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Peter Coffin, Esq.

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: February 14, 1796 (72)
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Tristram Coffin and Dorothy Francis
Husband of Mary Coffin
Father of Jethro Coffin; Dorothy Leighton; Mary Smith; Peter Coffin; Sarah Parsons and 6 others
Brother of Richard Coffin and Simon Coffin

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About Hon. Peter Coffin

Peter Coffin

  • Birth: Aug 10 1723 - Newbury, Essex Co, MA
  • Parents: Tristram Coffin, Dorothy Tufts
  • Wife: Mary Currier
  • Death: Feb 14 1796 - Glouchester, Essex Co., MA

DAR Ancestor #: A023847


From History of the Town of Gloucester: Cape Ann  By John James Babson. Page 70-74

Peter Coffin was son of Tristram Coffin of Newbury, where the family settled early. He came to Gloucester in 1688, and occupied the large tract of land, of about five hundred acres, between Annisquam and Chcbacco Rivers (originally granted to William Stevens), that his father had purchased the same year of Jonathan Willoughby of London. How long he remained here is uncertain. Two daughters (Hannah and Judith) were born, by his wife Afiah, within three years after he came.

His grandson Peter, upon whom the property was entailed, took possession of it about 1747, and resided there till his removal to the harbor. Soon after he came to town, he began to take a part in public affairs; and continued upwards of forty years a prominent and useful citizen. In the earliest stages of the Revolution, he embraced the Colonial cause with enthusiastic ardor; and ceased not to devote all his energies to the public good till independence was established.

As his farm was at an convenient distance from the village for an actor in the stirring events of the time, he took a house in town about the commencement of the war, and resided there till his death. The high estimate placed upon his services by his townsmen is sufficiently attested by his repeated election to offices of trust and responsibility. He served from 1753 to 1777, excepting two years, on the Board of Selectmen. In 1774, he was first chosen representative to the General Court, and filled this office several times between that period and the last year of his service,— 1792; and also served as one of the senators from Essex County. He was the principal acting magistrate in town for many years. His death took place, Feb. 14, 1796, at the age of seventy-two. Mr. Coffin's wife was Mary Currier of Amesbury. Of his ten children, three were sons, — Peter, William, and Tristram.


  1. 1 Sep 1743 in of Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts 4 5 to Mary Currier "Of Amesbury". She was the daughter of Richard Currier & Dorothy Barnard.


  1. Dorothy b. 1744. Married Aaron Smith
  2. Mary b. 1745. Married Nathaniel Smith
  3. Peter b. 1750. Married Mary Forbes
  4. Sarah b. 1752. Married Rev Obediah Parsons
  5. Hannah b. 1754. Married William Dane.
  6. William b. 1756. Married Mary Langdon
  7. Lois b. 1758.
  8. Eunice b. 1760. Married Aaron Lummus
  9. Tristram b. 1762. Married Mary Jeffs
  10. Elizabeth (Bettee) b. 1764. Married Joshua Gee Whittemore NOTE: not listed in the Barney Record; is listed in Gloucester VR as Bettee.


"Peter Coffin, son of Tristram Coffin, of Newbury, came to Gloucester in 1688, and occupied a tract of land, comprising some 500 acres, between Essex & Chebacco rivers, originally granted to William Stevens, but which Coffin's father bought of Jonathan Willoughby of London. His grandson Peter' came in possession of the property by entail about 1747, where he resided until he removed to the village near the harbor. He was a prominent citizen ..." (2)


  1. Nantucket Historical Society - Barney Record 532
  2. History of the town and city of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts by James R. Pringle.Published 1892 by Published by the author in Gloucester, Mass. Page 41
  3. Lineage Book, Volume 28. By Daughters of the American Revolution. Page 222. Peter Coffin, (1723-96), was chosen the first representative to the General Court, 1774, and served as senator from Essex county, 1775. He was born in Gloucester, where he died.
  4. The Acts and Resolves, Public and Private, of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay: To which are Prefixed the Charters of the Province. With Historical and Explanatory Notes, and an Appendix. Published Under Chapter 87 of the Resolves of the General Court of the Commonwealth for the Year 1867 ... (Google eBook) Page 512.
  5. John J. (John James) Babson. Notes and additions to the history of Gloucester : second series. (page 15 of 19) 1775 - June 7. On petition of Peter Coffin, Esq., and Mr. John Low, the House of Representatives resolve to supply the Town of Gloucester with four 24-pounders, four 9-pounders and four 6-pounders, properly stocked with necessary apparatus for each cannon, 40 rounds of shot for each cannon and ten barrels of gunpowder. A company of matrosses of fifty men to be raised to manage the cannon stationed there, to be under the command of Col. Foster, to be enlisted to serve until the last of December.
  6. Vital Records of GLOUCESTER, MA to the end of the year 1849. "Hon. Peter Coffin died aged 72 years."


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Hon. Peter Coffin's Timeline

August 10, 1723
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
May 7, 1744
Age 20
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
October 22, 1745
Age 22
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
May 22, 1750
Age 26
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
October 25, 1752
Age 29
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
August 3, 1754
Age 30
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
June 30, 1756
Age 32
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
June 14, 1758
Age 34
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
April 14, 1760
Age 36
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States