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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Comfort Hoag Collins Woman Minister for Society of Friends in Seabrook New Hampshire

Comfort Collins (1711-1816) daughter of James Stanyan and Anne Hussey was among the many women to preach the Quaker faith in the colonies. She was described by many as a lively and vibrant messenger of God. She lived to be 105 years old. (The Panoplist and Missionary Magazine, Volume 12)

Comfort's mother, Anne Hussey was the daughter of Reverend John Hussey and Rebecca Perkins (d. of Isaac Perkins and Susannah Wise) One of her siblings was also noted for her vibrancy and her devotion to the Quaker faith--Lydia Perkins Wardwell, wife of Eliakim Wardell

Comfort Stanyan married 1st Jonathan Hoag and 2nd Tristram Collins (Vital Records Hoag, Comfort, wid. Jonathan, of Hampton, N. H., and Tristram Collins of Seabrook, N. H., May 29, 1771) 

The Hoags were Newbury, Massachusetts settlers. Johnathan Hoag, born 10 Dec 1708 in Amesbury to Benjamin Hoag and Lydia Jones. There is a genealogy done Hoag Family  

According to Daughters of the Light: Quaker Women Preaching and Prophesying in the Colonies, by Rebecca Larson, Comfort set sail for England to preach, however the ship sprang a leak and she returned. Her first marriage in 1733 was to Jonathan Hoag, son of John Hoag and Martha Goodwin. The family struggled financially and a wealthy Quaker provided for the family while Comfort was preaching. 

In Memoirs of the Life and Gospel Labours Stephen Grellet, Volume 1
At Amesbury we were refreshed and instructed in the company of that ancient and valuable servant of the Lord, Comfort Collins, then upwards of ninety years of age, but green in the Divine 'life, and a bright example of humility. She appeared to have her indwelling in Christ. Her mental faculties were bright, and she had lately traveled as a Gospel Minister. About forty years ago, Comfort Collins, then a Hoag, having surrendered herself and her all to the Divine will, under a sense of duty to go to England on religious service, with the unity of her friends, embarked for Europe, accompanied by Sarah Barney. After they had been out at sea about a week, as they were sitting together in the cabin, in solemn silence before the Lord, Comfort said to Sarah, ‘The Lord has accepted my free-will offering to his Divine will, to go to Europe, and now he releases me from this service; and, as a proof of it, he will bring us back again to the American shores.’ Sarah Barney told me that the communication was attended with so much solemnity, that she could not doubt that it was of the Lord. Without exchanging a word with one another, they continued a considerable time in silence, when they heard the captain of the ship speaking with his trumpet to another ship, stating that he was under the necessity of returning to port, as his vessel had sprung a leak, which the Friends knew not before. Thus were these women brought back, and from that time they felt themselves entirely released from the service of traveling in Europe. '
After a visit to Comfort in 1812 Matthew Franklin, wrote in a letter that he "was deeply impressed by his interview with her--All her faculties have in a manner fled but to save religious sensibility."

From the journal of John Comly who visited Comfort in Seabrook before her death in 1815 he remarks on her 
"To me, this interview and parting with these aged women was exceedingly interesting and instructive, and some deep and lasting impressions were made on my mind."
"They were a text and sermon that have left a precious and lasting lesson of comfort and instruction to my soul.

In Memoirs of the Life of David Ferris: An Approved Minister in the Society of Friends, Late of Wilmington, in the State of Delaware (1825) Ferris refers to Comfort:

