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William Coffin

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts
Death: June 20, 1774 (74)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathaniel Coffin and Damaris Coffin
Husband of Anne Coffin
Father of William "Billy" Coffin; Nathaniel Coffin; John Coffin; John Coffin; Ann Deblois and 7 others
Brother of George Coffin; Christian Edwards; Lydia Chase; Charles Coffin; Capt. Benjamin Coffin and 5 others

Occupation: Tavern Keeper
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About William Coffin

  • Moved to Boston MA
  • 1731-1733 Owner of the "Bunch of Grapes Tavern" in Boston
  • Patriarch of the "Boston Coffins"
  • The "Boston Coffins" were loyalists, Banished during the Revolutionary War

The Coffins were strong in numbers and near neighbors, along the principal thoroughfare, now Washington street, dwelt t'wenty families, descended from William Coffin, or their near kinfolk, who lived in constant intercourse. The patriarch, at four score, his vigor hardly abated, lived on this street near his son's house. His daughter, Elizabeth, married her cousin, Thomas C. Amory, who had bought the house opposite her father's, at the corner of Hollis street, built by Governor Belcher for his own use. He was one of the organizers of Trinity church in 1734 and was one of the first wardens of same. He lived in honor and affluence till he died in 1774, just before the war broke out, which saved him from witnessing the exile and widespread confiscation that awaited his sons. His children and their children counted about sixty when he died, but of his descendants bearing the name of Coffin, all have died out in Massachusetts. He had four sons, all staunch Loyalists, William, Nathaniel, John and Ebenezer. The daughters, Mrs. De Blois, Mrs. Amory, and Mrs. Dexter, married into the best families of Boston, and through love for their husbands took the other side. The sons were proscribed and banished by an Act of the Massachusetts Legislature.

Source book: The loyalists of Massachusetts and the other side of the American Revolution

By James Henry Stark
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William Coffin's Timeline

December 1, 1699
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts
April 11, 1723
Age 23
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
July 24, 1725
Age 25
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
June 2, 1727
Age 27
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
August 19, 1729
Age 29
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
December 15, 1730
Age 31
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
March 1, 1732
Age 32
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
August 27, 1733
Age 33
Nantucket, Nantucket, MA, United States
May 21, 1736
Age 36
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States