Margaret "Annie" McElveen / McIlvaine wife of Arthur E. Cole of Cambridge as the daughter of Alexander McElveen & Elizabeth McMurtry of Abington, MA
The McElveen/ McIlvaine Blog will be posted Nov 8th
and the Arthur E Cole & Annie blog is here
Problems with this theory are:
· A birth record has not been found for Annie or Margaret A. McElveen/McIlvaine
· Marriage record conflicts in parents first names, and death certificate conflicts in last name.
· There is not a record that states “Margaret” is actually our Annie’s first name, but her death record does state “M” as her middle initial. However, you can notice our Annie calls her daughter by her middle name of “Mabel” when on her birth it is “Annie Mabel Cole”.
These are what the records definitely show about our Annie:
· Annie & Arthur’s marriage record July 29 1872 in Cambridge, MA states: Arthur E. Cole a21, plumber, b. Vassalboro, ME, son of Rodney & Sophia to “Ann McKervine” a18, b. Brighton, daughter of Charles & Anna, both reside in Cambridge, MA. [She was actually more like a16]
· Cambridge Chronicle Aug 5 1872 – “July 29, in Brighton, by Rev. C. A. Holbrook, Arthur E. Cole and Ann Mackervine, both of this city”
· Annie’s death record states: Death of Annie M. Cole – June 9 1888 in Cambridge, MA, married, 32y 4m Intest. Obstruction, born Rockland dau of Alex McKenzie & Eliza both born Ireland.
· Cambridge Cemetery Range 61 Plot 32 buried with Arthur, record says same as death record, but no parents listed. The stone reads: Cole: “1856 Annie 1888” [Arthur is also listed]
· 1880 Census with Arthur Cole & kids states: born in MA, 1856, parents born in Ireland
· Annie’s daughter Mabel’s vital records state: Mabel’s Birth Record- NEHGS Massachusetts Births 1841-1915, Cambridge, Ma Feb 9 1874 Annie Mabel Cole dau of Arthur & Annie, fa occ Baker b. ME mo b. Mass; Mabel’s Marriage Record Family Search Records - New York Marriages 1686-1980 July 5 1892 in Manhattan, NYC Mabel A. Cole fa. Arthur Cole mo Annie McElwaine to Albert L. Baker fa Wm A. Baker mo C.A. Cannon. Mabel’s Death Record Massachusetts Vital Records – states Mabel A. Baker (Cole) d. Sep 12 1961, 87y 7m 3d, cancer of the bowel, widow of Albert L. Baker, b. Cambridge, MA daughter of Arthur Cole b. Nobleboro, ME & _____ Mc Ilvain b. Scotland, informant Hazel Baker [daughter, further details not relevant to this proof].
· Annie’s son George’s vital records & others state: Birth of George A. Cole NEHGS born Dec. 19, 1878 recorded in Cambridge, Ma son of Arthur & Annie M., fa Baker, b. Maine mo b. Rockland; Marriage of George Arthur Cole NEHGS Cambridge, Ma June 30, 1901 Mary Valenrice [Valencia?] both a23. He resided a 444 Mass ave. cigar packer, b. Cambridge, son of Arthur & Catherine Perkins [no idea where the Catherine Perkins comes from but his maternal grandmother had remarried a Perkins] . Mary resided at 57 Pearl st, a Saleswoman, b. Cambridge, the daughter of John Valenrice & Catherine Berlyn, married by Oliver W. Hutchinson, Minister, Cambridge. WWI draft Registration lists George Arthur Cole b. Dec 19 1878 Cigar Packer , Contact - Mrs Mary V. Cole, 42 Bradstreet Winthrop, MA George was found on the Massachusetts Mason Membership Cards a George Arthur Cole of Cambridge, Cigars, it says he’s b. 4-19-1878 but clearly that is incorrect, initiated into the Amicable Lodge Feb 5 1902, dismissed Dec 6 1917, Charter Member of Seaview Lodge Sep 11 1918 & suspended from there Jun 13 1935 George died after 1942 possibly in Revere, MA where he was last found recorded on WWII Draft Registration as George Arthur Cole born Dec 19 1878, married, a63 living at 42 Bradstreet Ave Revere & working at the Nautical Bowling Alley, Revere Beach Boulevard. The contact person is Mrs George Cole.
· Mabel who didn’t pass away until 1961, stated to family members that her mother’s maiden name was McIlvaine
Summarized from definite records above regarding our Annie we can gather the following about her origin:
· Annie’s maiden name was some form of McIlvaine or a name that sounded similar in an Irish accent
· Annie’s parents were either Charles & Anna McKervine or Alex & Eliza MacKenzie or a combination of those.
· According to the 1880 Census & her death record both of her parents were born in Ireland.
· Annie was most likely born about Feb 9 1856 (Saturday) in Brighton, Rockland, or Abington, MA, but this date come from calculating her death and there is no indication of the number of days, so it defaults to 0 days. In summary she was b. about Feb 9 1856 d. Jun 9 1888, aged 34 years 4 months 0 days. This may or may not be an accurate birthday to the day. Rockland was the most common answer for her birthplace.
· Annie married in Brighton but lived in Cambridge in 1872.
· It was quite possible because she was only 16 when she married, and he was only 19, they may have fibbed about their ages and her parents. I’m speculating & would need to look up what the law specifically was in 1872, however, in 1876 Charles Upham Bell wrote The General Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Additional Laws to the Present Time: Reduced to Question and Answers (Google eBook) pg 110 it states males had to be 21 & females had to be 18 unless they had parental consent.
We also can determine from other research:
· Rockland was part of Abington until 1874ish
· There is a birth for a female Dec 10, 1856 in Boston to Alexander & Elisabeth Mackenzie Parents birthplaces are NS & Me, father machinist - but on the 1870 census the children named are Lizzie age 12 & a boy-so that can't be them….they are ruled out.
· No records on the 1860 Census in Massachusetts under Alex* with any last name sounding like McIlvaine or McKenzie, born in Ireland between 1830-1835 exist except: Alex, shoe stitcher, and Eliz McIlveigh in Abington, MA also with them: Margaret A, a4, John A a3
· The only Cha*, any last name sounding like McIlvaine or McKenzie, born in Ireland between 1830-1835 in Massachusetts on the 1860 Census is Charles McAlvin a26 [b. 1834] Ireland Ward 3 in Lowell, MA w/ Mary A McAlvin a21 b. Ireland, Mary Mc Alvin a22 b. Ireland, Mary Mc Grevey a20 Ireland – no daughter, this is ruled out.
· No records were found for an Ann b. a1856 in Massachusetts with a father Charles or Alex with a last name that sounds remotely like McIlvaine on the 1860 Census, 1870 Census, or in Massachusetts Birth Records.
· No records were found for a Margaret b. a1856 in Massachusetts with a father Charles or Alex & a last name that sounds remotely like McIlvaine were found in Massachusetts Birth Records.
Further indicators toward supporting Alexander McElveen/McIlvaine & Elizabeth McMurtry as her parents, and her name actually being Margaret Annie McElveen are:
· Margaret A. daughter of Alex & Eliza [any similar variation of the last name] born in Massachusetts about 1856 is not otherwise traceable.
· On Feb 15 1856 (Friday) Alex is found on record in Abington as having bought alcohol from an unauthorized dealer per the NEHGS Plymouth Court Records 1686-1859. It is indexed as 1686, and spelt “Alexander McElvin”. This event was within a week of when I believe his daughter Margaret “Annie” was born, perhaps he was celebrating the birth of his daughter.
· Elizabeth the mother has a distinct connection to Brighton, MA as that is where her parents lived. Brighton is also mentioned in our Annie’s records, and Alexander & Eliza had their 1st son John in Chelsea, MA but he passed away July 18, 1855 in Brighton, MA. They also lived in Brighton during the 1855 Census – no children living were listed with them as it was after the death of John.
· The 1865 Census in Abington lists Eliza McIllveene b. Scotland, widow, with Margaret A., John A. & Sarah J.
· Annie was married in Brighton according to the Cambridge Chronicle. I suspect she did eventually get some of her family’s blessing, perhaps they were just nervous the law was not on their side. This might also help explain why their ages & her parent names are not consistent.
· Alexander McIlveen died in Abington between 1862-1863 [as stated above]
· Elizabeth & Alex’s marriage record stated he was the son of John McElveen and Margarette
· Elizabeth (McMurtry) McIlveen of Abington married Henry Perkins after Alex died in 1866. [as stated above]
· 1870 census Margaret A is with Eliz. & Henry Perkins in Abington [as stated above]
· 1872 – 1888 Annie is in Cambridge; 1880 Elizabeth Perkins is in Cambridge; 1886 brother John A. is in Cambridge
· Unfortunately, no probate record or will for her grandfather James McMurtry who died 1882 exists in Suffolk County so we cannot confirm or deny his grandchildren.
· Eliza Perkins born Ireland a1833, married, might be in Cambridge, MA as a servant in 1880. This fits her and the fact that her daughter “Annie” lived in Cambridge at the time, plus her son John married in Cambridge in 1886.
· May 8 1899 in Wayland, MA Eliza Perkins (McMurty) marries Alexander S. Spear b. Jun 1832 in Ireland, Imm 1849 [1900 Census]. Their marriage record specifically lists her as Eliza Perkins (McMurty), a62, daughter of James & Serra (Steal). It states she was a housekeeper & that this was her second marriage but that is clearly incorrect. They are listed on the 1900 Census in Wayland, MA. That census states she was born Mar 1836 in Ireland, 3ch/3lv [I have no idea why it says that], both parents born in Ireland, Immigrated in 1844.
· Mar 18 1902 Eliza Spear died in Wayland, MA of Aproplexy. This record has an image error on NEHGS, but can be seen on ancestry.com. It record states she was b. a1831, buried in Brighton, MA, birth place & parents unknown.
· Alexander S. Spear died in Boston Sep 20 1908 and his record states was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton, MA (NEHGS).
· Annie's likely sibling John, died in 1913 at what was once the McMurtry's address 5 Shepard St Brighton, MA.
There's something incredibly thrilling and equally frustrating about knowing you're on the cusp of new discoveries, but not quite being there yet. That's exactly where I am with Ezekiel. In a effort to increase the odds of finding someone out there who might know something, I'm going to share my notes today which explain where I'm at with him, hopefully you'll be able to decipher them. As I said in my last post, at this point in my opinion his age, his parentage, & town of origin are all unknown. Let’s analyze a few things and see where we end up.
First, I’m going to say something that I never thought I would repeat simply because most often in my experience sentences that begin with “Family tradition states…” don’t usually have much truth but…I’m going to consider this maybe has some truth as far as the general area & since we’re grasping at “hints” it should be included…so here goes…
· My family tradition states that my great grandmother, Mable Cole said her father’s family was from Nobleboro Maine, and this was also listed as her father’s birthplace on her death certificate. Now, what stinks about this is, there were not any Cole families actually in Nobleboro eventhough early censuses make it seem so. They were recorded incorrectly, and hence indexed incorrectly. Those families were actually in nearby Waldoborough.
