Biography of Andrew J. Cole
Howard County, IN Biographies





ANDREW J. COLE was the only child born to Taylor and Elizabeth (Wintrode) Cole, natives of Ohio. Andrew was born, December 5, 1831, in Warren County, Ohio. His father died when he was an infant, and he remained with his mother until he was fourteen years of age. He then worked out, giving half his wages for the support of the family until he was twenty one. When he was quite young, he removed with his family to Shelby County, Ind., and was married, October 11, 1855, to Cassandra Swinford, born September 8, 1838, a native of Kentucky. This union was blessed with seven children - Nancy A. (deceased), born September 21, 1857; John (deceased), born May 9, 1859; Anderson, born June 7, 1862; Daniel W. V. (deceased), born October 4, 1863; Polly, born March 17, 1866; Debbie E., born April 11, 1869; and William H., born June 23, 1876. Mr. Cole remained several years farming and milling in Shelby County, and in the spring of 1876 came to this county and purchased the only business room in Terre Hall. He started a little grocery, on less than $10, and now has about $1,000 worth of goods, a good team and wagon, all made in less than five years. With the aid of a few friends, he has secured for the village a post office, railroad office and express office. His wife has been an invalid for about twelve years. Mr. Cole was at one time in fair circumstances, but lost his means through having become security. Mr. Cole is liberal in politics, but generally votes the Democratic ticket.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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