Hello Pam -- We corresponded some years ago about the Coles of Oxford County. There is no documented proof to show the origins of Levi Cole. Best evidence points to his being the son of Gershom Cole, Sr. and wife Abigail Vaughan (thus a grandson of Joseph Cole and Ruth Sampson). There is dispute as to whether he was born in 1780 or 1788. I believe the later, 1788, date is more likely correct and that the 1780 date is the result of someone's long ago typo. EB Cole has his data all mixed up, confusing Levi with his uncle, Lemuel Cole. I have a lot of information about Levi's life as an adult in Greenwood, ME. His origins are obscure, however certain assumptions can be inferred based on his social ties.