Notes for Joseph COLE: There is some confusion regarding Joseph and Freeloves early movements within MA and RI. Redmond Cole states on p. 20 of his Mayflower Brief that in the year 1751 Cole sold his lands at Swansea.. . and removed to Providence, Rhode Island and some time later located at Scituate, Rhode Island where he was admitted as a Freeman on May 1, 1758. This statement repeats what E.B. Cole said on p. 59: On Jan. 22, 1751, Joseph Cole sold his land in Swansea to Martin Luther for 850 pounds, and removed to Providence, R.I. From Providence he removed to Scituate, where he was admitted as freeman May 1, 1758. A.H. Mason, Mason Genealogy, p. 94, states that they moved to Providence in 1749 and to Scituate in about 1762. However, Josephs land transactions in Swansea, Bristol Co., MA, and Scituate, Providence Co., RI, suggest that the dates given by these authors-and a few of the transaction details-are incorrect. The following land records are excerpted from Redmond Cole, Mayflower Brief, p. 74, Appendix B, a list of relevant Bristol Co. deeds; and p. 75, Appendix C, a list of deeds in Scituate, RI, in which Joseph Cole appears. Both lists, including volume and page references, were abstracted and certified by Francis Richmond Sears of Swansey Mass.
(49/343-Bristol Co.) 19 May 1738: Hugh Cole (wife Martha) of Swansey-Josephs father-sells 10 acres with a shop or workhouse to Joseph Cole. This transaction took place a couple of weeks after Josephs marriage to Freelove, so they were probably setting up house. (49/345-Bristol Co.) 10 Oct 1749 Joseph (wife Freelove) sells two parcels of land with a house and shop in Swansea to Martin Luther for Ð850. A note from the abstracter says this is the same land as described in 49/343 and that Joseph removed within a few days. (IV/347-Providence Co.) 15 Dec 1749 Simon Davis sells 65 acres to Joseph Cole of Scituate, RI. (IV/329-Providence Co.) 16 July 1752 Joseph Cole of Scituate, RI (wife Freelove) sells the 65 acres whereon the said Joseph Cole now dwells to Caleb Eddy.
It is not clear where Joseph lived between the sale of the above parcel in 1752 and the purchase of the next parcel in 1756:
(V/i 19-Providence Co.) 6 Jan 1756 Ezekiel Hopkins Jr. sells 37.5 acres in Scituate to Joseph Cole. (V/22 1-Providence Co.) 11 March 1761 Joseph Cole of Scituate, RI, sells to Consider Luther the 37.5 acres he bought in 1756, the farm whereon I the grantor now dwell.
The next deed in which Joseph appears in either county is:
(51/209-Bristol Co.) 28 Sept 1765 Joseph Cole of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co., NY and Freelove, his wife, sell 4 acres in Swansea, MA, to Peleg Cole. A note by the abstracter says this was the land set off to Joseph Cole on September 21, 1765 in the division of that part of his fathers estate that was set off to his mother, Martha Cole, as her thirds.
Thus, it appears that Joseph moved from Swansea to Scituate, RI, in late 1749. The last time he disposed of land on which he lived in Scituate was 1761. By 1765 he lived in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co., NY.
Proof Copy: Barbara Frisby Pamela Thompson Descendants of James Cole of Plymouth 1017 Marilyn Drive Copyright 6 August 2000 Mountain View, CA 94040
One of Redmond Coles major objectives in doing his research was to prove that the Joseph Cole who lived in Washington Co., VA, was the same Joseph who was b. in Swansea, MA, later living in RI and NY before moving to VA. To this end, he cites the Bristol Co., MA, deed 5 1/209, in which Joseph Cole of Perkipsey [Poughkeepsie] in Dutchess County, in Ye Government of New York, Taner [tanner?] and freelove, his wife, conveyed 4 acres to Josephs brother Peleg in Swansea. Joseph acknowledged this same deed in 1768 in Ulster Co., NY. [Redmond Cole, Mayflower Brief, p. 22] Thus he was living in Dutchess Co. in 1765 and Ulster Co. in 1768. Four deeds dated from 25 July 1774 to 11 Aug 1774 appear in Scituate deed books in which Joseph Cole, continuing to have real estate interests in Scituate, is identified as being of New Paltz precinct, Ulster Co., NY. [Redmond Cole, Mayflower Brief, p. 75: Appendix C-see above] A story regarding the migration of the Cole family to Virginia was carried down through the generations and told to William Jones, who wrote it in his manuscript:
When Joseph Cole, Zachariah Cole & Sampson Cole with their wives were getting aboard the boat at New York to sail for Va, (Norfolk I suppose) together with several others, one of the party, Dorcas Cole was very much alarmed by the sight of so much water, and cried out we will all be drowned, we will all be drowned, (she was a Baptist) and her brother Eleazer Cole (who was a Methodist Minister), remarked to her stick to your faith; if you are born to be drowned you will be & if not you will not. That was Baptist doctrine. [Jones MS, p. 5]