In the year 1755, being in company with Comfort Hoag and her companion, from New-England, then on a religious visit to Friends in this part of the country, I attended a meeting with them, in which I felt a concern to speak to the assembly; but, as usual, evaded it. After meeting, Comfort said to me: “David, why didst thou not preach to day 2" I smiled at the query, seeming to wonder that she should ask such a question and endeavored to appear innocent and ignorant of any concern of that kind. 
As she (Comfort) knew nothing of me but what she had felt,‘v (having never before seen or heard of me,) she said no more. On the following day a similar concern came upon me, and I evaded it as before. After meeting, Comfort again said to me: “David, why didst thou not preach to-day 2” 
I endeavored to pass it by as before, but she said it was not worth while to evade it, for she was assured that I ought to have preached that day ;- and that I had almost spoiled her meeting by refraining, which had hindered her service. When I found I could not conceal my faults, I confessed the whole, and told her I had been for more than twenty years in that practice; and then gave her a history of my life from the beginning down to that day. She admired that Divine kindness was yet manifested toward me in such a manner, seeing I had so long rebelled against it. And then gave me suitable caution and advice.
The following day, being at meeting, I again felt a concern to speak to the people, but endeavored to evade it. A man of some note was sitting before me, and increased my
reluctance to speak. I supposed he would not be present at the next meeting, and then I would obey the call of the Lord to that service. Thus I spent the greater part of an hour. 
At length my Divine Master, the great Master Builder, thus addressed me: “Why dost thou still delay, desiring to be excused until a more convenient season? There never will be a better time than this; I have waited on thee above twenty years ; I have clearly made known to thee my will, so that all occasion of doubt has been removed, yet thou hast refused to submit, until thy day is far spent, and if thou dost not speedily comply with my commands, it will be too late; thy opportunity will be lost.” 
I then clearly saw that if I were forsaken, and left to myself, the consequence would be death and darkness for ever! At the sight of the horrible pit that yawned for me, if I continued in disobedience, my body trembled like an aspen leaf, and my soul was humbled within me! Then I said, “Lord! here am I; make of me what Thou wouldst have me to be; leave me not in displeasure, I beseech Thee.” All my power to resist was then suspended, I forgot the great man that had been in my way and was raised on my feet I scarcely knew how, and expressed, in a clear and distinct manner, what was on my mind. 
When I had taken my seat, Comfort Hoag rose, and had an open, favorable opportunity to speak to the assembly. After meeting she told me that, during the time we had sat in silence, her whole concern was on my account; that her anxiety for my deliverance from that bondage was such, that she was willing to ofl'er up her natural life to the Lord, if it might be a means to bring me forth in the ministry ; and that, on her making the offering, I rose to speak. On which her anxiety for me was removed, and her mind filled with comcern for the people present.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cushing Guards of Newburyport

From the Archives & Shared Photos of Civil War Soldiers
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In October 1875 Newburyport held celebration and parade for the 100th anniversary of the Cushing Guards the men who fought in the Civil War from the area marched, feasted, and toasted. For More information on Civil War and Cushing Guards see The city of Newburyport in the Civil War from 1861 to 1865
Records at the PEM
Newburyport and the Civil War By William Hallett 
Cushing Guards among first to answer Lincoln's call by Joe Callahan
For More Civil War and Maritime Visit Custom House maritime Museum in Newburyport

This 1844 picture shows Caleb Cushing shortly after his successful negotiation of the Treaty of Wangxia, in the middle of his long political career. At the time this picture was made, Cushing still had years of service ahead of him: as Mayor of Newburyport, US Attorney General under Franklin Pierce, Minister to Colombia, and Minister to Spain, among other positions. From Sailing onward by BY DYKE HENDRICKSON

Monday, October 18, 1875 Boston Traveler (Boston, MA)

Col. Frederick J Coffin (October 17, 1807--July 26, 1880) son of Moses Coffin of Newbury and Mary Jones of South Hampton Early Vital Records of Newbury MA & Marriages and baptisms at South Hampton, N.H. 1743-1801: From a ms. copy of the church record 
Moses Coffin born 1772 was son of Eliphalet Coffin and Lydia Emery. Eliphalet Coffin was son of John Coffin and Hannah Cheney Lydia Emery was d. of  Moses Emery and Lydia Emery d.of Stephen Emery and Ruth Jacques

The USS Mississippi and the USS Missouri were the first two steam powered naval warships built by the US Navy when they finally got back into the steam warship business. From No. 2322: THE STEAM NAVY by John H. Lienhard

Ben Perely Poore

From the celebration day as recorded in Newburyport Herald 

"The photo of the man standing with the binoculars is that of Major-General Benjamin F. Peach, Jr. of Marblehead. He was the highest ranking officer in American Peach history. I have a full page photo of his face on p. 60 of The Peach Tree Handbook, Vol. III, Marblehead Branch. This is the first I have seen the photo Harvey submitted. Quite clear and impressive. 
John H. Peach" From General Peach, Civil War

Dr. Charles Haddock. (Photo from American Civil War Data Systems)

  Francis E Porter

                                              Grave of Captain Stephen D. Gardiner

Thomas H. Berry
Epaulets belonging to Gen. Joseph A. Ingalls, 1800s - Old State House Museum, Boston, MA
Frederick J Coffin in Newburyport

Joseph A Barlow

                                      From Clipper Heritage Trail Site City Hall, 1851

Check out another article featuring Coffin from Old Time New England from historic New England written by Mardges Bacon 1976