Stephen Cole, Sr. was born Abt. 1660 in England, and died Bef. 1701 in New Castle County, Delaware. He married Eilzabeth.
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Research by Camellia T. Denys, Provo, Utah New Castle, Delaware, & Chester County, Pennsylvania Augusta, Bedfore, and &Lunenburg Counties, Virginia Anson, Bladen Counties, North Carolina, & Craven County, South Carolina
Our Cole imigrant ancestors came to America before 1725, and landed near Chester, Pennsylvania. The lived in the Welsh Tract, a 30,000 acre Grant from William Penn in 1701 to the Socitey of Welsh Baptist. This large acreage covered New Castle County, which was a part of Pennsylvania at this time. One-fourth of the original Tract extended across the Maryland State line into Cecil County. The Welsh immigrants were of the Baptist and Presbyterian faiths. They lived first in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania and a group settled in the great Valley of Chester at Trediffrein. However, the most settlers moved into New Castle County where the Presbyterians founded the Pencader Chursh at Glasgow. The Baptist established their first church upon Iron Hill, in New Castle. The original entry recorded is preserved.
We set sail in June 1701 from Melford in the ship James and Mary landing in Philadelphia in September. All were members of the Churches of Jesus Christ in the counties of Pembroke and Carmarthen, South Wales in Great Britain. We were moved and encouraged to come to these parts viz Pennsylvania.
The Welsh brought letters of Commedatory so they might be received as brethern in Christ, if they met others of like faith. Thomas Griffith was a Minister with the Pioneer band of Baptist. Known members of this early group were named: Robinson, Evans, McDonald, Graham, Cloyd, Rontfro, Van Bibber. Their sons pioneered down to the Shenandoah Valley in Orange and Frederick counties, Virginia with James cole, John Cole and Mark Cole in 1732/37.