Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."
He married Abigail Severance on December 3, 1663 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
James Coffin, Jr., (married Love Gardner and Ruth Gardner)
Mary Coffin (1665, married Richard Pinkham and James Gardner),
Abigail Coffin (married Nathaniel Gardner)
Nathaniel Coffin (1671, married Damaris Gayer),
John Coffin (married Hope Gardner)
Dinah Coffin (married Nathaniel Starbuck, Jr.)
Elizabeth Coffin (married Jonathan Bunker and Thomas Clark),
Deborah Coffin (married George Bunker),
Ebenezer Coffin (1678, married Eleanor Barnard),
Joseph Coffin (1680, married Bethia Macy),
Benjamin Coffin (1683)
Ruth Coffin (married Joseph Gardner)
Experience Coffin (died young) and
Jonathan Coffin (1692, married Deborah Austin and/or Hephzibah Harker).
James died July 28, 1720 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
from American Genealogical Record
James Coffin. Son of Tristram Coffin and Dionis Stevens. Born in England, 12 August, 1640. Married Mary, daughter of John and Abigail Severance of Salisbury, Mass., 3 December, 1663.
He was one of the first settlers of Nantucket; moved to Dover, N. H., where he lived in 1668; returned to Nantucket, and died there 28 July, 1720.
Mary Apr. 1665
Joseph (m. Bethiah Macy) 4 Feb. 1680
Nathaniel (m. Damaris Gayer) 1671
Benjamin (d.) 28 Aug. 1683
Experience (d. young)
Ebenezer 30 May 1678
Jonathan 28 Aug. 1692