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Maternal Ancestors of Ronald Paul Kanarr

      114. William Temple Cole, born Abt. 1768 in Bladen/Mecklinburg Co, NC; died 1810 in Osage Co, MO. He was the son of 228. Stephen Cole and 229. Nellie Boundes. He married 115. Hannah Allison 1780 in Virginia.

      115. Hannah Allison, born 1762; died 1843 in Cooper Co, Mo. She was the daughter of 230. Holbert McClure Allison and 231. Agnes Nancy.

Notes for William Temple Cole:
1793 Wythe Co, VA Tax Lists, Personal Property
First Section: Covers present day area of Wythe and Smyth Counties.
Second Section: Covers what became Grayson County in 1793.

Allison, Halbert 1 tithe, 1 slave 12-16, 1 slave 16+, 9 horses.
Allison, John 1 tithe
Coal, William T. 1 tithe, 4 horses.
Coal, elliner 0 tithe, 1 horse.

Cole, Stephen 1 tithe, 3 horses.
Cole, James 1 tithe, 4 horses.
Cole, Matthew 1 tithe, 2 horses
Cole, Richard 1 tithe, 2 horses.
Cole, Charles 1 tithe, 1 horse.

MY NOTE: This tax list would seem to indicate that "Elliner Coal" was a widow, since she is listed separately and taxed on a horse. If married, her husband would have been taxed as the owner of the horse. Thus, I believe this indicates that "ellinor" is the mother of William T. Cole, and a widow. William T. is, by this time, married to Hannah Allison, daughter of Halbert Allison.

From "1800 Tax Lists and Abstracts of Deeds, 1796-1800, of Wythe Co., Virginia," Netti Schreiner-Yantis, 1971, Springfield, Va. Page 21 (Deed Book #2), item (275):
"Pg. 441--(1799) William Temple and Hannah Cole of Fleming County, Ky. (By his attorney, Stephen Cole) To Anthony Owens, 100 Acres on Peck Creek for 60 lb."

From "The Kentucky Land Grants, Vol. 1, Part 1, Chapter IV, Grants South of Green River (1797-1866)
Page 290: Grantee: Cole, Eleanor. Acres: 94. Book 26, Page 97, Date of Survey: 7-25-1807. County: Wayne, Watercourse: Dry Fk Sinking Cr.

From "Bicentennial Boonslick History," edited by Lyn McDaniel,Boonslick Historical Society, 1976.
"Hannah Allison and William Temple Cole were married in the late 18th century in Virginia. In 1805, the couple, along with Stephen Cole, who was William's brother, and his wife Phoebe, who was Hannah's sister, emigrated to Wayne County, Kentucky. The two Cole families were among those who established a settlement on Loutre Island in the Missouri river in 1807. This island was situated at the mouth of Loutre Creek, nearly opposite the mouth of the Gasconade River and not far from the site of Hermann, Mo.
In 1810, a band of 10 Sac and Potawatomie Indians stole several horses from the Loutre Island settlers. The Cole brothers were among those who volunteered to pursue the indians. Two nights later, the volunteers stopped to camp for the night and were ambushed by indians while they slept. William Cole and others were killed. Stephen Cole is said to have killed four indians and wounded a fifth and sustained 26 wounds before he escaped and found his way back to Loutre Island.
A month later, Hannah Cole, widowed and nearly 50, and her nine children, Jennie, Mattie, Dykie, Nellie, James, Holbert, Stephen, William, and Samuel, and Stephen Cole, his wife and five children, accompanied by a group of men led by Benjamin Cooper on an overland journey into the wilderness.
When the group arrived at a point opposite Boonville on the north side of the Missouri River, it was decided to establish a settlement there. For some reason, however, the two Cole families ventured further and crossed the Missouri River to the south side."
Note: Loutre is French for "otter."

