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Abigail N. COFFIN
WARNING:  the evidence making Charles's wife, Abbie, into Abigail COFFIN, daughter of Gen. Stephen B. COFFIN, is either circumstantial or secondary.  I think the connection is probably correct, but further documentation is definitely needed.  These are not my ancestors, so I will probably not pursue the question further, myself.  If you do, please share; and, especially, please contact me if you disprove the connection. 
Husband:  Charles HOSKINS
Birth:  1826/7, Greenwich, Washington Co., NY
Death:  14 Sep 1879, Lansing City, Ingham Co., MI
Occupation:  laborer
Father:  Thomas HOSKINS
Mother:  Lucretia BARTLETT
Wife:  Abigail "Abbie" N. [or M?] COFFIN
Birth:  1838/9 to 1842/3, OH
Death:  1870-80
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m1. 7 Sep 1858, Marion Co., OR, Thomas Turner EYRE
Father:  Gen. Stephen B. COFFIN
Mother:  Susannah ALLISON
Children born in OR, presumably in East Salem Pct., Marion Co., OR:
1.  Lucinda May HOSKINS / HASKINS, b. 1864/5
2.  Charles Arthur HOSKINS, b. 1865/6; m. 31 Aug 1889, Eaton Co., MI, Ella JAMES, d/o Oliver JAMES & Hannah PHILO
3.  Edward / Edgar HOSKINS, b. 1867/8
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, New York, Oregon


1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Charles A. HOSKINS; Birth: Salem, , , Oregon
Father: Chas. HOSKINS; Mother: Abbie COFFIN
Marriage: 31 Aug 1889, Eaton, Michigan
Spouse: Ella JAMES; Birth: Leslie, , , Maine
Father: Oliver JAMES; Mother: Hannah PHILO
Source: "Extracted marriage record or locality listed in the record."
I tried all the major online gazetteers, including the GNIS, and there's no such place as "Leslie," ME.

2a.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9 of 12):  U.S. Service Navy Yard, Gosport, Norfolk Co., VA, p. 201A, 10/10, enumerated 24 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Chas Hoskins 21 M   Fireman   New York
One of many men at shipyard.  There's no way to prove this is our subject, but his being in the Navy could explain why he married so late, and why I'm having so much trouble finding him in 1860.  (Gosport is now part of the independent city of Portsmouth, VA.)

2b.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Abigail COFFIN (æ 11, b. OH) is living in Portland, Washington [now Multnomah] Co., Oregon Territory (p. 128A), with her widowed father, Stephen COFFIN (æ 43, b. ME), and siblings Hezekiah, George, and Stephen C. Jr.

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Charles, and I really looked.  Steven COFFIN (æ 51, b. ME) is living in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR (p. 970), with new wife, Susanna [a.k.a., Lucina] (æ 35, b. MA).  Steven Jr. is still with him, as is married son, George (and two new children with Susanna).  Abby is not there.

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #16 of 31):  Salem P.O., East Salem Pct., Marion Co., OR, Roll M593_1287, p. 23A, PN 45, 406/375, enumerated 13 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Hoskins Chas 43 M W Laborer   300 NY
   "    Abbie 27 F W Keeps house     Ohio
   "    May  5 F W       Oregon
   "    Arthur  4 M W       "
   "    Edward  2 M W       "
Abbie is fibbing about her age (she is 18 in 1860 and 11 in 1850). 

5a.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  we know Charles is deceased, and I can't find Abby anywhere.  Presumably she is also deceased because, otherwise, we would find he children with her.  I found their son, Charles Arthur, living with our subject's first cousin, Warren HOSKINS; and I found their son, Edgar, living with our subject's sister, Harriet (HOSKINS) SEYMOUR.  I can't find Lucinda May (and I really looked), but we know Lucinda May came back to Michigan because she married in Crawford Co., MI, in 1882. 

5b.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 28):  Lansing Twp., Ingham Co., MI, Roll T9_582, p. 307C, PN 7, SD 3, ED 126, 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 15 21 24 25 26
44 45 Hoskins Warren W M 47     / Farmer     NY NY NY
    Hoskian Lois W F 47 Wife   / Keeps House Ague   NY VT NY
    Hoskins Lilly W F 17 Dau /   Does housework     NY NY NY
    Hoskins Harriett W F 15 Dau /   at School   / NY NY NY
    Hoskins Charles W M 14 Nephew /   at School   / OR NY OR
    Glosser Cyrus W M 26 Boarder /   works on farm     OH PA OH
In the entire 1870 census, there are only four HOSKINS/HASKINS born in Oregon:  our subject's three children, May, Arthur, and Edward, plus a Lincoln HOSKINS (æ 5) in Walla Walla, WA, s/o J.B. & Clara HOSKINS.  There is no Charles HOSKINS/HASKINS (of any age) indexed as born in Oregon.  So, the Charles HOSKINS (æ 14, b. OR) in the 1880 census is surely their son, Charles Arthur.  Strictly speaking, Charles is not Warren's "nephew," but his "first cousin once removed"; however, no enumerator is going to enter that relationship and, in any case, back then people used the terms "nephew" and "cousin" (etc.) much more loosely than we do today.  Charles Arthur married in 1889 in Eaton Co., MI (Eaton Co. is adjacent to Ingham Co.), so we know Charles Arthur made it back to Michigan.

5c.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #42 of 54):  Kendall Borough, McKean Co., PA, Roll T9_1154, p. 360B, PN 42, SD 6, ED 91, enumerated 21/22 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 13 21 24 25 26
387 416 Seymour C B W M 58     oil Producer   NY MA NY
    _______ Harriet W F 54 Wife   Keeping house   NY NY CT
    _______ Hattie W F 19 Dau / at home   MI NY NY
    Hoskins Edgar W M 12 Nephew   at home / OR NY OH
    Urania W F 67 Sister / at home   NY MA NY
It's not unusual for the names Edward and Edgar to be mixed up or used interchangeably, so I believe this is our subject's son.  Harriet had only one other brother, Orlando HOSKINS, who had no sons, so the only way for Harriet to have a nephew surnamed HOSKINS is for him to be our subject's son.  (Urania is C.B.'s sister, so should have been surnamed SEYMOUR.)

6.  Michigan Department of Community Health.  GenDIS: Genealogical Death Indexing System, 1867-1897 (online at the Michigan State Goverment web site):
Date of Death: 14-Sep-1879
Ledger Page: 279
Record Number: 1558
Place of Death: Lansing City
County of Death: Ingham
Sex: Male
Marital Status: Single
Age: 50 years
Cause of Death: CONSUMPTION
Birthplace: MICH
Occupation: -
Father's Name: Hoskins, THOMAS
Father's Residence: LANSING
Mother's Residence: -
Date of Record: 16-Jun-1880

7.  Messages posted to the Hoskins Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

8.  Messages posted to the HOSKINS Surname Board (online at Ancestry.com/RootsWeb.com).

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