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William Coffin (b. November 04, 1720, d. November 10, 1803)William Coffin (son of Samuel Coffin and Miriam Gardner) was born November 04, 1720 in Nantucket, Massachusetts342, and died November 10, 1803 in Guilford County, North Carolina342.He married Priscilla Paddock on November 08, 1740 in Nantucket, Massachusetts343, daughter of Nathaniel Paddock and Ann Bunker.
Notes for William Coffin:
William Coffin was a blacksmith.
His family Bible says they were married Oct. 4, 1740.
While living on Nantucket most of the Coffin family was involved in the whaling industry.The island of Nantucket was very small and the soil was poor so it couldn't support many people.By the 1770's the whaling industry was failing and the outbreak of the American Revolution interrupted the shipping business.Many families left the island to live elsewhere.One of the most prominent men to leave was William Coffin who moved his extended family to Guilford Co. NC in 1773.
During the American Revolution, William's house was used by American soldiers as a hospital for their wounded.The Battle of Guilford County Courthouse was fought within 3 miles of William's house.He and his family assisted in burying the dead and caring for the wounded.As a result of this service, William is one of the few Quakers who was named a Patriot by the DAR.
Will of William Coffin
I William Coffin of the County of Guilford and State of Nth Carolina do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
I give to my son Libni Coffin 30 pounds of the currency...
2nd I give to the heirs of my son William Coffin 5 shillings.
3rd I give unto the heirs of my son Samuel Coffin 40 pounds of ye currency to be equally divided among them.
4th I give to my son Barnabas Coffin the sum of 35 pounds
5th I give unto my son Matthew Coffin the sum of 90 pounds.
6th I give unto my son Bethuel Coffin 25 pounds and as I have made a contract with him in respect to the plantation that I now live on including some other property if he fully comply with the said contract it is my will that for it to stand valid.But if that contract would be any means fail of being fulfilled, it is my will that my executors with my other sons direct matters as they may think must just and equitable.
7th I give unto my son Levi Coffin the tract of land I have a deed of from Michel Mason.Also my clock, my Great Bible and Concordance, and 10 pounds currency.
8th I give to my granddaughter Priscilla Coffin daughter of my son Abijah Coffin deceased 150 pounds of the currency if she lives to the age of 20 yrs. or marriage.But if she should die in the minority or without heir of body then for it to devolve to my son Libni's son Abijah....
9th I give unto my daughter Deborah Terrel 10 shillings with what I have heretofore given her.
10th I give unto my grandson Libni Hunt 10 pounds.Also to my granddaughter Miriam Hunt 10 pounds currency and it is my meaning that all the sums of money mentioned be of one currency.
And all the residue of my estate of what name or nature soever to be divided according to the legace for each to rise or fall in proportion as given, except my granddaughter Priscilla Coffin for hers not to rise if my estate amounts to more than the sums mentioned.
And lastly I do appoint and ordain my two sons Barnabas and Mathew Coffin joint executors of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of 7th month, 1803.
Coffin, William (1720 - )
Source: North Carolina Society of Sons of the American Revolution. Lineage Book of Past and Present Members of the North Carolina Society of Sons of the American Revolution. Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton, 1951.
Source Number: 192
Call Number: CR369.13 S69L
More About William Coffin:
Burial: Unknown, New Garden Friends Meeting House, Guilford Co. NC.
More About William Coffin and Priscilla Paddock:
Marriage: November 08, 1740, Nantucket, Massachusetts.343
Children of William Coffin and Priscilla Paddock are:
- +Barnabas Coffin, b. December 25, 1751, Nantucket, Massachusetts344, d. August 13, 1815, Guilford County, North Carolina344.