From "History of Howard and Cooper Counties, Missouri," National Historical Society, St. Louis, 1883.
Page 806, Biographical sketch of Samuel Cole: ".....was born in Wythe Co, Virginia..." "His father was William T. Cole, and his mother was Hannah Ellison." "Samuel was the youngest and first saw the light of day in January 1801."
[From the Montgomery County Leader, New Florence, MO, starts Dec. 23, 1892,
courtesy of Nancy Lee]
Pioneer Montgomery, Early History of Our County As Seen by a "Globe Democrat" Reporter.
The following is taken from last Sunday's Globe-Democrat, which was written from Minneola under the date of Dec. 15.
This little village, nestling in a pretty basin among the Loutre Creek hills, in the western part of Montgomery county, is historic ground. The mineral spring, famed for its medical virtue, is the old "Loutre Lick" of pioneer notoriety. Here Daniel Boone resorted for the use of the healing waters, which he declared cured him of ailments. It was a favorite locality with Thomas H. Benton and in Congress, as early as in 1824, it was adverted to sarcastically by Henry Clay as "The Bethesda mentioned by the honorable Senator from Missouri." The site of the village and a considerable tract adjoining 160 was originally granted by the Spanish authorities in 1799 to Col. Nathan Boone, son of Daniel Boone. In 1815 Col. Boone sold the land to Maj. Isaac Van Bibber whose father was killed at the battle of Point Pleasant, Va., in 1774, and who was raised to manhood in the family of Daniel Boone. In 1821, Maj. Van Bibber made repeated attempts to manufacture salt from the slightly saline water.
Montgomery is one of the oldest settled counties in Missouri. The early French explorers were here certainly as early as 1722. They named the beautiful stream which flows through the western part of the county, the Loutre (Otter in English) which name it still bears. The island at its mouth, opposite to the town of Hermann, formed by the union of the Loutre and the Missouri, is yet called Loutre Island. In 1800 there were at least 12 white families living on this island. In 1812 a fort was built here for the protection of the settlers, then reasonably numerous on the Island and in the vicinity. By the order of Gov. Clark, this fort, which was a good strong block house, and stood about midway of the island, was called Fort Clemson, for its builder, Capt. James Clemson, of the United States Dragoons. This was the same Capt. Clemson I may remark, who was subsequently the second of the unfortunate young Charles Lucas in his duel with Col. Benton.
In the southwestern part of this county, along and a few miles back of the Missouri, are still living men and women who were born here as early as from 1807 to 1815. These old people yet retain a lively recollection of the early days and are always ready to talk of them. From them and from other reliable authorities I have obtained much reliable information regarding the early occupation of the country, which is of peculiar interest at this day.
December 30, 1892, issue
Between the years 1806-8, a dozen settlers in the St. Charles district had been killed by the Indians. In the fall of 1806 a party of settlers from Femme Osage settlement -- in what is now Warren County, led by Wm. T. Cole, of Loutre Island, went to the Loutre Prairie to hunt elk, then numerous in the country. Somewhere near the present site of High Hill they met some hostile Indians, who drove them back to the settlements. Nobody was killed on this occasion, but the incident warned the whites what they might expect if they should be over venturesome and incautious.
In the summer of the next year (1807) occurred a memorable and ill-fated expedition. A band of Sacs and Pottawatomies, came down, stole seven horses belonging to the settlers on Loutre Island, and started northward with them. Five islanders set out in pursuit. These were Wm. T. and Stephen Cole, James Patton, John Gooch and James Murdock, all experienced frontiersmen, hardy and brave. On the evening of the second day out the party came in sight of the Indians on the Salt River prairie, in what is now the southern part of Ralls County. Moving forward a mile or so, and darkness coming on they went into camp on the bank of Spencer Creek, intending to open friendly negotiations with the Indians the following morning.
In this design, however, they were anticipated by the savages, who, well armed with rifles and other weapons, attacked them furiously in the night. Wm. T. Cole (commonly called Temple Cole), Patton and Gooch were killed in their blankets at the first fire. Murdock slipped under the bank of the creek near by, leaving Stephen Cole alone to contend the enemy. Two Indians closed upon him. One of them stabbed him in the back from behind, the other encountered him in front. Cole, a very powerful man and a good fighter wrested the knife from the hand of the Indian in his front and plunged it into his assailant and was about to finish him, when all of the other Indians threw themselves upon him, and having to contend against too great odds, he cut his way through them and saved himself by flight, favored, of course, by the darkness. And after an arduous journey of three days and nights on foot, for he had been compelled to leave his horse in the hands of the Indians -- he succeeded in reaching the island and Fort Clemson. Murdock did not return to the island for several days.
Organizing another party, Cole returned to the scene of the fight and buried his dead comrades, all of whom had been scalped and otherwise mutilated. The body of the Indians he had killed was also found. Some years afterward the skulls of the murdered men were found and thereafter the locality was known as "Skull Lick." There is no name better known in the history of the Boone's Lick country than that of Capt. Stephen Cole. It was he who, in 1812, built Cole's Fort, the first county seat of Howard County, and it was for him Cole County was named. He was killed by the Indians on the plains in 1824 while engaged in the Santa Fe trade. (continued next week)
Draper Manuscript, Volume 22S,
Bottom of page 142
"Cole's fight--Indians stole horses from the neighborhood of Loutre Island, about 1810--Temple Cole, Stephen Cole, Abram Patton, ??? Gooch, ????? Murdock, and perhaps others pursued. (Don't know whether Murdock was Col John Murdock of Ill.)--he went to, or belonged in Ills--thinks they recovered their horses--and were returning, camped carelessly up Loutre, and their camplight in the night guided the Indians in their attack. The whites made some return firing, but Temple Cole, Gooch and Patton were killed--and Stephen Cole and perhaps Murdock, wounded."
From St. Charles County, Missouri court records (Then the Louisiana Territory)
"St. Charles County, Missouri Early Court Records, 1808 to 1815," Compiled by Carolyn M. Bartels, no date, no publisher, Genealogical Center Library, Marietta, Georgia. "We have combined the court records from the Court of Quarter Sessions, Court of Common Pleas, and Circuit Court..."

