Henry Coffin

5 August 1804–
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Henry

When Henry Coffin was born on 5 August 1804, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Henry Coffin, was 27 and his mother, Mary Kilby, was 23.

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Family Time Line

Henry Coffin
1777–1805
Mary Kilby
1781–
Sarah Coffin
1802–
Henry Coffin
1804–

Parents and Siblings

siblings

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World Events (3)

1808

Age 4

Atlantic slave trade abolished.
1812

Age 8

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

Age 8

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.

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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  • Henry Coffin, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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