Mabel had lived until into the 1960’s, her father lived until 1938’s, & her grandmother Sophia Cole lived until Mable was about 20 yrs old in 1894, so it seems that tradition might have some credibility as to the area in this case, but alas, I really don’t know. Honestly, I had completely put this out of my mind when I traced back and discovered the family was definitely in Vassalboro, ME. I figured they just got their “boro’s” mixed up and left it at that, but now that I am really stuck tracing Ezekiel, I wonder if there is some connection to Cole families in Waldoboro. Maybe Ezekiel was there before going to Sidney? [see notes below for more on that]
What are the age indicators we have on our Ezekiel Cole?
So far …none. There are not any solid age indicators to go by. We can make an educated guess he was born somewhere between 1772-1785 but that’s about it. I realize it is a large gap, but we have to be open & base it on the following:
What else have we established about our Ezekiel Cole?
What have we found about AN Ezekiel Cole that may or may not be ours?
o The only birth record found for an Ezekiel Cole born in MA or ME within 1772-1785 was b. Jun 19 1776 in Middleborough, MA son of Edward Cole (1745-1825) & Elizabeth “Betsey” (1745-1838)
o That Ezekiel had a sister Hezediah’s who’s will states her brother Ezekiel is deceased by 1824-25 and had children, but they are not named.
o That Ezekiel had a brother Edward who married Phebe Alden; Our Ezekiel named one of his daughters Mary Alden Cole.
o Our Ezekiel named his oldest daughter Elizabeth
Some of the Points Against Edward & Betsey
o So far – no record has been found in Maine which indicates Ezekiel was from Bridgewater, MA, nor has a record been found in Bridgewater, MA that indicates the Ezekiel from that place went to Sidney, Maine (or Maine at all) – but I have not given up looking.
o No records found indicate his age therefore we can’t confirm if this guy’s age bracket even fits
o It seems highly unlikely to me that he would randomly move from Bridgewater to Sidney, ME without any other familial connections or a land grant.
o There are so many unrecorded vital records in Maine it is very likely his birth could have gone unrecorded.
o It seems much more likely our Ezekiel had connections with other Coles in the Sidney, Hallowell &/or Waldoborough area.
o I can’t find any other familial names other than the Alden noted above that make me feel this is right.
o Elizabeth is too common a name to imply credibility to his oldest daughter being named Elizabeth.
What other curious tidbits of information have we stumbled across that cause us to pause and wonder hmm….?
There was a Joseph Rodney Abbott who lived nearby Ezekiel Cole in the Sidney & Vassalboro area. Given Ezekiel named his oldest son Joseph Rodney Cole this may indicate a relationship or friendship of some kind. Also note on Sophia Cole’s deed “J.R. Abot” is mentioned as once owning property nearby. Joseph Abbott & Rachel’s son Joseph Rodney Abbot is said to have been born Jun 11 1802 in Wallingford, CT, according to Vassalboro Town Records, Books I, II & part of Book III Presented to the Maine State Library by Maine Chapters of DAR.
BUT on AmericanAncestors.org we find the following Abbott records in Wallingford CT:
o Joseph m: Rachael Brown of Branford [no date] Vol15 pg 680
o Constant s. Joseph & Rachael b. Dec 24 1764 Vol 15-686
o Thankful d. Joseph & Rachael b. Mar 28 1768 Vol 17-202
o Anne d. Joseph & Rachael b. Aug 3 1770 Vol 17-208
o John s. Joseph & Rachael b. Aug 24 1772 Vol 18-496
o Solomon s. Joseph & Rachael b. Feb 11 1775 Vol 19-221
o Samuel s of Joseph & Rachael b. Mar 4 1777 Vol 21-214
o Rachel d. Joseph & Rachael b. Dec 1 1779 Vol 21-520 & 521
o Joseph Rodney s. Joseph & Rachael b. Jun 11 1782 Vol 22-415
Perhaps our Ezekiel was from CT? Sadly, no Ezekiel was found in Wallingford. The only records for an Ezekiel found in the state of CT 1771-1802 was a birth in Voluntown, CT Jan 5 1782 to Noah Cole & Molly Little, but that Ezekiel died on Nov 10 1792. [Noah probably s. of John Cole & Hannah Newman who m: Nov 13 1746; John probably son of Thomas Cole & Mary Bowen b. Oct 24 1725]
How does Martha Ballard know of our Ezekiel & what about the other Cool, Cole or Coal people in her diary? Could any other these Coles be related to our Ezekiel?
Perhaps we might be looking for a family of Coles that has these members c1785-1810, but I have yet to locate the specific family they belong to:
Old Lady Coal
Mrs. Coal who spins wool
Cate/Katherine (who m: Joseph Williams)
Jenny (who’s mother might live nearby)
Hannah (who works with Martha for years, definitely a sister of Peggy; appears close to Mrs.
Peggy (definitely a sister of Hannah d. Jul 25 1787)
Polly who drowned Sep 4 1789
Charlotte - [I have to research her more as it seems she might have a story...]
See A Midwife's Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Chapter 5:
"Martha was not summoned, however, to what may have been an even more sensational
delivery. On August 29, 1795, Henry Sewall reported in his diary that "last night Charlotte
Cool, who lives in character of Household Servant, gave birth to a second bastard child at
Peter Parkers, said to be by Colo. Wm. H---d."For Sewall, there must have been great
satisfaction in the event. Mrs. Parker, the woman whom Martha delivered in December
of 1793, had earlier sued him before Judge North for slander. Sewall had apparently spread,
though not originated, rumors about her (or her maid's?) alliance with Colonel Howard.48
As usual, the details are missing, but the underlying issue -the Colonel's behavior- seems
clear. It was one thing for young couples to have a child born too soon after marriage,
another for public officials like Howard and Davis to flout local norms. But what was one
to do unless the women themselves were willing to confront the men? Hitty Pierce sued
John Davis, but as far as we know, Charlotte Cool made no effort to prosecute Howard.49 " Need to see Henry Sewall's Diary Sewall, Henry 1776 - 1842
Location of original: Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts
The 1850 Census in Saco lists a Charlotte Cole b. 1763 as a pauper in the Almshouse. It seems
she could have been born May 1763 in Saco but no parents listed & died Aug 24 1850, also
no parents listed - no idea if this was the same woman who Ballard & Sewell speak of or not.
In Martha's diary she specifically mentions the following:
“Cate Coole here.” Mar 3-5 1785;
[It seems “Mrs Williams” below is probably Katherine Coole who married Joseph Williams
in Hallowell Sept 1 1785]
“Jenny Cool calld going to See her Mother.” - May 18 1786
“Jenny Coole here, Drank Tea” - Jun 10 1786
“Peggy & Hannah Cool here.” - Jan 7 1787
“Hannah Cool Sleeps here, Danl Robbins also.” Mar 31 1787
“Hannah Cool Came here to work.” Apr 2 1787
“Hanh Cool & Dolly spn 5 skeins Linn” Apr 3 1787
“Dolly & Hann Cool washt” Apr 3 1787
“Hannah Cool & dolly went to mr Pollards to wind & warp a Piece.” Apr 14 1787
“mrs Williams & Peggy Cool here. Hannah Cool went to Varsalboro yesterd & returnd to Day.” Apr 25 1787 “Hannah Cool went to meeting.” Apr 29 1787
“Dolly & Hannah Cool Dropt aftern.” May 19 1787
“Hannah Coll Sett the webb to work.” May 25 1787
“Hannah Cool at mr Williamss.” Jun 3 1787
“Hannah Cool got the web out, 35-1/2 yds. there was 93 Skeins of yarn filld into it.” Jun 4 1787
“Hannah Cool Bot a gown patron at mr Franks.” Jun 9 1787
“Hannah Cool warpt our gouns and went to mr Densmors to have her goun Cut out.” Jun 12 1787
“I quilld for hannah Cool.” [also “Peggy Came from Springers, Enforms yt mrs Lumber is Dangers ly Sick lately, put to bed with a Son. “ – not sure if Peggy Cool or not] Jun 25 1787
“Hannah Coole gone to mrs Sewall” Jul 2 1787
“Hannah Cool unwell, her throat sore.” Jul 6 1787
“hannah Cool remains unwell. I Sett up wh her till 11 O Clok. “ Jul 7 1787
“ Peggy Coole here to See hannah, who remains poorly.” Jul 9 1787
“HannahCool is Better.” Jul 10 1787
“ Hannah Cool gone to See her Sister Pegy who is Sick.” Jul 24 1787
“ I was Calld to Doct Coneys to See Pegg Cool who is near Expireing, from there was Calld to See mrs Brown who has a Dread full Lame hand. went Back to the Doctrs, Set up all night. Peggy Expird about 2 O Clok y s morn. “ Jul 25 1787
“ Came back to mr Pollards, went from thence to fort western; attended funeral of Pegy Cool. from that to Georg Browns.” Jul 27 1787
“Hannah Cool gott mrs Norths web out at the Loome.” Aug 6 1787
“Went from mrs Howards to See mrs Williams, find her very unwell. Hannah Cool is there.” Aug 7 1787
“Hanh Cool Came home. “ Aug 8 1787
“Hannah Cool came [here].” Aug 28 1787
“mr Williams & his wife Drank Tea here. Hannah Coole went from here this morn.” Sep 3 1787
“I went to williamss to settle with Hanh Cool.” Oct 9 1787
“Genny Cool here.” Oct 21 1787
“Mrs Williams Safe Delivrd of a Dafter at 7 O Clok morn, I tarried with her all day. he Brot Hannah Coolto nurs, mrs Pollard, Porter, Childs & Foster were assistants, all went home after Breakts “ Nov 27 1787
“Hannah & Polly Cool here Evinng.” Dec 7 1787
“Hannah Cool here for herbs for mrs Williams who has took Cold.” Dec 16 1787
“mrss Cool & Gordin here.” Mar 17 1788
“mr Williams & wife & Children & Hannah Coolhere.” Mar 22 1788
“Joseph Williams went to Doct Williams to be Docterd. Hannah Cool went to be his Nurs.” Mar 23 1788
“Polly Cool here.” May 8 1788