27 JUN 1810
"The jurors were chosen for the October term.... Nathan Boone, William Cole, Stephen Cole, Alexander Allison, ......."
Members of Grand Jury, June 1810, Eddlemon, St. Charles County
Will. T. Cole
Stephen Cole
Tuesday, 26 February 1811, "United States vs Robert Pruitt, et al, the following jury was called, Stephen Cole, ............."
Wednesday morning, 27 February 1811. "John McKinney, Stephen Cole are appointed as assesors to the Upper Division for the coming year."
01 July 1813. "McNair and Wherry vs William Shannon..... Jury Stephen Cole,........"
30 October 1813. "Stephen Cole, the administrator of William Temple Cole has given further security."
The following is handwritten
(District of Saint Charles Henry Hight Judge of probate Territory of Louisiana of the district aforesaid\\
To Hannah Cole relict & widow of William Temple Cole - deceased James Cole, Holbert Cole, Stephen Cole, Samuel Cole, Jane Cole, Martha Cole, William T Cole, Ann D Cole, Eleoner Cole and Phebe Cole -- heirs and representatives of William Temple Cole -- deceased.
You are hereby Summoned and required to Show cause if any you can why the sale of Lucy & Isaac--slave belonging to the estate of the aforesaid William Temple Cole -- should not be directed and the amount of the sale distributed among you according to your respective rights on or before the first day of September next---
Given under my hand with the seal of office anexed the 24th day of July - in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven.
H. Hight
"Missoury the 29th Jan'y 1814
To the honaurable Cort of Common Pleas St Cha's
We Stephen Cole and Samuel Cole infants over the age of 14 years children & heirs of Wm Temple Cole Deced request the honourable cort to a point our uncle Stephen Cole our guardian he being our choice
atest Respectfully yours his obt ser???
Briton X Williams his mark Stephen + Cole his mark Samuel X Cole his mar

Missouri 25th Jan'y 1814
I request the Hon'ble Court that they appoint me Guardian to my infant children under the age of 14 years, which are as follows. Jane Cole 12 years old Martha Cole 10 do Ann Dykes Cole 8 do Elenor Cole 4 do William Temple Cole 6 do. I offer Stephen Cole Esq my Security whom I hereby authorise to Execute the Bond to be given for the payment of their several shares of their deceased fathers W'm T. Cole, estate. My indisposition & the Distance render it an impossibility to attend court.
atest Britton X williams with respect your Hon'rd obt ser't
Hannah X Cole Widow of W'm T. Cole Dec'd

18 February 1814
"Stephen Cole the administrator in the estate of William Temple Cole presented his accounts."
03 April 1815 (first Monday) "Stephen Cole vs James B. Calloway.......damages."

