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Milton Coffin (b. November 11, 1823, d. September 27, 1908)Milton Coffin (son of Jonathan B. Coffin and Martha (Patsy) Parker) was born November 11, 1823 in Guilford County, North Carolina338, and died September 27, 1908 in Randolph County, Indiana339.He married Sarah Denny on December 1846 in Madison County, Indiana ?, daughter of Benjamin Denny and Agnes Ripley.
Notes for Milton Coffin:
Tucker's History of Randolph County, Indiana, p. 397
"Milton Coffin, farmer, P.O. Box Trenton (Huntsville).He was born November 11, 1823 in Guilford County, N.C. and came to this state and county in the fall of 1833.He was married the first time to Sarah Denney in December, 1846.She was a native of Kentucky and born there February 1822.This union was blessed with four children--of whom three are living:William, born September 23, 1847, Jonathon, born November 2, 1849, and Lewis, born September 10, 1859.He was married a second time, March 1, 1870 to Elizabeth Barr, native of Virginia, and born there November 27, 1837.They had two children, one living, Edward born March 4, 1871.Mr. C. was educated in the common schools of his state and following farming.He has been a consistent member of the M.E. church for eight years.His father, Jonathon Coffin was a native of North Carolina, where he was born about the year of 1798; came with his famil;y to this county in the fall of 1833; deceased Feb. 1875.Mr. C. is Republican in politics, of English descent, and a gentleman of undoubted integrity and great sociability."
Pauline Swaim said that Milton's third wife took all his money and forced him to live with his son, Lewis.Lewis's wife, Dora, didn't like her father-in-law so both Lewis and Milton lived in a little building behind the home of Lewis and Dora.
Sarah and Milton were supposed to have married in Indiana but no record of their marriage has been found.They may have married in Madison County, home of Sarah Denny, but records there were burned in a courthouse fire.They moved to Tipton County, Indiana but soon moved to Randolph County where they lived the rest of their lives.
1850 Green Twp., Wayne Co. IN
Milton Coffin 27 farmer NC
Sarah 30 Kenty
Wm R 2 IN
Jonathan 7/12ths IN
Jonathan Burggess 50 farmer VA
1860 Liberty Twp. Tipton Co. IN
Milton Coffin 36 farmer b. NC
Sarah 37 Ken
Wm R. 13 IN
J.P. 10 IN
Lewis J. 3 IN
George Riley day laborer b. IN
1870 West River Twp. Randolph Co. IN
Milton Coffin 48 farmer NC
Elisabeth 37 VA
William 22 IN
Jonathan 20 IN
Lewis 12 IN
1880 West River, Randolph Co. IN
Milton Coffin 57 farmer NC NC NC
Elizabeth VA VA VA
Lewis 20 farmhand IN NC VA
Edward M 9 IN NC VA
Can't be located in 1900.
Newspaper obituary:Winchester Journal, Sept. 29, 1908:Milton Coffin, aged 85 years, died at the county infirmary last Sunday.Funeral services were held at Buena Vista on Monday.Rev. Henry Picket officiating,Internment there.
Milton Coffin, the son of Jonathon and Marth Coffin, was born in Guilford Co. NC Nov 11, 1823 and died Sept 27, 1908, aged 84 years, 10 months, and 16 days.
When 10 years of age Milton came with his parents to Wayne Co. and settled on a farm near Greensfork.He remained with his parents for several years, working on the farm in the summer and attending term of school in the winter.
After he was married he moved to Tipton Co. IN to what was then called the Indian Reserve, here he settled into the woods and began the task of clearing out a farm of his own.
After a number of years of toil and hardships that the early settlers were subject to, he sold his farm and moved back to Randolph Co. in the year 1864 where he remained one year then moved to Randolph County and located on the farm now owned by E.M. Barr.Here amid swamps and brush he began anew the toil of clearing out a farm of his own and in the immediate neighborhood he spend the remainder of his active life.
Milton was a hard working man all his life as he was able.The weather was never too hot or too cold for him to be doing something.As to his characteristics as a man, he was not perfection itself.He was only human; he made mistakes, all men do.But he was a man that his intentions were for the best.As a neighbor he would accomodate anyone.Sometimes to his own inconvenience.In fact he was liberal to a fault.He was honest in his dealings with his fellow man.
I think no man can say that Milton Coffin every willfully wroned them in any way, but what is the use of us commenting on his faults or virtues, the record of his deeds done here and now before the supreme judge who makes no mistakes in his judgement.He belonged to the Friends Church at Martindale and was a faithful attendant as long as he was able to get there.He died with a firm conviction that he was going to a better world than this,. where he troubles would be over; may God confirm his convictions.
Funeral services conducted at Buena Vista Church Monday afternoon by Rev. Henry Pickett of Lynn, IN and interment in cemetery nearby.
Uncle Lonnie Coffin says that he remembers seeing Milton's tombstone in Buena Vista cemetery.He, according to records, is buried in the same lot as his son, Lewis and Dora Coffin.
Buena Vista Cemetery
Plot: Lot 54, Section 3, Space 2
More About Milton Coffin:
Burial: Unknown, Buena Vista Cemetery, Randolph Co. IN.
Cause of death: Uremia.339
More About Milton Coffin and Sarah Denny:
Marriage: December 1846, Madison County, Indiana ?.
Children of Milton Coffin and Sarah Denny are:
- +Lewis J. Coffin, b. September 10, 1859, near Windfall, Tipton County, Indiana, d. January 20, 1932, Randolph County, Indiana339.