Saturday, August 27, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ COLE of Charlestown, Massachusetts


Ryce Cole, my 11th great grandfather, was made member #109 of the church in Boston in 1631.  Rice Cole was admitted as an inhabitant of Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630.   His first name can be found as Rice or Ryce or Rise in the records, as well as all the surname variations listed above.  Just to make it more interesting, his wife’s name is listed as “Arrald” on her church membership and her will.   Her two sons-in-law listed her as “Harald Coale” on a petition in Cambridge dated 1662. 

Doctor Samuel Fuller, Mayflower passenger, gave medical assistance to some of the Charlestown settlers in 1630.  Several of these families sent their children to live in his household as servants.  In his will he made reference to Elizabeth and Robert Cowles of Charlestown.  They were Rice Cole’s two first children.  Elizabeth Cole (1619 – 1688) is my 10th great grandmother.  She married Thomas Pierce and had thirteen children.

Notable descendants of Rice Cole are presidents Franklin Pierce and George H. W. Bush.

For more information see:

The Great Migration Begins, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume I, pages 426 – 429.

American Presidential Families, by Charles Mosely, 1993, page 420.

The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, by Thomas Bellows Wyman and Henry Herbert Edes, Volume 1, page 228

The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America, by Frank T. Cole, 1887, pages 178 – 179.

My COLE genealogy:

Generation 1: Rice Cole, born about 1590 and died 15 May 1646 in Charlestown, Massachusetts; married about 1616 to Arrald Unknown.  She died between 20 December and 26 December 1661.  Five children.

Generation 2: Elizabeth Cole, born about 1619, died 5 March 1688 in Woburn, Massachusetts; married 6 May 1635 in Charlestown to Thomas Pierce, son of Thomas Pierce and Elizabeth Carew.  He was born about 1620 and died 6 November 1683 in Woburn.  Thirteen children.

Generation 3:  John Pierce and Deborah Convers
Generation 4:  Ebenezer Pierce and Mary Wilson
Generation 5:  Deborah Pierce and Increase Wyman
Generation 6:  Increase Wyman and Catherine Unknown
Generation 7: Jemima Wyman and Joshua Burnham
Generation 8: Jemima Burnham and Romanus Emerson
Generation 9:  George Emerson and Mary Esther Younger
Generation 10: Mary Katharine Emerson and George E. Batchelder
Generation 11: Carrie Maude Batchelder and Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 12: Stanley Elmer Allen and Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~  COLE of Charlestown, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 27, 2016, (  accessed [access date]). 

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