“ Clear. I went to mr Williamss. Sally is no Better. I wentto See mrs Porter. Receivd my fee of ye Capt in things in The Store 7/. I Came back to Wms. Sally had an ill Turn. we were apprehensive it was Near Expireing. the Neighbs were Called in; it had revivals through the night. I tarried all night, Dolly also, & mr Crages till 2hmorn. Hannah Cools Came there & was very faint & poorly. mrs Williams had fitts.” Jun 2 1788
“Hanh Cool went away ys morn.” Jun 3 1788
“at Nr Wilmss; he is poorly; his wife unwell yet. Patty much the Same. Polly Coole there.” Jun 15 1788
“I Calld to See mr Williams; he Seems more Composed. Polly Cool there.” Jul 18 1788
“mrs Williams & Polly Cool & mr Savage here after nn.” Aug 1 1788
“I Came home; left mrs Williams very ill. I Slept Some & went there again at Evin. mrs Pollard & others there. Charlotte & Polly Cool there.” Sep 7 1788
“wido Wilms & Charlotte Cool here at Eving.” Dec 14 1788
“mrs Coal Dind here, Lidia Foster here.” Aug 29 1789
“PollyCoolDrowned” Sep 4 1789
“we are informd ytPolly Cool was Drownd yester morn” Sep 5 1789
“mrs Coal & David Flelchers wife Dind here.” Jan 15 1790
Three years without a mention of the Cool/Coal Family
“7 paid to Ebenz Cole 2 Dolrs.” Dec 31 1793
“mrs Cowin was Lingering and very much Deprest in Spirits. we Calld mrs Fletcher. mrs CoalCalld there.” May 6 1793
Another three years without a mention of the Cool/Coal Family
“A young man by ye name of Ebenz Coal Came to work here the 12th inst.” Apr 14 1796 [This Coal doesn’t seem to be directly related to the other women if you go by the way she words it, it implies they didn’t really know him ]
“EbenZCole has workt with our OXen for mr Child.” Sep 21 1796
“EbenZ [Cool] Left here.” Oct 24 1796
“Ebenz Cole Sleeps here.” Dec 5 1796
“EbenZ Cole began to work for us, he has agreed to tarrie one month.” Dec 6 1796
“EbenZ Coalhere” May 14 1797
“Son Ephm & Ebenz Colehere.” Apr 16 1797
“EbenzCoal here after meeting, Supt with us.” Jul 30 1797
“mr Ballard, EbenZ Coal, Enoch Hoit and a mr Warrin Sett out at noon to do a Job of Surveying at Boudenham.” Sep 18 1797
“Son Ephm & EbnColeDind here.” Oct 15 1797
“Coal & Hoit left here bound for home.” Oct 30 1797
Another three years without a mention of the Cool/Coal Family
“Dagt Ballard & Childn, Son Ephm, mrss Edson & Cole took Tea with us.” Nov 4 1800
“Hannah Coole, mr Burtun & A Daughtr of mgr Pains have Calld here.” Jul 1 1801
“Old Lady Coal Sleeps here. Shee, Jona, his wife and 4 Childn to Tea with us.” Jul 20 1803
“mrs Coal went away.” Jul 21 1803
“the wife of Ezekiel CoalExpird this night Soon after Delivery, has left an InfantDagt. “ Jul 30 1803
“Cyrus Carried my wool to mrs Coal to spin.” Aug 16 1803
“mrsCoal Came here foren and dind here.” Sep 22 1804
“Cyrus Sett out aftern with my wool. / at my Sons, and workt in my gardn. Cyrus gone with roals to mrs Coalto be Spun.” Sep 24 1804
“mr Coal brot me 21 yds Cloth which his wife spun and got wove for me. I paid him 2 Dollars and Dagt Pollard had Sent her Dito before.” Apr 15 1805
“mrs Coal Came here. my husband paid her 5 Dollars which was all we owd her for work Shee had done for us. Shee Sleeps here.” Feb 26 1806
“mrs Cool left here for Colo Howards.” Feb 27 1806
“mrs Coal Dind with us.” Nov 30 1807
“Clear foren, Cloudy aftn. Son & Dagt Ballard Came in here near night, Wilm & James with them. inform that a Son of Ezra Crosby was killd by a Logg roaling on to him as he was loading it & that Ezekiel Coal of Varsalboro fell with a Stick of wood he was Carrying on his Sholder which put a period to his life. / Son Jona, his wife, [&] part of ye Childn here. News of Deaths by accidents. Ephm & Wm Sleep here.” Mar 11 1810
“mr Coal fel from his hors at [Jonas]. “ Nov 24 1810
What Cole Families lived in the areas of Sidney / Vassalboro / Nobleboro / Waldoborough / Hollowell during the late 1790’s & early 1800’s? What can we figure out about them?
1790 1800 1810
Samuel in Hallowell, ME None in Hallowell None in Hallowell
- 1m & 1f
Isaac in “Nobleborough” Isaac in Vassalborough Isaac died a22 [?] in 1807
-2m under 16 -2m 16-25 & 1 female 26-44
1m over 16 & 3f; arrived 1795 from “Me”
Jabish in “Nobleborough”
-1m over 16 & 1f;
Ables in “Nobleborough”
- one male over 16.
Isiah: Waldoborough 3m under 10; 1m 10-15; 1m 45 or over; 2 f under 10; 2f 10-15;
Abel: Waldoborough 1m under 10; 2m 10-15; 2m 16-25; 1m over 45; 1f under 10;
1f 16-25; 1f 16-25; 1f 26-44 – origin isn’t clear/chopped off
No Coles in Sidney
No Coles in Vassalborough
John in Sidney John in Sidney
2f – 10; 1m & 1f 26-44 1m & 1f 45+; 2f 10-15;
Samuel in Sidney Samuel H. in Sidney
1m & 1f 45+ & 1f 16-25. 1m & 1f 45+
Our Polly in Vassalborugh
2m -10; 2f -10; 1f 16-25
If you notice, it doesn’t really seem realistic that this was all the same Isaac who was 22 when he died – so it seems either there was a different Isaac or that Isaac was born earlier than 1785.
Focusing on the counties above & assuming for a second that Ezekiel Cole was born about 1775-1784 [male 16-25] & could be in the home of a Cole parent or sibling on Aug 4 1800 – what families would he fit? The results are these with green being the most likely options in my opinion -most of the blues I have not fully researched yet but I will say it doesn't appear he was of theWinthrop Family :
John: 4m under 10; 2m 10-15; 1m 16-25; 1m 26-44; 1f under 10; 1f 10-15; 1f 26-44; total
under 16=8; over 25=2; Total=11 – origin chopped off – naturally….
Isaac: 2m 15-25; 1f 26-44, arrived 1795 from “Me”
Isiah: 3m under 10; 1m 10-15; 1m 45 or over; 2 f under 10; 2f 10-15; 1f 26-44
Abel: 1m under 10; 2m 10-15; 2m 16-25; 1m over 45; 1f under 10; 1f 16-25; 1f 16-25;
1f 26-44 – origin isn’t clear/chopped off
“___nkport”??? Joseph crossed of with: “Rueben [?] Cole” written in, 1m 16-25; 1m 45 or over; 1f 45 and over [“Do” Cape Cod]
Benjamin: 2m under 10; 1m 10-15; 1m 16-25; 1m 26-44; 1f 16-25; 1f 26-44 – has a squiggle?
It says Newbury above it
Thomas: 1m under 10; 2m 10-15; 1m 16-25; 1m 26-44; 1f 10-15; 1f over 45
Abijah: 1m under 10; 1m 10-15; 2m 16-25; 1m 26-44; 3f under 10; 1f 10-15; 1f 16-25; 1f 26-44
These were ruled out as having a man his age:
Cynthia: 3 males under 10; 1 male 10-15; 1 female under 10; 1 female 26-44;
Samuel: 1m under 10; 1m 26-44; 2f under 10; 1f 26-44
Samuel: 1m over 45; 1f 16-25; 1f over 45
John: 1m 26-44; 2f under 10; 1f 26-44;
Benjamin: 1m under 10; 1m 10-15; 1m 26-44; 1f under 10; 1f 10-15; 1f 26-44
William: 1m under 10; 1m 26-44; 3f under 10; 1f 26-44
Ebenezer: 1m 16-25; 1f 16-25
Reuben “Cawell” 1m under 10; 1m 26-44; 1f under 10; 1f 16-25
Joseph “Cohial”: 2m under 10; 1m 10-15; 1m over 45; 1f under 10; 2f 10-15; 1f 26-44;
1f over 45
Henry: 1m over 45; 1f over 45
Joshua: 1m under 10; 1m 10-15; 1m 26-44; 1f under 10; 1f 10-15; 1f 26-44
Joseph: [see Rueben above]
Jone Jr.[corrected to Samuel on ancestry]
This is weird…when you click on the page for “Jone Jr” which has been corrected to say “Samuel” the page actually says Joseph/Rueben – noted above – then- :
“Sam’l Cole Jun”1m under 10; 2m 10-15; 1m 26-44; 1f under 10; 1f 26-44 [Cape Cod].
These both are for a location “______nkport”, at the bottom of the page it has “Buckstown” with no other Coles listed. The next page also has no Coles.
Now, it is of course possible he was in another state in 1800 or in a household that was not a Cole Family or perhaps he was his own head of household but was left off the census entirely by accident…who the heck knows…
The only Ezekiel Cole(s) in the country on the 1800 are: one in Maryland , “Ezekiel Cowles” in Farmington Connecticut [looks like he stayed there] & one in Pennsylvania
Perhaps Ezekiel & Martha Ballard’s other Cool/Coal women could fit in the family of Jabez/Jabesh Cole. So in beginning to trace this family it seems so far that:
Jabish/Jabez Cole (son of Nathaniel Cole & Abigail West ? who m: Aug 4 1714 in Duxbury) married Grace Keen in Pembroke, MA Aug 23 1744 (d. 1777 dau Samuel Keen & Ruth Sprague) & had several children there before moving to Waldoborough, ME
1. West Cole b. June 17 1745;bp. Jul 22 1745 in Duxbury; m: Margaret Robinson on Mar 6 1774
1. Nathaniel Cole b. Dec 13 1774
2. Nathaniell Cole b. Feb 22 1747 in Pembroke
3. Abel Cole b. Feb 19 1749 Pembroke; bp Apr 1 1750; m: Mrs/Miss Sarah Chapman, dau of Ralph Chapman both of Waldoborough, married by Waterman Thomas of Waldoborough, Justice of the Peace, on Aug 25, 1776 in Waldoborough (image)
[Find a Grave says: Abel Cole b. 1753 d. Jun 29 1809 – it’s from a military grave marker record]Abel Cole of Waldoboro Lincoln County Rev Pension File on Heritage Quest about a80 in 1833, is believed to be a soldier but has no proof. Born in Pembroke 1752 & previous to the war came to live in Waldoborough where he continues to reside, states in 1776 he enlisted with Cap Benjamin Plummer of damiscotta & served 6months recg only a verbal discharge., after that was a seaman on the armed sloop Union commanded by Isaac Somes [?] & served 3 months, ater that in Jul 1777 was on the boat “Tory Scourge” under Cap Nathaniel Soule. States Isaiah cole & John Fitzgerald both of Waldoborough are well acquainted with him and will testify to his character for truth and also credibility of his present declarations. Isaaiah Cole & John Fitzgerald swear they are well acquainted with Cole & believe him to be a man of truth & about 80y old & is believed to be a soldier in the Rev War, and I isaih Cole Jun certify that I enlisted at the same time with Abel in Capt Plummer’s Co. which was raised or the special
purpose of guarding the shore. Isaiah states he was also aboard the private armed sloop Union with him. He does receive the pension.
