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Frederick Cole son of Solomon Cole and Laura Rathbun

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Frederick Cole son of Solomon Cole and Laura Rathbun

Posted: 13 Jul 2014 5:53AM GMT
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I need help finding documentation in proving my ancestor Frederick Cole to his father. This is my tree

Solomon Cole, my 4th great grandfather was born on 5 Jan 1803 in Hornellsville, Steuben, New York and he married Laura Ratbun (born, 28 Jan 1805, Oswego, Oswego County, New York – died, 4 Jun 1864, Ottawa County, Michigan), she was the daughter of George Washington Rathbun and Eunice Rathbun. They were married at UNKNOWN DATE, UNKNOWN PLACE. Solomon Cole was the son of David D Cole (born, 1765, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts – died, 2 Mar 1831, Howard, Steuben, New York) and Mary Franklin (born, 1765, UNKNOWN PLACE, Massachusetts – Died, 25 Feb 1849, Howard, Steuben, New York). He is first noted in the census record living in the Madison Township, Lenawee County, Michigan in 1840 (one male under 5, three males 5-9, one male 10-14, one male 30-39; one female under 5, one female 10-14, one female 30-39, with 4 employed in agriculture)
Their children were;
Elizabeth Cole, born about 1820 in Steuben County, New York and who married Thomas Brunson (born, abt 1812 in Steuben County, New York, - died after 1898 in UNKNOWN PLACE, Indiana), he was the son of Gilbert Brunson and Phoebe Celi. They were married on an UNKNOWN DATE, UNKNOWN PLACE. Elizabeth and Thomas are mentioned in Frederick Cole’s Civil War Disability application as his sister and brother in law. Elizabeth Cole Brunson died between the time she gave her disposition in 1883 and Thomas remarriage to a Margaret Allen MNU around 1893. She would not have been mentioned in Solomon Cole’s 1840 census!

Bertha Cole, born about 1827 in Steuben County, New York. There is no further information on her. In 1840 she would have been thirteen years old, being the one female 10-14 mentioned in the 1840 census. She is mentioned as Sintha with her mother and brothers in the 1850 Federal Census, living in Polkton, Ottawa, Michigan.

Benjamin Robert Cole, born on 11 Aug 1828 in Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York and who married first Sarah A. Camp (born, abt 1835, UNKNWN PLACE, - died before 1860, in Ottawa County, Michigan), she was the daughter of UNKNOWN PARENTS. They were married on 5 Dec (either 1853 or 1857) in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan. They were married by James Miller, J.P., the witnesses were Alfred Day Rathbone, and Nois L. Avery. They had two children, - John S., who was a herder in Montana Territory, and Zuleika,. His second marriage was to Elizabeth Robins (born, abt, 1841 in Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York – died 19 Oct 1880, Lansing Michigan), she was the daughter of Nathan Robins and UNKNOWN MOATHER. They were married on 22 Oct 1865, in Hornellsville, Steuben County New York. She was a native of that place, and they had one daughter Minnie. Mr. Cole was married for the last time to Jennie Donnelson (born 1 May 1853, Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York – died, UNKNOWN DATE, UNKNOWN PLACE), she is the daughter of UNKNOWN PARENTS. They were married in UNKNOWN DATE 1882, in Hornellsville Steuben County, New York. She was a native of Hornellsville. Mr. and Mrs. Cole are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Reed City. Benjamin died on 17 Nov 1906 in Mecosta County Michigan. He was twelve in his father’s 1840 census, placing him as the one male 10-14.

OSEOLA COUNTY GENEOLICAL SOCIETY: Benjamin R Cole, carpenter and joiner, at Reed City, is one of the oldest settlers of Osceola County, of which he became a resident in 1866, when he located on section 6, Richmond Township. He was born Aug. 11, 1832, in Hornellsville, Steeuben Co., N.Y. His parents, Solomon and Laura (Rathbun) Cole, were natives of the same place, where they were engaged in agriculture. In 1839 the family removed to Lenawee Co., Mich., and the father bought a farm of 80 acres, and made another removal to a farm in Ottawa County, where he died, Nov. 13, 1849. The mother died then, June 4, 1864.
When he was 23 years of age Mr. Cole was well settled in life, and was the owner of a farm of 80 acres in excellent agricultural condition, but lost his hard-earned property through dishonest trickery; and, his wife dying about the same time, he decided to enter the army, and accordingly enlisted, July 30, 1861, at Grand Rapids, enrolling in Battery E. The command was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland. Mr. Cole was in the service until March 18, 1863, when he was discharged as Second Sergeant. Among his engagements were Mill Springs, Pittsburg Landing, Lookout Mountain, and Stone River. At the last named he was injured by a leap from a wounded horse belonging to his battery, three of his ribs being broken and other injuries resulting, which caused his discharge and disablement for a period of two years. In 1866, Mr. Cole secured a homestead claim of 80 acres on section 6, Richmond Township, on which he settled June 19 of the same year. He cleared 70 acres and placed the farm in excellent condition. He was one of the movers in the separation of Osceola from Mecosta County, and also in the organization of the townships of Lincoln, Sherman and Hersey. In 1880, he built his residence at Reed City and took possession, where he has since resided. He belongs to the Masons and the Grand Army of the Republic. He is a Republican of decided standing; has officiated as Justice of the Peace four years, as Highway Commissioner six years, and eight years as School Inspector.
Mr. Cole was married Dec. 5, 1857, in Grand Rapids, to Sarah A. Camp, and they had two children, - John S., now a herder in Montana Territory, and Zuleika, now deceased. His wife died in Ottawa Co., Mich., and he was again married Oct. 22, 1865, in Hornellsville, N.Y., to Elizabeth Robins. She was a native of that place, and died Oct. 19, 1880, at Lansing. Mr. Cole was again married, at Hornellsville, to Jennie Donnelson, a native of Hornellsville, where she was born May 1, 1853. Mr. and Mrs. Cole are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Reed City.

