History of Gilmanton
Written by: Daniel Lancaster
Published in 1845
Capt. Eliphalet Coffin was one of the Selectmen in 1731, and held the office by renewed elections until 1735. He was also Moderator in 1733.
Rev. Peter Coffin was graduated at Harvard College in 1733, and ordained in East Kingston in 1739. He was the first and ony Congregational Minister ever settled in that town.