My Great Grandmother, Annie “Mabel” Cole’s father was Arthur E. Cole (2G)[i]. He was born in Jun 1853 in or near Vasselboro, ME[ii], the son of Joseph Rodney & Sophia Cole (3G)[iii]. He married Margaret "Annie" McElveen [additional spellings include Mackervine , McIlveen, McIlvin, McIlvane, MacIlvaine, McAlvine, MacElwaine] in Brighton, MA on July 29, 1872[iv]. She was born about Feb 9 1856 [Calc death], daughter of Alexander McElveen & Elizabeth McMurtry[v]. She died age 32ys & 4mo on Jun 9 1888 of intestine obstruction[vi]. Arthur married 2nd Margaret Jennie Eastwood in Sept 1888 in Cambridge, Ma[vii]. It appears they separated between 1900-1910[viii]. Margaret J. Cole is in Belmont, MA on the 1930 Census and died after 1955 as she is still listed in the Belmont MA Directory at that time. Arthur died Sept 5, 1938, age 86. He is buried in Cambridge Cemetery Range 61, grave 23 with his wife Annie[ix]. Realizing this, was definitely one of those times when I wished I could ask my father if he ever knew or remembered his namesake great grandfather, as my dad was almost 10 when he died.
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[x] [Also see later Baker post or email info@NHGenealogist.com for more on their lives & sourcing]
2. George Arthur Cole born Dec. 19, 1878 in Cambridge[xi]. George married Mary Valencia on
June 30, 1901[xii]. There were no children on the 1910 Census in Winthrop, MA or the 1920, 1930 & 1940 Censuses all in Revere, Ma. 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.
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[xiii]
4. Leona Winifred Cole was born Oct 14, 1892 in Cambridge, MA[xiv], married Harold Albert Galpin, Aug 30, 1913 in Cambridge, MA & in 1920 they are on the US Census in Belmont, MA [indexed under Galbin, and corrected to Gallin on ancestry.com]. It appears they divorced before 1930 as he is married to someone else & is living in Boston, Ma. She remarried about 1925 in Belmont according to the Massachusetts Marriage Index 1901-1955, probably to Frank Guiney as they appear in 1930 Census in Waltham; 1940 Belmont withher mother.
Harold & Leona had:
1. Harold Theodore Galpin b. Aug 19 1914 in Boston, MA[xv]
2. Unnamed Daughter born & died July 5 1915 in Boston, MA[xvi]
5. Howard Russell Cole born Oct 14, 1893 in Cambridge, MA[xvii] . 1920 Census Howard is single and in Norfolk, VA on a US Freightliner. The 1930 Census of Merchant Seaman date Apr 3 available on FSR states he was in Boston, a37, listed as single but was married, Engineer of Belmont, MA on the ship SS Billow owned by the Bay State Fishing Co., and Veteran of WWI. He had married Margaret A. __________before this. On the 1930 US Census dated Apr 2, Belmont MA he is listed with his mother, wife & oldest daughter. The 1940 Census finds him in Bensalem, PA as a Machinist in a Navy Yard, with his wife & 3 children. The WWII Draft Registrations state he lives in Bristol, PA b. Oct 14 1893 in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. He died in Bensalem, PA, May 1982 according to the SSDI.
1. Doris E. Cole born 1930 in Massachusetts
2. Shirley Cole b. 1933 in California
3. Howard “Russell” Cole Jr b. 1937 in Pennsylvania
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.
[i] Mabel’s Birth Record- NEHGS Massachusetts Births 1841-1915, Cambridge, Ma Feb 9 1874 Annie Mabel Cole dau of Arthur & Annie, fa 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. Baker 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
[ii] A record was not been found in Vassalboro, however most records that follow indicate a definite consistency in age, especially the 1900 Census in Cambridge, MA Jun 4 1900, Ward 4 District 720, Massachusetts Ave, 944, 25, 51 Cole, Arthur C./E. Head white, male, June 1853, a46, married 12 yrs b. Maine, Fa b. Massacchusetts mo b. Massachusetts, Teamster Driver, 0 mo not emp. Can read, can write, Can speak English, Rents
[iii] See 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
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
[iv] Marriage to Margaret “Annie” McElveen – NEHGS July 29 1872 Cambridge, Ma– Record lists her name as Ann MacKervine. His parents are listed as Rodney & Sophia Cole. Her parents are listed as Charles and Anna MacKervine. He is 21 and she is 19. He is a plumber. He is born in Vasselboro, ME. She is born in Brighton, MA. Both lived in Cambridge at the time. [I believe they were more like ages 18 & 17- I have no explanation as to why her parents are listed incorrectly except to say her father was passed, her mother remarried & it’s possible since she was really only 17 it was intentional]Cambridge Chronicle Aug 5 1872 – “July 29, in Brighton, by Rev. C. A. Holbrook, Arthur E. Cole and Ann Mackervine, both of this city”
[v] See proof summary to follow in McElveen post or email Info@NHgenealogist.com
[vi] Calculated Birth from 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. [Further proof her parentage will follow in a future blog under McElveen – until then email Info@NHGenealogist.com] Cambridge Cemetery Range 61 Plot 32 buried with Arthur.
