Biography of Clark W. Cole
Oswego County, NY Biographies





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.

FROM:
Landmarks of Oswego County
New York
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895


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