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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Edward Cole's Family, Dorchester, NB

As mentioned in the last blog, Edward’s oldest son, Ebenezer, died at the age of 24, at the home of his parents. Then children #3 and #4 died, leaving Lucinda Jane the oldest of the remaining children. She was 10 years older than my gt. grandmother and what a life she had. I think we have all experienced the feeling that we have a black cloud over our heads, at times. Things just don’t go right, but eventually life resumes a happier note. This can not be said about Lucinda.

Edward’s daughter Lucinda (aka Aunt Lucindy by the family) has become an icon for bad luck and misery in my eyes. Her tale needs to be told, so that others might see what horrendous things befell this woman. Lucinda was b. 1845 and married William Edward Buck, Master Mariner, in 1866. Their 10 children were:

Augusta         (1867-1877)
James A.       (1870-1877)
Ebenezer A.  (1872-1874)
Edith L.          (1876-1877)
William E.      (1878-1878)
Edgar            (1880-1883)
Arabella May (1882- ?) m. 1909, Charles E. Lawrence (1880-?), moved to                                                   Medford MA
Edward LeRoy  (1884-1911) m. 1909, Minnie Bishop (1886-?)
Hurbert         (1886-1887)
Wildie (Will-dee) Edna (1888-1969) m. 1919, Nelson Ward (1879-1953)

Baby Ebenezer lived for about two years and a month and died on Sep. 20 1874. Then, according to the family story, an outbreak of diphtheria and scarlet fever swept through the area in 1877. In July, Lucinda and William lost James on Jul 6, he was 7; then Edith on Jul 14 at age 18 mos.; then Augusta on Jul 16, who had just turned 10. In just 10 days they lost their three surviving children. Their entire family was gone. I’m not sure how any parents can live through this kind of tragedy but they weren’t alone. I have come across other records, for other families, that show several children dying during an epidemic. It does make you appreciate the medical care available to us today.

The road to Lucinda's house.

But they went forward. William E. was born in 1878 but only lived 5 months. Edgar was b. in 1880 but only lived three years, dying in 1883. Arabella (Belle) was born in 1882, Edward LeRoy, b. 1884 and Hurbert was b. in 1886 only to die 11 months later.  Nov. 1887, Lucinda is pregnant once again and the schooner, Arabella, set sail for New York City. The tide was right so the Arabella sailed off, on her maiden voyage, with a full load of lumber, Capt. William Buck and Alexander Chambers, his brother-in-law, as his first mate. There was also a passenger going to the states for a visit.  The Arabella was a new class of sailing vessel designed to be swift, cutting days off the time it took commodities to be traded back and forth with the States.  By piecing together facts and family stories, it can be said the Arabella arrived in NYC, unloaded the timber and reloaded with coal.  They were on their way out of Long Island Sound when an inbound ship hailed them. One of William’s brothers was onboard the hailing ship. They were warned about a dangerous storm off the tip of Cape Cod. They tried to get Capt. Buck to return to port until the storm was over. As the story goes, William was a stubborn sort with a great deal of determination and a fast ship, so he decided to take his chances with the elements. Since this was around Dec. 10, I’d like to believe they wanted to spend Christmas with their families. But we’ll never know for sure as the Arabella went down with no survivors. The passenger had opted to stay in the states for a longer visit so was spared the insanity of a Nor’easter on the open ocean.  So once again there is a death for Lucinda to face. She has the two surviving children and then Wildie is born in Apr. 1888.

Would this not be enough for any person to withstand? Well, for Lucinda – not quite. In 1890 she married Capt. John Cook. She had no means of support so marrying again was almost mandatory if she wanted her remaining children to survive. But fate struck again in 1909 when Capt. Cook was lost at sea.
In the meantime Arabella (Belle) had gone to MA in 1900 and married Charles Edward Lawrence in Apr. 1909. They settled in Medford and had three children. Marguerite and a set of twins Robert and Roberta. Her brother Edward LeRoy married Minnie Bishop in Sep 1909 and in 1910 their daughter Pauline was born. Sadly, Edward LeRoy died in 1911 and little Pauline died in 1917.  Wildie, the child born after her father was lost at sea, didn’t marry until 1919. She married Nelson Ward, a cousin, his mother being Esther Cole. Both Nelson and Wildie could claim Ebenezer as their gt. grandfather. Lucinda died Nov 4 1919 after burying just about everyone in her family.

