Tiny notebook in which Freeman Coffin of Lee, Maine, tallied how much bark he had peeled on the property of Loring for the firm of Plaisted & Son. The notebook also contains the name of Ira Knights.
The notebook is only partially filled out. It's in fair condition, but better than you would expect for something used out in the woodlot.
From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]
Freeman Coffin was born 17 May 1836 at Lee, Maine, the son of Walter and Nancy W. (Clark) Coffin. Walter was born 22 May 1811 at Lincoln, Maine, the next town over from Lee. Nancy W. (Clark) Coffin was born 25 October 1812 at Belfast, Maine, on the coast.
Freeman's paternal grandparents were Nicholas and Lydia (Leman or Lemon) Coffin. Nicholas was born in New Hampshire on 5 April 1765. I found a birthdate of 5 Mar 1790 but Lydia (Leman or Lemon) Coffin, but would appreciate hearing from a reader with more information on her.
Freeman's maternal grandparents were Ichabod and Mary Polly (Wiggin) Clark. Ichabod came to the Belfast/Lincolnville, Maine area from New Hampshire, where he was born about 1755 or 1760. Mary Polly (Wiggin) Clark was born 2 August 1770, but I'm not sure where. Her father Joseph Wiggin was born in New Hampshire on 28 April 1748.
In 1862 Freeman Coffin married Rosaline Russell, who was born 1 September 1843 at Linneus, Maine, the daughter of John and Margaret (Morrison) Russell. John Russel was born about 1813 at Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada, from a Loyalist family, I believe. I found several John Russells in the Kingsclear area and wasn't sure which was the proper John. Margaret (Morrison) Russell was born about 1816 in Belfast, the daughter of Edmund and Jemima (Rumery or Rummary) Morrison.
I found eleven children for Freeman and Rosaline:
- Clarence W. Coffin, born in July of 1862; m. Sarah "Sadie" Spencer; lived in the Lincoln/Medway area of Maine; had at least four children
- Emma Grace Coffin, born in Lincoln, Maine, on 6 Mar 1864; m. Leonard Oscar Cobb; lived at Lee and Auburn, Maine; had at least eight children
- Carrie Coffin, born about 1868 at Lincoln, Maine;
- Edgar Coffin, born in December of 1868 at Lincoln, Maine; m. Ina Maude Rich; lived at Lee, Maine; had ten children
- Charles Coffin, born about 1871 at Lincoln, Maine; died 18 September 1901 at Rumford Falls, Maine, from a fractured spine after falling 130 feet from a trestle
- Effie Coffin, born about 1873 at Lincoln, Maine
- Allen Coffin, born 31 July 1874 at Lincoln, Maine; m. Myrena J. Glidden; lived at Lee, Maine; had at least four children and a stepson, John Pratt
- Mabel Coffin, born possibly 19 September 1876 at Lincoln, Maine; m. Charles H. Rich; lived at Lincoln, Maine, and Scarborough, Maine
- Emery M. Coffin, born 15 February 1879 at Lincoln; lived at Lincoln, Maine, and Levant, Maine
- Harris M. Coffin, born 10 July 1881 at Lincoln, Maine; m. Nancy E. Allen; lived at Lincoln, Maine, and Levant, Maine; had at least six children, I believe
- Lizzie W. Coffin, born 17 October 1888 at Lincoln, Maine; m. Harry R. Clark; she died young on 17 January 1908 of phthsis.
The Ira Knights mentioned in Freeman's Coffin's notebook might be young man Ira A. Knights, born in March of 1858 in Maine, the son of Nathan L. and Sarah Angeline (Stone) Knights. Ira's paternal grandparents were Joseph and Rebecca (Johnson) Knights. His maternal grandparents were Enoch and Phoebe (Kneeland) Stone.
- Clarence D. Knights, born 25 May 1892; m. Bessie Emerson; lived at Lincoln, Maine
- Arvah S. Knights, born 29 March 1895; d. 25 February 1919 at Passadumkeag, Maine, from tuberculosis
For more information, see the pages for Freeman and Rosaline (Russell) Coffin and Ira A. and Flora M. (Davis) Knights at the Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy network.