Table of contents
The Coffin family were Quakers of Wayne County, Indiana. Elijah Coffin was born in 1793 in Guilford County, N.C., the son of Bethuel and Hannah Dicks Coffin. His son and daughter-in-law, Charles F. and Rhoda M. Coffin were active in the peace movement, prison reform, reform of the treatment of the insane, and the temperance movement. Father and son both served as Clerk of Indiana Yearly Meeting. The collection contains family correspondence, journals, business papers, and miscellaneous writings. Includes documents and letters pertaining to Charles F., Rhoda M., and Elijah Coffin's prison reform activities and articles concerning the treatment of the insane, Indian rights, and temperance. Also incldues manuscripts having to do with Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends and the Cincinnati Book Association of Friends.
Additional Authors and Contributors
Ser. 1. Biographical and genealogical material, 1797-1920, n.d.
|Account of members of the immediate family of Rhoda M. and Charles F. Coffin, children, daughter-in law, grandchildren, written by Rhoda M. Coffin||Box 1|
|“Brief History of the First Coffins,” and other material on the same subject.||Box 1|
|“Chateau of Courtiton, Portledge...”, etc.
Early homes of Coffin (Coffyn) family in France and England, with some account of members of the family.
|Coffin coats-of arms||Box 1|
|Brief history of early New England Coffins (Coffyn)||Box 1|
|Genealogical data on Rhoda M. Coffin's family-- Faulkner, Johnson, Arnett.||Box 1|
Attached is “A Long Record of Personal Friendship,” between Hiatt and Coffin families.
|“Narrative of the settlement of Thomas and Hannah Symons
in Wayne County, Indiana in the year 1811,” by Hannah Symons.
Written 10-31-1860 for her brother Elijah Coffin.
|Correspondence regarding, and a list of, Elijah Coffin papers deposited with Henry County Historical Museum, New Castle, Indiana||Box 1|
|Elijah Coffin's will and letters of administration||10-22-1860||(copies)||Box 1|
|Elijah Coffin(?) "Mem. Book of Trip East"||1844||Box 1|
|Percival Brooks Coffin, diaries
See boxes 1a, 1b, 1c.
|1883-1920||(22 diaries)||Box 1|
|Benajah Hiatt, Diary of a trip to Carolina||1826||Box 1|
|Marriage certificates, 1797-1847:
Chronologically arranged. See also marriage certificates in chart case.
|Benajah Hiatt and Elisabeth White
Parents of Naomi, wife of Elijah Coffin.
|John Johnson and Judith Faulkner
Parents of Rhoda M., wife of Chas. F. Coffin
|5-22-1816||(also, negative copy)||Box 1|
|Mordecai Hiatt and Rhoda Dicks
Mordecai was closely associated with Elijah Coffin and brother of Naomi, Elijah's wife.
|Elijah Coffin and Naomi Hiatt
Parents of Charles F. Coffin
|Charles F. (Fisher) Coffin and Rhoda M. (Moorman)||Box 1|
|Johnson||3-25-1847||(negative copy)||Box 1|
|Samuel Fletcher and Elizabeth D. Hiatt||4-3-1840||Box 1|
|Memorials to Chas. F. Coffin
In The American Friend, cover picture and pp. 730-732.
|1916 9mo 21||Box 1|
|Memorial of Rhoda M. Coffin||11-17-1909.||Box 1|
Ser. 2. Business papers, 1848-1901
|Elijah Coffin, 1959-1866:|
|Notebook, income and expenditures||Box 1|
|Statement of property owned, and income||1859-1862||Box 1|
|Estate executors papers: C.F. and Wm. H. Coffin.
