Abel Coffin Sr.

Brief Life History of Abel

When Abel Coffin Sr. was born on 23 June 1792, in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Tristram Coffin, was 23 and his mother, Sarah Sally Merrill, was 18. He married Rebecah Pecker on 2 April 1816, in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. He lived in Jefferson, Texas, United States in 1850 and Justice Precinct 5, Jefferson, Texas, United States in 1860. He died in 1862, at the age of 70.

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Family Time Line

Abel Coffin Sr.
Mary Ann Miller
Marriage: 20 January 1820
Edwin P Coffin
George W. Coffin
Charles Wesley Coffin
Clara Coffin
Abel W. Coffin
Mary Ann Coffin
Sarah Elizabeth Coffin
Augusta Coffin
Emma Catherine Coffin
Martha W. Coffin
Tristram Coffin

Sources (5)

  • Abel Coffin in household of J M Ketchem, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Abel Coffin, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910"
  • Abel W Coffin, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

English (southwestern England, of Norman origin) and French: nickname from Middle English cofin, coffin, Old French cof(f)in (from Late Latin cophinus, Greek kophinos) ‘container, basket; coffer, chest (for keeping treasures, documents, armour, etc.)’. Early bearers of this as a hereditary surname were of knightly rank. Old French cofin was synonymous with coffer, and it may be that Cofin was used to denote a keeper of the (royal) coffer, attested in Anglo-Latin cofferarius. Compare Coffer . The modern English word coffin is a specialized development of this term, not attested until the 16th century.

History: Tristram Coffin came from Brixham, Devon, to Haverhill, MA, before 1647. An important line of his descendants is associated with Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Abel Coffin in East Liverpool, Ohio

From "Very Early East Liverpool, Ohio ..." by Glenn H. Waight <http://www.eastliverpoolhistoricalsociety.org/veryearlyelo.htm> (accessed 15 January 2022): "Expanding economic activity, growth and dev …

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