by David E. Corley
born 1728 in Edinburg, Scotland, and
died 1808 in Greene Co., Georgia.
He married LUCY ?
John Cole was born near Edinburg, Scotland in 1728
and immigrated to America from Ireland about 1740. It is
supposed that they moved from Scotland to North Ireland,
as their religion was Presbyterian. He was about 12 years
of age when he came to America. John and his family arrived
at Roanoke Island or Cape Fear, NC. They went from there
to the Waxhaw Settlement, which had, it's beginning in 1740.
Ancestry's Redbook American State, County & Town Sources
quotes: Except for the Highland Scots, immigrants to
North Carolina generally arrived by overland routes.
Highland Scots, the only significant migration that sailed
directly to North Carolina, settled in the Cape Fear River
Valley Presbyterianism came with the Highland Scots families
who settled in the Cape Fear River area in the 1730's.
Last Will & Testament
John Cole 1728-1808
In the name of God amen:
I John Cole of the County of Greene and state of Georgia
being sick and weak of body but sound of mind and memory
do hereby constitute ordain and appoint this present
instrument of writing my last will and testament in manner
and form and following (to wit) and first of all I wish all
my just debts to be paid and after that my will is that my
Estate shall be divided among my children in the following
order that is to say, first I give unto my son Duke Cole the
tract of land where on I now live. one negro wan(woman) named
Lucy and child Jacob also all the money that is in our
outstanding debts due me also my crop of cotton now on hand
and unto my daughter Patty Ray I give one negro man named Jim
and one negro girl named Judy. I give unto my son John Cole
one dollar I give unto my daughter Sally Newsom one dollar,
unto my daughter Elizabeth Pryor I give one dollar, and I give
unto my four grandsons (to wit) Isham Cole, Robert Cole,
Mathew Cole, and William Cole twenty five cents each and after
there legicies are paid out my will and desire is that the
residue and remainder of my Estate shall be equally divided
between my son Duke Cole and my daughter Patty Ray, and now
in order that the above instrument of writing may be fully
carried into effect I do hereby constitute ordain and appoint
Lyndon Duke and George Tuggle Executors of this my last will
In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal
this 8th day of November 1808. NB the words I give intended
in two places to wit, between the fourteenth & between the
ninteenth and twentieth lines before assigns.
Signed sealed and published
in presence of his
Johathan Wilborn John X Cole SEAL
Robert Newsom mark
At the time of John Cole's death, his son William had
died in the Revolutionary War about 1780, therefor his
portion of the inheritance was given to his sons, (the
grandsons mentioned in the will) Isham, Robert (our line),
Mathew, and William.
Georgia Greene County }
Court of Ordinary November Term 1821 }
Personally appeared in open court George Tuggle
who being sworn sayeth the within will is the orginial
of John Cole deceased which was originally proven in
this Court and ordered to be recorded but which it
seems has never been recorded.
Sworn to in open court } Geo Tuggle
14th November 1821 } Recorded 5th April 1822
Ebenezer Torrence Clk } Ebenezer Torrence Clk
Will Book F 1816-1822
Greene County Courthouse,
Greene County, Georgia
"My line of JOHN COLE's American decedents"
WILLIAM COLE, b. Abt. 1750, Waxhaw Settlement, North Carolina;
d. abt. 1780, Georgetown, South Carolina (British Prison Camp).
He married HANNAH UNKNOWN in Surry Co., North Carolina. She was
born abt.1753 in Sussex Co., NC.
William Cole was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and served
in the North Carolina Militia. William was captured as a spy by
two Tories (British Soldiers) and died of starvation in the
British Military prison in Georgetown, South Carolina. In the
last letter received from William by his family, he said that all
he had to eat was corn he picked up that was dropped by the horses
in the prison camp. William's widow, Hannah ? Cole married John
Combs of Ogletroup County Georgia.
ROBERT COLE born July 29, 1778 in Surry Co., North Carolina,
and died March 20, 1852 in Newnan, Coweta Co., Georgia. He
married ELIZABETH FAMBROUGH October 03, 1796 in Oglethorpe
Co., Georgia. She was born 1779 in Halifax, Virginia, and died
August 12, 1863 in Newnan, Coweta Co., Georgia. Both buried in
Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan.