Includes Inventory and Appraisal of personal property, 1862, and “List of Books presented by the heirs of the late Elijah Coffin, deceased, to the Library of Richmond Preparative Meeting of Friends, 6mo 20 1866.”
|1862, 1866||Box 1|
|Charles F. Coffin, 1848-1901:|
|Account book||1848-1851||Box 1|
|Agreement and membership certificate in The Publishing Association of Friends||9-9-1901||Box 1|
|List of articles received from the children of Chas. F. and Rhoda M. Coffin, to be retained by them as part of a Memorial Library to the same.||Box 1|
Ser. 3. Correspondence, 1828-1913, n.d.
|Correspondence by Elijah Coffin||1846-1862||(copies, 2 bound volumes)|
|Vol. 1||1846-1851;||Box 1|
|Vol. 2||1851-1862||Box 1|
|Miscellaneous, by various authors
Authors include Elijah Coffin; Judith Johnson, mother of Rhoda M. Coffin; Rachel Arnett, aunt of Rhoda M. Coffin; Rhoda M. Coffin, Rufus Jones; Mordecai Hiatt, friend and brother-in-law of Elijah Coffin.
Ser. 4. Documents and letters pertaining to Chas. F., Rhoda M., and Elijah Coffin's prison reform work, 1860-1888
|Rhoda M. Coffin's certificate of membership in American Female Guardian Society||June 1860||Box 1|
|Chas. F. Coffin's certificate of appointment as Commissioner of House of Refuge by Gov. Conrad Baker of Indiana.||7-16-1872||Box 1|
|Rhoda M. Coffin's 2 certificates of appointment as
member of Board of Managers of the Indiana Reformatory Institute for Women and
Girls, signed by Gov. James D. Williams
Also signed by Gov. Albert G. Porter, 3-30-1881.
|Letters of introduction and commendation for Chas. F.
and Rhoda M. Coffin by Indiana Governors
Letters particularly for their use on their trips abroad, as in cases of prison visitations.
|Permissions for Chas. F. and Rhoda M. Coffin to visit various English prisons||Box 1|
|Prisons and Criminal Treatment
Issued by the Howard Association, London.
Ser. 5. Writings by members of Coffin family, 1848-1919, n.d.
|Arranged alphabetically by author, and alphabetically by subject under each
|Charles F. Coffin, 1848-1853, n.d.:|
|“Memoir of Elijah Coffin by his son"||Box 2|
|“Reflections and Aspirations”||1848-1853||Box 2|
|Percival Brooks Coffin: “Quaker Mantras”
Includes correspondence regarding the writing.
|Rhoda M. Coffin:
Includes typewritten ms. of addresses and articles) Also includes 2 lists and portions of a letter, on letterhead of her son Percival Brooks Coffin, regarding publication of his mother's addresses
|“Care and Treatment of the Insane"||Box 2|
|“Children of the Street"||Box 2|
|“Convict Labor Issue"||Box 2|
|“General Grant's Indian Policy”||Box 2|
|“Hospital for the Insane at Dunning"||Box 2|
|“Journey Abroad"||Box 2|
|“Nobody Cared for Me"||Box 2|
|“The Organization of the Home Mission Association of Women Friends of Indiana Yearly Meeting"||Box 2|
|“Prison Reform"||Box 2|
|“Some Accounts of the origin and conduct of the Women's Prison and Girl's Reformatory at Indianapolis"||Box 2|
|“Sufferings of the Friends of Virginia and North Carolina on account of their Peace Principles"||Box 2|
|“Woman in Home for Friendless"||Box 2|
|“The Women's Christian Temperance Union"||Box 2|
|“Women's Prisons"||Box 2|
|Printed writings by members of Coffin family:|
|Chas. F. Coffin, 1859-1909:|
|Address read at the Johnson Picnic near Richmond, Indiana||7-6-1859||Box 2|
|British and American Prisons
An address delivered before the National Prison Congress at Pittsburgh, Pa.
|“Eastern Indiana Early Pioneers”
Article in New Castle, Ind. paper.
|Extract from letter regarding semi-centennial an-universally of Iowa Yearly Meeting||Box 2|
An address delivered before the Indiana Social Science Association, at Indianapolis.
|“When Clay Visited Richmond. And What He Said in
Published in The Henry County Tribune.
|Elijah Coffin, 1855-1859, n.d.:|
|Concise Statement of the Christian Doctrines of the
Society of Friends.