A recap of the deaths Lucinda faced:
1874 – a son
1876 – Her grandmother Cole died
1877 – ten days apart, 2 daughters and a son
1878 – a son and her grandfather Buck died
1881 – Her grandmother Buck died
1883 – a son
1887 – a son, her husband and her brother-in-law
1897 – Her father died
1904 – Her mother died
1909 – her 2nd husband
1911 – her last son
1917 – her granddaughter

Two of Wildie’s children would also die at young ages. However, Wildie lived until 1969, Belle lived into late 1950’s, early 60’s, during which time my grandmother would correspond with her. All of Belle’s children lived.

Losing a child is a gut wrenching, life altering event. Lucinda buried 8 of her 10 children, 2 husbands and a granddaughter. She was 74 when she died and I can only hope that some time in her life she knew and experienced some happiness and some peace.

Family records and memories

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ebenezer Cole and Dorchester, New Brunswick

Ebenezer, along with Joseph Read, were founders of the Baptists of Sackville. Around 1802, Ebenezer moved to Dorchester where he continued to farm. Two of his older sons, Rufus, called Squire Rufus and Martin purchased the lands of their Uncle Martin, who had died in 1809. Here they quarried grinding stones and shipped them all up and down the east coast. Martin became the mariner and captained the ships that he and Rufus owned, while Rufus tended to the business of the quarries. Squire Rufus and Martin purchased a 60 ton schooner, Brant, and then they built a vessel of 100 tons and called it Martha Grace, which they sailed for 12 years.  According to some of the histories written about this area, this business became quite successful, until heavy duties imposed by the American Colonies made it cost prohibitive.

Squire Rufus Cole (1796-1884) m.1 Lavina Cutler (1797-1862) – 11 Children
          Seraphina Cutler (1819-1853) spinster
          Martha Grace (1821-1846) m. Charles Calhoun – 3 children
          Mary Ruth (1823-1890) m. Stephen Barnes (1807-1872) – 5 children
          Olive C. (1826-1862) spinster school teacher
          Rufus Cutler (1829-1918) m. Charlotte Smith  - 7 children
          Jonas Cutler (1831-1883) m. Adelia Jane Calkins (1851-1924) – 2 children
          Ruth Elizabeth (1834-1864) m. Thomas Anderson (1840-1918). They married in 1863      
          and Ruth was lost at sea in a storm in 1864.
          Lavinia V. (1837-1884) m. Edwin Bennett (1841-1870) – 1 child
          Charles W. (1840-1875)
          Augusta (1844-1866)
          Laleah Burpee (1845-1870) m. Alfred Bennett  They were married in 1867 and then      
          Laleah was lost at sea in a storm.

Ebenezer’s youngest son from his first marriage was Martin and he was the one who went into business with his older brother Squire Rufus. Martin settled in Sackville, married Mary Smith in 1830 and had 6 children.

          Mariner Lamb (1831-1862) m. Lucy Ann Snowden (1836-?) 2 children
          Alfred D. (1834-1912) m. Margaret McIntyre (1849-1916) – 4 children
          Ruth E. (1837-1912)
          Jonathan (1840 -?) Catherine Palmer (1841-1888) – 2 children
          Martha Ann Grace (1842-1877) – Asa Read (1831-1880) – 1 child
          Joseph Bedford (1850-1924) – Ada Tower (1856-1935) – 9 children

Ebenezer now had a second family, who were still quite young. Ebenezer’s oldest son, Jonathan and his oldest daughter Elizabeth (Cole) Palmer appear to be the only ones of his children, by his first marriage, who remained in Dorchester. His daughter Ruth (Cole) Calhoun removed to Albert Co., and his other daughter, Martha (Cole) Read went to CT. When Ebenezer died in 1826, his second wife, Margaret, would have been about 38 years old, with three children under the age of 11. I’ve found nothing written in any of the histories nor does there seem to be any family lore regarding how she managed the farm. Perhaps neighbors and family pitched in to help keep things going. However it was managed, she was able to keep the farm until her son Edward was old enough to take it over.