[vii] 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
[viii]1900 Census in Cambridge, MA Jun 4 1900, Ward 4 District 720, Massachusetts Ave, 944, 25, 51 Cole, Arthur C./E. Head white, male, June 1853, a46, married 12 yrs b. Maine, Fa b. Massacchusetts mo b. Massachusetts, Teamster Driver, 0 mo not emp. Can read, can write, Can speak English, Rents, 36 [? Farm?]; Margaret J., wife, white, female, Mar 1864, 36, married 12 yrs 3ch/2lv b. Canada (Eng fa b. Canada (Eng) mo. B. Canada (Eng) 1877, 23, Dressmaker, yes, yes, yes; George, white, male, Dec 1878, 21, single, b. Massachusetts, fa b. Maine, mo b. Canada (Eng) Cigar maker, 0 mo unemp.; Leona, white, female, b. Oct 1892 7 single b. Massachusetts, fa b. Maine mo b. Canada (Eng); Howard R. white, male, b. Oct 1893 6, single fa b. Maine mo b. Canada (Eng); George A. white male 1 son Mass Maine Mass; 1906 Cambridge Directory Arthur & Jennie are listed together; 1908 Cambridge Directory Arthur & Jennie are listed separate; 1910 US Census Cambridge, Ma Ward 8 District 776, Atheus St, Arthur Cole, single, a36 b. Maine fa b. ME mo b. ME Janitor in a book bindery 5wk out of work, is a lodger with Patrick Murphy; 1910 US Census Cambridge, MA – Margaret is found without Arthur in Haynes Park, Margarett J Cole 45 Head Married 23yrs 3ch/2liv 1885? Can Can Can Dressmaker, Leona W. 17 Dau Sng MA Can Can Seemstress, Howard R 16 Son MA Can Can Apprentice, Samuel B. Perkins 56 Lodger, also several other lodgers as well.
[ix] Cambridge Cemetery Record – Sep 5 1938 Cambridge, Ma a86 buried in Cambridge Cemetery with Annie. He had a Hypertrophy Protate Gland Range 61 Plot 23 with Annie
[x] Annie “Mabel” Cole – Mabel’s Birth Record- NEHGS Cambridge, Ma Feb 9 1874 Annie Mabel Cole dau of Arthur & Annie, fa 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. Baker 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 [Also see later Baker post to follow until then email NHGenealogist.com]
[xi] 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
[xii] 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. Her birth recorded in Cambridge, MA state Mary Valencia b. Aug 10, 1878 dau of Jacob Valencia & Catherine, fa Cigar maker, both parents born in London or Loudon [?]
[xiii] Clarence Leon Cole NEHGS born Oct 20, 1890 in Cambridge, MA, son of Arthur & Margaret J. fa driver b. ME mo b. NB; Clarence Leon Cole NEHGS died April 11, 1891 in Cambridge, MA 5m 21d of convulsions, son of Arthur E. & Jennie Eastwood, both b. NB
[xiv] Leona Cole NEHGS born Oct 14 1892 in Cambridge, MA, daughter of Arthur Cole & Jennie Eastwood, fa Expressman, b. ME mo b. NB
[xv] Harold Theodore Glapin NEHGS b. Aug 19 1914 in Boston, MA, fa Harold A. mo Leona Cole
[xvi] Unnamed Daughter NEHGS born & died July 5 1915 in Boston, MA fa Harold A. mo Leona Cole
[xvii] Howard Russell Cole NEHGS born Oct 14, 1893 in Cambridge, MA, son of Arthur E. Cole & Jennie Eastwood, fa Teamster b. ME mo b. NB
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy