Biography of William Cole
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Cole, William, and his wife, Asenath (Williams) Cole, were both natives of Richfield, Otsego county. They were married there. In 1824 they settled in the town of Barre. Mr. Cole was a carpeter and millwright and an excellent mechanic, but came to this region to become a farmer. He began poor and succeeded in building up a good property. He built many mills and invented many valuable mechanical appliances. In his family were ten children: Almina, who died unmarried; Alma Jane, who married Alson D. Smith; Veeder H., Clarissa, who married William A. Tanner; Harriet, who married Joseph Hart; William, who married Louise Hill, was killed in the army; Perry, who was killed by accident; Henry, who died an infant; Phiana, who married S. E. Howard, and Winfield S., of Kansas. William Cole, the pioneer, died in February, 1871, and his wife in July, 1883. Veeder H. Cole was born December 1, 1827, and was brought up to the various occupations followed by his father, particularly that of farming and at work in a mill, after which he started out to make his own way in life. He began work at ten dollars per month, and as an employee he continued until twenty six years of age. Mr. Cole has been a successful farmer, a hard worker, and has improved farms that he has bought very much. He has been called upon to settle several estates, has been appointed assignee, and has been guardian of three families of children. In politics he has been a Whig and Republican, and was assessor of the town three years. Mr. C. is a public spirited man, and has done much to beautify his home and make farm life attractive. He has been a member of the Presbyterian Church more than forty years, and for eleven years one of its ruling elders. April 18, 1854, Mr. Cole married Caroline C. Smith, of Barre, and they have had four children: Carrie, who died at one year old; the second child died in infancy; Mary A., who died in 1885, and Clara C., wife of Clark F. Thomas, of Monroe county.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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