History of The Cole Family [Masonic Emblem] [Cole Coat-of-Arms]

The Cole Family

"Worship God, protect the King"

The Cole Origins

The Anglo-Saxon spelling of the ancient name of Col; old Norse Kollr; means a helmet. There is a Cole in Cod. Dip.

Cole is a very teutonic personal name. In Domesday Book it appears as a baptismal name; and in the Hundred Rolls it appears as a family name.

Several ancient places of Cole can be found in the counties of Wilts and Somerset, England.

The Cole family was seated at Twickenham in Middlesex for several generations, and may be found in the church registers as early as 1584. Previous to the rebellion, the Coles' possessed nearly the whole place, and there is a fine monument of them in Petersham Church, erected in 1634.

John Cole went to Ireland about 1614, and settled in County Donegal; and was the father of William Cole, an officer in Oliver Cromwell's army.

Coat-of-Arms: Arg., a bull passant gu., armed or, within a bordure sa., bezantee.
Crest: A demi-gryphon, holding an arrow head or and feathered arg.
Motto: Deum Cole, regem serva, which means, "Worship God, protect the King."

The Coles in the New World

Coles were among the earliest settlers in the American colonies. They appear chartered on the Mayflower and other passenger ships that landed on the east coast during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Several publications offer ancestral charts and history about the Coles in America.

One such work, The Descendants of Elisha Cole, Who Came From Cape Cod to what is now Putnam County, New York, about 17452, written by Joseph O. Curtis, offers a summary characterization of the Coles' place in the American heritage.

Mr. Curtis writes,

"In the annals of this country the Cole family is old. It has been seen and participated in everything of moment from Puritan days to the present time. In the records of great achievement it is not particularly noted, but, as a race, the Coles have proved themselves sturdy, courageous, self-reliant, and independent. Theirs seems to have been the story of fair intelligence, solid respectability, innate piety and consistent mediocrity. To be sure, they have produced good soldiers, prominent lawyers, fairly eminent divines and accomplished physicians, but even the tenor of their way seems to have been mostly in the field of pioneer agriculture. Nevertheless, they have had no criminals and very few drunkards. They have clung to the sturdy religious principles and hard-working habits of their Puritan ancestry, and throughout the length and breadth of America have spread the example and gospel of the sturdier virtues which go to make a nation great."

Descendants of William Cole (1816 - 1863)

[Headstone of W.B. Cole and Annie Trapp Cole]
Headstone of William Berry Cole5 (1845-1907) and Annie Trapp13 (1845-1907) located in New Georgia Baptist Church Cemetery.
  The Cole family arrived in West Georgia from Laurens County, South Carolina, after the Gold Lottery in 1832.  Genealogical research has identified several possible ancestors from South Carolina, but no exact link is proven to three brothers James, John, and William Cole.  They settled in the area surrounding modern-day Dallas, Georgia, in Paulding County.  The Cole surname remains prevalent in that area to this day. 

William Cole1 (b. ca. 1816) settled in a part of Villa Rica, Georgia, called New Georgia.  He was originally born in South Carolina.  He married Margaret ?2 (b. ca. 1815), also from South Carolina, sometime after 1830.  He was a local farmer who, according to family legend, did not own slaves, unlike his brother James C., because it was against his moral principles.  His wife Margaret is thought to have gone by the name "Peg".  There is a Peg Cole Road in the area where the Cole farm once existed.  William Cole is listed as Head of Household on the census records of 1840, 1850, and 1860.  He died on 1 January 1863.  His wife appears on the census rolls until 1880.

The children of William1 and Margaret Cole2, all born in Georgia, are:

  1. Martin3, b. 1838
  2. Joseph4, b. 1840
  3. William Berry5, b. 4/20/1845, d. 9/2/1907
  4. Mary F.6, b. 1847
  5. James H.7, b. 1854
  6. John8, b. 1856
  7. Tilmon G.9, b. 1857

 5.  In the fall of 1861, W.B. Cole5 enlisted as a private in Company A of the 40th Georgia Regiment, Confederate States Army.  His regiment saw action at Chickasaw Bayou and Champion's Hill.  W.B. Cole5 was captured at Baker's Creek in front of Vicksburg, Mississippi, on May 16, 1863.  He is listed as a Prisoner of War at Fort Delaware, Delaware, being recieved on June 9, 1863.  He was exhanged on July 4 of that same year.  A bolier on the train carrying him home exploded and threw him from the vehicle injuring his back.  After the war, W.B. Cole5 married Sarah Cooper8 (1848 - 1932), daughter of Moses9 (1806 -1861) and Jane Cooper10 (1808 - 1884).  They had two children together, Mary11 (1864 - ?) and Thomas F.12 (1868 - 1941).  Although the reason remains a mystery, W.B. Cole5 is said to have walked to nearby Alabama with Annie Trapp13 (1845 - 1907), daughter of Toliver14 and Sarah Trapp15, where the two married.  For reasons unknown, both W.B.5 and Annie13 died on 2 September 1907 (family legend claims they died in a fire though this has not been proven).  The two are buried together in New Georgia Baptist Cemetery in Villa Rica, Georgia.  It appears that W.B. Cole5 and his first wife, Sarah8, attended the same church even after their divorce.  According to a family anecdote, however, Sarah8 warned her son Tom12 not to bury her in the same cemetery as her first and only husband, threatening to haunt him after her death if he did.