"History of Cooper County Missouri," Johnson, W.F., History of Cooper County Missouri., Historical Publishing Company. (1919) Pages 57-59.

"Stephen Cole and William Temple Cole Fight With Indians - Stephen Cole and William Temple Cole were born in New River, Wythe County, Virginia. There they married sisters named Allison, and emigrated to the southern part of the Cumberland, Wayne County, Kentucky. In 1807, they came to Upper Louisiana, and settled on or near Loutre Island, about the same time that the Coopers settled on that island.
In 1810, a roving band of about eighteen Pottowattomies, led by a war chief named Nessotingineg, stole a number of horses from the settlers of Loutre Island on the Missouri. A volunteer company consisting of Stephen Cole, William Temple Cole, Sarshall Brown, Nicholas Gooch, Abraham Potts, and James Mordock, was formed with Stephen Cole, then captain of the militia of Loutre Island, as leader. The company proposed to follow the Indians and recapture the stolen property.
The volunteer company followed the Indians up the Loutre Creek, about 20 miles, and came to a place where the Indians had peeled bark, evidently to make halters, there the white men stopped for the night. The next morning they followed the Indian trail about thirty miles across Grand Prairie, just as they emerged from a small patch of timber, suddenly discovered the Indians with the horses.
William Temple Cole and Sarshall Brown, on the fastest horses, started in pursuit, the others following them. So hard did they press their pursuit upon the Indians, who did not know the number of whites chasing them, and who were apprehensive that they might be captured in their wild flight, that they threw their packs into a plum thicket near a pool of water, and they scattered in the woods. These packs, consisting of buffalo robes, deer skins and partly tanned leather, they had stolen from Sarshall Brown.
Night overtaking the party, they went into camp on the Waters of Salt River at a place known as Bonelick, 65 miles from the Loutre settlement, and about a mile or two northwest of the present city of Mexico, in Audrain County. Here contrary to the advice of their leader Stephen Cole, they without posting any sentinels, tied their horses in the thicket. After broiling same meat for supper, they went to sleep, with the exception of Stephen Cole, who with the sagacity of the experienced frontiersman was apprehensive of an attack. They had not been asleep long, when Cole thought he heard the cracking of a bush. He told his brother to get up, for he believed the Indians were near. However everything remained still, and solemn quietude prevailed. Stephen Cole pulled his saddle against his back and shoulders, and sought again his repose after the hard day's chase, but still impressed with impending danger. The Indians, who had crawled up so near that, by the light of the little camp fire, they could see the faces of their unsuspecting victims, waited but a short time till all was quiet then they opened a volley upon the party, instantly killing Gooch and Brown, wounding William Temple Cole and another one of the men. A hand-to-hand struggle between the Indians and Stephen Cole then took place in which Cole killed four Indians and wounded a fifth; the remaining members of the Indian band disappeared.
Stephen Cole then went into a nearby pool and squatted in the water to wash the blood from the many wounds which he had received. After a little while the Indians returned, found Temple Cole and killed him. Patton, who had managed to get off some distance, also was found dead near a little sapling. Stephen Cole, after stanching the flow of blood from his wounds left the scene of the bloody encounter. The next morning, after he had gone about two or three miles, he sat down on a small gopher hill to rest, when he discovered two mounted Indians same distance away. They eyed him for a few minutes, then wheeled their horses and disappeared. He reached the settlement on the third day nearly famished, having had not a morsel to eat during all this time. James Moredock escaped unhurt, and it is said that if he had acted with one-half the bravery of Stephen Cole, the Indians would have been defeated.
Samuel Cole, a son of William Temple Cole, says that the Indians did not scalp the whites in this encounter. Peace was supposed to prevail between the Indians and settlers. This skirmish proved to be the beginning of the Indian troubles on the Missouri River.
It is possible that this band of Pottowattomies had been on the war path against the Osages, and since the war trail from the Pottowattomies' led to the mouth of the Gasconade, near which Loutre Island is situated in the Missouri River, the temptation to steal some of the horses of the settlers had been too great for the Indians to forego. At any rate, so far as we know they did no personal injury to the settlers, except yielding to their penchant for stealing. If they had been bent upon more serious mischief, they undoubtedly could and would have perpetrated it.
James Cole, a son of Stephen Cole, says that in this fight Stephen Cole received 26 wounds, and that on his way home he chewed some elm bark and placed it on his wounds. Stephen Cole was killed by the Indians on the banks of the Rio Grande near El Paso in 1824. Cole was a strong, virile, robust, uneducated, but sagacious frontiersman."

