Alvina M Coffin

October 1834–September 1905 (Age 70)
Columbia, Washington, Maine, United States

The Life of Alvina M

When Alvina M Coffin was born in October 1834, in Columbia, Washington, Maine, United States, her father, Ambros Coffin, was 40 and her mother, Sarah Sawyer, was 38. She had at least 1 son and 3 daughters with Allen Alexander. She lived in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, United States in 1860 and New York, United States in 1870. She died in September 1905, in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States.

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Allen Alexander
Alvina M Coffin
Flora Alexander
Blanche Alexander
Gussie P Alexander
Allen Kenneth Alexander

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    Allen Alexander





    Flora Alexander


    Blanche Alexander


    Gussie P Alexander


    Allen Kenneth Alexander


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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 2

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1836 · Brooklyn Borough Hall Begins Construction

Age 2

The historic Brooklyn Borough Hall laid its cornerstone and foundation in 1834. However, due to financial problems construction on the rest of the building was halted until 1845. The Greek Revival style building was made of tuckahoe marble with a large staircase that lead to had six large, fluted columns supporting a triangular pediment. The interior’s two story rotunda and courtroom were elaborately decorated with ornate plasterwork and carved wood paneling. The building served as Brooklyn’s City Hall for fifty years until the consolidation with New York City.
1861 · The 14th Brooklyn is Known as The Red Legged Devils

Age 27

The 14th Regiment New York State Militia, or 14th Brooklyn, was constituted on May 13, 1847. The 14th Brooklyn received the nickname “The Red Legged Devils” due to their vibrant red trousers. At the time, most Union regiments wore blue. The volunteer militia, led by Colonel Alfred M. Wood, consisted primarily of abolitionists from Brooklyn. They served between the years of 1861 through 1864 and were known for their grit and determination and never stood down from a fight.

Name Meaning

English and French: metonymic occupational name for a basket maker, from Old French cof(f)in ‘basket’ (Late Latin cophinus, Greek kophinos). The modern English word coffin is a specialized development of this term, not attested until the 16th century.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Alrina Alexander in household of Allen Alexander, "New York State Census, 1875"
  • A E Alexander in household of A E Alexander, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Alvena M Alexander, "United States Census, 1880"

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