Edward was married in 1841 to Catherine Buck, d/o George and Phebe (Palmer) Buck and the Ebenezer Cole farm now became the home of the next generation of Coles. Edward and Catherine had 9 children. They were:

Ebenezer (1843-1867) m. Mary Ann Cook
Lucinda Jane (1845-1919) m1. Capt. William Edward Buck (1840-1887 lost at                          sea), s/o James R. and Sarah Mitton Buck. - 10 children;  
                                              m2. Capt. John A. Cook (1844-1909 lost at sea), s/o George and        
                                              Ann Coffee Cook
David (1850-1863)
Phebe (1851-1869)
*Rebecca Ellen (1854-1944) m. Alexander Scott Chambers (1855-1887 lost at                                                                                  
                                              sea), s/o James and Sarah MacPherson Chambers – 2 children                     
Edward William (1857-1908) m. Alice Dooe (1860-1934) – 7 children
Mary Abigail (1859-1925) m. John Muldoon (1847-1922), s/o Alexander and Mary Flynn  
                                               *1 Child
Emma Frances (1863-1948), m. Edmond Cole (1857-1918), s/o Martin and Sarah Crossman 
                                              Cole - 1 child
Margaret ((1866-1899) m. William Andrew Mitton (1858-1903), s/o Andrew and Ruth Mitton         
                                              – 4 children

A newspaper clipping says that Edward’s son, Ebenezer, died at his parents’ home. He was a sea Captain and his ship was the schooner William K. Chapman. Not all of the ships from this area of NB were ‘coasters.’ Many went on much longer voyages, The West Indies, Europe, Africa, even China. The clipping didn’t say what the cause of death was, but bringing back a tropical disease from some far distant port happened more often than one would think. Edward and Catherine had already lost their son, David, in 1863, then they lost Ebenezer and soon to follow, their daughter Phebe. In a matter of 6 years they lost three of their children. Lucinda became the eldest, nearly ten years older than my gt. grandmother Rebecca. The rest of the children grew to adulthood.

This was the day of sailing ships. Dorchester became a major ship building center, with plenty of available timber and a good harbor for launching ships.  There were three major ship builders in the Dorchester area. Gideon Palmer began his ship yard in 1854, in Dorchester, William Hickman moved to Dorchester in 1865 and took over an already established shipyard. Robert Chapman’s shipyard was in Rockland. Overall, the ship building industry lasted from about 1825 until 1899, but from mid-1820 to the 1860’s, it was considered the Golden Age of Sailing. Dorchester also became a port, of sorts. They exported timber, gypsum, and grinding stones which could end up in any one of the major seacoast cities. The return cargo might be coal or other goods that were not easily attainable in Dorchester.

Dorchester became a prosperous community and those connected to the shipyards or sailing became well respected citizens. Edward either gave up farming or greatly reduced the farming he did, because around 1847 he began to run the subsidized ferry between Hopewell Cape, Albert Co. and Cole’s Point.

As it is said, all good things must come to an end and that applies to the shipbuilding of sailing ships. A new age is arriving. There are now railroads springing up and ships are no longer relying on wind but on steam. As the industry began to decline, there were fewer and fewer jobs to be had. More and more of the Dorchester and Sackville inhabitants began to relocate. Many chose other shipbuilding sites along the east coast, other chose to go the bigger cities and take on a new trade all together. Those who had built ships were now building houses, using their carpenter’s skills. For many it was fortunate their skills were transferable. It was the end of an era.

Edward Cole’s mother, Margaret, died in 1876. Edward and Catherine continue to live in the Ebenezer house until he died in 1897. Catherine would live until 1904. Their son Edward, and his wife Alice, with their seven children also lived at the homestead.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013


I have managed to resolve my problem importing images to this blog. Before I begin the next blog on Edward Cole, I wanted to send out the images I had hoped to put into the Ebenezer blog.

These pictures were taken in the late 80's early 90's. This was Ebenezer's farm that was passed on to his son and eventually to his grandson.  There were some flat stones near his headstone, indicating that babies were buried there. If Ebenezer did drown there is no information stating whether or not his body was recovered. Therefore there is no certainty he is actually buried here.  Apparently this is a rather difficult place to get to on a dirt road, which has become a lover's lane.  There are some local stories of this area being haunted. It may all be the overactive imaginations of teenagers, but I haven't had the opportunity to test it out.  Maybe someday.

As can be seen in these next two images, Ebenezer's stone has fallen over and is now in two pieces.  These were taken c. 2012. Time has taken its toll.  Since this is considered a private family plot there is no upkeep on the area.

