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The Coffin Family may be traced back to William called the Conqueror, who was King of England. In his army he had a General by the name of Coffin. After the conquest he gave an estate to General Coffin, which was entailed and at this; time it is held by a descendant by the name of Coffin, in the town of Rrixam (Brixham) in the county of Devonshire, England.

 

 

 

Descendants of Richard Coffyn

 

Generation One

1. Richard1 Coffyn was born circa 1280 at Alwington, Devonshire, England.

Children of Richard1 Coffyn and an unknown spouse were:

Generation Two

2. John2 Coffyn (Richard1) was born circa 1301 at Alwington, Devonshire, England.

Children of John2 Coffyn and an unknown spouse were:

Generation Three

3. David3 Coffyn (John2, Richard1) was born circa 1332 at Alwington, Devonshire, England. He married Thomasin (--?--) circa 1361. He died after 1370.

Children of David3 Coffyn and Thomasin (--?--) were:

Generation Four

4. David4 Coffyn (David3, John2, Richard1) was born circa 1361 at Alwington, Devonshire, England.

Children of David4 Coffyn and an unknown spouse were:

Generation Five

5. John5 Coffyn (David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born circa 1392 at Alwington, Devonshire, England. He married Thomasin Hartley in 1406 at Alwington, Devonshire, England. He died in 1427.

Children of John5 Coffyn and Thomasin Hartley were:

Generation Six

6. William6 Coffyn (John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born circa 1420 at Alwington, Devonshire, England. He married Margaret Cockworthy Giffard circa 1453 at Alwington, Devonshire, England. He died on 11 Sep 1486.

Children of William6 Coffyn and Margaret Cockworthy Giffard were:

Generation Seven

7. Richard7 Coffyn (William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born circa 1425 at Portledge, Devonshire, England. He married Alice Gambon, daughter of John Gambon, in 1462 at Merston, Shropshire, England.

Children of Richard7 Coffyn and Alice Gambon were:

Generation Eight

8. John8 Coffyn (Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born in 1450 at Portledge, Devonshire, England. He married Phillippa Elizabeth Hingston, daughter of Philip Hingston, in 1496. He died on 15 Dec 1566 at Devonshire, England..

Children of John8 Coffyn and Phillippa Elizabeth Hingston were:

Generation Nine

9. Richard9 Coffyn (John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born circa 1475 at Portledge Manor, Brixton, Devon, England. He married Wilmont Chudleigh, daughter of Richard Chudleigh and Maria Wadham, in 1510 at Merifield, Cornwall, England. He died on 24 Dec 1555 at Alwington, Devon, England.

Children of Richard9 Coffyn and Wilmont Chudleigh were:

Generation Ten

10. James10 Coffyn (Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born in 1514 at Portledge Manor, Brixton, Devon, England. He married Mary Cole in 1534. He died on 15 Dec 1566.

Children of James10 Coffyn and Mary Cole were:

Generation Eleven

11. Peter11 Coffin (James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born in 1535 at Portledge Manor, Brixton, Devon, England. He married Mary Boscawen, daughter of Hugh Boscawen and Phillippa Carminowe, in 1560. He died on 8 Oct 1613 at Portledge Manor, Brixton, Devon, England.

Children of Peter11 Coffin and Mary Boscawen were as follows:

        ii. . Tristam;

iii. . Lionel;

iv. .Philip;

Generation Twelve

12. Nicholas12 Coffin (Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) Nicholas Coffin - Brixton, Devonshire England The name in early times was written Coffyn *Nov 16 1601 - Will, proved 1602 at Totness of Tristam Coffin of Brixton. He left legicies to Joan, Anne and John, children of Nicholas Coffin, to Richard and Joan, children of Lional Coffin, to Philip Coffin and Tristam, son of Philip. Presumably therefore, this testor Tristan and Nicholas, Lional and Philip were brothers. *Sept 12 1613 - Will proved Nov 3 1613. He mentions wife Joan, sons Peter, Nicholas, Tristan , John and daughter Anne. It is held with much confidence by many persons, that this ancestor was a descendant of Richard Coffin who came to England at the time of the Norman Conquest, and who was the founder of the ancient family now seated at Portledge. The names of the proprietors of Portledge have been, Richard, John, William and David, but with the name of Richard predominating in the continuous line of names preserved since 1254. That in the branch to which Nicholas belonged, there was a Richard, is seen from the will of his brother above quoted. The branching from the main stock at Portledge may have occurred, however, several generations before Nicholas came upon the scene. In looking for the origin of the family in Normandy, it has been found that the old chateau of Courtiton, a few miles from Fallaise was once the home of the Norman Coffins, the present owner, Mons. Le Clerc, being the grandson of the last of that line of Coffins, she having in 1796 married a Le Clerc. The Normandy home and the ancient Portledge manor house ( which in part has existed for centuries ) must ever be object of great interest to the American Branch. *One Hundred Sixty Allied Families by John 0. Austin ** was born in 1560 at Chateau Courtiton, Fallaise. He married Joan Advant in 1580 at Butlers, Brixton, Devon, England. He died in 1613 at Brixton, Devonshire, England.

