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Tristram Coffin (#47495039)
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Bio Photo Amateur genealogist, researching my ancestral lineage and trying to solve somewhat of a mystery.

My Coffin family lineage as long established:

Tristram (Me)>Lewis A Coffin, III, Lewis A Coffin, Jr, Lewis A Coffin, Sr, Julius A coffin, Isaac Coffin (Coffeen, Coffen), Edward Coffin, John Coffin Jr, John Mendom Coffin, Jethro Coffin, Peter Coffin, Tristram Coffyn, Sr. (Tristram Sr is 9th Great Grandfather)

Other surnames closely linked to my ancestry: G Jarvis Geer, Glass, Frank Carr Whittemore, Sybil Tappen, Margaret Patten, Irving T Smith, Thomas Sherwood, Starbuck, Gardner, Partridge.

I am currently writing a book, "Coffins - Noisy, BoisterousóLoud," which will feature a great deal of anecdotal information, some trivia, some biographies of notable Coffins, armorial bearings, controversies etc.

Specifically, I am very interested in Onteora (Greene County), Dutchess, Oneida, Fishkill, Herkimer New York area Coffins. Edward, Isaac, Julius. Barrington, Nova Scotia Coffins: John and Mary (Davis) Coffin and their son Tristram (Edward) 1762.

I live in Atlanta, GA and will sometimes assist in photographing gravestones, however due to my schedule and mobility, I usually limit this to cemeteries located pretty close to where I live. Mostly within 5 miles of Decatur, GA.

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-Tristram Coffin
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John Andrew Meyer
RE: Coffin family
Well dear cousin,

How did your book come out?

My great great grandfather is Judge Edward Marshall Coffin. An interesting thing about him is that he started Mutual Of Omaha Life Insurance Company. The banks collapsed in early 1890 or there about and his insurance company with it.
His uncle was James Henry Coffin who was a founding member of the Smithsonian. His accomplishments are
to extensive to list here but it is not a stretch to call him the Einstein of his day.

Added by John Andrew Meyer on Apr 02, 2016 1:41 PM
John Andrew Meyer
RE: Mystery
My mystery is very close to home. My grandmother was Emma Pearl Coffin born 1912 in Azusa Los Angeles County, California. Her father was Clarence Roy Coffin born 1888 in Ord Nebraska to Judge Edward Marshall Coffin and Olive McMahan. In about 1914 Clarence Roy Coffin vanished from the face of the earth. Leaving his wife and 6 kids and his mother. I've been trying to find him for about 10 years. There is no record of him anywhere. His son and 1 of my grandmother's brothers did the same thing to his wife and children. I did find him buried in Oregon for some unknown reason.

In my research I am trying to stick to actual family that had to exist or I wouldn't of.

That's my mystery.

John Meyer
Added by John Andrew Meyer on Apr 01, 2016 10:44 PM
RE: Rev. George Jarvis Geer
The photos of Rev. George Jaris Geer from Trinity Cemetery & Mausoleum (Manhattan, uptown) were uploaded to Find A Grave Memorial# 69002840.

His name is engraved on a large marker along with these names:
Gertrude Elizabeth Geer
Charles Edward Phelps
Sarah E. Phelps
Douglas Geer

There are also two headstones in the same plot:
Charles Edward Davis Phelps
Elizabeth Steward Phelps.

I hope that is helpful to your research.

Best regards,


Added by Rhonda on Aug 13, 2015 7:22 AM
Rev. George Jarvis Geer
I'm in the process of photographing gravestones at Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum in upper Manhattan (NYC). I recently photographed some gravestones for the Geer family, Rev. George Jarvis Geer. His birth and death dates match the listing you posted, but you have him at a different cemetery. I'll upload the pictures for you to look at, but I'm pretty sure it's the same person. What do you think?
Best regards,
Rhonda in NYC
Added by Rhonda on Jul 13, 2015 4:22 PM
Phyllis Young
Isaac Tibbetts Coffin
I am a ggranddaughter of the Isaac Tibbetts Coffin who is buried in the Dutch Flat Cemetery, Placer Co., CA. He does not have any nephews with the surname Coffin. Isaac Tibbetts Coffin's father was Weare Coffin (1804-1846), his mother was Mary Canney (1802-1848).

Isaac's grandparents were Jonathan Coffin Jr. (1781-1862) whose wife was Sarah Gilman (1787-1813) and Joseph Canney (1774-1856) whose wife was Anna Kinnison (1776-1842).

The parents of Jonathan Coffin Jr. were Jonathan Coffin Sr. and Jane Brown. The parents of Joseph Canney were William Canney and Rose Tibbetts. These were New Hampshire families.

Isaac Tibbets Coffin does not have any descendants with the surname Coffin. His son died without issue. Isaac's one brother also died without issue.

Documentation: He left my family with a long diary from about 1857 to 1903. It has been published with the title "The Story of a Placer County Gold Miner." It is available at the Golden Drift Museum, Dutch Flat, CA.

I hope this helps our large family identify him.
Added by Phyllis Young on Apr 23, 2015 10:52 PM
W. Barry Thomson
Lewis A. Coffin Jr.
I am an architectural historian interested in Lewis Augustus Coffin Jr., a partner in the New York-based firm of Polhemus & Coffin. In particular, I am interested in Lewis Coffin's design for the country house of Dr. Frank Lusk Babbott Jr. in Bernardsville, NJ. Called "Little Brook Farm," the house and outbuildings were designed by Coffin in 1934. I would be interested in speaking with the architect's grandson, Tristram Lewis Coffin, who appears to reside in or near Decatur, GA. W. Barry Thomson
Added by W. Barry Thomson on Feb 03, 2015 5:58 AM
Tonia Caneva
Coat of Arms
I am also interested in the Coffin Coat of Arms and am a descendant of Tristram Coffin.
My father was Maurice from Colorado and his father was Robert.
I would love to read your book when you get it finished!
You are more than welcome to contact me!
Added by Tonia Caneva on Jan 11, 2015 4:53 PM
Donna Roberts
Real coat of arms
Yes, I'm really interested in the Real coat of arms for this coffin family. I am also a descendant of Thomas Sherwood and have sources. Hope to exchange info? Please contact me at
Added by Donna Roberts on Dec 10, 2014 10:56 AM
Coffin Surname
Hello Tristram, I know of Coffin families, who settled in Long Grove, Cook County, Illinois. If by chance they may be connected to your family line, please let me know! You will find my email on my Find A Grave bio.
Added by Sandie on Oct 02, 2014 9:33 PM
David Reese
Sir Richard Vernon Memorial
Hello, I'm trying to reach you by Edit tab for family links to Sir Henry Vernon Richard's father.
Added by David Reese on Mar 13, 2014 1:46 PM
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