RIP Ebenezer Cole.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Jonathan Cole’s New Brunswick Family

Information taken from Grant Records shows Jonathan Cole registered for a grant Nov. 22 1763 in Cumberland Township and received 500 acres. (Vol. A, p. 272, grant 121). Jonathan Cole registered for a grant on June 22 1774 in Sackville. He received 500 acres. (Vol. A, p. 266, grant 119). Both were originally received in Nova Scotia. Then, in 1786, both grants were registered in New Brunswick. His sons Edward and Ambrose, both received 250 acres in Sackville, registered on June 22 1774 (Vol. A, p. 266, grant 119). They would forfeit these lands by fighting with the Patriots.

Out of all of Jonathan Cole’s family, his two sons, Martin and Ebenezer were the only ones to remain in New Brunswick. Considering that much of the area they lived in was wilderness, the years after the American Revolution were a time of building and construction. Many of the original settlers in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, who had believed in and participated in the Colonists stand against the British, had left their lands in Canada behind. They had returned to the colonies and for those who fought against the British and survived, they received grants of land in return for their patriotism. Most of this land was in areas that became OH, western NY and PA.

Other factors were also at work that had an impact on NS and NB. The invitation to relocate to free lands had been extended to the Irish, the Scots and people living in northern England in Yorkshire. The Yorkists came in droves, settled and stayed, many in NB. New Scotland or Nova Scotia tells us that the Scots had a profound impact on the land they settled. As time wore on, people moved, assimilated, married – rinse and repeat. The main reason for people to move was to find a better life for themselves, a better source of income, and so it was for all the new settlers in the Maritime Provinces.

The resources available in that whole region were considerable. There were thousands of acres of forests, the marshes were full of salt hay, The Bay of Fundy provided fish, shellfish and ample waterfowl, and there were mines of gold, silver, precious stones and Lapis Lazuli. What’s not to like? Travel was slow and arduous as so few roads existed. For those worried about their souls, ministers and missionaries were few and far between. Church was held in homes, until meeting houses could be built, with lay readers offering what they could until the minister came round the circuit once again. Sometimes, four or five children would be baptized all at once. Settlers had to clear land, build roads and bridges, dike the marshes, build homes, barns and schools and farmers had to start raising crops. They had ten years to improve the property they had been granted.

Jonathan Cole must have started out with his sons James, Edward and Ambrose helping with the clearing, cutting, building and planting. But the war soon called these brothers back to New England and Jonathan had just his young sons, Martin and Ebenezer to help. Jonathan’s lands were in Sackville. His son Martin moved off to what is now called Rockport (Upper Joggins before) and built his farm at Peck’s Point.

This Martin (1762 - c.1808) m. before 1786, Zilpha Alverson (1766-1839), d/o                                    David and Elizabeth Sherman Alverson.  They had 9                                           children:

Ambrose (1786-1857) m. 1817 Elizabeth Palmer (1793-1878), d/o Gideon and                                  Catherine Harper Palmer – 10 children

David (1787-1861) m1. 1809 Lavinia Throop (1786-1824 at sea), d/o Ichabod                                    and Lavinia Tingley Throop – 5 children

                              m2. 1831 Elizabeth Ward (1796-1870), d/o Jonathan and                                    Dorothy Maxell Ward – 5 children

John (c. 1791-c. 1851) m. c. 1813  Kreziah Lockhart 1796-1851), d/o Timothy                                   and Elizabeth Teed Lockhart – 9 children                   

Martin (1794-1871) m. 1816 Elizabeth Dixon (1798-?), d/o Robert and Rachel                                    Peck Dixon – 11 children

Japhet (1796-1871) m. Ann Stultz (18??-1900) -  8 children

Benjamin Cole (1802-1874) in Lowell, MA) m. 1824 Jane Lockhart (1806-1888),                               d/o Timothy and Elizabeth Teed Lockhart – 12 children

James (1804-?) m. 1826 Olive Lockhart, ( 1826-??), d/o Timothy and Elizabeth                                 Teed Lockhart – 9 children

Ebenezer (1807- aft. 1828)

Zylpha (1808-1861) m. 1826 Benjamin Tower (1801-1851), s/o Benjamin and                                    Mehitable (?) Tower – 8 children

In all, 72 grandchildren were born to grandparents Martin and Zilpha Cole. Family stories say that Martin, s/o Jonathan and Abigail was gored by a bull in 1808, leaving Zilpha with a house full of children. Only the 2 or 3 oldest would have been on their own. I suppose they continued to help her run the farm until some of the younger children were able to help. It doesn’t appear that she married again, though that was a very common thing for a widow/widower to do.