[CSA Service Plaque]
Plaque commemorating W.B. Cole's5 service in the Company A, 40th Georgia Regiment, Confederate States Army.
The children of William Berry Cole5 and Sarah Cooper8 (1st wife), all born in Paulding County, Georgia, are:

  1. Mary11, b. 1838
  2. Thomas F.12, b. 4/9/1868, d. 10/24/1941 

12. Tom Cole married Emma ? in Paulding County, Georgia. He was a Freemason at the Marchmont Lodge (see picture). He and his wife are buried in the New Georgia Baptist Church Cemetery.

The children of William Berry Cole5 and Annie Trapp13 (2nd Wife), all born in Paulding County, Georgia, are:

  1. Nancy16, b. 4/20/1876
  2. George Frank17, b. 4/20/1876, d. 11/19/1960
  3. Ider18, b. 1876
  4. Sallie19, b. 1878
  5. Ada20, b. Feb. 1882
  6. Charley21, b. Mar. 1883
  7. Elijah22, b. Feb. 1885
  8. Mary M.23, b. Sep. 1888

[Marchmont Lodge with George Cole]
1909 photo of the Marchmont Masonic Lodge #402, F&AM, taken at the lodge grounds located off Mulberry Rock Rd near Old Pine Log School and Church. (Top Row) 4th from right, Lige Cole22. (Middle Row) 1st on left, George F. Cole17. (Bottom Row) 3rd from left, Tom Cole12.
17. George Frank Cole17 was a Freemason at the Marchmont Lodge (see picture).  He married Amelia Townsend24 (4/24/1878 - 10/11/1939), daughter of James P. Townsend25 (1858 - ?) and Mary Taylor26 (1858 - ?) of Paulding County, Georgia.  He moved to Atlanta after 1900 and became a police officer in the City of Atlanta Police Department.  He was often known to patrol the area around Little Five Points.  His wife, Amelia24, died of diabetes at the age of 61.  George17 remarried, but the identity of his second wife is not known.  He continued to advance in his career in law enforcement and became a Judge's baliff in the Court of Fulton County.  He was featured in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution in 1941 when his grandson, Jack F. Cole36, volunteered for World War II by enlisting in the US Navy.  He purchased a war bond for each family member who joined the war effort.  George17 died at the age of 84 on 19 November 1960.  He and his first wife are buried in Greenwood Cemetery off Cascade Road near East Point, Georgia.  

The children of George Frank Cole17 and Amelia Townsend13 (1st Wife), all born in Georgia, are:

  1. Lonnie27
  2. Reba28
  3. Paul29
  4. Mary30
  5. Annie E31, b. 12/24/1902, d. 12/23/1986
  6. Elbert Frank32, b. 2/26/1905, d. 6/29/1970
  7. Berry33, b. 1906
  8. Calvin34, b. 5/10/1913, d. 12/3/1953

[F.A. Cole and family]
Betty Cole39 holds a Georgia Bulldog sign behind her unsuspecting father, F.A. Cole32, while young Donald Cole, F.A. Cole's32 grandson, watches. F.A. Cole was a staunch fan of Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs' in-state rival.
 32. Elbert Cole32 was not content with his birth name, so throughout his life he would be known as Frank Albert Cole32.  He was born in Paulding County, but moved to Atlanta at a young age.  He married Louise M. Barnes35 (2/22/1905 - 4/12/1982), daughter of Hal Turner Barnes36 (1882 -1952) and Maybella Elliott37 (1883 - 1955).  He was a successful businessman in the sewage contracting business and aquired impressive earnings in the developing suburban Atlanta areas around Dekalb County, Georgia.  In 1955, he moved into the University Hieghts subdivision across the street from his son, Jack F. Cole38, on Willivee Drive.  He was a hardened Georgia Tech fan who smoked Kent cigarettes, drank a little, swore a lot, and tolerated no delinquincy.  He loved animals and would frequently agitate his wife by bringing them home for his grandchildren to see.  On one occasion he brought home a baby calf in his trunk, on another he brought home a wild bobcat!  Rivalry during the annual Georgia Tech vs. Georgia football games turned the two houses facing each other on Willivee Dr. into humorous war zones.  His relationship with his son, Jack38, was especially close and after his son's death in February of 1970, Frank Cole32 (known as "Grandy") was left empty and depressed.  He died of a massive heartattack at his home on June 29, 1970.  He is buried next to his wife Louise35 at Eternal Hills Cemetary in Decatur, Georgia.     

