Biography of Orlando Coffin
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

This worthy representative of the agricultural interests of Defiance county is the owner of one of the best farms in Delaware township. It comprises four hundred and twenty acres under excellent cultivation, on which he has erected an elegant residence and good outbuildings. He has made his special field of industry a success, and the neat and thrifty appearance of his place testifies to his great energy and perseverance, as well as ability and skill in his chosen calling.

On the farm where he is still living Mr. Coffin was born, March 12, 1848. His father, Gilbert Coffin, was born in Otsego county; New York, about 1809, and in early life emigrated to Defiance county, becoming one of its honored pioneers. Here he was united in marriage with Mrs. Elizabeth (Gordon) Platter, also a native of New York State. Upon the old homestead in Delaware township they continued to reside until called from this life, the mother dying October 23, 1874, the father on February 2, 1875. To them were born four children - three sons and one daughter - of whom Orlando is the eldest son and second child.

Under the able direction of his father the subject of this sketch early became a systematic and successful farmer, and was of great assistance to him in the operation of the home farm even during his boyhood and youth. Since attaining to man's estate he has given his entire time and attention to the management of the place.

On November 2, 1875, in Defiance, Mr. Coffin married Miss Minerva Musselman, who was born in Paulding county, Ohio, April 14, 1851. Her parents, John and Eliza (Clemmer) Musselman, were natives of Virginia, and Montgomery county, Ohio, respectively, and died in Paulding county, this State, the former on January 10, 1893, the latter on September 18, 1880. All of their twelve children reached manhood and womanhood, Mrs. Coffin being the ninth in order of birth. To our subject and his wife have been born four children, namely: Minnie; George J.; Charles L.; and John M.

Although Mr. Coffin is a Republican, as was his father before him, he has never cared for the honors or emoluments of political office. He has taken considerable interest in the public affairs of his community, and never withholds his support from any enterprise which he believes will advance the public welfare. Having been a resident of Defiance county for fifty years, he has witnessed almost its entire growth and development, and in its progress he has manifested a deep interest. For some eight years he has been engaged in buying and shipping live stock. His strict integrity and honorable dealing in business commend him to the confidence of all; his pleasant manner wins him friends; and he is one of the honored citizens of Delaware township. Socially he belongs to the Knights of the Golden Eagle, and the I. O. O. F., being one of the oldest members of the latter organization in Delaware township. Mrs. Coffin is a member of the Disciple Church of Sherwood.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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