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Sarah Folger Coffin (1761-1822)

As I said in the brief story of Sarah last month, she was a widow in her 50s with young and unmarried children still in her care when she left Nantucket and migrated to Cincinnati.  While I don’t know the

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My Nantucket Grandmothers

There is a song or poem, titled The Nantucket Girl’s Song that was written in the 19th century by one or another woman traveling in the south Pacific on a ship.  The poem appears in the back of a journal

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Lucy Barry Dalton O’Shaughnessy

I’ve been having great fun the last couple of weeks corresponding with someone who is interested in tracking the O’Shaughnessy family. It turns out that he is descended from another brother than the man I have been interested in (who

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Ohio Military Institute, 1935

Having recently written about my mother’s high school experiences, I decided I should do the same about my father. I don’t have a copy of his high school yearbook. I just discovered that the school (which was a military institute)

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Another Coffin Story

Although I meant to write about Uncle Henry Coffin, it is clear that his story needs the “backstory” to provide the beginning. The story of Henry Bernard Coffin and his role and influence in the family starts with his going

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