 

Children of Nicholas12 Coffin and Joan Advant were as follows:

        ii. Nicholas; born 1582; died 1627.

         

        iii. Tristram; born 1584.

         

        13. iv. Peter, born 1584 at Brixton, Devon, England; married Joan Kember.

        v. John; born 1585; died 1627.

         

        vi. Ann; married Thomas Wynston; born 1588.

         

        vii. Joan; born 1590.

 

Generation Thirteen

13. Peter13 Coffin (Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) Peter Coffin - Brixton England *Dec 1 1627, will proved Mar 13 1628, To Joan, land during her life, and at her decease to go to his son and heir Tristam, ' who is to be provided for according to his degree and calling '. To son John certain property when 20 years of age. mentions daughters, Joan, Deborah, Eunice, Mary. He refers to tenement in Butlers parish called Silverhay. *May 1661- His widow Joan died in Boston Mass. The Rev. Mr. Wilson who preached the funeral sermon spoke of her as a woman of remarkable character. One Hundred Sixty Allied Families by John 0. Austin ** was born in 1584 at Brixton, Devon, England. He married Joan Kember, daughter of Robert Kember and Anne (--?--), in 1604 at Brixton, Devon, England. He died in 1628.

Children of Peter13 Coffin and Joan Kember were as follows:

        14. ii. Tristam, born 1609 at Plymouth, Devonshire, England; married Dionis Stevens.

        iii. Joan; married Joseph Hull; born 1611 at Brixton, Devonshire, England; died 2 Oct 1681 at England.

         

        iv. Peter; born 1613.

         

        v. Deborah; died at England; born 1616 at Brixton, Devonshire, England; married William Stevens, son of Robert Stevens and Dionis (--?--), 25 Jun 1640 at England.

         

        vi. Eunice; born 1617 at Brixton, Devonshire, England; married William Butler after 1642; died 1648.

         

        15. vii. Mary, born 1619 at Brixton, Devonshire, England; married Alexander Adams.

        viii. John; born 1625 at England; died 1642 at Plymouth Fort.

Generation Fourteen

14. Tristam14 Coffin (Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) Tristam Coffin *Tristam Coffin - Brixton England, Salsbury, Newbury, Nantucket Mass Jan 4 1628, Will of his Uncle John ( proved Apr. 3 1628 ) He makes Tristam an executor and gives legacies to Tristams sisters. 1642 - He and his wife, five children, two sisters and his mother, sailed from England this year and at first made settlement at Salisbury Mass. His brother John had before this died at Plymouth Fort England. Nov. 15 1642 - He, with others, received a deed from Passaquo and Saggahew, of their lands at Petucket ( Haverhill ) several miles square for the sum 3 pounds 10 s. The Indians made their mark by representations of bows and arrows, 1644 - He ' is allowed to keep an Ordinary, sell wine and keep a ferry on the Newbury side', ect ( Merrimack River ) Dec 26 1647 - same order passed. He had the Newbury side and George Carr the Salisbury side. Sept 1653 - His wife, Dionis was presented for selling beer at his ordinary for 3 pence a quart. She proved upon testimony that she put 6 bushels of malt into the hogshead, and she was accordingly discharged. The law provided that inkeepers should, ' alw ays be provided with good wholesome beer of 4 bushels of malt to the hogshead' to be sold not above 2 pence per quart, under penalty of 40 shillings for the first offense and loss of license for the next. As Dionis kept the proportion good she was not li able for the fine. Haverhill, Newbury, and Salisbury were successively habitations of Tristam until he went to Nantucket. July 2 1659 - He and eight others received the deed to Nantucket from Thomas Mayhew for 30 pounds, ' and also 2 beaver hatts, one for myself, and one for my wife.' as Mayhew declares in his deed. The latter retained a share in the island. Oct 10 1659 - He and sons Peter, Tristam Jr and James bought Tiuckemut Island for 6 pounds from Thomas Mayhew. July 15 1661 - He had his house lot laid out un a meeting of proprietors of 60 rods square, at Cappamet Harbor. *June 29 1671 - Appointed Chief Magistrate of Nantucket by Gov Lovelace of New York. The same date, he and others received a deed from Wanackmamack head Sachem of Nantucket of lands and privileges for 40 pounds. Sept 9 1677 - Appointed Chief Magistrate of Nantucket by Edmund Andros Governor Andros. The same year he conveyed to son Stephen, a house and a large amount of real estate; his son on his part to ' be helpful to me and his mother in our old age and sickn ess what he can ' To his daughter Mary and her husband Nathaniel Starbuck, he had deeded half of his estate some years previously; but acknowledged this year. . The following year he gave his son John a new dwelling house, and to each grandchild 10 acres to plant upon the island of Tuckernuck. Nov 29 1681 - Administrration granted on his estate to sons John, James, Stephen; they giving a bond of 100 pounds. Aug 8 1682 - Inventory presented, the Court ordered use of the estate to his widow, for her life. This family was Tristram and Dionis Coffyn from Devon, England. The civil war in England at the time forced Tristram to come to America in 1642. He was a royalist. A planter, Tristram and his family arrived in Newburyport in late summer 1642 having sailed on the 'Hector' owned by Robert Clement out of Plymouth. They lived briefly at Haverhill, and moved back to Newbury where he operated a ferry across the Merrimack River. Later he moved across the river to Sailsbury N.H., where he and some friends, purchased Nantucket Island, for thirty pounds and two beaver skin hats and moved there in 1660. He was Governor at one point. He was a blacksmith in Haverhill with his son John for a while until his death. He always spelled his name Coffyn was born in 1609 at Plymouth, Devonshire, England. He married Dionis Stevens, daughter of Robert Stevens and Dionis (--?--), circa 1629 at Brixton, Devonshire, England. He died in 1681 at Nantucket..

