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Elisha Coffin
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Birth: Nov. 27, 1779
Death: May 20, 1870

Son of Bethuel and Hannah (Dicks) Coffin and grandson of William and Priscilla (Paddock) Coffin, he is the ancestor of a majority of the North Carolina Coffins and of thousands who migrated to the midwest and west. He was a Quaker and was a member of the Society of Friends. In 1807, he married Maja McCuiston. On April 4, 1807, he was dismissed from the Society of Friends for marrying out of unity (his wife was not a Quaker). When he had been married about 13 years, he bought property from Christian Morris on Deep River and he moved with his family to Franklinville, Randolph County, North Carolina. In 1838, he became Director of the Randolph Manufacturing Company, a cotton and weaving factory also known as "Coffin's Mills." He gave a lot of land to the Franklinville Methodist Church and in the late summer of 1839, the church was organized and a small frame building was erected on the lot. He and his son Bethuel and son-in-law Alex Horney were trustees of the church. In the 1850's, Elisha returned to Guilford County after a strong controversy over slavery split the church. Elisha and others in the family apparently supported the Wesleyan Methodist missionaries who came to the area in 1848-1850. These Methodists were abolitionists, while the Methodist Episcopal and Methodist Protestant denominations were pro-slavery. After the controversy split the church, Elisha and his son Bethuel resigned as trustees. Elisha sold his property in Franklinville in 1850 and moved to Guilford County. There, he purchased property on Horsepen Creek adjacent to school property of the Friends. He built the large brick house on the hill near the cemetary, at 722 West Main Street. It is sometimes referred to as the "Makepeace" house, which was the name of the family that purchased it from Elisha. It is believed Elisha remained rooted in his Quaker beliefs and rejoined the church in his later years after he returned to Guilford County. On August 13, 1847, He married his second wife, Agnes Williams. She was a widow with three children. She was a Baptist and was buried in the New Garden Friends cemetery. Elisha is buried in the lot beside her in an unmarked grave. (bio (c) 2009 by Cindy K. Coffin) 
 
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  Margaret "Maja" McCuiston Coffin (1778 - 1845)
  Agness D Coffin (1810 - 1873)
 
Burial:
New Garden Friends Cemetery
Greensboro
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
Record added: Feb 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34278836
Elisha Coffin
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- Kathy Merris Mills
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