Friday, December 13, 2013

Levi and Catherine White Coffin Quaker Abolitionist Family

Levi Coffin (October 28, 1798 – September 16, 1877) New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina son of Levi Coffin and Prudence Williams    Levis Will

Levi married on October 28, 1824 Catherine White (September 10, 1803-May 22, 1881) daughter of Stanton White and Sarah Stanley
Jesse Coffin (1825-1899)   See Picture Below
Addison Coffin (1828 – 1830)
Thomas F Coffin (1831 – 1832)
Henry W. Coffin (1836 – 1916)
Anna U Coffin  (1839 – 1850)
Sarah Emeline Coffin (1843 – 1868)

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The Coffins were Quakers and Abolitionist. It is documented that they help over 2,000 slaves escape and gave 50,000 to aid the movement. The Coffin Home was part of the Underground Railroad and Levi was known as the President. In 1853 the Coffins founded The Freedmen's Bureau. and in 1854 The Colored Asylum of Cincinnati. They also opened a :free labor store. Between 1864 and 1867 Levi went to serving in Europe as an officer of The Freedmen's Convention.

Levi Coffin

Photo by Lisa Ryan

Links and Sources
For more portraits and photos of Coffin family 
Another great family from the Quaker Coffin line of Tristram and Dionis Coffin. See Post 
Some great pictures and stories from this blog on the Coffin home
Levi Coffin House
More on the Wagon 
Quakers in the World
Quaker Quilts 
A Little Leeway 
Underground Railroad
Escape with Slaves


  1. Nice to read this. My family and Levi Coffin are closely related. His grandfather William Coffin of Nantucket was a brother of my foremother Mary Coffin Stanton. And the house is a wonderful experience. Thanks!!