Elijah Coffin (1800-1862) was born in Guildford County, North Carolina, in 1800, the son of Bethuel Coffin and Hannah Dicks. He taught school beginning at the age of 19. He married Naomi Hiatt in 1820 and the couple had seven children: Miriam Allinson Coffin (1821-1913), Charles Fisher Coffin (1823-1916), William Hiatt Coffin (1825-1925), Caroline Elizabeth Coffin (1826-1916), Eliphalet Coffin (1828-1831), Mary Coffin (1830-1928) Hannah Ameila Coffin (1836-1934). In 1822, he was appointed clerk of North Carolina Yearly Meeting. While living in North Carolina, Coffin was a member of an Emancipation Society, but due to his aversion to slavery, he and his family moved to Indiana in 1824. There, Coffin purchased land and opened a school. In 1827 he became clerk of Indiana Yearly Meeting, a position he filled for thirty one years. In 1829, Coffin gave up teaching and opened a mercantile business in the village of Milton. Coffin died on January 22, 1862 in Richmond, Indiana.