Children of Tristam14 Coffin and Dionis Stevens were as follows:

        17. ii. Peter, married Abigail Starbuck; born 1631 at England.

        18. iii. Tristan, born 1632 at Brixton, Devonshire; married Judith Greenleaf.

        iv. James; born 12 Aug 1640 at England; married Mary Severance, daughter of John Severance and Abigail (--?--), 3 Dec 1663 at Salisbury, Mass; died 28 Jul 1720 at Nantucket at age 79.

        v. Mary; married Nathaniel Starbuck, son of Edward Starbuck and Catherine Reynolds; born 20 Feb 1645 at Haverhill, Mass; died 6 Jun 1719 at Nantucket at age 74.

        vi. John; married Deborah Austin, daughter of Joseph Austin; born 30 Oct 1647 at Haverhill; died 1711 at Edgartown, Mass.

        vii. Stephen; married Apphia Dole, daughter of Richard Dole and Hannah Rolfe; born 11 May 1652 at Newbury, Mass; married Mary Bunker, daughter of George Bunker and Jane Godfrey, 1668; died 18 May 1734 at Nantucket at age 82.

15. Mary14 Coffin (Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born in 1619 at Brixton, Devonshire, England. She married Alexander Adams in 1644 at Boston, Suffolk, Mass. She died in 1691 at Boston, Mass.

Children of Mary14 Coffin and Alexander Adams were as follows:

        ii. Susannah; born 14 May 1648.

        iii. John; born 26 Feb 1653.

        iv. Samuel; born 7 May 1656.

Generation Fifteen

16. Elizabeth15 Coffin (Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) married Stephen Greenleaf, son of Edmund Greenleaf, on 13 Nov 1651. She died on 19 Nov 1678.

 

Children of Elizabeth15 Coffin and Stephen Greenleaf were as follows:

        ii. John; born 21 Jun 1662; died 23 May 1734 at age 71.

        iii. Samuel; born 30 Oct 1665.

        iv. Tristam; born 11 May 1668.

        19. v. Edmund, born 10 May 1670.

17. Peter15 Coffin (Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) married Abigail Starbuck, daughter of Nathaniel Starbuck and Catherine Reynolds. He was born in 1631 at England. He died on 21 Mar 1715 at Exeter, NH.

Children of Peter15 Coffin and Abigail Starbuck were as follows:

        ii. Peter; born 20 Aug 1660.

        iii. Jethro; born 16 Sep 1663..

        iv. Tristam; born 18 Jan 1665.

        v. Robert; born 1667.

        vi. Edward; born 1669.

        vii. Judith; born 4 Feb 1672.

        viii. .Parnell;

        ix. Elizabeth; born 20 Jan 1680.

        x. .Eliphalet; Reference: 1176.

18. Tristan15 Coffin (Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born in 1632 at Brixton, Devonshire. He married Judith Greenleaf, daughter of Edmund Greenleaf and Sarah Dole, on 2 Mar 1652/53 at Newbury, Mass. He died on 4 Feb 1704..

