn Stackpole

http://books.google.com/books?id=NMV8ijlqeA0C&dq=Edmund%20Coffin%2C%20Dr.%201708&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q=Edmund%20Coffin,%20Dr.%201708&f=false COFFIN.

Dr. Edmund, son of Hon. Nathaniel Coffin, was born in Newbury, Mass., 19 March 1708. His father, born 22 March 1669, was son of Tristam Coffin, born in 1632, who was son of Tristam born 1609 in Brixam Parish, Plymouth, Eng. Dr. Coffin removed to what is now Eliot about 1730 and commenced practice as a physician. He married, 15 Nov. 1732, Shuah, dau. of Nathan Bartlett. Children:

Edward b. 18 Nov. 1733; d. 17 Jan. 1735.

Phebe b. 15 March 1734-5; m. David Lord 6 Dec. 1759.

Edmund b. 3 Nov. 1736; d. 2 May 1758.

Nathaniel b. 25 Aug. 1738; m. ._________ ________ unknown

  • Ch., Edmund b. 13 July 1769;
  • Hephzibah b. 13 Nov. 1771;
  • Mary b. 12 Jan. 1774;
  • Apphia b. 6 Nov. 1776;
  • John Norton b. 21 May 1778.

Sarah b. 1 July 1740; m. James Hill 1 Jan. 1761.

Jane b. 13 Feb. 1742-3; m. John Dennet. Pub. 9 July 1763.

James b. 11 July 1745; m. Martha McLellan 17 Nov. 1768. Lived in Saco.

Mary b. 12 Sept. 1747; m. Waldron Kennison I Jan. 1772.

Nathan b. 28 Aug. 1749; m. Dorcas Bartlett 20 June 1776.

Enoch b. 19 June 1751; d. 9 Sept. 1761.

John b. 8 Sept. 1753; d. n May 1756.

Shuah b. 31 May 1756.

Apphia b. 17 May 1759.

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Edmund Coffin, Dr.'s Timeline

March 19, 1708
Essex, Massachussetts
November 18, 1733
Age 25
March 15, 1734
Age 25
November 3, 1736
Age 28
August 25, 1738
Age 30
July 1, 1740
Age 32
York, York, ME, USA
February 13, 1742
Age 33
July 11, 1745
Age 37
September 12, 1747
Age 39