More About William Temple Cole:
Burial: 1810, Osage Co, MO

  Notes for Hannah Allison:
See notes on William Temple Cole, husband of Hannah Allison.

"A History of Cooper County, Missouri, Henry C. Levens and Nathaniel M. Drake, St. Louis, Perrin & Smith, Steam Book & Job Printers, 1876."

Chapter I, Page 16
'On the 20th of February, 1810, Col. Benjamin Cooper, with several others returned to what is now Howard county. They came up on the north side of the Missouri river from Loutre Island, and all of them, except Hannah Cole and Stephen Cole, settled in Howard county, north of the Missouri river. Hannah Cole and Stephen Cole settled in what is now Cooper county; Stephen Cole about one and one-half miles east of Boonville, in what is now called the old 'Fort Field,' now owned by J. L. Stephens; and Hannah Cole in what is now East Boonville, on the big bluff overlooking the river at a point of rocks where a lime kiln now stands. ........
When the families of Hannah and Stephen Cole settled in what is now Cooper county, there was no white American living in Missouri west of Franklin county and south of the Missouri river. Those who came with them and settled north of the Missouri river, were their nearest neighbors, but they were most of them two or three miles distance from this side of the river.
The families of the first settlers south of the Missouri river, were composed of the following members: Hannah Cole and her children Jennie, Mattie, Dickie, Nellie, James, Holburt, Stephen, William and Samuel. Stephen Cole and Phoebe, his wife, and their children James, Rhoda, Mark, Nellie and Polly, making seventeen in all, members of the two families who made the first settlement in what is now Cooper county, but what was then untrodden wilderness."

Chapter III, Page 33, 34
"The next day after the killing of McMahan, all the settlers living near the present site of Boonville, rushed into the house of Hannah Cole, which stood on the bluff, in what is now 'East Boonville,' as this place was the most suitable of any near, to defend against an attack of the Indians. All of these men came with their teams, cut down trees, dragged logs to build a fort at that place. They completed the building of the fort in about one week, although all of the men could not work at one time, as it was necessary to station a guard on every side to watch for the approach of the enemy, whom they expected every hour.
The fort was built on the edge of the bluff, and as the bluff was very steep at that point, it was well defended on that side from the Indians. Another reason for building it at that place was because the inmates of the fort could obtain a constant supply of good water from the river. They had a long log running out over the edge of the bluff, and a windlass and rope attached to it, so that it was an easy matter to draw up water, even during an attack of the Indians.
As soon as the fort at Hannah Cole's was completed, the old fort at Stephen Cole's, situated on the bluff near the river, one mile below the new fort, was abandoned, and all the families gathered into the new fort, so as to be a protection to each other."

Chapter III, Page 36
" the year 1815, Luke Williams, who afterward preached at Concord church, held service at Hannah Cole's fort. Soon after this, a minister named James Savage preached at the fort."

