Cole, Clark W., was born in Winfield, Herkimer county. May 19, 1830, but moved to Richland March 20, 1835. The
first known of the family is James Cole, of Plymouth, Mass., who was an old man in 1688, and his son Hugh, was
born at Plymouth in 1627 and participated in the King Philip war, It is in print that the first Hugh Cole of Plymouth,
Mass., gave to the Plymouth Colony the first warning of King Philip's Indian march. Hugh Cole second's sons were
taken prisoners by the Indians, and when King Philip, who esteemed Hugh Cole, found out that they were his sons,
he sent them back to their father free, with word to Hugh that he did not want to injure him in any way, but he
feared that his young warriors would not obey him, and so he warned Hugh Cole to move to Rhode Island, which the
latter speedily did; but before going far he discovered his house burning behind him. The father of this Hugh Cole
was James Cole of Plymouth, an immigrant there; he owned the hill there still called Cole's hill, where the early
Pilgrims were buried the first winter of their settlement. The graves were smoothed off level and planted with
wheat so that the Indians would not suspect the sad diminution of the Pilgrim hand by death - one half. He had
a son Hugh, born in 1658, the latter had a son Hugh born in 1683, who also had a son Hugh, born in Swansea, Mass.,
in 1706, who moved to Rhode Island and had a son Richard. The latter's son, Hezekiah, was appointed colonel by
the governor of Rhode Island in the Provincial troops. The latter had a son, Emery, who was father of our subject
Clark W. married, December 18, 1850, Caroline, daughter of Norman and Isabella (Austin) Root, of Otsego county.
Her father was a soldier in the War of 1812. They have had these children, Ida M., Anna M., Martha S., Walter W.,
Emma C., Emery, Freeman S. and Norman R., of whom Martha is deceased. Ida married Benjamin Eggleston and lives
in Iowa; Anna married Marion I. Whitney and resides in Chicago; Martha married Albert E. Garrett and is now deceased;
Walter Wesley is a Presbyterian minister at Camden. N. A., and married Floretta Graves; Emma married Hobart A.
Stowell and resides in Syracuse; Emery, unmarried, is at home; Freeman resides in Mound City, Kansas, and married
Lulu M. Thurman; Norman resides at home. The great grandfather, Richard Cole, was ensign in the Revolution.
Landmarks of Oswego County
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895
Oswego County, NY
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