Biography of John P. Cole
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Cole, John P., was born in Troy January 5, 1850. He is a son of John L., a son of Lewis, whose father came from Dutchess county in 1796 and settled in North Greenbush on the farm now owned by Thomas Cole, where he lived and died. Lewis Cole was a farmer and spent most of his days in North Greenbush; hedied in Brunswick in 1878. John L. Cole was a farmer, hotel keeper and merchant in Albia, N. Y., where he spent most of his days; he was alderman and supervisor for several years and held other minor offices; his wife was Elizabeth Phillips, of North Greenbush, a daughter of Davis Phillips, who spent most of his days in that town, but died in Albany county at the age of ninety three; to Mr. and Mrs. Cole were born four daughters and two sons, of whom five are now living; Mr Cole died in 1861 and his wife April 14, 1891. John P. Cole lost his father when twelve years old, and worked for his uncle for four years; he spent one year in Illinois and then returned to New York and worked on a farm in Albany county for two years, after which he came to Rensselaer county and worked on a farm for two years. In 1870 he married Jennie M. Dings, daughter of Henry Dings, an early settler of East Greenbush. To Mr. and Mrs. Cole were born three sons and one daughter; Edmond, educated in the common schools and the Albany Business College, and is now engaged in the mayor's office in New York; Gracie, educated in the Albany Female Academy and Albany Normal School; C. Frank U. was graduated from the Albany Business College; and David, deceased. Mr. Cole was a member of assembly in the years 1895 and 1896. He is a member of Greenbush Lodge No. 337, F. & A. M., Greenbush Chapter No. 274. R. A. M., and Albany Lodge, B. P. O. E., No.49, and is also a member of the A. O. U. W. of Greenbush. He was a farmer until 1885, when he came to Greenbush and was in the restaurant business for six years. He then bought the Rensselaer House, now known as the Cole's Hotel, of Greenbush.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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