Prepared by Elijah Coffin, approved by the Meeting for Sufferings, in 1855. Published Richmond, Ind., by The Central Book and Tract Committee of Friends. No.32
|ca. 1855||Box 2|
|Condensed extract from the Journal of Elijah Coffin||9-20-1858||Box 2|
|"The Mother's Catechism of Christian Doctrine and
Published in Richmond, Ind., by Central Book and Tract Committee of Friends.
|“Remarks by a Member of the Society of Friends on the Subject of War..." by E.C. [Elijah Coffin?]||Box 2|
|Rhoda M. Coffin, 1885-1886, n.d.:||Box 2|
|“Friends' Work Among the Indians”
Read at a meeting on the Indian missionary work, held at Friends' Meeting House, Chicago. Printed in Worker and Expositor, 8-6-1885.
|Rise of Foreign Missions Amongst Friends||Box 2|
|“Visit to Chicago”||Box 2|
|Woman's Ministry, John Morris Co., Cgo.||1886||Box 2|
Published in The Daily Inter Ocean.
Ser. 6. Printed material about members of Coffin family, 1898-1932
|Chronologically arranged as far as possible.
"A Story of the Past”
Clipping about group of 27 persons who left N. Car. for Ind. 53 years earlier. Among those still living was Chas. F. Coffin.
from The Chicago Daily Tribune,
“Yoke Fellows 60 Years”
re: wedding anniversary of Chas. F. and Rhoda M. Coffin, including biographical information. “...President Grant appointed Mr. Coffin head of the Committee of Friends in America in charge of Indian affairs at the time when the care of Indian tribes was allotted to the different churches....”
from The American Friend,
regarding 60th wedding anniversary of Chas. F. and Rhoda M. Coffin
Including biographical information. “...For six years a prayer meeting was held weekly in C.F. Coffin's house which resulted in establishing Richmond, Indiana Monthly Meeting of Friends....”
|Several clippings of obituary notices and sketches of Rhoda M. Coffin's life and reform work||1909.||Box 2|
|Notices and reviews of Rhoda M. Coffin, Her
Reminiscence, Addresses, Papers and Ancestry, edited by Mary Coffin Johnson
Published by Grafton Press, N.Y. 1910. Includes The American Friend, 2-23-1911.
|1910-1911||(4 notices)||Box 2|
Article by Helen Buckler in Good House-keeping referring to Rhoda M. Coffin's prison reform work
|February 1931||Box 2|
|“Elijah and Naomi Coffin Scholarship Founded”
Article in The Earlhamite.
|April 1932||Box 2|
Ser. 7. Pictures, 1842-1908
|Photographs of Chas. F. and Rhoda M. Coffin||Box 2|
|Photographs of Elijah and Naomi Coffin||Box 2|
|Snapshots of various members of the family
Includes snapshots of relatives, and of family residences in Richmond and vicinity, and in New Garden, N.C. area from which family migrated.
|Copies of portraits of early ancestors
Copies begin with Elizabeth, widow of Richard Coffin, born 1571.
Includes J.B. Braithwaite, Earl of Shaftesbury, Thos. Ellwood's residence, Jordan's Meeting House and graveyard, Joseph Sturge.
|Album of photos of Percival Brooks Coffin||1908||Box 2|
|Album of photos of Rhoda M. Coffin at age 81||1906||Box 2|
|Photograph of Chas. F. and Rhoda M. Coffin and family, on their 60th anniversary||Box 2|
Ser. 8. Memorabilia, 1842-1883, n.d.
|Rhoda M. Johnson's (later Coffin) cook book||5-4-1845||Box 3|
N.Y. and Cgo., Biglow and Main. Name of Eli Johnson inside cover.