From"Boonslick Bicentennial History," Edited by Lyn McDaniel, Boonslick Historical Society, 1976, Pages 12 and 13:
"......many early settlers in Boonslick country may have seen 'a sacred or heavenly person' and 'a tiller of the soil' in the personage of Hannah Cole, believed to be the first white woman to venture south of the Missouri River. Many historians have portrayed Hannah Cole and her family as courageous leaders in the pioneer days of this area."
"By December 1814, the settlers on the south side of the river had become so concerned for their own safety in the wake of killings by indians that they gathered at the home of Hannah Cole to build a fort larger than the first Cole fort." (See notes under Stephen Cole) "The fort did serve many other useful purposes. Peter Woods, a Baptist minister and indian fighter, conducted the first worship service on that side of the river in Hannah Cole's cabin in 1811, and the fort continued to be a central place for worship services by circuit ministers." "The first county seat of Howard County.......was at Hannah Cole's fort from 1816 to 1817. The first circuit county and probate court sessions were held there July 8, 1816."
"In the same year (1816) Hannah Cole became one of Missouri's first businesswomen as she was granted the first license to operate a ferry at Boonville."
"In 1817, Hannah Cole's cabin served as the first schoolhouse in the area and was among the polling places used in the general election of 1819. The fort also served as a post office, hospital, community center, gathering place for hunters and a place to cast bullets for flintlocks at one time or another."
"...Hannah Cole had tried to obtain the right to purchase land in the area as early as 1810, but could not do so since at that time the United States had not yet acquired the land from the indians. On January 23, 1819, Hannah Cole entered claims on tracts of land of 110 acres and 130 acres encompassing the northern part of the city of Boonville. She paid $120 down and was to pay $120 per year for the next three years. For some unexplained reason, however, she sold the land just two days later to Byrd Lockhart and Henry Carroll for a trifle sum. It has been said that she did not realize that she had deeded all her land rights away. This is one of the first deeds recorded in Cooper County."
" In 1825, Hannah Cole moved to a cabin 13 miles south of Boonville and lived there with her slave Lucy until her death in 1843 at age 89. The Boonville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, known as the Hannah Cole chapter, completed the restoration of the Briscoe Cemetary along highway 5 in which Hannah Cole is buried, in 1932."
The marker for Hannah Cole's grave, erected by the Pilot Grove DAR Chapter, pays tribute to 'the first white woman settler of Cooper County whose unfailing courage in facing the dangers of a wilderness and a cruel indian war entitle her to be called a pioneer mother of early Missouri civilization."

LETTER from "Major Dillard" (Margary Cole Dillard), sister of William Temple Cole, to her daughter, Ann (Dillard) Flemming, written July 1842, photocopy in posession of R.P. Kanarr, obtained from Debbie Dillard, original in the posession of Susan Blair, Plano, Texas. (Major Dillard was writing from Booneville, Missouri to her daughter in Texas>)\\

"........There has been no deaths in the family since you last heard from us with the exception of your Aunt HANNAH COLE and cousin Ellen Ashcraft. Your aunt was perfectly resigned to die and seemed to be happy. She told her friends not to grieve after her, that she was going to a better and happier world in the presence of her God where we shall all meet in the day of judgement. ......."

"Would Revere Hannah Cole
"Pilot Grove D. A. R. Plan Hayside Shrine At Her Grave" January 29, 1932
"State Department May Give Aid"

"Plans to form 'A Wayside Park' of a plot of Ground at Briscoe Cemetery, the burial place of Missouri's pioneer mother, Hannah Cole, are being considered by the numbers of the Pilot Grove Chapter of the D. A. R. . The cemetery is located on Highway #5, south of Boonville about 15 miles.
A strip of land about 90 x 200 feet which lies between the cemetery and the highway, has been obtained by the Pilot Grove D. A. R. . According to Mrs. Marshall Rust, State Historian of the Missouri D. A. R. . they plan to build a driveway through this strip to the cemetery.
The aid of the State Highway Department and the State Park Department have been asked, and T. H. Cutler, chief engineer of the Highway Dept. has indicated that Missouri will probably be interested in helping to make this cemetery a shrine to the first white woman settler in Cooper County, Mo.
At the present time, Hannah Cole's Grave is unmarked. Last fall, a group of interested citizens gathered at the cemetery, cleared it of brush, and fenced it. The next stop is to provide a suitable marker for the grave. The marker will probably be hewn from a large nature stone.
The cemetery itself contains about an acre of ground and the D. A. R. Chapter intends that it shall be made beautiful and become a spot of historical interest to all Missourians.
Col. J. B. Barnes, local historian, who has been aiding the ladies in this work, says the following: "Mrs. Rust and the Pilot Grove D. A. R. are doing the only important and constructive work that has been done by any Cooper County organization in the interest of Cooper County history. The matter of getting a suitable marker is well under way. I have no doubt that the Briscoe Cemetery will become a marked and important historical shrine."
"This cemetery was deeded by William Briscoe to the people of the community in 1867 and consists of one acre. It was a family burying ground as early as 1825. A part of it was used as a plot for the burial of slaves."