Children of Tristan15 Coffin and Judith Greenleaf were as follows:

        iii. Mary; born 12 Nov 1657 at Newbury; married Joseph Little 31 Oct 1677.

        iv. James; born 22 Apr 1659 at Newbury; married Florence Hook, daughter of Horace Hook, 16 Nov 1685.

        v. John; born 8 Sep 1660 at Newbury; died 13 May 1677 at Newbury at age 16.

        vi. Lydia; married Moses Little; born 22 Apr 1662 at Newbury; married John Pike 18 Mar 1685..

        vii. Enoch; born 21 Jan 1663 at Newbury; died 12 Nov 1675 at Newbury at age 12.

        viii. Stephen; born 18 Aug 1664 at Newbury; married Sarah Atkinson, daughter of John Atkinson and Sarah Mirack, 8 Oct 1685; died 31 Aug 1725 at Newbury at age 61.

        ix. Peter; married Apphia Dole, daughter of Richard Dole and Hannah Rolfe; born 27 Jul 1667 at Newbury; died 19 Jan 1746 at Gloucester, Mass, at age 78.

        20. x. Nathaniel, married Sarah Brocklebank; born 1669.

Generation Sixteen

19. Edmund16 Greenleaf (Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born on 10 May 1670.

Children of Edmund16 Greenleaf and an unknown spouse were:

20. Nathaniel16 Coffin (Tristan15, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) married Sarah Brocklebank, daughter of Samuel Brocklebank and Hannah Brocklebank. He was born in 1669. He died on 24 Feb 1748.

Children of Nathaniel16 Coffin and Sarah Brocklebank were as follows:

        ii. Enoch; born 2 Feb 1696; died 7 Aug 1728 at age 32.

        iii. Apphia; born 9 Jun 1698; died 8 Oct 1715 at age 17.

        iv. Samuel Brocklebank; born 24 Aug 1700; died 14 Jun 1727 at age 26.   He was graduated in 1718 at Harvard, Cambridge, Mass.

        v. Joseph; born 30 Dec 1702 at Newbury; died 12 Sep 1773 at age 70. He was also known as Col.

        vi. Jane; born 5 Aug 1705 at Newbury; married John Webster 2 Nov 1729; died 19 May 1783 at age 77.

        vii. Edmund; born 9 Mar 1708 at Newbury; died 29 Jan 1789 at age 80.

        viii. Moses; born 11 Jun 1711 at Newbury; died 22 Feb 1793 at age 81.

         

Generation Seventeen

21. Judith17 Greenleaf (Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) married John Coffin, son of Nathaniel Coffin and Sarah Brocklebank. She was born on 15 Dec 1692. She died on 10 Feb 1772 at age 79.

Children of Judith17 Greenleaf and John Coffin were as follows:

        23. ii. Nathaniel, married Patience Hale; born 7 Sep 1716.

        iii. Abigail; born 8 Nov 1718 at Newbury; married Arden Whitmore 2 Feb 1735; died 11 May 1803 at age 84.

        iv. Mary; born 23 Jul 1720 at Newbury; died 25 Nov 1737 at age 17.

        v. Peter; born 11 May 1722 at Newbury; married Rebecca Haselton 6 Jul 1769; died 15 Dec 1789 at age 67.   He was also known as Capt

        vi. Apphia; born 13 Apr 1724 at Newbury; married Icabod Jones 8 May 1746.

        vii. William; born 3 Jul 1726 at Newbury; married Sarah Haselton 28 Mar 1754; died 18 Oct 1815 at age 89.

        viii. Samuel; born 23 Nov 1728 at Newbury; married Ann Pettingwell 27 May 1752; died 29 Jun 1818 at age 89.

22. John17 Coffin (Nathaniel16, Tristan15, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) married Judith Greenleaf, daughter of Edmund Greenleaf. He was born on 1 Jan 1694 at Newbury. He died on 30 Sep 1762 at Newbury at age 68.

Children of John17 Coffin and Judith Greenleaf were as follows:

        ii. Nathaniel, married Patience Hale; born 7 Sep 1716. (see # 23.).

        iii. Abigail, born 8 Nov 1718 at Newbury; married Arden Whitmore. (see previous).

        iv. Mary, born 23 Jul 1720 at Newbury. (see previous).

        v. Peter, born 11 May 1722 at Newbury; married Rebecca Haselton. (see previous).

        vi. Apphia, born 13 Apr 1724 at Newbury; married Icabod Jones. (see previous).

        vii. William, born 3 Jul 1726 at Newbury; married Sarah Haselton. (see previous).

        viii. Samuel, born 23 Nov 1728 at Newbury; married Ann Pettingwell. (see previous).

Generation Eighteen

23. Nathaniel18 Coffin (Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) married Patience Hale, daughter of John Hale and Patience Dole. He was born on 7 Sep 1716. He died on 12 Jan 1766 at Newbury at age 49.

He was also known as Dr.