1. Isaac Cole b. 1785 [?] m: Anna Howland He d. Apr 22 1807 a22 4m in Vassalboro, ME
1. Joseph Howland Cole b. Sep 10 1803 Abel Cole son of Abel Cole deeds land in
West Gardiner to Joseph Cole heir of Abel. Deed 61-189
2. Henry Getchell Cole b. Jul 5 1806
In Kennebec there is a deed between Isaac Cole & John Getchell in Vassalboro.
8-245 dated Dec 1804 Isaac of Vassalboro Cabinetmaker. None are found for
Ann. A deed is found between
Isaac’s two sons in 1832 75-169-see also the deed on the same page but dated 1828 from Joseph Howland. In the The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011 Vol 69 (1915) pg 73 “Friend’s Records at Vassalborough Maine ” we find Isaac Cole died 22, 4mo in 1807 [d. Apr 22 1807], Anna Cole (his wife)[Howland?], died 14, 12 mo., 1815 [d. Dec 14 1815] children [b. Vassalboro] Joseph Howland Cole, b. 10, 9mo., 1803 [b. Sep 10 1803] & Henry Getcell Cole b. 5, 7 mo., 1806 [b. Jul 5 1806]
4. Abigail Cole b. Jan 9 1754 [Abagail, d. Joseph, P.R.1.] m: Levi Soul of Waldoborough, son of Capt. Nathen Soul of Waldoborough, married by Waterman Thomas of Waldoborough Justice of Peace on Dec 15 1776 in Waldoborough (images but not indexed correctly)
5. Isiah Cole b. May 21, 1757 [ch. Jabez, CR] [ Isaih, s. Joseph and w. ] m: Mary Catherine _______
Jan 24 1779 in Waldoboro [ Pension Heritage Quest] He was the one to get the Federal Land grant to Waldoborough - 1790 Census;1800 Census; 1810 Census; 1820 Census; 1830 Census; Maine Veteran Cemetery records: Isaiah H. Cole b. 1757 d. Nov 6 1836 in Waldoboro, ME (image) Rev war, Village Cemetery, buried Nov 9 1836, Lot 13, Grave No. 1, Book No. 32 Page No. 264, Next of Kin (not named) Date of Enlistment June 30, 1775 at Waldoboro, Maine, Discharged Jun 1 1780, Army, Private, Upright Stone, Marker & Flag, War Record: Capt. Benjamin Boune’s Co. Lt Col. William Bond’s late Gardner’s 37th Regt. Also Josiah Cole’s Waldoboro, Maine Private Light Infantry Co. Col. Henry Jackson’s Regt., Capt. Nathaniel Jarvis’ Co. Also Lt Thomas Hunt’s Co. Capt. William Scott’s Light Infantry.
Service in the Continetal Army. Source: Mass. S&S of Rev. vol. 3 Pages 765-776; Flagg’s
Journal of Pensioners, page 122. Isaiah Cole a83 d. Nov 6 1836 in Waldoborough, ME hus of Mary C. ; 1850 Census Waldoboro There is a Mary C. Cole a91 [b.1759] b. Maine with James Cole a55, Lucy Cole a50, & Levi Soule a19
Maine Revolutionary Land Grants: Isaiah Cole Waldoboro, ME
Fold3 only has Final Payment Vouchers – Isaiah Cole d. Oct 17 1836 & Mary Catherine Cole (widow of Isaiah) d. Aug 13 1854; Heritage Quest has the file but it’s not very big or detailed. It states they married Jan 24 1779 in Waldoboro by Rev Schaffer
Samuel Hill Cole of Hallowell & Sidney – seems like he could be the son of Isaiah, BUT doesn’t seem to be the father of Ezekiel, according to the 1790 & 1800 Censuses.
No deeds were found for Samuel in Sidney or Vassalboro.
Tax Records Sidney, ME Samuel Hill Cole 1798
Marriages Hallowell, ME: Samuel Hill Cole & Betsy [Int. Mrs Betty] Trask, [int. Jue 12, 1780]
Sept. 22, 1781
6. Ruth Cole. bp Apr 25, 1762 m: George Lisner in Waldobro on May 4 1789 (no image – doesn’t state parents)
7. William Cole. bp Sep 8 1765 CR2
8. Cephas Cole bp. Jan 13, 1768 C.R.2. [s. Joseph, P.R. 1] m: Esther _______ who d. Sep 5 1846 in
Waldoboro, ME. 1850 Census Waldoboro Cephus Cole b. 1792 [Head] w/ Richard Flannegan a56, Geo S. Chapman a28, Oliver C. Skiner a28, Sarah G. Skinner a22, Oliver W. Skinner a1, Margaret Light a 26, Octavia Bryant a22, Elizabeth Flannegan a16
9. Isaac Cole? See the 1790 Census
Ok – so in summary where does this lead us besides in circles…
Well, I think the best theory is that our Ezekiel was a grandchild of Jabesh Cole –he could be the son of any male heir, but seems the best ones to check first are Abel & Isaiah. He would fit in either one of their homes age wise in 1800, and their close proximity to Nobleboro & the possibility Martha Ballard would know the families is high. Still though no proof.
The research plan from here is to travel to Waldoborough & Lincoln County Court in an attempt to find anything that might indicate the families of Isaiah, Abel & others more completely. I welcome all hints!!!
Joseph Rodney Cole's father was Ezekiel Cole and his mother was Ezekiel’s 2nd wife Polly Lovejoy. Ezekiel’s parentage & origin has been rather difficult to confirm & trace, due to a lack of records. I have looked numerous places, but have not been able to find an actual record notation indicating his age or origin yet despite what some online trees and secondary sources indicate. Although there was an Ezekiel born in the Middleton/Bridgewater area to Edward & Betsy Cole who apparently had children & died prior to 1825, plus had a sister-in-law named Alden, I don’t believe that is enough proof to establish this couple as his parents as tempting as it may be. In next week’s post I’ll delve a little deeper into theory but for this week, let’s focus on what the records indicate.
It is clear he was in Maine prior to the end of 1802, because he married Elizabeth Hastings Feb 10 1803 recorded in Augusta, ME and also in Sidney, ME. According to the Town Clerk in Sidney that marriage record does not say he was from Bridgewater, MA. It states only that they were both from Sidney at the time, the same goes for additional sources which record the intention & marriage
He has not been found on the 1800 Census anywhere, so it is unclear where he was then. He most likely was in someone else’s home. We know there is a court doc May 1803 in which Ezekiel Cole of Sidney is a defendant in a Judgment recovery case, but unfortunately the only notation found in the Maine State Archives was a microfilm docket list which showed no further pertinent information
Ezekiel’s 1st wife, Elizabeth Cole, died shortly after giving birth to a daughter Jul 30 1803, both events are recorded in Martha Ballard’s Diary
In 1806 “Ezekiel Cole of Sidney” purchased a certain tract of land in Vassalboro from Benjamin Woodbridge. Vassalboro (Kennebec County) Deed: bk 100 pg 320 & 321
“Know all men by the presents, that I Benjamin Woodbridge of Vassalborough in the County of Kennebec, yeoman, in consideration of sity dollars to me paid by Ezekiel cole of Sidney in said County, yeoman, (the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge) do hereby give, grant, sell & convey unto the said Cole a certain tract or parcel of land in said Vassalboro being part of lot number 77 of the front range of lots which are usually known &t called by the name of the first range of losts & bounded as follows, viz. beginning on the easterly side of the county road at the centre of said lot thence running east south east eihty rods, thence north north east twelve rods, thence west north west80 rods to the county road aforesaid, thence by said road to the bounds first mentioned- containing six acres. To have& to hold to the same said Cole his heirs & assigns to his & their use & benefit forever. And I do covenant with the said Cole his heirs & assigns that I am lawfully seized in fee of the premises that they are free of all incumbances that I have good right to sell & convey the same of the said Cole, & that I will warrant & defend the same to the said Cole his heirs & assigns forever against the lawful claims & demands of any persons. – In witness whereof I the said Benjamin Woodbridge have hereunto set my hand & seal this ninth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and six. – Benjamin Woodbridge & Lydia Woodbridge – appeared May 27 1806 in person to James Brackett JP”
Ezekiel Cole’s death is noted in Ballard’s Diary as well on Mar 11 1810. It states “Ezekiel Coal of Varsalboro fell with a Stick of wood he was Carrying on his Sholder which put a period to his life”
The 1810 Census shows Polly listed without Ezekiel in Vassalboro. She 2 has two young males & 2 young daughters with her
I checked to see if maybe Moses Nickles acquired the land Ezekiel owned, but no deed was found for the sale of the property under Mary/Polly Cole or Nic*, however I did find a deed # 50-451 from Moses Nickles to Nathaniel Lovejoy in 1824:
“Know all men by these presents that I Moses Nickles in consideration of seventy five dollars to me paid by Nath’l Lovejoy the receipt I do hereby acknowledge do hereby give grant , sell & convey unto the said Lovejoy a certain house and lot on which the same now stands bounded as my fence now stands being the same house and lot which I now live in Vasalboro in the County of Kennebec standing near Edward/Edmond Thatcher’s house. To have and to hold the same to the said Lovejoy his heirs & assigns to his & their benefit forever. And I do covenant with the said Lovejoy his heirs & assigns that I am lawfully seized in of the premises:that they are free of all encumbrances: that I have good right to sell and convey the same to the said Lovejoy. And that I will warrant & defend the same to the said Lovejoy, his heirs & assigns forever against the lawful claims & demands of any persons claiming from by or under one of my heirs or assigns. In witness whereof I the said Moses Nickles have here unto set my hand & seal this twenty first day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty four in the presence of John abbott – [Signed] Moses Nickles signed sealed and delivered”
When Mary died is unclear and a cemetery record has not been found for her either. It seems she died between 1820-1840 in Vassalboro, ME, but the deed above makes me wonder if she died as early as 1824.
