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Capt John Coffeen
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Birth: Jul. 28, 1727
Topsfield
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 29, 1802
Cavendish
Windsor County
Vermont, USA

John married Susanna Goldsmith, 19 Nov 1751, in Brookline, MA. They had 12 children (2 unknown):

-Lake Coffeen (1752-1818)
-John Coffeen (1754-1778)
-Susannah Coffeen (1756-1822)
-Michael Coffeen (1758-1814)
-Lydia Coffeen (1760-1829)
-Daniel Coffeen (abt.1762-aft.1807)
-Amy "Emma" Coffeen (1764-1832)
-Eleazer Coffeen (1766-aft.1800)
-Oliver Coffeen (b.abt.1768)
-Abigail Coffeen (b.1771)
-Goldsmith Coffeen (1773-1854)
-William Coffeen (1775-1865)
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John and his wife Susanna are celebrated as the first settlers of the town of Cavendish, VT.

Early in 1769, John Coffeen took his first trip to Cavendish. Tradition has it that he acquired a grant of land west of the Connecticut River in settlement of a bad debt. The territory in that time was known as "The Grants".

He disposed of his property in Rindge, and removed with two hired men, two horses, a pair of oxen, his household furniture and provision for one year - along with his young family.

Cavendish land records record his arrival as 29 June, 1769.

For about two years the Paines and Coffeens were the only families living in Cavendish.

At the opening of the Revolutionary War there were some seven families living within the boundaries of Cavendish. Late in 1775, the militia in Cumberland County of the New Hampshire Grants was organized and John was commissioned a Captain of the Cavendish Company on Aug. 3, 1775. His unit was a part of the Upper Regiment commanded by Col. Joseph Marsh. They were involved in garrison duty, serving to transport prisoners to Canada for exchange.

The first 'town meeting' in Cavendish took place on March 13, 1778 in Capt. John‘s home. He was chosen Chairman of a committee to ascertain the boundaries of Cavendish. He was also chosen as the first Representative from Cavendish to the State Legislature. He held many town offices throughout his life at Cavendish.

He is buried in the family cemetery across the road from where his home stood.
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Father: Michael Coffeen (abt.1702-1758), burial unk.
Mother: Lydia Lake (1709-1748), burial unk.
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Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Susanna Goldsmith Coffeen (1732 - 1826)
 
 Children:
  Amy Coffeen Baldwin (1764 - 1832)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Erected
in memory of Capt
John Coffeen
who died Nov. 29th
1802 in the 76th year
of his age. he began the
settlement of this Town
in June 1770. he lived
respected & died [...]
 
Burial:
Coffeen Cemetery
Cavendish
Windsor County
Vermont, USA
 
Maintained by: KBStewart-Family
Originally Created by: KBStewart
Record added: Feb 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104687086
Capt John Coffeen
Added by: KBStewart
 
 
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