Where was your ggg-gf a minister? We have been told down the family grapevine that my gg-gf, Robert Allen Cole's father was a minister. One of his children, my g-gf Jame Brady Cole was born in Troy, Pike Co., Ala Dec 1881.
I know from doing these 11 yrs of research the Cole's are an elusive bunch.
By the way, I truly think that a "common thread" is the fact that all of my uncles went by their initials and not their given names, e.g. Lloyd David was called "L.D.", his twin brothers Henry Bascom - "H.B." and James Brady - "J.B."
Any connections there?