Children of Nathaniel18 Coffin and Patience Hale were as follows:

        ii. . Sarah;

        iii. . Jermiah Powell

        iv. Dorcus; married Thomas Colson.

        v. . Francis; Reference: 741.

        vi. Mary; married Charles Harford.

Generation Nineteen

24. Nathaniel19 Coffin (Nathaniel18, Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born on 20 Apr 1744 at Newburyport, Mass. He married Eleanor Foster, daughter of Issac Foster and Eleanor Weyer, on 30 Oct 1769. He died in 1826 at Newburyport, Mass. He was also known as Dr.

Children of Nathaniel19 Coffin and Eleanor Foster were as follows:

        ii. Martha; married Richard Derby, son of Elias Haskett Derby and Elizabeth Crowningsheild; born 1783 at Portland; died 1839 at Boston, Mass.

        iii. Polly Foster; married Eban Mayo.

        iv. Susannah; married William Codman.

        v. Harriot; married Jesse Summer.

        vi. Issac Foster; married Ann Prince.

        vii. Thomas; married (--?--) Watson..

Generation Twenty

25. Eleanor Foster20 Coffin (Nathaniel19, Nathaniel18, Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born at Portland, Maine. She married John Derby, son of Elias Haskett Derby and Elizabeth Crowningsheild, on 12 Dec 1801 at Salem, Mass. She died in 1859.

Children of Eleanor Foster20 Coffin and John Derby were as follows:

        27. ii. Mary Jane, born 30 Jan 1807; married Ephram Peabody.

        iii. Nathaniel Foster; born 25 Feb 1809; died 13 Jul 1830 at age 21.

        28. iv. Elizabeth Laura, married Arnold Wells; born 9 Feb 1811; married John Winthrop.

        v. Martha Coffin; born 3 Aug 1814; died 13 Oct 1881 at age 67.

        vi. George; married Elizabeth Parsons, daughter of William Parsons; born 13 Feb 1819; died 20 Jun 1874 at age 55.

Generation Twenty-One

26. Sarah Ellen21 Derby (Eleanor20Coffin, Nathaniel19, Nathaniel18, Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born in 1805 at Boston, Mass. She married John Rogers, son of Daniel Dennison Rogers and Elizabeth Bromfield, on 5 Feb 1827 at Boston, Mass. She died in 1877 at Boston, Mass.

Children of Sarah Ellen21 Derby and John Rogers were as follows:

        29. ii. John, born 30 Oct 1829; married Harriet Francis.

        iii. Laura Derby; born 4 Jun 1832; died 8 Sep 1833 at age 1.

        iv. Laura Derby; born 6 Nov 1834.

        30. v. Henry Bromfield, born 20 Nov 1837; married Frances Stetson.

        31. vi. Clara Pomeroy, born 13 Nov 1838 at Northampton, Mass; married John Graeme Purdon.

        32. vii. Martha Derby, born 27 Oct 1840 at Northampton, Mass; married John Gardner Perry.

        viii. Elizabeth; born 5 Dec 1844.

        ix. Frances Stetson; born 5 Dec 1844.

27. Mary Jane21 Derby (Eleanor20Coffin, Nathaniel19, Nathaniel18, Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born on 30 Jan 1807. She married Ephram Peabody on 6 Aug 1853.

Children of Mary Jane21 Derby and Ephram Peabody were as follows:

        ii. Ellen Derby; born 22 Jan 1836; died 13 Mar 1869 at age 33.

        iii. Anna Huidekoper; born 6 Oct 1838.

        iv. George Derby; born 21 Nov 1840; died 10 Jan 1842 at age 1.

        v. Emily Morrison; born 22 Nov 1842; died 21 Apr 1845 at age 2.

        vi. Robert Swain; born 22 Feb 1845.

        vii. Francis; born 4 Dec 1847.

28. Elizabeth Laura21 Derby (Eleanor20Coffin, Nathaniel19, Nathaniel18, Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) married Arnold Wells. She was born on 9 Feb 1811. She married John Winthrop on 6 Nov 1849. She died on 26 Apr 1861 at age 50.

Children of Elizabeth Laura21 Derby and Arnold Wells were as follows:

        ii. John; born 3 Sep 1836; died 12 Feb 1838 at age 1.

        iii. Arnold F; born 21 Oct 1839; died 6 Sep 1847 at age 7.

        iv. John; born 6 Feb 1841; died 7 Apr 1847 at age 6.

There were no children of Elizabeth Laura21 Derby and John Winthrop.

Generation Twenty-Two

29. John22 Rogers (Sarah21Derby, Eleanor20Coffin, Nathaniel19, Nathaniel18, Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born on 30 Oct 1829. He married Harriet Francis, daughter of Charles Francis, in Apr 1865.

