The Coffyns or Coffins are a Devonshire family, said to have been founded by one of the followers of the Con-queror.
Author: Robert Chambers
The Coffyns or Coffins are a Devonshire family, said to have been founded by one of the followers of the Con-queror. In 1642 Tristram Coffyn, a son of this old house, sailed from Plymouth for New England, taking with him his wife and five children, his mother and two sisters. He settled at Salisbury, in the colony of Massachusetts, and his descendants are now to be found in many of the States. Several of them have won themselves a name of note in the service of their country; but none has a higher claim to the remembrance, not only of their fellow-citizens but of all who honour worth wherever it is to be found, than Levi Coffin, whose memoirs lie before us un-der the title of Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the Reputed President of the Underground Railroad, being a brief History of the Labours of a Lifetime on behalf of the Slave (London: Sampson Low, 1876).