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Barnabas Coffin daybooks

Identifier: V013

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 7 daybooks used by Barnabas Coffin for his general store located in Economy, Indiana (1848-1859). Three of the daybooks are from his partnerships with Daniel B. Robbins (volume 5) and Joseph R. Cain (volume 6 and 7).


  • 1848-1859

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions 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.

Biographical / Historical

Barnabas Coffin was born on March 1, 1809 in Guilford County, North Carolina to Joseph and Hannah Coffin. He married Mariam Worth in December 1829 and they had ten children. They moved to Wayne County, Indiana around 1840 and there he entered into the Merchantile and pork-packing businesses. He had several partners over the years, including his son-in-law Daniel B. Robbins and Joseph R. Cain. He removed to Indianapolis around 1863 and became a prominant businessman there. He passed away at the age of 67 on July 15, 1876.

Sources: "Barnabas Coffin." U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935. Accessed October 8, 2019. "Barnabas Coffin." Memorial ID 45871501. Accessed October 9, 2019.

Inter State Publishing Company. History of Wayne, County Indiana, Together with Sketches of its Cities, Villages and Towns. Vol. 2. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1884.

Nowland, John H.B. Sketches of Prominent citizens of 1876: With a Few of the Pioneers of the City and County Who have Passed Away. Indianapolis: Tilford & Carlon, printers, 1877.


0.6 Cubic Feet (7 volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Harlow Lindley on 1925/01/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/10/09 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/10/09 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.