Dorcas and Eleazer Cole were grandchildren of Israel Cole. Their parents are unidentified, but their father would have been a brother of the three sisters who married Joseph, Sampson, and Zachariah. This story reinforces the connection between the two Cole families and also gives a glimpse into the lives of these people. Checking the early records of Fincastle, Washington, and Montgomery counties in VA, Redmond Cole found that the first records naming Joseph Cole in VA were land surveys. On 8 March 1774, 278 acres were recorded as surveyed on the south fork of the Holston River for Joseph Cole. Two days later, 10 March 1774, an unspecified acreage was recorded in the same area for Joseph Cole Jr. [Redmond Cole, Mayflower Brief, p. 86: Appendix K] According to Scituate, RI, deed records, Joseph Sr. was still living in NY at this time. This area near the south fork of the 1-Lolston River was known as Sinclairs or St. Clair Bottom, named after an English settler, Charles Sinclair, who was granted the first patent issued to anyone in that region by the Governor of Virginia. Until 1776, the entire area of VA west of the Blue Ridge mountains extending to KY was known as Fincastle Co. In 1776 the General Assembly of VA dismembered the county, transferring the records to Christiansburg, the county seat of Montgomery Co. Three new counties were formed: Washington, Montgomery, and Kentucky. [Redmond Cole, Mayflower Brief, pp. 24-26] Charles Sinclair d. circa 1776, and although no will has been found, title to his land apparently passed to his sons, who by separate instruments conveyed a large portion of this land to Joseph Cole in the year or years 17 85-6. [Redmond Cole, Mayflower Brief, p. 26] Redmond Cole states:
It would prolong this story to list the many instruments of record affecting lands in that region in which the Coles were either grantees or grantors. In order, however, that the statements just made may not [be] challenged, we have attached as Appendix M [actually K] a list of the land grants and other deeds in which the Coles were parties between the years 1774 and 1825. [Redmond Cole, Mayflower Brief, p. 27]
Joseph Cole established a Grist Mill, called Loves Mill, which is still in operation in 1962. [Belden Ray Cole, p. 31]
Redmond Cole points out a further link between the Swansea, Ulster Co., and Virginia families-religion. The records of Swansea, Massachusetts clearly disclose the family to which Joseph Cole belonged was of the Baptist Faith.... When the Coles reached Virginia there was early established a Baptist congregation of which these Coles were the principal communicants [Redmond Cole, Mayflower Brief, p. 27]. On 22 June 1792 Joseph Cole, Jr., son of Joseph Cole, donated by deed to the trustees of a Baptist congregation the land on which a church house was built and a cemetery established [Redmond Cole, Mayflower Brief, p. 27, from Washington Co. Deeds, p. 260]. This church, now known as St. Clair Bottom Baptist Church, still stands on the banks of the Holston River in Smyth Co. Although Joseph5 Coles gravestone has not been located, he may have been buried in this cemetery, as were his son Joseph and many others of his family. [Redmond Cole, Mayflower Brief, p. 28. For an interesting and detailed history of the church, see Smith, pp. 76-78.] Joseph Coles will, dated 22 April 1785 and probated in 1786 [Washington Co. Will Book I, page 103], gives
to my surviving wife Freelove all my Estate Indoors and out Both Land & Tenements with all the Improvements and All my Moveables during her Life and to Joseph Cole son to my son hugh Cole deceased five pounds when he is of age and when my Loveing wife is deade Then as followeth I give & bequeath to my son Samson five pounds to my daughter Elizabeth Three pounds and to your Ana [probably Urania] five pounds and to my daughter Ledy [or Lidy] ten pounds this being my Last will and Testament I make my son Joseph Cole and Zacheus Cole my soul Executors and what Ever Remains when Debts funeral costs and legacies all paid then the Two Executors to Devide the Remainder Equally between them.
In the will of Joseph Mason, father of Freelove (Mason) Cole, dated 6 Apr 1761 in Warren, Bristol Co., MA, and probated 4 May 1764, Joseph gave
to my Daughter freelove Cole one Cow & Calf. ... to my grandaughter Elizabeth Cole one bed and furniture and Low Case of Drawers Provided she acquit my executors of the Legacy which was given her by her great grandfather..., to my grandaughter urany Cole one bed and furniture belonging to it and one Chest.... to my four grandsons namely Hugh Cole, Sampson Cole, Joseph Cole and Zacheus Cole five pounds Lawfull money to each of them. [Mason, Mason Genealogy, pp. 46-48, from Warren, RI, Probate Records, Vol. I, p. 216]
E.B. Cole, p. 59, states that on Feb. 1, 1762, a guardian was appointed for his [Josephs] minor children to receive a legacy from their grandfather, Joseph Mason. Redmond Cole says that Joseph Cole was made guardian for certain of his minor children to receive a legacy from their grandfather, Joseph Mason [Redmond Cole, Mayflower Brief, p. 20-see Joseph Masons will below]. Elizabeth Coles legacy from her great-grandfather refers to the will of Joseph Mason, grandfather of Freelove (Mason) Cole, written 26 March 1748 before his death on 19 May 1748. In this will he says: ten pounds taken out that I give to my grandaughter Elizabeth Cole in money or goods according to the old tenour. [Mason, Mason Genealogy, p. 24, from Warren, RI, Probate Records, Vol. I, p. 33] It is not known why Joseph Mason singled out Elizabeth in his will, but he also bequeathed ten pounds to another granddaughter-Elizabeth was really his great granddaughter.