Children of John22 Rogers and Harriet Francis were as follows:

        ii. Catherine Rebecca; born 29 Jun 1868.

        iii. Charles Francis; born 20 Feb 1870.

        iv. Derby; born 15 Dec 1871.

        v. Alexander Parker; born 25 May 1876.

        vi. David Francis; born 15 Apr 1877.

        vii. Laura; born 3 Aug 1879; died 1 Nov 1897 at age 18.

30. Henry Bromfield22 Rogers (Sarah21Derby, Eleanor20Coffin, Nathaniel19, Nathaniel18, Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born on 20 Nov 1837. He married Frances Stetson on 10 Jan 1865. He died on 15 Oct 1872 at age 34.

Children of Henry Bromfield22 Rogers and Frances Stetson were as follows:

        ii. Laura Derby; born 12 Aug 1867; died 2 Jul 1911 at age 43.

        iii. Francis Stetson; born 14 Apr 1870; died 1953 at New York, NY. He was an Opera Singer in 1918 at World War I.

31. Clara Pomeroy22 Rogers (Sarah21Derby, Eleanor20Coffin, Nathaniel19, Nathaniel18, Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) CLARA ROGERS PURDON 1858-1907/ *From the letter of Cousin Frank Rogers *'Aunt Clara Purdon had a lovely personality in all 'ways., very slender and of medium height in reality. She carried herself so beautifully that her appearance was always Impressive. As a girl she had been trained to hold herself errect, and to the end of her life she never leaned against anything or curved her back.. She walked with a smooth arace that I have never seen surpassed by any other woman, even professional dancers So far a:-, I know she was never active physically; probably most of her store of vitality had been exhausted by her frequent pregencies. Her one excursion to the outside world was a pleasure trip to Europe in the summer of 1896. She had considerable facial beauty which was: marred by the flatness of her nose: possibly her nose had been injured in childhood. Her brow was noticeably beautiful, usually low. surmounted by thick, growing., wavy graying hair. parted in the middle. Her voice in keeping with her whole personality was always mellow and gentle in tone. She had i believe no interests outside her home---- *in any case she was a wonderfully lovable selfless lady who spent a reasonably long life in doing her best to contribute to the happiness of her domestic circle. She died at the age of seventy.' In his diary grandpa Purdon comments frequently about her headaches and toothaches. ** was born on 13 Nov 1838 at Northampton, Mass. She married John Graeme Purdon, son of John Purdon and Mary Brian Boyle, on 13 Nov 1863 at Roxbury, Mass; They sailed for China the day after they were married. She died in 1907 at Boston, Mass..

Children of Clara Pomeroy22 Rogers and John Graeme Purdon were as follows:

        ii. James.

        iii. May.

        iv. Ellen.

        v. Arthur Graeme.

        vi. Frances.

        vii. John Clarence Rogers; married Margaret Foss; born 15 Jun 1866 at Hong Kong, China.

32. Martha Derby22 Rogers (Sarah21Derby, Eleanor20Coffin, Nathaniel19, Nathaniel18, Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) was born on 27 Oct 1840 at Northampton, Mass. She married John Gardner Perry on 19 Mar 1863.

Children of Martha Derby22 Rogers and John Gardner Perry were:

Generation Twenty-Three

33. Clara Ethel23 Purdon (Clara22Rogers, Sarah21Derby, Eleanor20Coffin, Nathaniel19, Nathaniel18, Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) Ethel Purdon was born in Shanghai China where her father was active in trading.:. I remember her as a very 'warm arid humourous person. As children Jimmy and I used (to spend some summers in Mass. with. our: Grandparents. I have two recollections of those summers; one time, there: was a storm and. as a 4 year old I guess was afraid. The memory of having: hot chocolate, sitting on Grandma's bed and listening to stories of the .Derbys and Coffins. She had a. way of telling these tales as adventure stories. Gradually the fear seemed to disappear, I was told later by Aunt Jeannie that episode took place during the hurricane of 1938. Another fleeting memory; we were sitting on the porch in Nahant. I was about 8 or 9.. I guess she must have known that she was getting sick because she asked me to remember the stories that she told, so I could tell them to my cousins. She said since I was the oldest grandchild that I had a responsibility to tell these stones when she could no longer do it Even then she made me feel very important and I felt that I had a responsibility We used to spend every other Christmas at 275 Malboro. Every Saturday night we would have roast chicken and I can remember that Grandma would always carve, she said Grandpa, always made a mess of it. During; the day i would go into her room. sit on tne chaise with her and help put the genealogy book together, she would let me use the iron to put in the pictures. The Introduction to that book explained her great interest and her desire to have future generations learn about their ancestors. *Grandma had so many wonderful (qualities however when it came to cooking, she could not boil an. egg. I remember tea at 4' o'clock. Grandma with the tea service, cookies., cake and watercress sandwiches. We .always? had tea in the downstairs drawing room. then cocktails in the living room and then dinner *She was a good mother and wife. I am quite sure that she believed that a woman's place was in the home!;, caring for the children, house and whatever else she would have to do to please her husband. She would probably have wanted her gnandaughters be brought up to in the same maner. I wonder what she would think of todays modern woman. ** was born on 20 Dec 1875 at Shanghi, China. She married William Arthur Dupee, son of William Richardson Dupee and Jeannie Ursula Dupee, on 27 Nov 1901 at Boston, Mass. She died on 25 Nov 1953 at Boston, Mass, USA, at age 77. She was buried on 27 Nov 1953 at Forest Hills Cemetary, Brookline, Mass.

