Daniel Coffin
Account Book, 1781-1799

Mss: 1

Historical Note:

Daniel Coffin, son of Samuel and Miriam (Gardner) Coffin, was born in 1718 in Edgartown, Massachusetts, a small town on Martha's Vineyard. Samuel Coffin, a descendent of Tristram Coffin, who was one of the original purchasers of Nantucket, moved to Martha's Vineyard before Daniel's birth. Daniel sold agricultural products such as potatoes, rye, corn, turnips and provided farm labor for others. In turn, he sought gunpower, books, sugar, paper, oil, flour, peas, leather, hay, wood, eggs, apples, codfish and cloth.

Daniel married Ruth Coleman in December 1741; the couple had nine children. In addition to his farming duties, Coffin took a keen interest in politics and community affairs. After the American Revolution, he put in a claim to the British for the eighty-six sheep taken by soldiers during their occupation of Martha's Vineyard. Daniel Coffin died June 7, 1804.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of 16 pages of accounts from 1781-1799. Names mentioned include Stephen Norton, John Fergeson, Enoch Coffin, Marshall Jenkins, Luke Gray, Elijah Smith, Patience Norris, Lot Norton, Lydia Norton, Uriah Norton, John Coffin, Seth Cleveland, Hugh Stuart and William Norton.

Provenance : Gift of Charles H. Taylor.

Volume: 1 box

Container List:
B.1 -- f.1 -- Daniel Coffin Accounts, 1781-1799