THOMAS COLE, son of Robert and Martha (Ward) Cole, natives of Virginia and North Carolina, was born in Montgomery
County, Ky., June 8, 1812. In 1827, his parents emigrated to Decatur County, Ind., where our subject received a
limited education. He was reared on a farm, and has always followed agricultural pursuits. In 1835, he settled
on forty acres of land in Shelby County, Ind., and one year later removed to Grundy County, Mo., where he entered
and improved eighty acres; he remained there two years, when he sold out and returned to Shelby County, where he
purchased eighty acres. This he cultivated until 1847, when he located in Tipton County, on 160 acres, where he
has since resided. In 1861, he was appointed County Commissioner and served eight months, when he was elected to
that position, filling the office three years. In 1848, he was elected Justice of the Peace, which position he
declined. He was called by the people to become a candidate for Representative, and this he also declined. Mr.
Cole was married in Decatur County, Ind., September 7, 1834, to Cinderella Shirley, daughter of Isaac and Catherine
(Hendrickson) Shirley, natives of Kentucky. Miss Shirley was born in Nelson County, Ky., May 28, 1815, and died
in Tipton County. Ind., June 28, 1882. They had seven children - Isaac J., Robert W., Lucinda R. J., Melisa M.,
Nancy A., Thomas M. (deceased) and Elizabeth C. (deceased). Mr. Cole traveled extensively during his younger days.
He has been identified with the Separate Baptist Church for forty years, and is a member of the Democratic party.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Tipton County, IN
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