Amos Cole, was born about 1832 in Hornellsville, Steuben County, Michigan. There is no further information on him. In 1840 he would have been eight years old, being one of the three males 5-9 mentioned in the 1840 census. He is mentioned with his mother and brothers in the 1850 Federal Census, living in Polkton, Ottawa, Michigan.

James W. Cole, was born 20 Aug 1833, in Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York, and who married Mary Ophelia Farr (born, 20 June 1846, Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York – died, 27 Jul 1915, North Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan), she was the daughter of Henry Francis Farr and Jane Clark. They were married on 4 Oct 1863 in Cannon, Wayne County, Michigan. He was married by M. A. Patrick J.P., the witnesses were Joseph Keuk and Hannah Keuk. James fought in the Civil War with Company K, 9th Michigan Infantry. He died on 30 May 1901 in Allendale, Ottawa County, Michigan. In 1840 he would have been seven years old, being one of the three males 5-9 mentioned in the 1840 census.

Daniel E. Cole, was born about 1833, in Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York, and who married Sarah Etta Combes (born, 20 Nov 1843 – died, 11 Mar 1907, Reed City, Osceola County, Michigan), she was the daughter of Dennis Combes and Hannah Van Patten. They were married on 28 Sep 1860 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan. They were married at the house of Sebra Rathbun, Esq., at Grand Rapids by Francis Drew, the witnesses were Sebra Rathbun and Edwin Rathbun. Daniel served in the Civil War with Company C, 10th Michigan Cavalry Regiment. Daniel died on UNKNOWN DATE, UNKNOWN PLACE. In 1840 he would have been six or seven, being third of three males 5-9. He is mentioned his mother and brothers in the 1850 Federal Census, living in Polkton, Ottawa, Michigan. He is also only six years old having been born in Michigan.

Frederick Cole, was born 22 May 1835 in Howard, Steuben County, New York, and who married Elsie Jane Parker (born, 16 Nov 1833, South Dumfries, Township, Brant County, Ontario, Canada – died 9 May 1911, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan), she is the daughter of Daniel Parker and Betsy Jane MNU. They were married on 13 Mar 1864 in Amsden, Montcalm County, Michigan. They were married at the house of John Fox by J.P Shoemaker, J.P., the witnesses were Charles Parker and John Fox. Frederick Cole served during the Civil War with the Sappers and Miners, Company K, 59th Illinois Infantry Regiment. Frederick Cole died on 3 Aug 1912 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. In Solomon Cole’s 1840 census Frederick Cole could be the one male under 5 years old.
NOTE: Frederick’s death certificate only states Solomon Cole as his father, no mother is mentioned. Cannot state without a doubt (no documentation) that he is a son of this Solomon.
In the 1850 Federal Census, Frederick is living in Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York with William D. Burdick and family as a carpenter apprentice.

Lavina Cole, was born on 14 Apr 1836 in UNKNOWN PLACE, Ohio, and who married George Morse (born, UNKNON DATE, 1831, UNKNOWN PLACE, New York – died, 24 Aug 1910, Tallmadge, Ottawa County, Michigan), he is the son of Isaac Morse and Elizabeth Dent. They were married on UNKNOWN DATE, 1856, in UNKNOWN PLACE. Lavina died on 4 Nov 1907 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan. In the 1840 Census she is the one female under 5. In the 1850 Federal Census places her as an ten year old living with the “Widow Cole” her mother and brothers, living in Polkton, Ottawa, Michigan.

Mortimer Cole, was born about 1842 in Lenawee County Michigan. There is no further information on him. In the 1850 Federal Census places him as an eight year old living with the “Widow Cole” his mother and brothers, living in Polkton, Ottawa, Michigan.

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