|Birth: ||Oct. 29, 1771|
|Death: ||Sep. 23, 1846|
The History of Dallas County, Iowa, published in 1879 by the Union Historical Company of Des Moines, Iowa
The first death of a white person in the county occurred in the winter of 1846-47; that of William Coffin, father of Greenbury Coffin and father-in-law of John Wright.
The deceased was a blacksmith by trade, and though well along in years when he came here, faithfully worked at his anvil and forge set up on the open prairie until a shop was built, sharpening plough shares, mending broken articles and doing other small jobs of smithing, to assist in earning his bread by the sweat of his brow, and by the exercise of his strong right arm, until finally called away from labor to rest. He died in the Stump cabin of old age, and was buried in the Clayton graveyard, in what is now Boone township.
The coffin or box in which he was buried was made of puncheons split out of large logs, and dressed and fitted by Levi Wright, Noah Staggs and other neighboring settlers as best they could under the circumstances, and his remains were lovingly laid in their last resting place with decency and respect by the hands of those who had been friendly and true to him in life.
Thus this memorable Stump cabin was not only the first house built, but also the place where the first death occurred in the county, and therefore afforded both the first place of entertainment for the living, and preparation of the dead for the silent tomb.
Louis Stump erected the first cabin in Van Meter Twp. IA. He was born 22 Jan 1823 and came to Iowa in 1845.
His mother was Hepzabeth Starbuck b. 26 Mar 1749 d. Aft. 1823 Wayne Co., IN
William Coffin is my great great great grandfather (bio by: Karolyn [Kendig] McLain)
Libni Coffin (1745 - 1844)
Mary Duncan Coffin (1776 - 1826)
Jesse Coffin (____ - 1836)*
Joseph I. Coffin (1800 - 1891)*
Greenberry Coffin (1805 - 1868)*
Elizabeth Coffin Rawson (1807 - 1890)*
Nancy Coffin Johnson (1808 - 1866)*
Stephen Coffin (1811 - 1860)*
Sarah H. Coffin Wright (1813 - 1881)*
Priscilla Coffin Goodson (1816 - 1883)*
aged 74 ys 10 ms 28 ds
Created by: ZBonnie
Record added: Sep 10, 2006
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