For many long years the roads were poor, hardly more than trails. Most of the settlers relied on small boats to get them to and from other parts of the area. For this reason, many towns grew up on or near rivers or on or near the Bay of Fundy. Jonathan’s youngest, living son, Ebenezer headed to a new place. Into the Bay of Fundy juts a peninsula with easy access to boats which could take them across the tidal Memramcook River to Albert County. Ebenezer established his farm on this peninsula, which soon became known as Cole’s Point. Here, he and his first wife, moved with their growing family in about 1802. He had married Martha Grace in 1789. She was the d/o John and Mary Thompson Grace (Grace is the surname). They had 7 children:

Jonathan (1791-1872) m. 1815, Sarah Wade (1793-1859) – 10 children

Michael Grace (1792-1869), m. 1810, Cynthia Estabrooks (1791-1882) d/o                                        James and Sarah Lawrence Estabrooks – 13 children

Rufus (called Squire Rufus) (1796-1884) m. 1814, Lavinia Cutler (1797-1862),                                   d/o Ebenezer and Olivia Dixon Cutler – 11 children

Elizabeth (1797-1875) m. 1814, John Palmer (1789-1889), s/o Gideon and                                        Catherine Harper Palmer – 13 children

Ruth (1800-1826) m. 1820, John Calhoun (1795-1843), s/o John Rebecca                                         Rand Calhoun – 4 children

Martha (1805-1890) m. 1824, Caleb Read (1803-1865), s/o William and Jemima                               Finney Read – 12 children

Martin (1809-1885), m1. 1830, Mary Smith (1811-c. 1870) – 6 children

                              m2. 1871 Phebe Parsons (1814-?) – no children

Ebenezer and Martha Grace Cole were the grandparents of at least 69 children. Infant mortality was high. Often babies died and somehow the records for them never survived. There could have been more children, but no information of them seems to exist.

Martha Grace Cole died in 1809, possibly in childbirth. This left Ebenezer with 7 children, Jonathan the oldest at 18 and possibly a new born. The men of that day worked long, back breaking hours with little or no time to care for a family’s needs. So in 1810, Ebenezer married again. His second wife was Margaret Wade. She has been a brick wall for 30+ years. So far nothing has been found about her life before she lived in Dorchester NB. There were many Wades who came from New England and settled in Nova Scotia and it’s possible that she is connected to them somehow. The other possibility and I believe this is more probable, is that she came from Yorkshire. The Colpitts family, living in the area, came from Yorkshire and had family connections to Wade in Yorkshire.

Ebenezer and Margaret Wade were married on Aug. 10, 1810. Ordinarily, there would be a recorded birth within the first two years after the marriage, but none show up until the birth of Edward in 1815. Olive was b. on Jul. 14, 1817 and Silas was b. on Nov. 4, 1818.  It’s possible there a couple of children born before Edward and there is evidence of infant burials near Ebenezer’s grave. However, no names or dates are on the stones so it’s not known to which marriage they may have been born.

Edward is my gt. gt. grandfather. It will be his line that I follow in the next episode. Three of Edward’s older half-siblings were married by the time he was born. At least two of them had children the same age as Edward and one of them had 3 or 4 children older than him. So he would have grown up knowing his nieces and nephews better than he did his siblings. Ebenezer continued to farm his land at Cole’s Point. His sons Rufus and Martin had taken over the quarries of their Uncle Martin (the one killed by a bull) and together they prepared and shipped grindstones all up and down the east coast. Martin was the Mariner while Rufus ran the business at home.

Then on Nov. 12, 1826, Ebenezer died at the age of 59. One story is that he drowned and his body was never recovered. A burial site and a stone are located on the property that was once his farmland. But no one really knows if there is a body there or if the stone was put there as a memorial. By this time, Edward is just a boy of 11 years and must have felt a great deal of responsibility thrust onto his shoulders. Edward continued to live on the farm and this is where his children were born.

Ebenezer and Margaret Wade Cole had 3 children:

Edward (1815-1897) m. 1841, Catherine Buck (1824-1904), d/o George and                                               Phebe Palmer – 9 children

Olive (1817-1901) m. 1840, Reuben Salisbury Ward (1818-1895), s/o Jonathan                                           and Dorothy Maxwell Ward – 12 children

Silas (1818-1809) m. 1849, Mary Davidson (1829-1884), d/o Oliver Davidson –                                            10 children

Ebenezer and Margaret had 31 grandchildren.  All together, Ebenezer had (drum roll, please!!) 100 grandchildren and that’s only the ones that can be found. Granted he didn’t live long enough to know most of these grandchildren, in fact a quick scan of birth dates indicates he knew of 29 grandchildren before he died.

