William Greenbury Coffin

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William Greenbury Coffin

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina, USA
Death: September 23, 1846 (74)
Booneville, Dallas, Iowa, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Libni Coffin and Hepzibah Coffin
Husband of Hannah Jains Coffin; Mary Elizabeth Coffin and Pharaba Macy Coffin
Father of Joseph Coffin; Greenberry Coffin; Jesse Greenbury Coffin; Nancy Johnson; Stephen Coffin and 9 others
Brother of Libni Coffin; Ruth Bond; Abijah Coffin; Abigail Coffin; Jeremiah Coffin and 4 others

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About William Greenbury Coffin

William may have married three times, first to Hannah Iddings or Hannah Jains Oden, second to Mary Duncan, and third to Pharaba Boswell Macy.

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Birth: October 29, 1771, Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, USA;

Death: September 23, 1846, Booneville, Dallas County, Iowa, USA.

The History of Dallas County, Iowa, published in 1879 by the Union Historical Company of Des Moines, Iowa:

The first death of a white person in the county occurred in the winter of 1846-47; that of William Coffin, father of Greenbury Coffin and father-in-law of John Wright. The deceased was a blacksmith by trade, and though well along in years when he came here, faithfully worked at his anvil and forge set up on the open prairie until a shop was built, sharpening plough shares, mending broken articles and doing other small jobs of smithing, to assist in earning his bread by the sweat of his brow, and by the exercise of his strong right arm, until finally called away from labor to rest.

He died in the Stump cabin of old age, and was buried in the Clayton graveyard, in what is now Boone township. The coffin or box in which he was buried was made of puncheons split out of large logs, and dressed and fitted by Levi Wright, Noah Staggs and other neighboring settlers as best they could under the circumstances, and his remains were lovingly laid in their last resting place with decency and respect by the hands of those who had been friendly and true to him in life.

Thus this memorable Stump cabin was not only the first house built, but also the place where the first death occurred in the county, and therefore afforded both the first place of entertainment for the living, and preparation of the dead for the silent tomb. Louis Stump erected the first cabin in Van Meter Township, Iowa. He was born January 22, 1823, and came to Iowa in 1845. His mother was Hepzabeth Starbuck born March 26, 1749, died after 1823 in Wayne County, Indiana

William Coffin is my great great great grandfather (bio by: Karolyn [Kendig] McLain)



Libni Coffin (1745 - 1844)



Mary Duncan Coffin (1776 - 1826)



Jesse Coffin (____ - 1836)


Greenberry Coffin (1805 - 1868)


Elizabeth Coffin Rawson (1807 - 1890)


Nancy Coffin Johnson (1808 - 1866)


Stephen Coffin (1811 - 1860)


Sarah H. Coffin Wright (1813 - 1881)


Priscilla Coffin Goodson (1816 - 1883)

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William Greenbury Coffin's Timeline

October 29, 1771
New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina, USA
March 3, 1798
Age 26
November 9, 1800
Age 29
August 17, 1805
Age 33
Montgomery, Virginia, USA
October 18, 1807
Age 35
Montgomery, Virginia
October 9, 1809
Age 37
Montgomery, Virginia, USA
Age 37
Washington, Indiana, USA
May 25, 1811
Age 39
Crab Apple Orchard, Cumberland, Tennessee, USA
September 3, 1813
Age 41
Washington, Indiana, United States