Levi Coffin was descended from Tristram Coffyn, who came to New England in 1642 and was one of the nine original purchasers from the Indians of the Island of Nantucket. Levi was born on October 28, 1789 on a farm at New Garden, North Carolina, United States. He was the youngest of the seven children of Levi and Prudence (Williams) Coffin. His mother’s family was of Welsh descent. Both of his parents were Quakers.