19264. Nicholas Coffin

19265. Joanna /Joan Avent


The folowing is (19264) Nicholas Coffin's last will and testament:

In the name of God, Amen the twelveth day of september in the eleaventh yeere of the Raigne of our Sovraigne Lord James... Anno Dni 1613 I Nicholas Coffyn of Buttlers wth in the pysh of Brixton in the countye of Devon Husbandman beinge weake of bodye but pfect in minde thankes bee therefore given to Allmightie God do make this my last Will and Testamt...
  • Itm I give and bequeath to Ann Meader the Daughtr of Eliner Meader five shillings
  • Itm I give and bequeath to Peter Coffyn my eldest Sonne my greatest brasse pann and my minde is that my Wief shall have the use thereof during her lief
  • Itm I give & bequeath to Tristram Coffyn my Sonnes Sonne one yearling Bollock
  • Itm I give & Bequeath to Johun Coffyn my Sonnes Daughtr one sheepe
  • Itm I give and bequeath to every of my God-children twelve pence apeece
  • Itm I give & bequeath to Johan Coffyn my Wief one bay nag wch we use to call Rowse
  • Itm I give bequeath will and devise unto Nicholas Coffyn my Sonne All such right term of yeares intrest and demand as I myself my Executors or Assignes now have or here after may or ought to have of & in one tenemt with his appttennce sett lying and being in Plimton Earle in the Countye of Devon aforesaid wherein one Thomas Spurwell there now dwelleth to githr three closes or pcells of land therunto belonging whereof the first is Called or knowen by the name of Fortie Acres the second Wallford als Woodpke and the third the Meadow belowe the waie all wch recited prmisses I have and hold of and by the demise & grante of Willm Moulton of Plimpton Earle aforesaide Gent....
And in consideracon hereof My Will and intent is that my said Son Nicholas Coffyn shall within one whole yeere after my decease well & truely content and paie unto my Daughtr Ann Coffyn thirteene pounds sixe shillings and eight pence of lawfull money of England... And likewise the said Nicholas my Sonne shall after my decease paie unto my Sonne John Coffyn eight shillings yeerely during there naturall lives or as long as they two shall live togither.

The residue of all my goods and chattles moveable and unmoveable as well quickstuffe & corne as implemts of household & all other goods of what quality soever the same bee not before by these presents given nor bequeathed I give & bequeathe to the foresaid Nicholas Coffyn & John Coffyn my Sonnes whome I make & ordaine to be my joynt Executors of this my last Will & Testamt Provided allwaies that my Wief shall have the bed steed bedd & bedd clothes thereunto belonging wherein I do usually lie one brasse pann & one brass crock to use the same duringe her lief and after her decease the same shall remaine to my said Executors And I do hereby appointe & entreat my well beloved Friends Bartholomew Clevanger & Nicholas Edwards to bee the over-seeres of this my last Will & Testamt...

-- From Archdeaconry of Totnes (Exeter), 1613. Copied from copy from Jeff and Pam Martin's genealogy page

19266. Robert Kember/ Thember, Yeoman

19267. Anna (Coffin?)


19268. John Stevens

19269. Johan Bonnsone (F)



38528. Tristram Coffin

38529. unknown


Many have claimed Peter Coffin and Mary Boscawen, landed gentry of Portledge, Devonshire, were the parents of the husbandman, (19264) Nicholas. Besides the difference in social standing, the age mis-match between Nicholas and Mary prohibits this: The inscription on Mary's tomb reads,

"Here lyeth the body of Marie the
widow of Peter Coffin gent & 4th
davghter of Hvgh Boscawen of ~
Tregothnan Esq who dyeth 4th day of
September 1622 Aged 71 yeares

(The inscription is accompanied by a picture of a well-attired elderly woman)


According to James White in 1999,

"(19264) Nicholas is identified in his will as a 'husbandman' - an unlanded tenant farmer. His supposed father, Peter, is of the Coffins of Portledge, a gentleman at least, if not an esquire. The son of a gentleman is, almost without exception, not a husbandman. However modest his means may be, he is usually also identified as a gentleman. Nicholas's son was Peter (are we quite sure of this connection?). He was a churchwarden, generally an occupation of the yeomanry, not the gentry, and his estate (approx. 240 pounds) was not especially large, though not terribly meager."

--, c/o

"(38528) Tristram Coffin, of Butlers, parish of Brixton, county of Devon, England, made his will 16 November 1601, which was proved at Totness, in the same county, in 1602. He left legacies to Joan, Anne and John, children of (19264) Nicholas Coffin; Richard and Joan, children of Lionel Coffin; Philip Coffin and his son Tristram; and appointed (9632) Nicholas, son of Nicholas Coffin, his executor.


38536. Thomas Stevens

38537. unknown



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