Individual: In her book, Patricia Ruth Griffin Smith writes: "On 22 Jan 1751, Joseph sold his Swansea land to Martin Luther... & moved to Providence, RI. He moved to Scituate where he was admitted a freeman May 1758. In Feb 1762 a guardian was appointed for his minor childen to receive a legacy from their grandfather, Joseph Mason. It was probably by way of Poughkeepsie, NY that the family soon migrated to Virginia. In Poughkeepsie 28 Sept 1765, there was a deed signed by Joseph Cole and Freelove, his wife. All of their children accompanied them to VA. By about 1771-4, Joseph settled on the South Fork of the Holston River in Virginia. His home was near Sinclair Bottom Baptist Church. It was his son, Capt. Joseph Cole, who gave the land for the church & cemetery. His grave is under a large pine in the rear of the church. The name was later changed to St. Clairs Bottom. Joseph's will was signed 22 April 1785."
Joseph Cole, Sr., was born May 3, 1716 in Swansea, MA. On May 1, 1738 he married Freelove Mason, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Barney Mason. Freelove was born November 14, 1720 in Swansea, Bristol, MA and died 1792 in Washington Co., VA. Joseph died April 22, 1785 in Washington Co., VA. It is believed that Joseph and Freelove are buried in Sinclair's Bottom Cemetery in the back under a pine tree. Between 1771 and 1774 Joseph moved to Washington County, VA and settled on the South Fork of the Holston River. Joseph and Freelove had seven children, Elizabeth, Joanna, Hugh Sr., Joseph Jr., Urania, Zacheus and Sampson. buried in St. Clairs Bottom cemetery in the back under a pine tree
children 1)Lydia Cole: Born about 1752 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts. She died somewhere in Virginia. 2)Joseph Cole: Born 1745 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts. Married Remember Cole (1752 Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts - about 1776 in Washington County, Virginia) Remember was Keziah Cole's sister. Joseph died May 27, 1816. 3)Susanna Cole: Born 1750 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts. I do not know when or where Susanna died. 4)Zacheus Cole: Born 1752 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts. Married Mary Cole (1748 Lovesmill, Lunenburg, Virginia - March 11, 1775 Smyth County, Virginia) on March 11, 1775 at Smyth, Virginia. Mary was another sister of Keziah Cole. Zacheus died October 1813 at Warren, Kentucky and was buried October 1813 at the Fanny Roan Cemetery, Butler, Kentucky. Children: E. Cole (about 1778 - ????), (Son) Cole (about 1780 - ????), Ebenezer Cole (1778 - ????), ? Cole (???? - before 1780), Mary Cole (1776 - ????). 5)Urania Cole: Born February 27, 1746 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts. Married James Rounds (???? - ????) in 1762. Urania died June 5, 1828 in Clarendon, Vermont. 6)Hannah Cole: Born March 14, 1733 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts. I do not know when or where Hannah died. 7)Hugh Cole, Sr.: Born March 14, 1744 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts. Married Sarah Bishop (September 2, 1748 Stamford, Fairfield, Canada - ????) in 1772 New York. Hugh died March 24, 1814 in Washington County, Virginia. Children: Urania Cole (about 1774 New York - October 31, 1854 Delaware, Ohio), Hugh Cole, Jr. (1778 - 1857), Joseph Cole (December 11, 1775 New York - March 1, 1849 Delaware, Ohio) 8)Joanna Cole: Born May 6, 1742 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts. Died November 17, 1757 in Massachusetts or Rhode Island. 9)Elizabeth Cole: Born July 16, 1739 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts. Married Nemiah (Nehemiah) Hopkins (March 6, 1739 Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island - about 1835 Lee County, Virginia) on March 11, 1762 at Warren, Bristol, Rhode Island. Elizabeth died after 1785 in Washington County, Virginia. Children: Stephen Hokpins (about 1770 Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island - March 14, 1835 in Tennessee), Jabez Hokpins (about 1772 Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island - ???? in Tennessee), Elizabeth Hokpins (1775 Deer Creek, Harford, Maryland - September 9, 1845 Delaware County, Ohio.
More About Joseph COLE: Record Change: April 29, 2004
More About Joseph COLE and Freelove MASON: Marriage: May 1, 1738, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
Children of Joseph COLE and Freelove MASON are:
+Sampson COLE, b. March 17, 1749/50, Bristol County, Massachusetts, d. June 25, 1833, Smyth County, Virginia.