NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The surname Cole is derived from the ancient personal name of unknown antiquity. Coel, as the name was formerly spelled, was the founder of Colchester, one of the early kins of Britain. Justice Cole lived in the reign of King Alfred. Another Cole defeated Sweyne, the Danish chief in 1001 in Pinhoe. William Cole and wife Ysabella are names in Assize Roll of county Cornwall in 1201, showing that Cole was at that time established as a surname. Varous branches of the English Cole family bear coats-of-arms, all indicating relationship by the similarity of the device. "You find the place where I am laid to moulder in the dust. Have these webpages helped you?
The Hertfordshire family, to which the American is believed to belong, bears: Party per or and argent a bull passant within a bordure saleb on a chief of the third three bezants. Crest: A demi-dragon vert bearing in his dexter paw a javelin armed or feathered argent.
(I) James Cole, immigrant ancestor, was living in Highgate, a suburb of London, Eng., in 1616. He is spoken of as a great lover of flowers. He married in 1624, Mary, daughter of the noted botanist and physician, Mathieu Lobel. Her father was a physician to James I, and was a great student and the author of a number of books on medicinal plants; he discovered the medicinal qualities of the plant which he called after himself, Lobelia.
In 1632 James Cole, his wife and two children, came to Saco, Maine, and in the following year located at Plymouth, Mass., where he was admitted a freeman the same year. He was a sailor. In 1634 his name appears on the tax list, and he received a grant of land. His house stood on the lot next below the present (1910) site of the Baptist church. He was the first settler on what is still known as Cole's Hill, the first burial ground of the Pilgrims, and which probably included the ground on which rests Plymouth Rock. He had other grants of land and was surveyor of highways in 1641-42-51-52; constable in 1641-44. In 1637 he was on a list of volunteers against the Pequot Indians. Soon after his arrival at Plymouth he opened the first inn, which was one of the first in New England. This house was kept by him and his son James until 1698.
1. James, born in London, 1625.
2. Hugh, 1627, mentioned below.
3. John, Nov. 21, 1637.
4. Mary, 1639.
(II) Hugh, son of James Cole, was born in London, England, in 1627, and came with his father to Plymouth in 1633. He was admitted a freeman there in 1657. He was surveyor of highways in Barnstable and granted one hundred acres of land at Acushauett. In 1667 with others he bought of King Philip five hundred acres of land on the west bank of the river named for him, Cole's river. He was a shipwright and civil engineer, and a great part of Swansea was surveyed by him. He was selectman of Swansea many years, and deputy to the general court nine years. For years he was a friend of King Philip, and in 1675, at the beginning of the war, when two of Hugh Cole's sons were made prisoners by the Indians, King Philip ordered their release, because Hugh Cole had always been his friend. He sent word to him that he could no long restrain his warriors, and for him to remove his family to Rhode Island. An hour after his removal the Cole home was in flames, and was the first house burned.
Hugh Cole located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and was given permission to build a frame to make wheels for the townsmen. He was sergeant in King Philip's war.
In 1677 he returned to Swansea and built a house. The well built by him on the bank of the Kickemuit river is still there (1910). This part of the farm is still in possession of the family, and is occupied by Miss Abby Cole. Part of his farm is in what is now Warren, Rhode Island.
He died in Swansea, Jan. 22, 1699.
He married (first) Jan. 8, 1654, Mary Foxwell, born in Scituate, Aug. 17, 1635, daughter of Richard and Ann (Shelly) Foxwell. He married (second) Jan. 1, 1689, Elizabeth, widow of Jacob Cook and William Shurtliffe, and daughter of Thomas and Ann Lettuce, of Plymouth. She died Oct. 31, 1693, and he married (third) Jan. 30, 1694, Mary, widow of Deacon Ephraim Morton and of William Harlow, and daughter of Robert and Judith Shelly, a cousin of his first wife.
Children, the first seven born in Plymouth, the others in Swansea:
1. James, Nov. 3, 1655.
2. Hugh, March 6, 1658.
3. John, May 15, 1660.
4. Martha, April 1 6, 1662.
5. Ann, Dec. 14, 1664.
6. Ruth, Jan. 8, 1666.
7. Joseph, May 18, 1668.
8. Ebenezer, 1671.
9. Mary, 1676.
10. Benjamin, mentioned below.
(III) Deacon Benjamin, son of Sergeant Hugh Cole, was born in Swansea in 1678, died Sept. 29, 1748. He lived in Swansea, and his house, built in 1701, is still (1910) standing. He was deacon of the church from 1718 until his death.
He married, June 27, 1701, Hannah, who died May 15, 1768, daughter of Caleb and Elizabeth (Bullock) Eddy.
