Biography of Willis H. Cole
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Cole, Willis H., was born in this county September 19, 1839, of Vermont ancestry. His grandfather was Obediah, who died, aged seventy six years. His father, William, born in Jefferson county, married Hannah Ward, and died aged seventy six years. Their children were James W., Willis H., Harrison, Harriet, Lyman, Judson and Julius (twins), Eva L., Louis. Of these, Julius, Eva and Louis are deceased. The grandfather was a soldier in the war of 1812. Subject was educated in Pulaski Academy and in 1861 enlisted in the 50th N. Y. Engineers, serving till February 18, 1864, when he reenlisted and served till the close of the war. He was honorably discharged June 13, 1865. He was promoted corporal and served in the Army of the Potomac, through the Peninsular campaign, and also the Seven Days retreat, etc. He was at Appomattox at the final surrender of Lee. After the war he went to Michigan and engaged in lumbering. He married, in 1870 Bricea A., daughter of William and Pamelia (Reynolds) Flitcroft. Mrs. Cole died March 31, 1892. Their children were Frank, George, Lilly A., Stanley, of whom Frank and George are deceased.

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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