Mary Coffin Starbuck: Nantucket’s Deborah of the Old Testament

Suzanne Quaker, Revell Books, Writing 0 Comments

A few years ago, I started reading of the first white settlers who came to Nantucket Island in 1659. At the time, Mary Coffin was fifteen years old, the youngest daughter of proprietors Tristram and Dionis Coffin. Only a few moments of Mary’s life are known: she married Nathaniel Starbuck at age eighteen, bore the first white child on the …