1580 TO OCTOBER 27, 1628
Peter COFFIN (b. 1580, probably Brixton, Devonshire, England; d. 13 Mar 1627/28, Plymouth, Brixton, England) m. Joan/Joanna KEMBER (b. 1584, BRIXTON, Devon, England; d. 30 May 1661, Boston, Suffolk, MA) dt. Robert KEMBER and Anna, 1600/1608, BRIXTON, Devon, Eng; they had: Tristram (1605-1681), dt. Robert KEMBER and Anna; they had: Tristram, John, Joan, Deborah, Eunice, and Mary. [Children]
They had the following children:
Information about the Coffins and related families may be found in
Starbuck: History of Nantucket, and Gardiner: The Coffin Family.)
Peter Coffin's Will
From Archdeaconry of Totnes (Exeter), 1627. Copied from Jeff and Pam Martin's genealogy page (linked on main page).
"In the name of God, Amen, ye 21st day of December in ye third yeare of the raigne of our Sovraigne Lord Charles... I peter Coffyn of the Parish of Brixton in ye County of Devon being sick of body but in perfect minde and memory (thanks be to God) doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament...
Item I give and bequeath unto Tristram Coffyn my Sonne one feather bedd... my best brasen panne and my best brasen crocke
Item I give and bequeath unto Johan Coffyn my Wife ye issues pfitts and comodities of all my lands tenements & hereditaments wth in ye sayd Parish of Brixton dureing her widdowhood she yeelding and payinge therefor yearly unto the sayd Tristram my Sonne his heirs and assignes the summe of Fifty shillings of lawfull English money at ye four most usual feasts of the year and also sufficient meat drink & clothes and convenient lodgings unto ye sayd Tristram according to his degree and callinge dureing her Widdowhood onely And if it happen ye sayd yearly rent of Fifty shillings or any part thereof to be behinde and unpayd that then and from thenceforth itt may and shall be lawfull to and for the sayd Tristram Coffyn his heirs and assignes unto all and singular the said prmises to enter and distraine and the distress so there taken from thence to lead drive carry away & empound and impound to detaine and keepe untill ye sayd rent of Fifty shillings with the arrearages of the same (if any bee) shall bee to him or them fully answered and payd. And further it is my Will that if the sayd Johan my Wife shall happen to marry that she shall immediately thereupon loose all ye pfitts commodities and right of that one tenement called Silferhey lying in Butlers in ye parish of Brixton aforesayd which duringe her Widdowhood by my Will she is to have and ye same to redound & be immediately in the possession of my Sonne Tristriam his heirs and assignes
Item I doe give and bequeath unto my Sonne Tristriam All my lands rents reversions services & hereditamts with the appurtenances whatsoever sett lying & being wthin ye sayd County of Devon To have and to hold ye same and every part and parcel thereof to ye sayd Tristriam Coffyn his heirs and assignes forever to ye only pfitt & behoof of the said Tristriam Coffyn his heirs and assignes to be holden of the chiefe Lord and Lords of the Fee thereof by the rents and services therefor yearly due and payable and my Will farther is that if the said Tristriam my Sonne shall chance to dy without an heir male lawfully begotten or to be begotten of his body that then all the prmisses last mentioned I given to him shall redound unto John Coffyn my Sonne his heirs and assignes accordingly and in ye same manner that it should to ye said Tristriam my Sonne
Item I doe give and bequeath unto Johan Coffyn Deborah Coffyn Eunice Coffyn and Mary Coffyn my four Daughters to each of them severally Thirty pounds in money that is to say amongst them CXX£ to be payd when they or each of them severally shall be of the full age of twentie years
Itm I give and bequeath unto John Coffyn my Sonne Fourty pounds in money to be payd him when hee shall be of the age of twenty years.
Item I give & bequeath unto the child wc my Wife now goeth withal the sume of Thirty pounds in money to be payd when he or she shall be of the age of twentie years. Provided always & my mind & will is that if either Johan Coffyn Deborah Coffyn Eunice Coffyn Mary Coffyn John Coffyn of ye child my Wife goeth withal happen to dy before he she or they doe come to ye age of twenty years that then his her or their portion or portions shall be equally divided amongst the survivors
Item All ye rest of the goods chattels and cattells not before given nor bequeathed I doe give and bequeath unto Johan Coffyn my Wife whome I make constitute and ordaine my full and whole Executrix...I doe intreat... my brother in law Phillip Avent and my Brother Niclas Coffyn to ye Overseers..."
The inventory amounted to £236/5/17.