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Charles Cole Family of Grayson County, Virginia

Charles Cole, Sr.


Charles COLE , Sr
( COLE1) was born ABT 1760 and died 1844 in Grayson County, Virginia USA. He married Elizabeth STONEMAN 16 Apr 1795 in Grayson County, Virginia, USA, daughter of James STONEMAN , Sr and Sarah FREEMAN. She was born 1775 in Orange County, North Carolina USA, and died 2 May 1834 in Grayson County, Virginia USA. He married Sarah ?? AFT 1834 in Grayson County, Virginia USA. She was born ABT 1798, and died WFT Est 1826-1892.

This is to Certify all whom it may concern that as there is an Intentions of Marriage Between Charles Cole Jun and my daughter Elizabeth Stoneman that I do freely approve of the same. April 13, 1795 Bond 1795-6 Surety: Richard Cole For consent of Charles Cole to marry Elizabeth Stoneman, dau of James. Consent dated 4-13-1795, given by James Stoneman, Witnessed by Mathew Cole.



Information from Jonas Cole Lane on May 1999 in his home in Flatridge, Troutdale, VA 24378 He told us that the story is that "The first Cole that came to the area, traded a Jersey cow and a shotgun for 349 acres." John Cole, Don and I visited him on our trip to Grayson Co in May of 1999.

I have not found any proof of where Charles came from. In the obit of Manerva Parks Cole, wife of Charles's Grandson David Cole, it says the Coles came from NC. Two of Charles children mention in census records, that their father was born in MD. I am not even sure that this Charles Cole is the correct Charles. Jonas Cole Lane says that the first Cole that came across the ocean was Charles and Nancy Cole from Ireland. I have not found a Charles and Nancy Cole yet.




From the 1826 Court Order book @ New River Notes
Page 45…September 1826 -A deed from Mathew DICKEY to Charles COLE and proven by Charles COLE Jr a subscribing witness 26th September.
Page 48…October 1826 - A deed from Mathew DICKEY to Joshua COLE was proven by Charles COLE a subscribing witness 16th October.

1820 Federal census for Grayson County, Va.
Charles Cole 1 male under 10; 1 male 10-16; 1 male 16-18; 2 males 18-26;1 female under 10; 1 female 16-26; 1 female 26-45.
Charles Cole (prob SR) 1 male under 10 (maybe L D b 1817); 2 males 10-16 (James and Chas JR); 1 male 16-26 (Joshua) ; 1 male 45 & over; Chas SR 1 female under10 (Hannah); 1 female 16-26 (Sarah); 1 female 26-45 (wife Elizabeth); 8 slaves.
Charles Cole 2 males under 10; 1 male 10-16; 3 females under 10; 3 females 10-16; 1 female 26-45; 1 slave.

Never did figure who all these Charles Coles were but the older one in the middle is probably Charles who married Elizabeth Stoneman in 1795. The names in () are possibilities. They are the children of Charles Sr and Elizabeth.

Robert Cole 1 male 26-45; 2 females under 10; 1 female 16-26; 1 female 26-45.
Easter Cole 1 male under 10; 1 female under 10; 1 female 26-45.
Elias Cole (colored) 1 male 45 & over; 2 females under 10; 1 female 45 & over.

1840 US Census Virginia Grayson, Western District Image 25
Charles Cole; 1 male under 5, Could this be a granchild or a child of Sarah) 1 male 20-30, (could this be Lorenzo b 1817) 1 male 70-80 (Charles Sr.,) 1 female 40-50 (could this be Sarah? Elizabeth died in 1834) 1 male engaged in manufacturing, No slaves.

The 20-30 year old male could not be Charles Jr. as he was granted 100 acres of land on Williams Creek for $150.00 on 5/11/1832
and in 1835 he is shown on the Grayson Co. Personal Property tax list as 1 tithable white male with no
horse and no tax. Clearly he was not living with his father. The 20-30 male was occupied in manufacturing. This would not be Charles Sr. who was earlier listed as working in agriculture, and elderly persons were not allotted occupations. Lorenzo Dow was making chairs which is classified as manufacturing. We know that Lorenzo was in Grayson Co. in 1844 as Phoebe McMeans was there at that time as recorded on her application for veteran's pension. She was a 14 year old when she and Lorenzo left in 1844 to get married. That was the year Charles Sr. died.
It is also interesting to note that Lorenzo became a Methodist lay minister, a practice of other of the
Charles Sr. descendents. Also Dennis Fielder Cole had told his family that Lorenzo's father was Charles and Lorenzo had a brother Joshua. The above information is what has convinced me that Lorenzo is part of this family. (Arlene Morrow's notes)

"Militia of Montgomery Co., VA 1777 - 1790" compiled by Mary B. Kegley:
-- Charles Cole listed in Capt. James McDaniel's Company, along with a Richard Cole and John Cole (Cale)
-- Charles Cole listed in Flower Swift's Company along with Richard Coal. Note cited below list: "There are four lists
for the men of Flower Swift's Company, and none of them are dated. The first three lists are from records in
Christiansburg (Virginia - Montgomery Co.), the fourth from the Preston Papers of the Draper Manuscripts."

Mrs. Kegley says in her Preface:

"The Montgomery County militia was organized in 1777 when the county was first established.... The militia laws required that each male age 18 to 50must be registered with the captain in the neighborhood where he lived.... Often it was for a few days service because of an Indian scare, or as the American Revolution progressed, against Tories who had gathered in the neighborhood. Many of the men joined the regular army, while others served as militia men for a month in North Carolina, or a few weeks on the frontier, or in some cases only a few days in their local community asscouts and guards. The men listed represent the population of Montgomery Co., Va from 1777 to 1790. The county then covered, in addition to Montgomery Co., the western half of Floyd, all of Pulaski, Wythe, Carroll, Grayson, Bland, Giles, the eastern parts of Smyth and Tazewell, and possibly parts of what is now West Virginia."


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