Children of Clara Ethel23 Purdon and William Arthur Dupee were as follows:

        ii. Clara Ethel; born 1908 at Boston, Mass; married Andrew Lindsey 1961 at Boston, Mass; W.A.Dupee Jr. gave a lunch at the Somerset Club where Andy announced that he had been living with the 'sisters' for a long time and he might as well marry one of them; died Aug 1988 at Portland, Maine..

        34. iii. Laura Derby, born 28 Nov 1909 at Milton, Milton, Mass; married Franklin Bartlett Benkard.

        35. iv. William Arthur, born 7 May 1912 at Boston, Mass; married Constance Turner.

Generation Twenty-Four

34. Laura Derby24 Dupee (Clara23Purdon, Clara22Rogers, Sarah21Derby, Eleanor20Coffin, Nathaniel19, Nathaniel18, Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) Laura Dupee Benkard *November 28, 1909 - November 28, 1988 *In the Kaufman-Ferber burlesque of the Barrymores, The Royal Family, there is a scene at, believe, the end of the second act; the stage, inside a New York townhouse, is packed with almost the whole cast in a gaggle of confusion. lust when the chaos c an't get worse, the dashing Tony--last seen in Act One--arrives back from a circumnavigation complete with a huge dog, an ape, an aviary on his back, snakes on his arms and an alligator on a leash. The house is convulsed and the curtain falls, leaving th e audience to puzzle through the second intermission as to how it can all come out right. *Art follows life, A friend of the Benkard family cannot see this scene without what Yogi Berra calls 'deja vu all over again'. This was lifted from 1000 Park Avenue, Apartment 28; home to the Benkards and host to several score of transients as their home away from home; Laura, their mother away from mother: warm and cozy digs presided over by the unflappable Mrs. B. *The personae of this opera buffo included Benny, the remarkably sedentary world-weary raconteur, piano player, music lover, and devotee of Spengler who saw in us all too vivid proof of the Decline of the West. Benny liked to monopolize the young wome n we brought around, particularly if they would play duets with him, talk of history and of literature, especially Rabelais, and be too polite to slip away. Then there were the peers of the parents, such worthies as Captain Van Liew, the dashing Rickenba cker-style hero of peace and war whose major contribution to our nation's defense was to get Jim into the Marines where he overnight went from Lord Peter Wimsey to Rambo. There was a Mr. Griffin--who always seemed to be in a cast and who contributed a si gn in the pantry: 'Work is the curse of the drinking class' --and others nowfaded from specfic memories. *Joan always had a crew in from Oldfields, lovely young, omen who would cuddle us harmless eighth graders,.stirring in us nascent strange yearnings that became lifelong afflictions. I still can picture Taffy Woods, avatar of spring loveliness *Jim's friends were shameless in their acceptance of hospitality. I think we called first-usually; some would just arrive. Many of us, Nat, Steve, Dooney, myself were from out of town. Others, New Yorkers, made the Benkards their base, Tucky, Tom, Fre ddy were some of these--despite perfectly good homes of their own. We were never turned away, never without a bed somewhere *No one to my knowledge was ever up before Laura. She would be there in the kitchen dispensing coffee, breakfast and inquiring with genuine curiosity and not the slightest trace of parental judgmentalness as to how things were going. The interest was real; the conversation the best therapy we ever had and, at least in those days, ever needed. But of all the guests one was always extra social. We all knew our place; in Laura's vast extended family, Kelley Anderson reigned supreme--a paragon, her own j ewel--the Queen's favorite. This perfectly ordinary mortal was, in Laura's eyes, Apollo, Achilles, George Washington, Joe DiMaggio. *Then there were the animals; the zoo. Laura and Benny were given an alligator as a wedding present from a Grande dame in Boston. Rather than risking disapproval from this patroness by consigning the beast to live with his pale white *this was less than tragic but no, within a couple of months, he was missed and replaced by two new alligators. Fourteen birds, including a grape-throwing Toucan, were not enough. Two poodles, Bruno and Junior, later Henry, the basset, were not enough. T wo children with myriad friends were not enough. Penny arid the adult satellites were not enough. Two alligators rounded things out nicely. *It would have been fine to think that all these relationships, human, bestial and aviary, were symbolic in nature. It is hard, though, to think what our contribution was. Perhaps it was in Laura's pejpe4ual good cheer and profound happiness that we, with out thinking and certainly without effort somehow righted the scales. *On her fiftieth birthday Laura was given a cocktail shaker ~ bearing the dates 1909. -1959-2009. It would have been nice far her to have gone on and on, to be' free of illness, while shepherding us into our own old age. Perhaps she ran out of things to ca re for (although I bumped into her in Central Park ' with four or five small grandchildren ~ all in easy control) *The world is full of great unbiographied lives. Laura's memory lives while we live, an extension to a grand existence. But a shorter skein than the less d deserving fame of those who flash in more public lives of far less account. The Curtain has come down; it was a great comedy and the tears in our eyes are from laughter, mostly. Weld Henshaw * was born on 28 Nov 1909 at Milton, Milton, Mass. She married Franklin Bartlett Benkard, son of Harry Horton Benkard and Bertha King Bartlett, on 4 Jun 1932 at Boston, Mass. She died on 28 Nov 1988 at 4525 Henry Hudson Parkway, Riverdale, NY, at age 79.

