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Gen. Stephen B. COFFIN
Susannah ALLISON
Husband:  Stephen B. COFFIN
Birth:  4 May 1807, Fairfax [now Albion], Kennebec Co., ME
Death:  16 Mar 1882, Dayton, Yamhill Co., OR
Disposition:  buried Brookside Cemetery, Dayton, Yamhill Co., OR
Occupation:  boatman/seaman, owned steamship line, merchant, prison operator, town proprietor
Military Service:  Brigadier General, Oregon Militia
Father:  Hezekiah COFFIN
Mother:  Susanna __?__
Marriage-1:  12 May 1827, Franklin Co., IN
Migration:  1847, crossed the plains to OR
Wife-1:  Susannah ALLISON
Birth:  ca. 1808, ME
Death:  1849/50, Portland, Washington Co., OR
Occupation:  homemaker
Marriage-2:  3 Mar 1852
Wife-2:  Lucina "Lucy" A. PICKERING
Birth:  1818/9, MA
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m1. 31 Dec 1835, Mendon, Worcester Co., MA, Elijah HILL
Children with Susannah ALLISON:
— born in IN:
  1.  (Son A) COFFIN, b. 1825-30
  2.  Mary COFFIN, b. ca. 1828/9; d. 1850; bur. Portland, OR; m. 5 Jun 1848, Clackamas Co., OR, William H. BERRY (b. 1819/20, OH)
  3.  Harriet COFFIN, b. ca. 1830; adult or near adult in 1848
  4.  Hezekiah COFFIN, b. 1832/3, IN
  5.  Lucinda COFFIN, b. 1834/5 or 17 May 1836;  m. Albert M MARVIN
  6.  George A. COFFIN, b. 1837/8

— born in OH:
  7.  Abigail "Abbie" N. [or M?] COFFIN, b. 1838/9 to 1842/3
  8.  Stephen C. COFFIN, b. 1842/3
  9.  Charles W. COFFIN, b. ca. 7 Apr 1849; d. 26 Jan 1850; bur. Lone Fir Cem.

Children with Lucina PICKERING — born in OR:
10.  Maria COFFIN, b. ca. 6 Dec 1852; d. 6 Apr 1854; bur. Lone Fir Cem.
11.  William W. COFFIN, b. 1854/5
12.  Emma COFFIN, b. 1857/8; d. 1860
13.  Ernest G. COFFIN, b. 1863/4
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Indiana, Maine, Ohio, Oregon

Sources (n.b., the City of Portland now spreads over three counties:  primarily and officially, Multnomah, which was formed in 1854 from Washington and Clackamas):

1a.  Franklin County, Indiana, Pioneer Marriages, 1827-1829 (online at the Franklin County INGenWeb site):
05-22-1827 COFFIN, Stephen ALLISON, Susannah

1b.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Stephn R. COFFIN
Birth: 04 May 1807, Albion, Kennebec, Maine
Father: Hezekiah COFFIN; Mother: Susanna
Source: Town and Vital Records, 1802-1891. Albion (Maine). Town Clerk
Stephen R. COFFIN
Father: Hezekiah COFFIN; Mother: Susanna
Marriage: 12 May 1827, Dearborn, Indiana
Spouse: Susannah ALLISON
Source: patron submission
Calvin OWEN
Marriage: 21 Jan 1830, Franklin, Indiana
Spouse: Lucinda COFFIN
Father: Hezekiah COFFIN; Mother: Susanna
Source: patron submission
William H. BERRY
Death: Mar 1875
Marriage: 05 Jun 1848, Clackamas, Oregon
Spouse: Mary COFFIN
Source: patron submission

2.  1830

3.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #80-81 of 109; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 IN Fountain Co. Roll 80 pp. 314A-314B/605-606 Ln. 30 Stephen Coffin 111 001 - 211 110 0000010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = George (b. 1837/8)
1 male 5-9 1830-1835 = Hezekiah (b. 1832/3)
1 male 10-14 1825-1830 = Son A
1 male 30-39 1800-1810 = Stephen (b. 1807) 
2 females 4 or under 1835-1840 = Abigail (b. 1838/9) 
= Lucinda (b. 1836)
1 female 5-9 1830-1835 = Harriet? (b. ca. 1830)
1 female 10-14 1825-1830 = Mary (b. ca. 1828/9)
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = ?
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Wife-1
1 person employed in navigation of canals, lakes, and rivers
The teenage girl is too old to be their daughter (given Stephen's affluence, it would be surprising if they didn't have at least one live-in servant).

4.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #8 of 21):  Portland, Washington [now Multnomah] Co., OR, Roll M432_742, p. 128B, 82/82, enumerated 7 Dec 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Stephen Coffin 43 M   Merchant   Maine
Hezekiah  " 17 M       Ind
George    " 13 F       "
Abigail   " 11 F       Ohio
Stephen C " Jr  7 M       "
Listed next to Elijah HILL, whose wife, Lucy, will become Stephen's next wife.  William BERRY (æ 30, b. OH), presumed widower of our subject's daughter, is unmarried and living with four other unmarried working men in Portland, Washington [now Multnomah] Co., OR (p. 129B).