Robert Cole's family moved to Georgia from Surry Co., North
Carolina with his grandfather, John Cole's family. They were
in Georgia before 1784. He would have been about 6 years of
age at the time.
He married Elizabeth Fambrough in Oglethorpe Co., Georgia when
he was about 19 years old. He bought his first farm in what is
now Newton County near what is now Covington, Georgia. The farm
was 202 1/2 acres and was purchased from Prettyman Knowles who
had won the tract in the second land lottery (1807) Georgia.
This area had just been cleared of Indians and bordered
Indian Territory. Robert established a large grist mill on
Bear Creek and became rather wealthy and purchased additional
land in the area. Robert was in the Mil. in the War Of 1812.
Children of ROBERT COLE and ELIZABETH FAMBROUGH are:
JESSE COLE, b. September 15, 1797, Oglethorpe Co.,
Georgia; d. April 01, 1869, Clay Co., AL.
SALLEY COLE, b. December 1799.
JOHN COLE, b. 1802.
NANCY COLE, b. October 1804.
POLLY COLE, b. April 1806.
SUSANAH COLE, b. January 1809.
BETSEY AN COLE, b. October 1811.
WILLIAM COLE, b. June 1814.
ISOM COLE, b. 1816.
MARTHA COLE, b. December 1818; m. THOMAS BARNES.
ROBERT DUKE COLE, b. December 21, 1820.
MATHEW COLE, b. January 1823.
JESSE COLE was born September 15, 1797 in Oglethorpe Co.,
Georgia, and died April 01, 1869 in Clay Co., AL. He
married ELIZABETH CRAWFORD in Jasper Co. Ga. in 1825.
Jesse was in Dodson's Co. of Williamson's 2nd GA Vols in
the Creek Indians War and Wathins' Co. of Turk's 2nd GA Mil
in the Cherokee Indian War.
Children of Jesse and Elizabeth Crawford are:
Robert S.Cole B. 1824;
Frances Cole B.1825
Emily Jane Cole B.1826
William Cole B. 1827
Elizabeth Crawford died in 1833.
JESSE COLE married 2nd MARGARET "MARGIE" ANN COLLEY
May 22, 1836 in Henry Co., Georgia. She was born Abt.
1812 in Georgia, and died August 22, 1883 in Clay Co.,
Children of JESSE COLE and MARGARET COLLEY are:
6. i. ANDERSON FAMBROUGH5 COLE, b. May 21, 1838, Henry
Co., Georgia; d. January 07, 1929, Clay Co., AL.
SUSAN ANN COLE, b. July 10, 1840, Henry Co., Georgia;
d. Clay Co., AL; m. HARTWELL SPAIN HILL; b. June 07, 1836;
d. December 01, 1910, ClayCo.,ALABAMA.
SUSAN ANN COLE: Black Chapel Baptist Church Cem., Delta, AL
PARKER R. COLE, b. Abt. 1842.
MARTHA ROWENA COLE, b. Abt. 1844; d. Aft. 1880, Tarrant Co.,
SAMANTHA JANE COLE, b. July 19, 1846, Chambers Co., AL; d.
July 16, 1927, Clay Co., AL.
JESSE M. COLE, b. 1847.
JOHN DUKE COLE, b. April 22, 1849, Chambers Co., AL; d.
June 14, 1932, Clay Co., AL.
JOSEPH H. COLE, b. Abt. 1852, Chambers Co., AL; d. Roundrock,
MATHEW H. COLE, b. May 10, 1853, Chambers Co., AL; d. September
01, 1883, Clay Co., AL. Matthew H. Cole was 30 yrs of age at
his death. He is buried in the Cole plot with his brother,
Anderson and parents, Jesse & Margie Colley
Cole at Black Chapel Church Cemetery, Delta, Ala.
LAURA T. COLE, b. February 02, 1854, Chambers Co., AL; d.
August 09, 1916, Winston Co., AL.
ANN COLE, b. Abt. 1858.
EMILY JANE COLE