"She was Missouri's greatest pioneer Mother."
February 5, 1932 "Boulder Will Mark Grave"
"Burial Place of Hannah Cole Will Be Fittingly Dedicated" "A huge limestone boulder from land belonging to the Cole Family has been chosen to mark the grave of Hannah Cole in Briscoe Cemetery. ....
The boulder will be marked so that the resting place of Missouri's most intrepid pioneer mother will be landscaped into an attractive driveway and approach to the burying grounds." From the Boonville News
February 9, 1932 "Honor a Pioneer Mother" Kansas City Star
"Later this month, tribute will be paid the memory of one of Missouri's great pioneer mothers, Hannah Cole, who was the first white woman to settle on the present site of Boonville, in February, 1810.
The movement to honor her is being sponsored by the Pilot Grove, Mo. Chapter of the D. A. R. . The grave of Mrs. Cole is fifteen miles south of Boonville, Mo. .
Hannah Cole was the widow of William Temple Cole, who was killed in an encounter with Indians who had stolen his horses. With her nine children and a brother-in-law, Stephen Cole, his wife, and five children, Mrs. Cole came up the Missouri River with Benjamin Cooper, for whom Cooper County later was named. They first settled in the bottom land of Howard County and later moved across the river to what is now Cooper County.

September 9, 1932 "Boulder Delivered at Briscoe Cemetery"
Mrs. Marshall Rust, Mrs. H. N. (Neal) Simmons, Mrs. Guy Long, Mrs. W. S. Barnes, and Mrs. J. C. Simmons of the Pilot Grove D. A. R. were at the Briscoe Cemetery on Tuesday for noon to meet State Highway Architect, Mr. Brewster and a party of men, who were delivering a red granite boulder to be used as a marker for the grave of Hannah Cole. The boulder is a gift of the Highway Department .... suggestions have been made, and accepted by the sponsors, that the stones used in building purposes on the Cemetery Grounds, come from the thirteen different townships of Cooper County, so that the entire county may have a part in this memorial. ....
The large granite boulder was secured near Doe Run, St. Francois County, in southeast Missouri. With the smaller stones gathered from all parts of the Hannah Cole County, the historic connection will be complete.

October 31, 1932 From the Pilot Grove Record
"Grave Formally Marked" - "Tablet at Hannah Cole Grave is Unveiled"
With fitting ceremony, the grave of Hannah Cole, Cooper County's pioneer mother was formally marked last Sunday afternoon, October 30, 1932, by the unveiling of a bronze tablet, set in a large boulder of Missouri granite.
This tablet bears the following inscriptions: 'Cooper County's first white woman settler,whose unfailing courage in facing dangers of the wilderness and a cruel Indian War, entitles her to be called a Pioneer Mother of early Missouri Civilization - 1764-1843.'
The burial place of Hannah Cole and many of her family, the Briscoe Cemetery on Highway #5 had long lain in waste. Revival of interest in local history and the restoration of historic spots in Cooper County has brought this spot to the attention of the public. ....
Unveiling of the Boulder and Tablet was by Mrs. Mortimer Bunce of Nevada, Mo. a great-grand-daughter of Hannah Cole and Mrs. Gilla Roe, a grand-daughter. Several generations of the Cole family were represented, among them being a great-great-grandson, who represented the Kansas City Star, as reporter for the event. Chapters of the D. A. R. of Pilot Grove, Boonville, Nelson, Sedalia, California, and Columbia were represented in the crowd of three hundred who assembled from widely distant places.

