My mother is visiting right now. (Hurray!) She brought with her a DVD that traces the American Coffins (her father's family) directly back all the way to 1066 - the family estate is listed in the Domesday Book. How cool is that?
Coincidentally, to enter the estate you pass between two pineapple-topped posts. To enter my parents' house through the garage, you walk into a pineapple-decorated family room.
This is very exciting.
*Ok, and parts of the house are timbers from the wreckage of the Spanish Armada, as it washed up on the shores!
**And it has a monk's cell, for the monk who lived on the property to run the family chapel!
And the nearby church had close ties to the family, and the Coffin pew (way up front) is still there, though the family now sits with the congregation.