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About Phineas Coburn
Phineas was one of the original 48 pioneers in Ohio's Northwest Territory.
Phineas Coburn, one of the first company of emigrants to Ohio, was the eldest son of Major Asa Coburn, a gallant officer of the Massachusetts line, who, with two brothers, entered the army at the opening of the revolutionary war. He retired from the conflict at its close with the rank of major; his brothers both died on the battle-field. Major Coburn owned three shares in the Ohio Company, and removed with his family to Marietta August 19, 1788, and was a valuable acquisition to the settlement. Phineas, his father, and family, joined the Waterford association, and on the commencement of Indian hostilities were domiciled in Fort Frye, where Major Coburn died during the war. Early in 1795 the Coburns, with a few others, but a block house, and began to clear their farms on the fertile alluvial bottoms which border the Muskingum in Adams township. Phineas made his permanent home in Morgan County, Ohio. The gallant General Dumont, of Indiana, an officer in the Union Army, claimed descent through his mother from Major Coburn.