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Cole, Alanson, was born in Theresa, May 1, 1822, a son of Allen and Hopy (Soule) Cole. Allen Cole was born in Massachusetts and married in Herkimer county and came t& Brownville about 1810, trading his land with Leray for land in Theresa, where he owned 600 acres of land, which was sold in 1830 to George Snell. Mr. Cole purchased 812 acres of land in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties and engaged in the manufacture of lumber and clearing land. He and wife had eight sons and four daughters. Mr. Cole was a Democrat and justice for eleven years in succession. He died April 11, 1855, and his wife in December, 1849. Alanson Cole was educated in the common schools. He owned 220 acres of land which he sold to Lafave in 1888 and for ten years has lived retired in the village of Theresa. In October, 1844, he married Lucy Makepeace, and they had eleven children, of whom six are living: Martin V. died in 1893, leaving wife and three children; Jane Wheeler of Redwood; John, died in infancy; Fannie Lafave now lives on the homestead; Lydia Snell resides on the farm where her father was born; Julia, deceased, leaving four children and husband; John D. Cole, M. D., of Alexandria Bay; Leslie D. at home; Jasper, deceased; Eunice M., deceased; and Ida M. Jones of Syracuse, N. Y. Mr. Cole was a Whig and has been Republican since organization of the party; has been assessor and commissioner of highways, also trustee of the village. He and wife attend and support the Presbyterian church. In 1887 Mr. Cole built a fine residence in the village where he has since resided.

Our County and it's people
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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