Children of Laura Derby24 Dupee and Franklin Bartlett Benkard were as follows:

        37. ii. James Willard Bartlett,

35. William Arthur24 Dupee (Clara23Purdon, Clara22Rogers, Sarah21Derby, Eleanor20Coffin, Nathaniel19, Nathaniel18, Judith17Greenleaf, Edmund16, Elizabeth15Coffin, Tristam14, Peter13, Nicholas12, Peter11, James10Coffyn, Richard9, John8, Richard7, William6, John5, David4, David3, John2, Richard1) William Arthur Dupee May 7, 1912 - June 16, 1984 At times like this, we realize that families are made up of more than just relatives and we appreciate the extent of that wider family. We are here today to celebrate the life of one of us. Dad's life was a statement of charity. He gave generously in his profession, in his volunteer work, and to his family and friends. He was a comforter in sorrow, a counselor in perplexity, and a companion in joy. He was a 'family doctor-type' lawyer who o never hesitated to make house calls. Dad hated controversy and, in his own quiet way, did much to restore harmony where there was discord. He did little to draw attention to his own deeds, yet he was surprised and pleased when his accomplishments were recognized and appreciated. He was devoted to his family. 'Papa' was especially proud of his grandchildren. He taught us all to sail and to ski. He enjoyed passing on his particular skills and interests to his children and grandchildren and he always took great pride when the s student surpassed the teacher. Thanks to him, we have a treasure of good times to look back on. Dad was not one to waste words on the phone. He would often call to ask a trivial question, but the abruptness of his phone call never succeeded in masking his genuine concern. He much preferred to communicate in person with his own brand of short story y. sometimes, he'd ask if you'd already heard it. No matter if you had - the telling of the tale was what counted. That was his way of connecting. So we all looked forward to lots of re-runs, because we treasured the expression on his face when he got to the punch line. His sense of humor became our sense of perspective. Dad loved gadgets. Who else would produce a pocket flashlight at a romantic candlelit dinner, so his wife could read the menu? He gave new meaning to 'Brookstone's Hard-to-find Tools'. Specialty tools were always in abundance at our house. Only the particular tool that he was looking for was 'hard-to-find'. Christmas and birthdays challenged us to find something new to add to the collection. When we ran out of ideas, candy and pistachio nuts always made a hit. His sidekick. Biscuit only left his side to retrieve the newspaper or a stick. The two of them loved the outdoors and on any given weekend, you would most likely find them splitting wood, pruning trees, or weeding the asparagus bed (that is, if they weren't playing hooky at the beach). A large part of Dad's life was spent in helping others struggle with problems that he had faced and overcome. The standards that he used to measure others were far less severe than those he used to judge himself. When I capsized our boat on my first so lo trip at the yacht club, a friendly grin and words of encouragement gave me confidence to try again. More serious setbacks were met with similar kindness. Dad experienced the pain of failure, but he also learned to come on strong in the final round and turn defeat into victory. His courage and determination have inspired us all. The values, relationships and accomplishments that a man leaves are true-measures of his life. Dad has left us a lot. He love him and we will miss him * was born on 7 May 1912 at Boston, Mass. He married Constance Turner in 1940. He died on 3 Apr 1984 at Beverly Farms, Mass, at age 71.

Children of William Arthur24 Dupee and Constance Turner were as follows:

        39. ii. William Arthur III, 

        40. iii. Helen Derby,

 

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