5a.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #36 of 76):  Portland P.O., Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, Roll M653_1056, p. 489B/970, PN 28, 256/230, enumerated 14 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Steven Coffin 51 M   Lesee?/Leser? of Penitentiary 100,000 3,000 Maine
Susanna  " 35 F         Mass
Steven   " jr 14 M         Ohio
Willie?  "  6 M         Oregon
Emma     "  3 F         "
Henry Hill 22 M   Printer  3,000   N York
Virginia " 18 F         Penn
Franklin " 18 M   Do 2,000   Ills
Clarrisa " 12 F         Oregon
George Coffen 22 M   Prison Keeper 1,000 300 Indiana
Elizabeth " 18 F         Miss
Chas      " 1/12 M         Oregon
"Susanna" should be Lucina.  Henry, Franklin, and Clarissa HILL are Lucina's children from her prior marriage (Virginia is Henry's wife).  Elizabeth is apparently George's wife and Charles their son.

5b.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #55-56 of 76):  Portland P.O., Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, Roll M653_1056, pp. 499A-499B/989-990, PN 47-48, 448/401, enumerated 18 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Steven Coffin 48 M   Town Proprietor 30,000    
Lucina    " 41 F          
Steven    " 15 M          
Willie    "  5 M         Oregon
Emma      "  2 F         "
Frank Hill 16 M         Penna
Clara  " 11 F         Oregon
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Chas H Hill 23 M         Tennessee
L V     " 18 F         Ireland
Our subjects have managed to get enumerated twice, probably because they have a residence in town and a residence at the penitentiary.  Getting enumerated twice is unusual, but not unheard of, and each time I've seen it happen, the differences between the records always gives me pause.

6.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

7.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 19):  Dayton, Yamhill Co., OR, Roll T9_1084, p. 430B, PN 5, SD 110, ED 135, enumerated 4 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 14 15 21 24 25 26
31 33 Coffin Stephen W M 73     /   10 Rheumatism   Maine Maine Maine
       "   Ruba W F 60 Wife   / Keeping House       RI MA RI
       "   Wm W W M 25 Son /   Hearder  3     Oregon Maine RI
       "   Ernest G W M 16 " /   at School  7   / " " "
    Vandenberg Wm W M  6 GSon /   at School  6     Wash Ter not known OH
I wonder if this is a third wife or if "Ruba" may just be Lucina's nickname.  Wm. W. is Stephen's son by Lucina, so his mother would not be born in RI.

Lone Fir Cemetery (ms collection at the Oregon Historical Society; database compiled by Connie Lenzen):
Charles W. Coffin; died 26 January 1850; age 9 months 19 days; son of S. and S. Coffin
Maria Coffin; died 6 April 1854; age 1 year 4 months; daughter of S. and L. Coffin

.  Birthdate calculated using Ben Buckner's Birthdate Calculator.
Name Deathdate Age at Death Result
Charles W. COFFIN 26 Jan 1850 19d 9m 0y 7 Apr 1849
Maria COFFIN 06 Apr 1854 __d 4m 1y 6 Dec 1852
(Calculated birthdates should always be prefaced with "ca." — you can't be certain the person who calculated their age did it correctly.)

Stephen B. Coffin (online at Connie Lenzen's web site), including…
A "memorial" published in the 4 Dec 1900 issue of the Portland Oregonian:
General Stephen Coffin, prominently identified with the early history of Portland, was born in Maine in 1807 and came across the plains in 1847. He located at Oregon City, and by frugality and enterprise amassed a considerable amount of money, and in 1849 purchased a half interest in the Portland land claim, associating himself with D.H. Lownsdale.  The partnership was later joined by Colonel W.W. Chapman.  General Coffin was a leader in promoting the initial enterprises of Portland.  With his partners he resolved to operate an opposition steamship line between this city and San Francisco.  The Pacific Mail had established its river terminus at St. Helens.  With his partners and others he purchased for $18,000 the steamship Gold Hunter, which proved a very unfortunate investment.  The ship was run off to Central America through the treachery of agents and sold for debt, and a large balance was charged up to the stockholders.  General Coffin was the prime mover in the project of building the wagon road to Tualatin Plains, which cut so important a figure in the development of Portland's business.  He took a leading part in the organization, 1860, of the People's Transportation Company, and was vice-president and manager of the corporation, which for many years controlled the transpiration on the Willamette River.  For some time it carried on sharp competition with the Oregon Steam Navigation Company on the Columbia River.  About 1866 he took a large interest in the Oregon Iron Works, which was destroyed by fire and netted him a loss of about $40,000.  He took an active part in promoting the Oregon central road, west side.  He built by contract about 20 bridges.  He was a member of and a large contributor to the Patrons of Husbandry in Oregon, and with others organized the order into a business known as the Northwestern Storage & Shipping Company.  He was associated with various business enterprises, and took a very active and prominent part in matters for the general welfare of the public.  He donated to the City of Portland its public levee and gave largely to churches and schools.  The first church and school bell in the city was purchased by General Coffin.  When the Yakima Indian War broke out he was the first man to move for the defense of the settlers.  He provided a steamboat at his own expense, with provisions and blankets, to transport troops for the defense of the settlers.  In 1863 Governor Gibbs made Mr. Coffin Brigadier-General of the Oregon militia.  He is altogether one of the best-remembered and highest-esteemed of the original town proprietors.  He died at Dayton, Yamhill County, March 16, 1882."

Find-a-Grave (online at findagrave.com).

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