William B. Coffin, descendent of Tristram Coffin, lived on Nantucket along with many relatives of the same name. Islanders looked to the sea for their livelihood, and William was no exception. He worked as a ship chandler and maintained an active interest in several whaling voyages.
Scope and Content:
The collection consists of one ledger noting debits and credits for a number of accounts. These include ship American, ship Weymouth, Philip H. Folger, James Athearn, Shubail Allen, ship Dauphin, George Russell, Labon & John Paddock, John Monroe, Elihu Swain, Reuben Swain, William C. Swain, Barrett & Upton, Edward Folger, Matthew Myrick, ship Lima, Henry Swift, Prince and Benjamin Gardner, Hadwin and Barney, Charles G. Stubbs, Daniel Jones, schooner George Washington, Edward W. Gardner, C. Mitchell and Company, ship Mariner, Harvey Crocker, John Meader, Timothy G. Clapp, Samuel and Timothy Hussey, James B. Coffin, Philip Macy, Alexander Coffin, Benjamin Chase, Estate of Gilbert Coffin, ship Peruvian, James Law and others. The majority of accounts represent tradespeople living on Nantucket.
Provenance : Gift of Charles H. Taylor.
Amount: 1 volume