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William Coffin

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Nantucket Island, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel "King Sam" Coffin and Miriam Coffin
Husband of Priscilla Paddock
Father of Deborah Coffin; Libni Coffin; William Coffin; Barnabas Coffin; Mathew Coffin and 5 others
Brother of John Coffin; Sarah Stanton; David Coffin; Mary Barnard; Priscilla Colman and 5 others

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About William Coffin

William Coffin was born November 4, 1720 in Nantucket Island, Nantucket, Massachusetts to Samuel Coffin and Miriam Gardner. William Coffin was a blacksmith.

He married Priscilla Paddock on November 8, 1740 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. (Conflicting data: His family bible states he was married October 4, 1740) Together they had the following children:

  • Deborah Coffin b. January 31, 1743, m1. Abel Gardner, m2. Micajah Tirell
  • Libni Coffin b. October 7, 1745, m. Hepzibah Starbuck
  • William Coffin, Jr. b. September 5, 1747, m1. Esther Hunt, m2. Elizabeth Vestal
  • Barnabas Coffin b. October 25, 1751, m. Phebe Marshall
  • Matthew Coffin b. February 13, 1754, m. Hannah Mendenhall
  • Bethuel Coffin b. February 6, 1756, m. Hannah Dicks
  • Levi Coffin b. October 10, 1763, m. Prudence Williams
  • Priscilla Coffin b. October 11, 1765, m. Asa Hunt
  • Samuel Coffin
  • Abijah Coffin

While living on Nantucket, most of the Coffin family was involved in the whaling industry. The island of Nantucket was very small and the soil was poor, so it couldn't support many people. By the 1770's, the whaling industry was failing and the outbreak of the American Revolution interrupted the shipping business. Many families left the island to live elsewhere. One of the most prominent men to leave was William Coffin, who moved his extended family to New Garden, Guilford County, NC in 1773.

During the American Revolution, William's house was used by American soldiers as a hospital for their wounded. The Battle of Guilford County Courthouse was fought within 3 miles of William's house. He and his family assisted in burying the dead and caring for the wounded. As a result of this service, William is one of the few Quakers who was named a Patriot by the DAR. DAR Ancestor # A023859

William died November 10, 1803 in New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina. William is buried at New Garden Friends Cemetery in Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina. His tombstone has SAR insignia on it.

Will of William Coffin

I William Coffin of the County of Guilford and State of Nth Carolina do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following:

I give to my son Libni Coffin 30 pounds of the currency...

2nd I give to the heirs of my son William Coffin 5 shillings.

3rd I give unto the heirs of my son Samuel Coffin 40 pounds of ye currency to be equally divided among them.

4th I give to my son Barnabas Coffin the sum of 35 pounds

5th I give unto my son Matthew Coffin the sum of 90 pounds.

6th I give unto my son Bethuel Coffin 25 pounds and as I have made a contract with him in respect to the plantation that I now live on including some other property if he fully comply with the said contract it is my will that for it to stand valid. But if that contract would be any means fail of being fulfilled, it is my will that my executors with my other sons direct matters as they may think must just and equitable.

7th I give unto my son Levi Coffin the tract of land I have a deed of from Michel Mason. Also my clock, my Great Bible and Concordance, and 10 pounds currency.

8th I give to my granddaughter Priscilla Coffin daughter of my son Abijah Coffin deceased 150 pounds of the currency if she lives to the age of 20 yrs. or marriage. But if she should die in the minority or without heir of body then for it to devolve to my son Libni's son Abijah....

9th I give unto my daughter Deborah Terrel 10 shillings with what I have heretofore given her.

10th I give unto my grandson Libni Hunt 10 pounds. Also to my granddaughter Miriam Hunt 10 pounds currency and it is my meaning that all the sums of money mentioned be of one currency.

And all the residue of my estate of what name or nature soever to be divided according to the legace for each to rise or fall in proportion as given, except my granddaughter Priscilla Coffin for hers not to rise if my estate amounts to more than the sums mentioned.

And lastly I do appoint and ordain my two sons Barnabas and Mathew Coffin joint executors of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of 7th month, 1803.

Coffin, William (1720 - ) Source: North Carolina Society of Sons of the American Revolution. Lineage Book of Past and Present Members of the North Carolina Society of Sons of the American Revolution. Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton, 1951. Source Number: 192 Page(s): 108 Portrait: N Call Number: CR369.13 S69L

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William Coffin's Timeline

November 4, 1720
Nantucket Island, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
January 31, 1743
Age 22
Nantuckett Is., , Mass.
October 7, 1745
Age 24
Nantucket Island, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
September 5, 1747
Age 26
Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Province of Massachusetts
December 8, 1749
Age 29
Nantucket, Nantucket, MA
October 25, 1751
Age 30
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
February 13, 1754
Age 33
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
February 6, 1756
Age 35
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
October 10, 1763
Age 42
Nantuckett Is., , Mass.