Cole, William Charles

Submitted by mercercounty on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 10:22

WILLIAM CHARLES COLE, one of the enterprising and successful farmers of Mill Creek, Mercer county, was born in this township, January 9, 1866. He is the adopted son of Henry Cole and wife. Eli Cole, a native of Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, moved to Mercer county in 1848, locating on a farm in Mill Creek township. He married Hannah Spafford, of Lawrence county, who bore him ten children, seven of whom reached maturity: Gideon, Samuel, Henry, Frank, Paulina, Mary, Margarie. Henry Cole was born December 21, 1836. He was a farmer and stock-raiser, and married Eliza Jane Caldwell, daughter of William and Martha (Montgomery) Caldwell, farmers of Lake township. The first coal mines operated in Mercer county were opened on their land. Henry Cole served in the Civil war. In politics he voted the Republican ticket, and in November, 1880, he was elected county commissioner for Mercer county. He and his wife were members of the Presbyterian church of Fairfield. Mr. Cole died May 5, 1882, and his wife April 13, 1899. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cole were the foster parents of William Charles Cole, of this sketch.

Riley Bruce, the father of William C. Cole, was born in Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, where he followed the occupation of a farmer and stock-raiser (died January, 1894). He married Mary Dean, daughter of Noah Dean and wife, farmers. Riley Bruce and his wife were the parents of ten children: Elizabeth, wife of John Hettenbaugh, of Lawrence county; Selinda, wife of Manning Robinson, of Newcastle; Emma, deceased, was the wife of Archy McCutcheon, deceased, who was a farmer of New Vernon township; Alchesta, deceased, was the wife of J. W. Solly, an oil operator of West Virginia; Elmer E., a painter of Lawrence county; Sherman J., a farmer of Lawrence county, married Clara McComas; William Charles, of this memoir: Willis W. (twin brother of William Charles), born January 9, 1866, is an oil operator of West Virginia and is married; Frank Dean, superintendent of gas wells in West Virginia. Riley Bruce, the father, was a stanch, uncompromising Republican and he with his family were communicants of the Baptist church.

William Charles Cole was adopted and reared by Henry Cole and wife after the death of his parents. He is now one of the prominent stock farmers of his township and county, his farm consisting of one hundred and two acres of excellent land, all well improved and properly tilled from year to year, in the most improved manner of modern agriculture. In his political views Mr. Cole is identified with the Democratic party. He has held the local offices of supervisor one year, township clerk two years, school director seven years. He belongs to New Lebanon Tent of K.O.T.M.

Mr. Cole was married in 1899 to Eva M. Jacobs, (daughter of James A. and Mary Jane (Voorhes) Jacobs, farmers of French Creek township. Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs are the parents of six children, as follows: John; Eva M., wife of Mr. Cole, of this sketch; William, Clarence, Judson, and Otto. Mrs. Mary Jane (Voorhes) Jacobs died December 22, 1884. Mr. and Mrs. Cole are the parents of the following children: Mary Grace, born November 14, 1895, and Wilda Elizabeth, born June 22, 1900. Mrs. Cole is a member of the Presbyterian church.

Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, page 863.

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