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Charles W. Coffin collection

Label
Charles W. Coffin collection, 1851, 1964, 1966
Title
Charles W. Coffin collection
Inclusive dates
1851, 1964, 1966
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The oldest item is a letter written on one folded paper making four pages. Mr. A. Cochel wrote the letter in ink on May 26, 1851, from Diamond Springs, California, to Mrs. C. W. Coffin, to tell her about the death of her husband on May 25. He wrote: "10 days ago, he complained of a griping in his bowels but did not think of anything dangerous until the 2nd day he commenced discharging blood and his bowels very sore and painful at which time he left camp and went to town which is 1/2 or 3/4th of a mile off, to a hotel." Mr. Cochel told Jane Brown Coffin that the doctor came every day to attend her husband, and that he died peacefully. After giving an account of Charles's money, which amounted to $428.00, Mr. Cochel and three other men signed the letter. One of the signers was John Carmichael, Charles's partner. The second item in the collection is a family tree, dated May 26, 1964. The genealogy begins with Charles W. Coffin marrying Jane Brown, and concludes with Roy James Owen (born May 19, 1888, in Indiana) and his two sisters, Hazel and Mary. The collection was donated by Roy James Owen.The last item is excerpts from a letter written by Frank Owen, dated August 31, 1966, about his visit to Diamond Springs, California, for the purpose of finding his ancestor's grave. However, the writing on the wooden grave markers was obliterated, so he was unable to locate the site of Charles W. Coffin's burial
Biographical or historical data
Charles W. Coffin was born in 1815 in New York. He married Jane Brown (1826-1870) and had two daughters, Clara W. (1849-1878) and Mary Emma (1850-1896). Both girls, as well as their mother, were born in Indiana. Charles went to the California gold fields with Mr. A. Cochel of New Albany, Indiana. Because Mr. Cochel had been to California and planned to go again, Mr. Coffin asked permission to accompany him. Charles's partner, John Carmichael, also traveled with them. They went to Diamond Springs on the south fork of the the American River, ten miles from Sutter's Mill. Charles died on May 25, 1851 after an illness of ten days. He is buried in the local cemetery in Diamond Springs.
Cataloging source
ISL
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California
Label
Charles W. Coffin collection
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/1840
Instantiates
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing and finding aid completed 2014/07/10 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield
Arrangement
This collection is arranged by chronologically.
Control code
20272592
Extent
0.01 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Roy James Owen, a descendant of Charles W. Coffin, on 1964/05/26.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn892516195
  • (OCoLC)892516195
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
1 folder
Label
Charles W. Coffin collection
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/1840
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing and finding aid completed 2014/07/10 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield
Arrangement
This collection is arranged by chronologically.
Control code
20272592
Extent
0.01 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Roy James Owen, a descendant of Charles W. Coffin, on 1964/05/26.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn892516195
  • (OCoLC)892516195
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
1 folder

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