John Coffin
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John Allen Coffin (1822)

Capt. John Allen Coffin
Born in Pereau, Kings County, Nova Scotiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 4 Jul 1852 in Hantsport, Hants County, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] in Horton Bluff Road, Nova Scotiamap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Apr 2010
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Capt. John A. Coffin was a Master Mariner. Two of his ships were the "Mt. Wollaston" & the "John Carver". The Mt. Wollaston was a Whaler.

  • The Southern Cross, a New Zealand Newspaper, reported John's arrival at the Bay of Islands - Arrived January 11 - Mount Wollaston, of New Bedford, 325 tons, Coffin, 19 months out, with 400 barrels sperm and 50 barrels whale oil[1]
  • American Offshore Whaling Voyages[2] notes two voyages in their database with John A. Coffin in command: ID Rig Vessel Port Destination Departure Arrival
  • ID: 10130; Rig: Ship: Vessel: Mount Wollaston; Port: New Bedford, MA; Destination: Pacific Departure: Jun 1858; Arrival: Sep 1862
  • ID: 7699; Rig: Bark: Vessel: John Carver; Port: New Bedford, MA; Destination: Pacific Departure: Jun 1875; Arrival: May 1879



John was born May 6, 1822, the son of Joshua Coffin and Elizabeth Lounsbury of Pereau, Kings County, NS[3]

Circa 1854, he married Abigail Trefry, the daughter of Benjamin Terfry and Rebecca Trask[4], and had children, including[5]:

  1. Ezra Coffin, born 1855, who married Mary Burgess[6] and had seven children, none who married[4] [5]
  2. Elizabeth, born June 4, 1858, who died, unmarried in 1926[7] [4] [5]
  3. Isabel, born 1863, who married Alonzo Houghton in 1885[8] and had one child[4] [5]

John's death is not recorded, however there is a memorial for him on Findagrave[3]


  1. Southern Cross Tuesday January 17th 1860, see page 2
  2. American Offshore Whaling Voyages search "Voyages with Coffin, John A. at command;"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Find A Grave: Memorial #117349770
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Genealogies : Transcribed from the Yarmouth Herald, by George S. Brown; prepared for publication by Martha & William Reamy, assisted by John McDonald Hilton ... et al.; published in Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1993. ISBN: 0806313722; page 589, 607
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The 1871 Census shows John and Isabel with their children in Nova Scotia; District Name: Hants; District Number: 188; Sub-District Name: Falmouth; Sub-District Number: m; Page Number: 62; Line Number: 2; Microfilm: C-10540; Reference: RG31 - Statistics Canada; Item Number: 1661825
  6. Nova Scotia Vital Records showing Mary E. Burgess and Ezra A. Coffin married 1881 in Hants County can be found in Registration Year: 1881 - Book: 1823 - Page: 143 - Number: 42
  7. Nova Scotia Vital Records showing Elizabeth Rebecca Coffin, died 1926 in Hantsport, Hants County can be found in Registration Year: 1926 - Book: 87 - Page: 1238
  8. Nova Scotia Vital Records showing Isabel Coffin and Alonzo Houghton married 1885 in Hants County can be found in Registration Year: 1885 - Book: 1823 - Page: 180 - Number: 35

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