1. Hopestill, born Oct. 9, 1703.
2. Jonathan, Oct. 4, 1704.
3. Benjamin, Oct. 31, 1706.
4. Foxtil, Sept, 1708, died young.
5. Israel, March 4, 1710, mentioned below.
6. Ebenezer, March 29, 1712.
7. Andrew, May 28, 1714.
8. Hannah, Jan. 14, 1716.
(IV) Israel, son of Deacon Benjamin Cole, was born in Swansea, March 4, 1710, died in Shaftsbury, Vermont, Aug. 5, 1789. With all his children, except Israel, he removed to Shaftsbury in 1767. On his gravestone is the following verse:
As you must be, 'Tis only said that I am here the first."
He married, March 5, 1733, Susanna Wheaton, who died in Shaftsbury, May 8, 1790.
Children, born in Swansea or Rehoboth:
1. Experience, Dec. 25, 1733.
2. Isarel, Sept. 26, 1735.
3. Rosanah, Aug. 5, 1742.
4. Ebenezer, Aug. 5, 1745.
5. Bethuel, May 22, 1750.
6. Aaron, Jan. 31, 1755.
(V) Levi, son or nephew of Israel Cole, was born 1750-60. Many of this family went to western Massachusetts, Vermont and New York. According to the census on 1790 Israel Jr., son of Israel, was living at Adams, Berkshire county, Mass., and had two males over sixteen, three under sixteen and four females in his family. His son James was also head of a family in Adams, and Levi, who is believed to be a brother of Israel Jr., had two sons under sixteen and three females in his family. He may have moved to Vermont later.
(VI) Levi (2), son of Levi (1) Cole, was born at Adams, Mass., or vicinity, 1799, died Jan. 20, 1854, in St. Lawrence county, New York.
He married in Madrid, N.Y., Phebe Baxter, a native of Hartford, Connecticut. She died in 1887. They came to Louisville, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., where he conducted a hotel, the first in the northwest part of that town, of which he was one of the early settlers. He was also a farmer, and by trade a clothier or fuller.
Levi, Oltas C., John, Charles, now living in De Soto, Wisconsin, Edwin N., mentioned below, Joseph, Phebe, Emily and Ann.
(VII) Edwin N., son of Levi (2) Cole, was born in Louisville, N.Y., June 27, 1827, died there March 8, 1899. He received a common school education, and followed farming all his active life on the homestead where he was born and died. He had a farm of two hundred acres and had a large dairy.
He attended the Methodist church. In politics he was a Democrat.
He married (first) Oct. 6, 1856, Jane Roddick, born March 2, 1834, died June 13, 1887. He married (second) in 1888, Harriet G. Kentner, of Waddington, daughter of Gardner and Clarissa (Burlingame) Kentner.
Children of first wife:
1. Adelbert W., born Aug. 13, 1857; a carpenter at Waddington, N.Y.; married Julia Miller, children: Sidney, Rothsey, Clyde and Ruby.
2. Edwin Melvin, mentioned below.
3. Viola J., born Feb. 27, 1867; married George Castle, farmer at Waddington.
4. Edna Maud, born April 25, 1875, died aged eight years.
Child of second wife:
5. Stella Maud, born July 27, 1890.
(VIII) Dr. Edwin Melvin, son of Edwin N. Cole, was born in Louisville, June 7, 1860. He attended the district schools of his native town and was a student for two years and a half at St. Lawrence University, Canton. he left to begin the study of medicine at the Hahnemann Medical College in Chicago, Illinois, where he was graduated in the class of 1885. He practiced his profession two and one-half years at Hermon, N.Y., and since Sept. 1887, has been located at De Kalb, N.Y. In addition to the practice of medicine he conducts a drug store there. He is a director of the St. Lawrence County Agricultural Society. He is a member of the New York State Homeopathic Medical Society; Hermon Lodge, No. 500, Free and Accepted Masons; St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 132, Royal Arch Masons, of Canton, N.Y.; St. Lawrence Commandery, No. 28, Knights Templar, of Canton, and Media Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., of Watertown.
In politics he is a Republican.
He married, in 1893, Allena M., daughter of Miles and Martha (Dresser) Farr, of De Kalb, N.Y. They have one child, Ralph A., born Aug. 27, 1893.
Charles H. Cole, son of ____ Cole, was educated in the public schools, and for thirty years was a furniture dealer and undertaker at Chesterfield, Albany county, N.Y. His brother, John M. Cole, resides at Weston, Albany county, N.Y.
Charles H. Cole married Julia E. Dietz, of Albany county.
Frank D., mentioned below.
Dr. Frederick S., graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York City; married and has children: Eva and Charles H.
(II) Frank D., son of Charles H. Cole, was born in Greene county, N.Y. He was educated in his native town in the public schools. When he was eighteen years old he removed with his father to Chesterfield, Albany county, N.Y., and was associated there with his father in the furniture and undertaking business for a period of thirty years. He is an active and influential Republican.
In 1900 he was appointed supervisor of the census in Greene, Ulster and Delaware counties, N.Y. In October, 1905, he was appointed deputy secretary of state, an office he filled for two years.
Since 1907 he has been warden of the State Prison at Dannemore, N.Y.
He married Mary E. Noble, born at Cairo.
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