Ebenezer’s brother Martin had 72 grandchildren, combined with Ebenezer’s 100, amounts to 172 gt. grandchildren for Jonathan and Abigail Cole. This total does not include any children from the older two sons, James and Ambrose, back living in the States and any children of his one daughter, Patience Cole Halliday. It would be an easy stretch to stay that Jonathan and Abigail Cole had at least 200 gt. grandchildren.

Edward and Catherine Buck Cole will be the next agenda item.

The Chignecto Isthmus and its First Settlers, Howard Trueman, 1902
History of Sackville New Brunswick, Dr. William Cochran Milner, 1934
I apologize for not having pictures. For some reason the feature for adding images does not give me a place to choose a file. Without that function, I'm unable to access any of my pictures. If anyone has a clue about how to fix that please email me






Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Cole Family heads north

Jonathan Cole arrived in what was then Nova Scotia with his 2nd wife Abigail Martin Estabrooks Cole, his two sons from his first marriage (who were not only step-sons to Abigail but half-nephews as well), his three step children from Abigail’s first marriage to William Estabrooks (who were also his half nieces and nephew by way of his first marriage) and the three children that had been born to them in RI. The children were James and Edward Cole (1st marriage), Elizabeth, Grizzell and William Estabrooks, Ambrose, Patience and Martin Cole (2nd marriage). Jonathan Cole’s name appears on lists as early as 1763 and then on lists for Sackville in 1766.
Jonathan and Abigail Martin Estabrooks Cole:
James Cole
Edward Cole
Elizabeth Esatabrooks
Grizzell Estabrooks
William Estabrooks
Ambrose Cole
Patience Cole
Martin Cole
Part of the agreement in receiving shares of land was to develop the acreage into arable land suitable for farming, dike the salt marshes wherever possible to make better use of the land and to build structures for habitation and keeping domestic animals. The salt marshes provided ample quantities of hay for livestock, there were large forests for wood to build homes and barns, but the work was back breaking daily intensive labor.  There were no roads, so they needed to be built. This became a community effort so when the men weren’t working on clearing, plowing or planting the land, they were doing their share to help build roads. In many ways Nova Scotia was an extension of New England since so many colonists made the move to settle there. Jonathan Eddy was another colonist from MA who settled in NS. It’s possible he was related to Jonathan’s family, through his grandmother Hannah Eddy, but there were a couple of Eddy families amongst the colonists and it hasn’t been determined exactly which family Jonathan Eddy belonged to.
While Jonathan and Abigail Cole were adding two more children to their family, Ebenezer and Jonathan, Eddy was determined to take Fort Cumberland away from the British. He failed to get the backing from the colonies that he had hoped for, but still besieged the Fort, in 1776, in an attempt to take control. Eddy was not successful in this. Jonathan Cole’s oldest two boys, James and Edward were members of Eddy’s Rebellion. They would have been in their early 20’s and apparently their loyalties were with the colonists. It is also believed that Ambrose Cole, the eldest child of the 2nd marriage also joined Eddy’s rebels. Eventually it was learned through Eddy’s Return that Edward had been killed in a skirmish.  With James, Edward and probably Ambrose gone off to fight with the colonists, the Cole family was left with Patience, Martin, Ebenezer and Jonathan, plus the three Estabrooks children. Of the four remaining Cole children, nothing has been found about the son, Jonathan, and it is presumed he may have died young.
Jonathan continued to live until 1814 but his will does not reflect any generosity to James, Ambrose or Ebenezer. Each was given 5 shillings. This seems to be a token inheritance, perhaps meant more as an insult to sons who did not remain loyal to the Crown. There seems to be no other records for James and Ambrose in either NS or NB but their names in his will at least suggest they were both still alive. Then, as so often happens, while looking for something else, I stumbled across a history of Crawford OH, which included some biographies. It seems that our James Cole was the father of a Mrs. Reuben McDonald (aka Matilda Cole). Reuben received quite a write-up which ended with the following:
            James Cole, the father of Mrs. Reuben McDonald, was a native of Nova Scotia, born Nov. 13, 1752, of wealthy parentage. At the commencement of the American Revolution, he joined a company of Nova Scotia refugees and served in the Continental army throughout the war, for which he was disinherited; was at Valley Forge with Washington, afterward taken prisoner and incarcerated in a British prison ship in Boston Harbor,    where he was badly wounded in one of his limbs, by the explosion of a shell, which crippled him for life. After the war closed, he was released and received pay for his services in Continental money, not worth a—continental—and hobbled on his crutch to Cheshire, Western Mass., where he hired out to a wealthy farmer, named Jesse Mason, working for him nearly a year, and in the meantime marrying his daughter Elizabeth. They removed to Vermont, came back to Massachusetts, and afterward removed to Niagara Co., N. Y., where he died in November, 1826, at the age of 74 years.
History of Crawford Co. OH   P.788-789
Although it claims that he was b. in RI, which is incorrect, it does support the theory that he was disinherited. James and Ambrose, sons of Jonathan, were not mentioned after Jonathan’s will of 1814. Some references call Ambrose a Capt. In February 18, 1801 the Sixth Congress awarded to Ambrose Cole and James Cole, among others, three hundred and twenty acres each (in Ohio) for their participation as "Nova Scotia Refugee's." Ebenezer would have been too young to be one of Eddy’s rebels and did not appear on Eddy’s or Congress’s lists. Yet it still seems as though he did not have his father’s favor.  We may never know the reason Ebenezer inherited only 5 shillings while other family members received considerably more. Ebenezer continued to live near his father and raised a fairly large family but he had moved closer to the Bay of Fundy and occupied land that became known as Cole’s Point, in Dorchester, New Brunswick. Ebenezer is my GGG grandfather and his line will continue in the next blog. To sum up what is known about all his siblings, I have the following information:
James Cole, b. 1751, Scituate RI, d. Nov 26 1828, Wilson, Niagara Co., NY m. Elizabeth Mason c. 1780.  Land deed shows purchase of 16 acres from David Alverson on Lot #70B on Nov. 26, 1786 in Sackville. Since James did not appear to return to NB to live, this may have just been a land speculation.  
James and Elizabeth had children:
Mason, b. Dec 28 1782, Ira, Rutland Co., VT
Aaron, b. Feb 9 1787, Ira, Rutland Co., VT
James, Jul 29 1788, VT
Aaron I. b. Feb 9 1789, Ira, Rutland Co., VT
Matilda, b. Jan 28, 1803, d. Dec. 19 1887, Portage OH
It’s possible there were more children but I’ve not been able to locate them. I can’t find a death date for Elizabeth but apparently she died after 1803.  Another research note says that James was living in Westfield, Washington Co., NY in 1792 when he sold his land in Ira VT. . I have a research note that says James m. Jerusha Alverson, d/o David and had two children, Elizabeth  b. 1807 and Jerusha b. 1810. It’s claimed that the Alverson family moved to Poughkeepsie NY and then David returned to RI.  There is a David Alverson living in Smithfield RI in 1820. Unfortunately, I have no verification of the marriage to Jerusha. There is a claim that she died in Monson MA in 1863. James would have been 20 years older than her, she may have gone to live with one of her children.
Ambrose Cole, b. Jul 14 1756 in Warren RI, d. Oct 27 1828 in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY. He married Althea Martin, his first cousin. She was the daughter of his mother’s brother, Nathaniel Martin. I have found two sons for this couple, Jonathan C, Cole and Edward Cole, b. 1788 in RI, d. Oct 12 1851. He m. Susannah Griffin and they had ten children. The other son was Edward Cole, who married Chloe Griffin, sister of Susannah. They had 13 children : Henry, Jonathan, Althea, Edward, James, Philmena, Martin, Elizabeth, Sarah, Calvin, Phoebe, Polly and Ambrose. This Edward, d. Aug 28 1839 in Erie, NY.
Patience Cole, Oct 20 1759 in Warren RI, m. Samuel Halliday of Cobequid NS
Martin Cole b. Jan 17 1562 in Warren RI m. Zylpha Alverson, d/o David Alverson
Elizabeth Estabrooks, unmarried
Grizzell Estabrooks m. Jeremiah Alverson
William Estabrooks, m. Miriam Thornton
Martine and Zylpha Cole will appear again in the next blog, which will concentrate mostly on Ebenezer and his numerous progeny.
The Chignecto Isthmus and its First Settlers, Howard Trueman, 1902
History of Sackville New Brunswick, Dr. William Cochran Milner, 1934