Ezekiel Cole & Elizabeth Hastings had:
1. Elizabeth Hastings Cole b. Jul 30 1803
Moses Hastings & Hannah Marsh. An intention to marry John Cross was filed on Mar 17 1829
John Cross & Elizabeth Cole had:
[See page 469a in Illustrated History of Kennebec County, Maine, by Kingsbury & Deyo]
1. John Melvin Cross
1. Lillian M. Cross m. William L. Thompson of Augusta, ME
2. Burton M. Cross
2. Caroline Augusta Cross
3. Mary Ellen Cross
Ezekiel Cole & Polly/Mary Lovejoy had:
2. Joseph Rodney Cole born Dec. 31, 1805 at Sidney, ME - see previous post, but also note since that
post an intention to marry has been found in Vital Records of Sidney, Maine Books I & II [Maine State Library] “Mr. Joseph R. Cole, & Miss Sophia Russell, both of Sidney, Sept 24, 1837”
3. William Lovejoy Cole born Apr. 24, 1807 in Vasselboro, ME
4. Mary Alden Cole born Feb 2 1809 in Vassalboro, ME
whereabouts after 1810. I have been able to rule out that she was definitely NOT the wife of William
W. Allen who is in Boston Ward 12 in 1850 & 1860 with various Cole & Lovejoy family members in their home. This woman was Mary H. Ulmar b. 1809
5. Lucy A. Cole b: abt Aug 28, 1811 (calc) d: Sept 11 1888 in Forest Hills, recorded in Malden, Ma
77y 14d p: listed as Ezekial & Mary (NEGHS)
half-sister Lavonia (Nickles) Bassett & her children
Moses Nicholas & Polly/Mary (Lovejoy) Cole had:
1. George W. Nicholas b. 1814
2. Lovina Nicholas b.1814
divorced in Nov 1854m in Kennebec, ME
1. Mary T. Bassett b. 1835 d. 1901 Cambridge, MA m: Charles H. Hollis 2. Abigail Bassett b. 1832 ME m: Charles Lovejoy
3. Joseph Bassett b. 1834
4. Olive Bassett b. 1839 m: Simon W. Gile, a26, Provisions Dealer, son of Feb 24 1857
in Boston, dau of Jabez a18 b. Providencetown?[no mo] She died of Kidney disease
“Olive F. (m.n. Basset) Gile” b. Augusta, ME d. Aug 24 1898 in Boston widow of Simon
W. Gile 26 yrs, fa: ? Bassett mo: not listed
5. Alexander Bassett b. 1845 Me [w/ freeman Family- 1855 & 1860] May have deserted
Civil War in July 1862 in Warrenton, VA – Co E 13th Regiment - per annual Report of
the Adjutant General of the commonwealth of Massachusetts 1864 pg 425 on
Ancestry.com, but it seems the same man was in two from Massachusetts one Co E
13th , woodturner, Enl Jun 29 1861, survived the war, just show mustered out Jul 14
1862 near Warrenton, VA & another Co A 29th ,woodturner, survived the war mustered
out Jul 6 1861, enl a19; 1870 Census w/ Mary Hollis in Taunton; maybe 1880
Cambridge as a single, a32, student??? 1868; 1875; 1876; 1877 Cambridge
6. Samuel Bassett b. 1847 ME [1860 6th Ward Boston w/ Simon Gile/Cole & Olive?;
1870w/ freeman Family?-] m: Jun 13 1875 in Cambridge, MA, Catherine A. Powers
a21 b. Ireland dau of John & Ellen; says he is the son of “Cole” & “Alvona”, a30
Teamster,removed to Michigan. D. Jun 29 1941 Iron Mountain, MI b. Sep 10 1841 in
Bangor, ME son of Jobe Bassett & Mary Lavonia Cole [Nichols?]
3. Samuel Nicholas b. 1817
p: listed as Ezekial & Mary (NEGHS)
Arthur E. Cole was the son of Joseph Rodney Cole (3G) who was born Dec 31, 1805 in Sidney, ME son of Ezekiel Cole & Mary/Polly Lovejoy[i] (4G) Joseph & family lived in Bethel, ME in 1840[ii], Vassalboro, ME in 1850[iii],and removed to Warren, Ma prior to 1859 taking a job as a currier and dying shortly thereafter on Nov 3, 1859 in Warren, MA, although the Taunton death record seems to state Warren, Rhode Island[iv]. His death is also recorded in Warren, MA as Nov 5 1859, a54 of paralysis, carrier, b. Brattleboro, VT, [incorrect-Vassalboro] , son of Ezekel & Mary (FSR w/ image].
He had married Sophia Russell on Nov 30 1837 in Rumford, Maine[v] . She was born Aug 8, 1811 dau of William Russell and Mehitable Kilgore [vi](4G). Sophia was a nurse[vii]. I haven’t been able to find Sophia, dau Mary or son Charles conclusively on the 1860 US Census at all, but know from the Maine Deed in 1859 she was in Warren, MA in August of that year, by 1865 Sophia is definitely in Taunton[viii] & in 1870 Cambridge, MA[ix]. She died in Taunton, MA on May, 10, 1894[x]. She is buried in Plains Cemetery, Taunton, Ma Section 15, Grave 3[xi]. The last time I was there the stone seemed to be on its face and the Taunton Cemetery Dept said they would fix it. The grave is near the fence on the side that runs along the main road (Broadway?), about half way down. The Cemetery Dept. did not have a record of Joseph’s burial.
Sophia Cole Deeds – see https://govapps1.propertyinfo.com/wam3/SearchResults.asp
Purchase: Bk 152 Pg 82 & 83
Know all men by these presents that I George W. Delano of Augusta County of Kennebec and state of Maine, cordwainer in consideration of the sum of one hundred & seventy five dollars paid by Solphia Cole wife of Joseph R. Cole of Vassalboro County of Kennebec & State of Maine ( the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge) do hereby give grant bargain sell and convey unto the said Sophia Cole her heirs and assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land situate in said Vassalbro bounded as follows viz. : Beginning at the south east corner of a lot of land deeded by J. R. Abbot [Joseph Rodney Abbott] to Edward Fairfield by deed dated Feb 20th 1837 and running south westerly in the direction of the east line of said lot to the north line of the road leading from the new meetinghouse to Herman Sturgis thence east south east 13 rods on said road thence north North east at right angle with said road far enough to contain one acre by running west north west parallel with th said road to the east line of the lot deeded by J. R. Abot to Edward Fairfield as aforesaid, thence south westerly on said line to the first mentioned bounds, being the same premises deeded to me by Edward Fairfield by deed dated Apr 24 1837 & recorded in Kennebec County Registry book 119-395 to which reference may be made for a more perfect description. Etc…George W. Delano & Abigail B. his wife dated Oct 5 1846, witness J. A. Richards
I, Sophia Cole of Warren in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 100.00 paid by Charles S. Chapin & David W. Shepard of Warren in said County of Worcester, x signed by Sophia Aug 23 1859, witness Mary A. Smith* & Jos F. Hitchcock.
UPDATE: New information has come to light that confirms there was an additional daughter of Joseph or Sophia with an unknown person, but not likely theirs together. This is confirmed by letters between this daughter & Sophia, as well as other documents in the possession of a descendant & the spot that fits for her on the 1840 Cenus with her parents not otherwise determined previously. However, further research is a work in progress in order to figure out exactly how she fits. Her information is as follows:
Mary Jane Cole b. about 1834 in Maine married Charles N. Grey of St Albans, Maine about 1856 & immediately removed to Kansas. Charles had been to Kansas previously to get settled & returned for "Jane". The couple did not have children. They can be found on the following censuses:
1860 US Census in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas: Charles N. Grey a30 b. 1830 ME Wagonmaker; Mary J. Grey a20 b. 1840 ME; CW Mychroft a40 b. 1820 VT Painter
1865 Kansas State Census Vienna, Pottawatomie, Kansas Jun 2 1865: Charles N. Gray a35 b. a1830 Maine Wagonmaker; Mary J. Gray a31 b. Maine Housekeeper
1870 US Census in Junction City P.O., Davis, Davis, Kansas Dec 28 1870 Charles N. Gray (indexed as "M." a40 b. a1830 Maine Farmer; Mary J. Gray a36 b. a1834 Maine; Michael Dailey a28 b. Ireland Farm Laborer
1875 State Census Smoky Hill, Davis, Kansas Mar 1 1875 C. N. Gray a45 b. ME Farmer; Mary [J?] Gray a40 b a1835 ME; Mary Smith a17 Kan; Holister Briek a15 Mich
1880 US Census City of Salina, Saline, Kansas Jun 11 1880 Charles N.[?] Gray a50, married, boarder, Wagonmaker b. Maine, fa: b. ME mo b. ME
Joseph and Sophia had:
1. Mary Angeline Cole born Feb 1 1839 Bethel, ME[xii] married William H Smith, son of George & Huldah on Sept 30 1865 in Taunton, Ma[xiii]. William H. Smith died it seems, sometime between 1880-1900 as he disappears off the censuses. They lived with her sister Lucy from 1870 until Mary’s death Jul 18 1912 in Raynham, MA[xiv]. *Mary A. Smith is a witness on Sophia’s sale deed in 1859 - but it seems this is a different "Mary A. Smith" as Mary & William had not married yet.
1. Franklin Clifford Smith born Apr 17 1879 in Taunton, Ma[xv] m: Levena
Totten Jul 2 1910[xvi]
2. Lucy Anne[xvii] Cole born Aug 13, 1840[xviii] in Bethel or Vassalboro, ME. She married Preserved Briggs at age 18 on Mar 27 1859 He is 23, a carriage maker born in Taunton to Preserved and Mary Briggs[xix]. He died Aug 20, 1872 36y 7m of Consumption[xx]. She died of pneumonia Feb 17, 1935 & was buried Mar 26 1935 in Mayflower Cemetery Sect 3 Grave 40 with her husband. The grave is in the main gate, & straight head several rows. She was 94y 6m4d[xxi]
1. Lillian May Briggs born Oct 41860[xxii] married Frederick Sears[xxiii].
1. Paul F. Sears born Jan 24 1889 in Taunton, MA[xxv]
2. Catherine Sears born Oct 11 1893 in Taunton, MA[xxvi]
3. Frederick Sears born Jul 30 1897 in Taunton, MA[xxvii]
4. Robert Gardiner Sears born Apr 26 1902 in Taunton, MA[xxviii]
5. Unknown Male Sears b. Nov 5 1905 d. Nov 17 1905,
1 ½ days old, premature birth, buried Mayflower Cemetery[xxix]
2. Adelbert Briggs born Nov 11, 1861 (under Briggs, no first name, “male”) in
Taunton, MA[xxx]. He was a machinist, & married July 3 1888 in Taunton, MA
Susie B. White d of Charles & Rebecca[xxxi]. Also see the 1900, 1910, 1920
Censuses inTaunton, MA
1. Harold A. Briggs b. May 16 1889 [Calc] d. Sep 2 1899 in
Waltham, MA [xxxii]
