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Coffin Family Papers, 1700s-1860s

Collection of manuscripts from the Coffin family of Coffin House in Newbury, Massachusetts

Coffin (MS010) - Exterior view of Coffin House
Exterior view of Coffin House, 1881.


The Coffin family papers document the domestic life, economic activities, and civic affairs of seven generations of the Coffin family of Newbury, Massachusetts, an important colonial agricultural community. Account books recording household purchases, local trade, and the family tanning business offer a detailed view of everyday colonial life.

This collection contains:

  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Financial records
  • Legal documents

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Coffin birth certificate
Birth record for Abigail, Jemima, and Eunice Coffin, daughters of Peter Coffin (probably recorded after 1695).
Agreement, Joshua Coffin
Agreement making Joshua Coffin the representative of six women with shares in land in Newbury, Mass., 1827, signed by J.C. Plummer, Eunice Plummer, Sarah K. Rogers, Margaret Pilsbury, Catherine D. Bunker, and Elizabeth C. George.
Agreement for twins' care
First page of an agreement between Charles Harris and Susan Coffin regarding the care of Chang and Eng Bunker.
Chang and Eng Bunker
A lithograph of Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous Siamese conjoined twins.
Coffin Family Papers, 1700s-1860s