More About Hannah Allison:
Burial: Unknown, Briscoe Cemetaty, Cooper Co, Missouri
Children of William Cole and Hannah Allison are:
  i.   Martha Cole, died Unknown; married Smiley; died Unknown.
  ii.   Stephen Cole, died Unknown.
  iii.   James Cole, born Abt. 1789 in VA; died Unknown; married Elizabeth Ashcraft 15 October 181431; born Abt. 1794; died Unknown.
  Notes for James Cole:
"A History of Cooper County, Missouri, Henry C. Levens and Nathaniel M. Drake, St. Louis, Perrin & Smith, Steam Book & Job Printers, 1876."

Chapter II, Page 23,24,25
"Immediately after the killing of Todd and Smith, the settlers living on both sides of the Missouri river, being desirous of finding out the true state of affairs, sent out James Cole and James Davis on a scouting expedition to see whether or not the Indians were really upon the war path. After looking around for some time, and not being able to hear anything of the plans of the savages, they were preparing to return to the fort, when they discovered a large band of Indians in pursuit of them, and directly between them and the fort, in which were their families and friends, unconscious of their danger. ............They (Indians) pursued the settlers to 'Big Lick,' now in Cooper county, where, being closely pressed, Cole and Davis turned and each killed an Indian. The Indians then left off pursuit, and the two men reached Cole's Fort in safety, to announce to the settlers, that they were indeed, on the verge of a long and bloody war."

Chapter III, Page 32, 33
"On the 14th day of December, 1814, a man named Samuel McMahan, living in what is now Lamine township of Cooper county, was killed near Boonville, .a party of men went out to get the body of McMahan. James Cole, the brother of Samuel Cole, carried the body before him on his horse, ......"

  iv.   Halbert Allison Cole, born 20 April 1794; died Unknown.
  v.   Samuel Cole, born January 1801; died Unknown.
  Notes for Samuel Cole:
"A History of Cooper County, Missouri, Henry C. Levens and Nathaniel M. Drake, St. Louis, Perrin & Smith, Steam Book & Job Printers, 1876."

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"Those to Whom we are under Obligation for Assistance.
'The greater part of the information concerning "The History of the Boon's Lick Country,' south of the Missouri river, was obtained from Capt. Samuel Cole, who with the exception of his sister, Mrs. Jennie Davis, is the only living witness of the events which transpired from the first settlement of the county to the year 1815. They, at the age of nine years, came to the county with their mother, and have resided within the same ever since."

Chapter II, Page 25, 26
"In the summer of 1812, when all the settlers living on the south side of the Missouri river, were at Kincaid's fort, Samuel Cole, Stephen Cole, and Muke Box, started from the fort on a hunting expedition, crossed the river where Boonville now stands, and penetrated the forest to the Petite Saline Creek. After they had hunted and fished for two days, they were preparing to return on the third, when they heard firing in the direction of the river, where they had left their canoe. They immediately started toward the river, knowing that the shots were fired by Indians as there were not at that time any white persons except themselves, south of the Missouri river. .., they discovered that a band of Indians was in pursuit of them; and the settlers not knowing their number, but supposing them to be very numerous, immediately separated and took to the woods to meet at the place where they had left their canoe.
When they met there they found the canoe gone, the Indians having stole it. As the Indians were still in hot pursuit of them, they lashed three cottonwood logs together, placed their guns, clothing, & etc. upon this raft, swam over, pushing it before them and landed in Howard county, about two and one-half miles below the City of Boonville. That evening they reached the fort in safety, and reported their adventure with the Indians, at the same time advising the inmates of the fort to be prepared for an attack at any time."

  vi.   Jennie Cole, born Abt. 1802; died 1878; married Frank Davis; died Unknown.
  vii.   Ann Dykes Cole, born 15 February 1808; died Unknown; married Dallias; died Unknown.
  viii.   William Temple Cole, born Abt. 1809; died Unknown.
  57 ix.   Eleanor (Nellie) Cole, born Abt. 1810; died 1847 in Henry Co, Missouri; married James Mc Eller 06 April 1832 in Cooper Co, Mo..

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