2. Elsie Elwood Briggs b. Apr 30 1891[xxxiii] m. Jun 26 1912 Roy B.
3. Eleanor Russell Briggs b. Mar 7 1893 Taunton, MA[xxxv] d. Aug
4. Russell Ellsworth Briggs b. Jun 26 1894[xxxvii] d. Feb 15 1920 in
5. Unknown Female Briggs d. Feb 11 1897 stillborn[xxxix]
6. Thelma Irene Briggs b. Aug 15 1898 Taunton, MA[xl]
7. Adelbert Francis Briggs b Jan 5 1901 in Taunton, Ma[xli]
8. Rodney P. Briggs b. Nov 3 1902 in Fairhaven, MA[xlii]
3. Charles Harrison Cole born Mar 17 1843 in Maine[xliii] m Fanny Kimball (Leach) Gibs born Mar 31 1842[xliv]; widow of Charles H. Gibbs, son of Stephen & Judith who she had married Nov 8 1864 in Taunton, MA[xlv]. Mr C. H. Gibbs died Apr 7 1967 in Taunton, MA[xlvi] . Fanny married Charles Cole June 12, 1872[xlvii]. Charles & Fanny Cole removed from Taunton to Randolph, Ma[xlviii]. He served in the Civil War Co F 39th Inf Aug 1862-June 1865 according to the 1865 Mass Census & 1890 Veteran Schedule in Randolph, Ma which states that he had a rupture to his right side, malarial poisoning kidney affected, 6 mo in prison, escaped from rebel prison until after Regt mustered him out. He is also listed on fold3.com in the pension cards Co F 39th Reg. filed Mar 4 1907. He died Mar 23 1928 in Randolph, MA according to his pension card on fold3.com[xlix] and Mar 21 1928 according to Oakland Cemetery. Fanny died Jan 9 1921 in Randolph, MA and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Randolph, MA
Fanny K. Leach & Charles H. Gibs had:
Elizabeth Brewford “Lizzie” Gibs [aka Cole] born May 4, 1866 in Middleborough,
MA dau of Charles H. Gibbs & Fanny K. Leach (Massachusetts Births 1841-1915)
m: Wilmet A. Hoxie in Brockton, MA (Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915) [l]
Children of Charles Cole & Fanny :
1. Charles Rodney Cole born Apr. 10, 1873 in Cambridge, MA[li]
2. “Willie” William H. Cole born June 1, 1875 in Randolph, MA[lii] m. Stella
Hawes on Jan 18 1896 in Boston, MA[liii] See Waltham censuses
1. William Rodney Cole b. Jun 24 1898 in Watertown, Ma
3. Jennie Gray Cole born June 7, 1878 in Randolph, MA[liv] d. Aug 20 1959 Oakland
Cemetery Randolph, MA
4. Gracie Wellington Cole born Dec. 11, 1879 in Randolph, MA[lv] m: Frank J.
Dutra on May 25 1899 in Quincy, MA[lvi]. She died Nov 19 1941 Oakland
Cemetery, Randolph, MA
5. Sophia R. Cole born Aug 21 1882 in Randolph, MA[lvii] d. July 24 1932 Oakland
Cemetery, Randolph, MA
6. Unknown Cole b. Mar 21 1886 in Randolph, MA d. Mar 27 1886 in Randolph,
4. Joseph Palmer Cole born abt May 31, 1847 died about Jan 31 1850 2yr 8m[lix] Buried in Union Cemetery Vassalboro, ME with Nathaniel Lovejoy & Mary Roberts.
5. Henry C. Cole born July 1850 died Feb 5 1852 19m in Vassalboro, ME[lx] Buried in Union Cemetery Vassalboro, ME with Nathaniel Lovejoy & Mary Roberts
6. Arthur E. Cole born June 1853 - See previous
[i] Birth Record Joseph Rodney Cole Vassalboro, ME Vital Records Book pg 67 Joseph Rodney Cole son of Ezekial Cole & Polly his wife born at Sidney Dec 31, 1805; William Lovejoy Cole son of Ezekial Cole & Polly his wife born at Vassalboro Apr 24 1807; Mary Alden Cole daughter of Ezekial cole & Polly his wife born at Vassalboro Feb 6 1809
[ii] 1840 US Census in Bethel, ME Joseph R. Cole 1m 30-39, 1m 70-79 (father-in-law?) 1f under 5, 1f 5-9, 1f 20-29, 1 person in agriculture, 5 total persons
[iii] 1850 US Census in Vassalboro, ME, Joseph R. Cole a42 b. (a1808) in ME, Laborer, Sophia a39 b. ME, Mary A. a11 b. ME, Lucy A. a10 b. ME, Charles a7 b. ME
[iv] Death Record for Joseph Rodney Cole in Taunton, MA-hard to read all of it
Died Nov 3 1859 age 54 lived in Warren died in RI died of congestion of the brain (Cephalaemia) Born in Vasselboro, ME Profession currier? Parents: Ezekial & Mary Cole
[v] Marriage Record Joseph & Sophia Maine Marriages, 1713-1937 Joseph R. Cole of Sidney, ME & Sophia Russett [Russell] of Bethel, ME Nov 30, 1837 in Maine.
[vi] Sophia’s Birth Record Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900 Family Search Records Aug 8 1811 Bethel, ME daughter of William Russell & Mehitable; Sophia’s Death Record Sophia Cole Taunton, MA May 10 1894, wife of Joseph Rodney 82y9m2d Senile Debility b. Bethel, ME dau of William Russell b. No.Andover & Matilda Kilgore b. York, ME
[vii] 1864 Directory Taunton, MA pg 63 “Cole, Sophia nurse, h. Summer, below Prospect” – also 1867
[viii] 1865 Massachusetts Census in Taunton, MA, Cole, Sophia, 54; Angeline 26, Charles H. 22 Army, Arthur 12 – all b. Maine, listed next is: Briggs, Preserved 29 b. Mass Wheelwright, Lucy 24 b. Maine, Lillian M. 4 b. Mass, Delbert 3b. Mass
[ix] 1870 US Census Cambridge, MA Ward 2: Sophia Cole a59 b. ME Keeping house, Charles H Cole a27 b. ME Cracker Dealer, Arthur Cole a17 b. ME Cracker Dealer
[x] Sophia’s Death Record Sophia Cole Taunton, MA May 10 1894, wife of Joseph Rodney 82y9m2d Senile Debility b. Bethel, ME dau of William Russell b. No.Andover & Matilda Kilgore b. York, ME
[xi] Burial of Sophia Cole - Taunton Cemetery Dept Plains Cemetery, Taunton, Ma Section 15, Grave 3, 82y9m2d Senile May 10 1894
[xii] Death of Mary Angeline (Cole) Smith Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, Mary Angeline (Cole) Smith d. Jul 18 1912 in Raynham, MA, 73y 5m 18d of chronic Heart disease and senile dementia & was found dead in her bed. She was the widow of William H. Smith b. Feb 1 1839 Bethel, ME dau of Joseph R. Cole b. Maine & Sophia Russell b. Bethel, ME, informant is her sister, buried in Old Plain Cemetery Taunton, MA
[xiii] Marriage of Mary A. Cole Family search Records Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910 Mary A. Cole a26 son of “Roraney” & Sophia to William H. Smith a36 son of George & Huldah – no image
[xiv] Death of Mary Angeline (Cole) Smith Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, Mary Angeline (Cole) Smith d. Jul 18 1912 in Raynham, MA, 73y 5m 18d of chronic Heart disease and senile dementia & was found dead in her bed. She was the widow of William H. Smith b. Feb 1 1839 Bethel, ME dau of Joseph R. Cole b. Maine & Sophia Russell b. Bethel, ME, informant is her sister, buried in Old Plain Cemetery Taunton, MA
[xv] Birth Frank Clifford Smith Massachusetts Births Apr 17 1879 Taunton, MA son of William H. Smith & Mary A. Cole
[xvi] Marriage Record Frank C. Smith Massachusetts Marriages a30, upholsterer, 1 b. Taunton son of William H. Smith & Mary A. Cole& Lorena Totten a18 b. Ireland, braider, dau of Joseph R. Totten & Annie Gaddis on July 2 1910 Raynham, MA 1st both,
[xvii] Lillian May Briggs Birth Record Massachusetts Births 1841-1915 b. Oct 4 1860 in Taunton, MA dau of Preserved Briggs & Lucy Anne Cole, fa Carriage maker b. Taunton mo b. Vassalboro, ME
[xviii] 1900 Census Taunton – Floral St. Lucy Briggs Aug 1840 59y widow 2ch/2lv, Mary A. Smith Feb 1838, 62y sister widow 2ch/1lv, Frank Smith Apr 1879 21 nephew Charles R. Cole Apr 1873 27 nephew Taunton Taunton Cemetery Dept Records Lucy A. Briggs 94y6m4d d. Feb 17 1935 Calculated birth Aug 13 1840, pneumonia, buried Mar 26 1935 widow of Preserved Briggs Mayflower Cemetery Sect 3 Grave 40.
[xix] Marriage of Lucy Cole of Vassalboro, ME a18 dau of Joseph R. & Sophia coleand Preserved Briggs Jr. of Taunton MA a23 carriage Maker son of Preserved Briggs & Mary A. Mar 27 1859 in Taunton, Ma by W. M. Fisk
[xx] Death of Preserved Briggs Taunton, Ma Oct 20 1872 36y 7m b. Taunton consumption wheelwright son of Preserved Briggs b. Burkley & Mary A. b. Warren
[xxi] Cemetery Dept Records Lucy A. Briggs 94y6m4d d. Feb 17 1935 Calculated birth Aug 13 1840, pneumonia, buried Mar 26 1935 widow of Preserved Briggs Mayflower Cemetery Sect 3 Grave 40.
[xxii] Lillian May Briggs Birth Record Massachusetts Births 1841-1915 b. Oct 4 1860 in Taunton, MA dau of Preserved Briggs & Lucy Anne Cole, fa Carriage maker b. Taunton mo b. Vassalboro, ME
[xxiii] Marriage of Lillian M. Briggs, Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915, Oct 8 1887 in Taunton, MA both aged 27, Lillian M. Briggs b. Taunton, dau of Preserved Briggs & Lucy A. to Frederick L. Sears, Nailer, b. Raynham, son of Franklin K. Briggs & Catherine, by H. B. Cady, Pastor First M.E. Church Taunton, MA
[xxiv] 1920 Census Taunton, MA Frederick Sears a59, Lillian M. a59, Paul F. a30, Catherine a26, Frederick a 22, Robert a17, Lucy Briggs a79
[xxv] Birth of Paul F. Sears Massachusetts Births 1841-1915 in Taunton, MA Jan 24, 1889 son of Frederick L. Sears & Lillian M. Briggs, fa Nailer b. Raynham, mo b. Taunton
[xxvi] Birth of Catherine L. Sears Massachusetts Birth 1841-1915 Oct 11 1893 in Taunton, MA, daughter of Frederick L. Sears & Lillian M. Briggs, fa Engraver, b. Raynham mo b. Taunton
[xxvii] Birth of Frederick Sears Jul 30 1897 in Taunton, MA son of Frederick L. Sears & Lillie M. Briggs, fa Silverworker, b. Raynham, mo b. Taunton
[xxviii] Birth of Robert Gardiner Sears Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1920 – b. Apr 26 1902 in Taunton, MA son of Frederick L. Sears & Lilly May Briggs, Recorded Apr 8 1903 – under Additions & Corrections, fa Engraver b. Raynham, mo b. Taunton ; Birth of Female Sears Massachusetts Births 1841-1915 Apr 26 1902 in Taunton, MA, dau of Frederick L Sear & Lilly May Briggs [definitely listed as female], fa Engraver b. Raynham, mo b. Taunton
[xxix] Unnamed Male Sears Massachusetts Deaths 1841-1915, d. Nov 7 1905 in Taunton, MA, premature birth 1 ½ days old (Calc Nov 5) son of Frederick L. Sears b. Raynham, MA & Lillian Briggs b. Taunton, buried in Mayflower Cemetery
[xxx] Birth of Adelbert Briggs Massachusetts Birth 1841-1914 Nov 11 1861 in Taunton, MA no first name listed on birth record, son of Preserved Briggs & Lucy Ann Cole, fa Carriage Maker b. Taunton, mo b. Vassalboro, ME; See also 1870 & 1880 US Censuses in Taunton with his mother Lucy Briggs.
