Jenny-May Clarkson

Birth Name: Jenny-May Esther Whakairi Coffin

Place of Birth: Te Kuiti, New Zealand

Date of Birth: 9 April, 1974

*father – Māori, one eighth English, one eighth Colonial American, distant Scottish
*mother – Welsh, likely English

Jenny-May Clarkson is a New Zealand netball player, and vice-captain of the New Zealand national netball team. She is the daughter of Te Waka Coffin and Patricia Myfanwy “Paddy” Davis. She is affiliated with the Ngāti Waiora sub-tribe of Ngāti Maniapoto. Jenny-May is married to Dean Clarkson, with whom she has two children.

Jenny-May’s paternal grandfather was Charles “Charlie” Taare Kawhena Coffin (the son of Charles Samuel Coffin and Ngareta Waiora). Jenny-May’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of an American whaler from Nantucket Island, Alexander Thomas Coffin, and of Caroline Henrietta Bathurst, who came from Greenwich, England. Through her paternal line, Jenny-May is a descendant of Tristram Coffin, who was born, c. 1609, in Devon, England, and was the patriarch of the Coffin whaling family in Nantucket.

Jenny-May’s paternal grandmother was named Harata Rauputu.

Sources: Genealogy of Jenny-May Clarkson (focusing on her father’s side) –

Wikipedia article about the Coffin whaling family –

Genealogy of Jenny-May’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Samuel Coffin –

Graves of Jenny-May’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Alexander Thomas Coffin and Caroline Henrietta (Bathurst) Coffin –

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