When Jesse Coffin was born on 22 August 1815, in Ohio, United States, his father, David Coffin, was 32 and his mother, Mary Kenworthy, was 40. He married Elizabeth Whinery in 1840, in Columbiana, Ohio, United States. He lived in Richmond, Wayne Township, Wayne, Indiana, United States in 1870 and Whitten, Hardin, Iowa, United States in 1885. He died on 10 September 1894, in Union, Hardin, Iowa, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Bangor, Marshall, Iowa, United States.
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.
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