[xxxi] Marriage of Adelbert Briggs Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915 Adelbert Briggs a26, Machinist b. Taunton son of Preserved Briggs & Lucy A. on July 3 1888 in Taunton, MA to Susie B. White,a21, b. Carver, MA, dau of Charles & Rebecca, both of Taunton, MA, by J.K. Wilson, Paster, Baptist Church, Taunton, Ma
[xxxii] Death of Harold A. Briggs Massachusetts Deaths 1841-1915 d. Sep 2 1899 in Waltham, MA 10y3m17d of Maramus [Marasmus – severe undernourishment] b. Taunton, MA, buried Taunton, “Inmate S.F.M.” [School for the Feeble Minded], son of Adelbert Briggs b. Taunton & Susan White b. North Carver
[xxxiii] Elsie Elwood Briggs Birth Massachusetts Births 1841-1915, b. Apr 30 1891 in Taunton, MA, dau of Adelbert Briggs Machinist, b. Taunton & Susan B. White b. No. Carver
[xxxiv] Elsie Elwood Briggs Marriage Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915, m. Jun 26 1912 in Taunton, MA Elsie Elwood Briggs a21 to Roy B. Seekell a23, Master baggage, both of Taunton, both b. Taunton, 1st for both, son of George T. Seekall & Jennie M. Phillips, dau of Adelbert Briggs & Susan White, by Ira W. Le Baron, Minister of the gospel, Taunton, MA
[xxxv] Eleanor Russell Briggs Birth Massachusetts Births and Christenings 1639-1915, b. Mar 7 1893 in Taunton, MA dau of Adelbert Briggs & Susan R. White – no image
[xxxvi] Eleanor Russell Briggs Death Massachusetts Deaths 1841-1915, Aug 11 1893 in Taunton, MA dau of Adelbert Briggs b. Taunton & Susan B. White b. No. Carver
[xxxvii] Russell Ellsworth Briggs Massachusetts Births 1841-1915 b. Jun 26 1894 in Taunton, MA son of Adelbert Briggs machinist, b. Taunton, MA & Susan B. White b. Carver, MA
[xxxviii] Russell E. Briggs Death Massachusetts State Vital Records 1841-1920 Russell E. Briggs d. Feb 15 1920 in Taunton, Ma, 25y8m18d, influenza, student at the time, single, son of Adelbert Briggs b. Taunton, MA (Informant) & Susan B. White b. Taunton, MA, Res. 25 Oak St. , buried in Mayflower Cemetery
[xxxix] Unknown Female Briggs Death, Massachusetts Deaths 1841-1915, d. Feb 11 1897 in Taunton, MA, 5m4d of convulsions, daughter of Adelbert Briggs, b. Taunton, MA & Susan B. White b. Carver, MA
[xl] Thelma Irene Briggs Massachusetts Births 1841-1915 b. Aug 15 1898 Taunton, MA, dau of Adelbert Briggs b. Taunton, & Susan B. White b. Carver, of #26 Crocker, Machinist
[xli] Adelbert Francis Briggs Massachusetts Births 1841-1915, b Jan 5 1901 in Taunton, Ma son Adelbert Briggs, b. Taunton, MA, Machinist, & Susan B. White b. Carver, MA
[xlii] Rodney P. Briggs Birth- Unknown Briggs Male Child b. Nov 3 1902 in Fairhaven, MA son of Adelbert Briggs Machinist, b. Taunton & Susan B. White b. No. Carver; 1910 Census in Taunton, MA, Adelbert a48, Susan a43, Elsie E. a19, Russel E. a15, Thelma I a11, Adelbert J. a9, Rodney P. a7
[xliii] Charles Harrison Cole Grave marker Oakland Cemetery Randolph, Ma, b. Mar 17 1843 d. Mar 21 1928;; 1900 US Census Randolph, MA Charles H. Cole a 57 b. Mar 1843 ME ME ME Married 28yrs Farmer, Fanny K a58 Feb 1842 MA MA MA 7ch-6liv, Jennie G a 22 b. Jun 1878 MA ME MA, Sophia R a17 Aug 1883 MA ME MA
[xliv] Fanny Kimball (Leach) Gibs Birth, 1900 US Census Randolph, MA Charles H. Cole a 57 b. Mar 1843 ME ME ME Married 28yrs Farmer, Fanny K a58 Feb 1842 MA MA MA 7ch-6liv, Jennie G a 22 b. Jun 1878 MA ME MA, Sophia R a17 Aug 1883 MA ME MA, Grave marker Oakland Cemetery Randolph, Ma b. Mar 31 1842 d. Jan 9 1921; No birth record found in Easton, MA
[xlv] 1st marriage of Fannie K. Leach b. Easton, MA dau of Henry D. Leach & Elizabeth W. [Kimball] to Charles H. Gibbs, son of Stephen B. & Judith, musician, b. Nantucket, married Nov 8 1864 in Taunton, MA
[xlvi] Mr Charles. H. Gibbs Death Massahusetts Deaths 1841-1915, died Apr 7 1867 in Taunton, MA, a26, b. Nantucket, painter, drowned, son of S. B. b. Wareham & Judith b. Nantucket
[xlvii] Marriage of Charles H Cole – recorded in both Taunton & Cambridge Records.Married Fanny K (Leach) Gibs; her 2nd marriage; his first on June 12, 1872 by Everett Conger, Age 29 for both; He is a cracker peddler and born in Bethel, ME; she was born in Easton, MA to Henry d Leach & Elizabeth. His parents are Joseph R & Sophia Cole.
[xlviii] 1880 Randolph, MA Charles H. Cole 37 Farm Laborer ME ME ME, Fanny K 38 MA MA MA, Lizzie 14 MA, Charlie 7 MA, Willie 5 MA, Jennie 2 MA, Gracie 5mo. MA, Sophia 69 MA ME MA - says mo-in-law Fannie prob. Answered); 1900 Census in Randolph Charles H. Cole 57 b: Mar 1843 ME ME ME Married 28yrs Farmer,
Fanny K 58 Feb 1842 MA MA MA 7ch-6liv, Jennie G 22 Jun 1878 MA ME MA, Sophia R 17 Aug 1883 MA ME MA; 1910 US Census Randolph, MA Charles H. Cole a67 b. ME, Fanny K. a68, Sophy R a27; , 1920 US Census Randolph, MA Charles H. Cole a76, Fannie k. a77, Sophie R. a37
[xlix] Grave marker Oakland Cemetery Randolph, Ma, b. Mar 31 1842 d. Mar 21 1928;
[l] Elizabeth Brewford “Lizzie” Gibs [aka Cole] born May 4, 1866 in Middleborough, MA dau of Charles H. Gibbs, painter, b. Nantucket & Fanny K. Leach b. Easton, Ma via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915; Christening of Elizabeth Brewford Gibbs May 21 1866 in Middleborough, MA via Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915; Marriage of Lizzie B. Gibbs on Nov 26 1884 in Brockton, Ma m: Wilmet/Wilmot A. Hoxie, son of Josiah d. & Lucy A. in Brockton, MA via Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915)
[li] Charles Rodney Cole born Apr. 10, 1873 in Cambridge, MA Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915, son of Charles, Baker, b. Bethel ME & Fanny b. S. Eastham
[lii] Willie Cole born June 1, 1875 in Cambridge, recorded in Randolph, MA Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915, son of Charles H. Cole, farmer, b. “M” & Fanny K. Leach b. Easton
[liii] William H. Cole Marriage, Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915 William H. Cole of Lynn a21, b. Randolph, Electrician, son ofCharles & Fanny to Stella Hawes of Boston, b. Augusta, ME, dau of Wilson Hawes & Annie, by Justin Whitney Justice of Peace, Boston
[liv] Jennie Gray Cole born June 7, 1878 in Randolph, MA Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915, dau of Chal H. Cole, farmer, b. ME & Fanny K. Leach b. Easton
[lv] Gracie W. Cole born Dec. 11, 1879 in Randolph, MA Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915, dau of Charles H., Farmer, b. Maine & Fannie H. b. So Easton
[lvi] Marriage of Grace Wellington Cole Quincy, MA, Recorded in Brockton, MA, May 25, 1899 to Frank J. Dutra, Gobacconist, a38 b. Danvers, son of Joseph J. Dutra & Marguerite A. Burns, dau of Charles H. Cole & Fanny K. Leach a20 b. Randolph, MA, 1st for both, by Julian E. Johnstone Catholic Priest
[lvii] Sophia R. Cole born Aug 21 1882 in Randolph, MA Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915, dau of Charles H., Farmer, b. Bethel, ME & Fanny K. Leach, b. Easton
[lviii] Unknown Cole birth b. Mar 21 1886 “dead” in Randolph, MA Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915, dau of Charles H. Famer, b. Bethel, Me & Fan?? Leach Gibbs b. Easton; Unknown Female Cole Death Massachusetts Deaths 1841-1915, d. Mar 27 1886 in Randolph, MA d. 6 days old marasmus, b. Randolph, MA , dau of Charles H. Cole b. Bethel, ME & Fanny K. Leach Gibbs b. Easton
[lix] Joseph Palmer Cole born abt May 31, 1847 died about Jan 31 1850 2yr 8m Vassalboro, ME Town Records
[lx] Henry C. Cole born July 1850 died Feb 5 1852 19m Vassalboro, ME Town Records
My Great Grandmother, Annie “Mabel” Cole’s father was Arthur E. Cole (2G)
The first record of Arthur appears in 1860 when he is 7 years old and living in Taunton, MA with his sister Lucy who was married to Preserved Briggs. It seems some of the family had removed there from Vassalboro, Me shortly before his father had died in Nov 1859. His father’s death is recorded in Taunton where it seems to state he died in Warren, RI, but another record can be found in Warren, MA. In addition, Sophia’s deed selling the land in Vassalboro states she resides in Warren, MA in August of 1859. What led them to Warren, MA is unknown but by 1865 Arthur is living with his mother Sophia and other siblings in Taunton, Ma. In 1870 they are in Cambridge, Ma where he presumably met Annie, and married at the tender ages of 19 & 16, despite what the record states. Arthur and Annie have two children but she is stricken down at the age of 32 in 1888 leaving Arthur a widow with a daughter a14 & son a10. It wouldn’t be surprising if panick set in. He married Margaret Eastwood just 3 months after Annie’s death. Despite the quick wedding Arthur and Margaret were married several years and still listed together in the Cambridge Directories up to 1906, but in 1908 they are from then on listed separately. It's quite odd that in the mention of her adopting a young boy discussed later, Arthur Cole is not mentioned at all and that was as early as 1900. More information could surely be gained by looking in to the adoption records, but I have not pursued that avenue at this time.
