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Jethro Coffin

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Dover, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: August 1726 (62)
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Coffin, Sr. and Abigail Coffin
Husband of Mary Coffin
Father of Margaret Terry; Priscilla Gardner; John (Mendom) Coffin; Josiah Coffin and Robert Coffin
Brother of Abigail Davidson; Peter Coffin, Jr.; Tristram Coffin; Robert Coffin; Edward Coffin and 6 others

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About Jethro Coffin

The Coffin/Gardner marriage symbolized the end of an early conflict in Nantucket society involving their families that was known as the "half-share revolt." John Gardner and Tristram Coffin were key figures in Nantucket's early governance. Coffin represented the "full-share" men, or original founders of Nantucket, while Gardner was one of a group of tradesmen who came to work on the island but received only half-shares. Bitter debates between the full-share and half-share parties raged on Nantucket about land rights, who could hold public office, and the future directions for the island. A tentative compromise between the two factions was reached in 1678, but it was not until Coffin's death in 1681 and the eventual marriage of his grandson into the Gardner family that a full resolution of this conflict occurred. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Jethro Coffin House (Horseshoe House) built in 1686 The oldest house in Nantucket

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Jethro Coffin's Timeline

March 11, 1605
Plymouth, Devon, England
September 16, 1663
Dover, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
June 10, 1689
Age 25
Nantucket Island, Dukes County, Province of Massachusetts
Age 27
April 12, 1694
Age 30
Dover, NH, United States
July 28, 1698
Age 34
Nantucket, MA, United States
April 21, 1704
Age 40
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
August 1726
Age 62
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States