One Colonial Woman's World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit (2012), by Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, “reconstructs the life of Mehetabel Chandler Coit (1673-1758), the author of what may be the earliest surviving diary by an American woman.” Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Coit permanently settled in New London, Connecticut, when she was fourteen.
Coughlin, who spoke at NEHGS in February, described her search for Mehetabel's diary in an article, “Mehetabel Chandler Coit: Finding ‘Her Book’” in the spring 2013 issue of the online journal Common-Place. To track down the diary, which had been cited in an 1895 book, Coughlin was relentless in her pursuit of every lead, and persisted long after most would have given up the search. Genealogists will appreciate Coughlin's tenacity and her ultimate success. More information about Mehetabel Chander Coit - and Coughlin's upcoming appearances in Massachusetts - is available at onecolonialwomansworld.com.