[Jack F. Cole, US Navy]
RM2 Jack F. Cole38
[Jack F. Cole with Navy friends]
RM2 Jack F. Cole38, USN, with his shipmates. He named his children after Don and Kenneth both pictured.
 The children of Frank Albert Cole32 and Louise Barnes Cole35, all born in Georgia, are:

  1. Jack Franklin38, b. 12/24/1923, d. 2/12/1970
  2. Betty M.39, b. 1923, d. 1995
  3. Eugene Albert40, b. 2/18/1935 

1.  Jack F. Cole38 attended Boys' High School in Atlanta during his teenage years.  In 1941 he volunteered for the US Navy to serve in World War II.  He saw service on the USS Boise as a radioman.  When his ship sank off the coast of the Phillipines, Jack floated in the Pacific for several days awaiting rescue.  He was finally saved, but his injuries had turned gaingreenous.  According to family members, he was placed in a bathtub filled with ice and his toenails were extracted with pliers.  He recovered from his injuries and continued serving.  He later recieved a letter of commendation from General Douglas McCarthur for his part in the Phillipine Liberation in 1944.  When he returned home he met Mary Jane Kirkpatrick41, daughter of Russell Wallace Kirkpatrick42 (1893-1985) and Annie Kate Stanton43 (1897-1984), who worked in the shoe department at Davidson's department store in Atlanta.  After nearly a year of courtship, they married and lived in several places while Jack38 pursued a career with Georgia Power.  They finally settled at 1000 Willivee Drive in Decatur, Georgia, across the street from the house where his father, Frank, his mother, Louise, and his sister, Betty, lived.  His family became active at Peachtree Baptist Church where Jack would occassionally give sermons to the congregation.  He pursued theological studies at Mercer University part-time.  He was also a Freemason like his father and grandfather.  In the late 60's, Jack began to suffer from heart trouble and finally suffered his first major heart attack.  His prognosis was bad because of serious heart trauma, but he managed to recover and continue working for the Power Company.  He suffered three more heart attacks over the course of the next four years and finally collapsed dead on Ivy Street in downtown Atlanta while waiting for the bus.  Jack was only a few hours short of completing his seminary studies.  He is buried in Decatur, Georgia, at Eternal Hills Cemetery.

The children of Jack Franklin Cole38 and Mary Jane Kirkpatrick41 , all born in Georgia, are:

  1. Linda Diane38, b. 1946, d. 1990
  2. Kenneth Turner39, b. 1952
  3. Donald Frank40, b. 1956

[Mrs. and Mrs. Jack F. Cole]
Mr. and Mrs. Jack F. Cole, shortly after marraige in 1945.

1. Linda Diane Cole38 was born a year after her parents married and were living in Atlanta. She spent much of her childhood close to her agnate relatives. When she was 12, her family moved to Willivee Drive. She spent some time in boarding school at Tallulah Falls before graduating from Shamrock High School in 1964. In 1969, she married a Ronnie Belcher41 from Greenback, Tennesse, who had recently served in Vietnam. They lived in a downstairs apartment at F.A. Cole's32 house. Linda's38 father, Jack38, passed away in 1970 after seeing the birth of his infant grandson, Ronald Belcher, Jr.42, as he had long hoped to do. Linda and Ronnie's marraige did not last and soon she was raising her two sons as a single parent. Her sons went to live with their father at his home in Greenback while she accepted a position with Ryder, Inc. in Pennsylvania. There she met her future husband, Jim Etzel. They moved to Miami, Florida, where they were married in 1990. Linda was diagnosed with lung cancer that same year. Her illness rapidly worsened until her death in August 1990. She is buried in Decatur, Georgia.

The children of Ronald Belcher Sr. 32 and Linda Diane Cole35 are:

  1. Ronald Jr.38, b. 12/7/1969
  2. Jack Franklin39, b. 4/19/1971

Kenneth Turner Cole graduated from Shamrock High School in 1973. He began working with Wyeth Laboratories in the warehouse. His years of faithful service with the company accrued and by the time he was in his thirties, Ken held a successful position as Warehouse Manager. His first marraige to Teresa Adams of Stone Mountain, Georgia, yielded two children. He later remarried and is currently still with his company in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The children of Kenneth Turner Cole 32 and Teresa Adams35 are:

  1. Kenneth Turner Jr.38, b. 1974
  2. Timothy39, b. 1978

Donald Frank Cole, Sr.40 graduated from Shamrock High School in 1975. Part of his high school career included a two-year stay at Tallulah Falls School in North Georgia. There he exceled in theatre and sports where he became captain of the mens' basketball team. After high school he attended some college while working to support his girlfriend, Ruth Ellen Crisman, and infant son. Don40 continued to demonstrate his singing talents which landed him some professional vetnures to Los Angeles and even London with popular 70's rock bands. He was successful in the Heating and Air Condition industry landing numerous duct cleaning contracts while it was still a fledgling market. He has worked in numerous fields since that time.

Donald Frank Cole 32 and Ruth Ellen Crisman35 have one son:

  1. Donald Frank Cole Jr.38, b. 8/10/1975