After their separation it seems Arthur stayed in Cambridge and consistently worked at a Book Bindery, first as a janitor & later as a watchman. 1910 he is in the home of Patrick Murphy; 1920 with Addie Anderson & 1930 with Ida I Anderson, probably the same woman. His age is consistently given about a decade younger, but I believe without doubt it is our Arthur.
Arthur & Annie had:
1. Annie “Mabel” Cole – b Feb. 9 1874 in Cambridge, MA, m: Albert Larkin Baker in Manhattan, NY Jul 5 1892. Mabel died Sep 12 1961 in Cambridge, MA of Colon Cancer. She and Albert are buried in Oakgrove Cemetery, Medford, MA in the Mystic Lawn section
2. George Arthur Cole born Dec. 19, 1878 in Cambridge
June 30, 1901
Arthur and Margaret had:
3. Clarence Leon Cole born Oct 20, 1890 in Cambridge, MA & died April 11, 1891 in Cambridge, Ma age 5mo 21 days of convulsions
4. Leona Winifred Cole was born Oct 14, 1892 in Cambridge, MA
Harold & Leona had:
1. Son Galpin b. 1914 in Boston, MA
2. Unnamed Daughter born & died July 5 1915 in Boston, MA
5. Howard Russell Cole born Oct 14, 1893 in Cambridge, MA
Mrs Margaret Cole (wife of Arthur) adopted:
Jack McCarthy b. Mar 1892 of Danvers, MA orphan son of John [?] McCarthy who died in Danvers 3-4 yrs prior to 1900 [no record found] when she adopted him. John W. McCarthy is listed in the home of her aunt [?] Jane Smith b. July 1846 a53 a widow, boardinghouse keeper, b. Canada fa b. England mo b. Scotland arrived in 1886 in Danvers on the 1900 Census as a boarder both parents born Ireland, also with them are
Jack’s siblings were also possibly adopted [temporarily], but it is unclear. They were:
Jeremiah McCarthy a10 b. Jan 1890
Agnes McCarthy a5 b. May 1895.
Elizabeth McCarthy a14 b. Jul 1886. She is on the US Census 1900 with Timothy J. Casey in
Danvers, still there in 1901 said to be “in the employ of T. J. Casey, hostler for Rev TB Power of Annunication Church, where she has a good home” Elizabeth is also listed in the Home for
Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA in 1900, b. Jan 1886 a14 her siblings are not listed
on the same page. Nothing definite on the whereabouts of the other McCarthy children has
been determined after 1900.
April 2, 1901 Boston Journal (Boston, MA) Vol: LXVIII Iss: 22165 pgs 1 & 3
Missing Jack Cole. Boy May Have Been Kidnapped. Was Adopted by Cambridge Woman. Taken from School
“From Time to time since the McCarthy children have boarded out as town wards by Danvers Overseers of the Poor they have disappeared for brief periods having ridden away with a man who is said to have claimed to be related to them, but they were always found and returned all right, no nothing particular was thought of it when Master Johnnie McCarthy, otherwise Jackie Cole – having been adopted by Mrs Arthur E. Cole of [914?] Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge disappeared from Danves Centre schoolhouse last Friday.But what was thought a simple episode now appears in a more serious light, perhaps kidnapping.
The lad nine years of age, who has been spirited away, is a bright boy, one of four orphan children of John McCarthy, who died in Danversport.
Was a Ward of the Town
The children became wards of the town and were cared for by the Poor Department for three or four years, being placed in charge of various families for boarding. They were moved from time to time, as it was found that they were not receiving satisfactory care and treatment, and for other reasons which were considered sufficient to the board, until finally a new State Law relieved towns of the maintenance of orphan children, but allowed the Boards of Overseers to have charge of them as before.
Under this law good places were found for one or two of the children in private homes the others being boarded with Mrs Smith at Danvers Centre. It was here that Master John found himself but he was soon legally adopted by Mrs Arthur E. Cole of Cambridge, a milliner in Boston. Town Council E. J. Powers making out the papers and having them duly recorded in Cambridge. It was understood that Mrs Cole intended to move to Danvers.
Difficulty in Keeping Children
She was considered a worthy woman, and there was no hesitation in making the transaction. The boy was sent to board with Mrs Jane Smith, an aunt of Mrs Cole who lives in Danvers.
From time to time there is said to have been more or less difficulty in keeping the children where they were placed as a man who is known to those [inter?nted] has carried the little folks away from time to time but always giving the explanation that they asked to ride home with him.
When John was adopted by Mrs Cole it was understood at first that there were no relatives, but Lawyer Powers learned that Mrs Falvey of Danversports was an aunt, and he obtained her consent to the proceedings. Now it is understood that there is a man, who, ….Continued on the Third Page…
Missing Jack Cole …continued from The First Page….
It is hinted, is an uncle by marriage, or possibly by consanguinity [?] and that he is represented to be the guardian of the lad who has disappeared. If he has taken the boy, and can prove that he was legally appointed his guardian, prior to the boy’s adoption he can probably retain possession of him, but if not, it Is a most serious matter for the alleged guardian.
Boy Called Out of School
One day, the latter part of last week, somebody drove up to the Danvers Centre School House and called out Master John, and he has not since been seen. There were two men in the carriage, and there is reason to believe that all have been identified, and it is possible that the carriage and one of the men belong in Danvers, and are associated, directly or indirectly, with a professional man who may have some interest in the case. The description of one of the men tallies [?] closely with that of the mysterious uncle or guardian.
Boys Folks Were Catholics
The lad comes from a Catholic family, but he voluntarily chose to attend the First Congregational Sunday School where he was much liked by all. His older sister is in the employ of T. J. Casey, hostler for Rev TB Power of Annunciation Church, where she has a good home.
The Overseers of the Poor have held a special meeting and placed the matter in the hands of Ernest J. Powers, Esq Town Counsel, who will probe it to the bottom, and may be depended upon to adjust matters, if there is any law that will do it.
The question arises Why was it necessary for the boy alleged legal guardian to gain possession of him in this way?”
April 3, 1901 Boston Herald (Boston, MA) Pg 12
“No Trace of “Jackie” – People at Danvers Are Surprised to Find that Young McCarthy Had a Legal Guardian
The boy “Jackie” McCarthy who was supposed to have been kidnapped in Danvers last week, has not been found yet. It appears by the records of the probate court in Salem that one Joseph George was appointed guardian of the boy some two years ago, but he has never done anything for him, nor were the poor department authorizes of Danvers aware of the existence of such a man. “Jackie” was a town charge until he was legally adopted by Mrs Cole of Boston and sent to board with her aunt in Danvers.
Mr George lives in Peabody, but the Danvers authorities say he never exercised his guardianship. They will probably petition for his removal.
When the boy first went to Mrs Smith’s he attended the Catholic church for some months, but as it was a long distance from his home he decided to go to the Congregational Church, nearer where he lived, and also to its Sunday School. The people interested in him say that have pretty well defined ideas as to who the men were who took the boy from school, and whose team they drove. The Danvers authorities are still investigating.”
April 4, 1901 Boston Herald (Boston, MA) Pg: 3
“Jackie May be with George – Danvers Authorities to Demand the Boy and Return him to Mrs. Cole
“Jackie” McCarthy who is giving the Danvers town authorizes and police so much trouble, is not yet located. It is now believed that the man who spirited him away was Joseph George who claims to be his legal guardian. Efforts were made to locate George in Peabody yesterday, but without avail.
It is believed by the Danvers authorities that George has the boy. They will ask for the revocation of the guardianship on the ground that the guardian neglected his charge. Then they will demand the boy, and restore him to Mrs. Cole.”
April 5, 1901 Boston Herald (Boston, MA) Pg: 7
“Taken By His Guardian
The Mystery of the Disappearance of “Jackie” McCarthy from Danvers Has Been Solved –
It is definitely learned at Danvers that Joseph George of Peabody and Timothy J. Casey of Danvers took “Jackie” McCarthy, otherwise known as John Cole, from Danvers Centre schoolhouse last Thursday. The mystery was cleared up by the admission of Mr Casey that he and Mr. George took the boy away.”
Cambridge Tribune, Volume XXIV, Number 5, 6 April 1901
....By the mysterious disappearance of John McCarthy, otherwise known as Jacky Cole, a curious state of affairs has been brought to light. Jacky is a nine-year-old boy having been adopted by Mrs. Arthur E. Cole of 944 Massachusetts avenue, a member of the firm of Cole & Waddell, dressmakers. He is one of four children left orphan* several years ago at Danvers, Mass., and up to the time the state law was passed relieving the towns of the maintenance of orphans, he was a ward of the town of Danvers, and as such was placed In different families as the authorities thought best
April 27, 1901 Boston Herald (Boston, MA) Pg: 7
New Guardian for “Jackie”
The latest act in the case of little “Jackie” McCarthy who was carried away by his uncle and guardian James George from Danvers some weeks ago has been the removal of Mr George as guardian. The boy had been neglected by him for more than a year. The Danvers overseers of the poor went to the probate court and secured George’s removal and secured the appointment of Overseer Hood in his place. The guardian will now demand the boy from George.”
Nothing further was found that Jackie McCarthy was ever returned to Mrs. Cole - just that he was removed from Mr George.
Cambridge Chronicle, 12 January 1901
A dressmaker's sign, which is displayed up the avenue, bears the Inscription: "Madumes Cole and Waddell," Wonder whut l'arislan prepared the Bi'-jn!
Cambridge Chronicle 5 April 1902
Mme.Cole, formerly of 901 Massachusetts avenue, wishes to Inform' her patrons that she has dissolved partnership with Mrs. Waddell and will be found at her new apartment, Hotel Graeme, 88 Hancock street, corner Massachusetts avenue, where she will be pleased to serve her patrons as In the past.
Cambridge Tribune, Volume XXVI, Number 5, 4 April 1903
Mme. COLE I Wishes to inform her patrons that she has removed her Dress - Making Parlors —TO— 14 TROWBRIDGE STREET. Having just returned from New York, with the Latest and Most Original Designs, she will be pleased to have patrons call at her new apartments.
1870 Census in Cambridgeport, MA pg No 129 Ward 2 July 2, Cole, Sophia a59 female, white, keepinghouse, b. Maine Charles H. 27, white male, cracker dealer, b. Maine; Arthur 17 white male cracker Dealer, b. Maine;
Marriage to Margaret “Annie” McElveen [Endnote follows]; Marriage to Margaret J. Eastwood – NEHGS Cambridge, MA Nov 4 1888 Arthur Cole of Cambridge a35 Teamster b. ME son of Rodney & Sophia, 2nd marriage, to Margaret J. Eastwood of St John NB a24 Dressmaker b. NB dau pf James & Mary 1st marriage, by Isaiah W. Sneath [?], Clergyman, Cambridge
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy
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