|Notebook of Scripture passages selected by Chas. F. Coffin||1842||Box 3|
|“Clan-Coffyn” (Richmond branch) Christmas folder containing chart of relationship of three living generations, and birth and marriage dates.||1883||Box 3|
|Scarf made of bark of pineapple tree
Belonged to Priscilla White, given to E.D. Fletcher.
|Braided strands of hair of Elizabeth Dix Hiatt||Box 3|
Ser. 9. Reference material, 1820-1911, n.d
|Having to do with the Society of Friends, 1820-1911, n.d.:
Chronologically arranged as far as possible.
|Chronology of Indiana Yearly Meeting, and White Water
Monthly Meeting of Friends
Includes a list of deaths.
|A Testimony of Miami Monthly Meeting of Friends,
concerning Joseph Cloud
Richmond, Ind., Larsh, printer., 1832 Copy which belonged to Mordecai Hiatt.
|“Book Concern” letter
Elijah Coffin was corespondent and agent of Committee of Book Agency.
|A Catechism...Society of Friends, by John Kendall, N.Y., Cooledge||1837||Box 3|
|Circular Address to the Members of Indian Yearly concerning the distress existing in Ireland.||3-6-1847.||Box 3|
|Memorial of Benajah Hiatt, by Elijah Coffin||1849 10mo||Box 3|
|Accounts and correspondence regarding Cincinnati Book
Association of Friends
Chas. F. Coffin was treasurer of Book Fund of Indiana Yearly Meeting during part of this period. Elijah Coffin's name is signed to several letters, and accounts appear to be in his handwriting.
|Report of the Deputation to North Carolina in regard
to the Boarding School Debt
Signed by Elijah Coffin.
|Rhoda M. Coffin's class book||1860, 1861||Box 3|
|Members of Richmond Preparative Meeting||1868||Box 3|
|List of Converts during the “Revival,” Fifth St. Friends Meeting||1869||Box 3|
|“Important suggestions and Facts for Christian"||Box 3|
|"Professors: An Address on Temperance”, by Wm. Baxter.
Published by Central Book and Tract Committee of Friends, Richmond, Ind.
|3 minutes to the Meetings of Friends constituting London Yearly Meeting, on behalf of Chas. F. and Rhoda M. Coffin.||(copies)||Box 3|
|Program of Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends,
Contains picture of old Yearly Meeting House.
|Annual Report of the Home Mission Committee for the Monthly and Local Meetings of Indiana Yearly Meeting||1911||Box 3|
|Invitation to Friends' Meeting House, Urbridge, to hear Charles and Rhoda Coffin||n.d.||Box 3|
|Clippings containing mention of members of the Society of Friends||Box 3|
|Non-Quaker, 1814-1873, n.d.
Chronologically arranged as far as possible.
|A Solemn Review of the Custom of War...by Noah Worcester||1814||Box 3|
|Notes on Marion St. Sabbath School
(non-denominational) begun in 1864
Includes list of scholars in R.M. Coffin's Infant Class.
|“Early History of Richmond, Indiana”
Prepared by “our venerable friend Jeremiah Cox, at the request of an Old Settlers Meeting..."
|"Extrait de la Notice sur l'Etablissement pour le Traitement des Alienations Mentales”,||1866||Box 3|
|“The Indiana Temperance Law”||1873||Box 3|
|“Speech Against Capital Punishment delivered in the Indiana Legislature...", by Wm. Baxter (Quaker)||3-10-1873||Box 3|
|Routes to the West||(ms.)||Box 3|
|Books, 1805-1972, n.d.:|
|An English Spelling Book by Lindley Murray
N.Y. Collins and Co. Used by Elijah Coffin.
|Introduction to the English Reader...by Lindley
Published in Cincinnati by Morgan and Sanxay. Used by Elijah Coffin.
|Select Poems...by John Fry
Published in Stanford, Hull, 1805. Also includes History of Wayne County, Indiana, by Andrew W. Young, published in Cincinnati, Clarke and Co., printers, 1872. This mentions Elijah Coffin, p. 394, and has a portrait opposite. Used by Elijah Coffin.