Zebulon Erastus Coffin

26 October 1817–11 June 1896 (Age 78)
Sidney, Kennebec, Maine, United States

The Life of Zebulon Erastus

When Zebulon Erastus Coffin was born on 26 October 1817, in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine, United States, his father, David Newell Brown Coffin, was 22 and his mother, Hannah Hayward, was 22. He married Mary E. Hanson on 9 December 1841. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Massachusetts, United States in 1870 and Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States in 1880. He died on 11 June 1896, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Newton Cemetery, Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Family Time Line

Zebulon Erastus Coffin
Mary E. Hanson
Marriage: 9 December 1841
Mary Elizabeth Coffin
George Henry Coffin
Eugene Erastus Coffin
James Hanson Coffin

Spouse and Children

9 December 1841


    Mary Elizabeth Coffin


    George Henry Coffin


    Eugene Erastus Coffin


    James Hanson Coffin


Parents and Siblings

    David Newell Brown Coffin


    Hannah Hayward





    Henry White Coffin


    Alonzo King Coffin


    Betsey Brown Coffin


    Whitman M. Coffin


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 2

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Age 3

Maine is the 23rd state.
1838 · The Aroostook War

Age 21

"An international incident referred to as the Aroostook War or ""Pork and Beans War"". The conflict resulted as part of an international boundary dispute between the United States. Although several British soldiers were captured, nobody was killed during the war. In fact, local militia units did not engage in any significant combat. One of the most dramatic events was actually when two Canadian militia were injured by Black Bears."

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)

  • C E Coffey, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Z Erastus Coffin, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Zebulon Coffin, "Massachusetts State Census, 1855"

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