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Friday, March 8, 2013

Ebenezer Cole's First Daughter


The 4th child of Ebenezer’s first marriage to Martha Grace was Elizabeth, the first girl to come along in this branch of the family in nearly 40 years. Elizabeth was about 17 when she married John Palmer, the s/o Gideon and Catherine Harper Palmer.  John was born in Pointe de Bute, Westmorland Co., NB and Elizabeth was born in Sackville. John’s father, Gideon, was a Loyalist in the American Revolution, fighting with the British. The Palmer family had extensive holdings in Westchester Co., NY, near Throg’s Neck.  Gideon, and those like him, forfeited all their lands when the war ended and made their way north into Canada.

Elizabeth Cole (1797-1875) m. 1814, John Palmer (1789-1889) – the Palmer’s lived and raised their family in Dorchester, NB. John has the distinction of living to 100 years 8 months and 23 days in an era of highly contagious diseases and little or no medical intervention available.

A.  Martha Grace (1815-1902) m. 1834 Eliphalet Read Hicks (1813-1856)
          1.  Elizabeth (1836 -?)
          2.  Esther (1837-?)
          3.  Sarah (1840-?)
          4.  Lydia (1842-?) m. 1863 Edmond Allen Read
          5.  Josiah (1844-?)
          6.  John (1846-?)
          7.  William (1848-?)
          8.  Edward (1850-?) m. 1871 Clarinda Richardson (1848-?) -  2 children
          9.  Martha Grace (1851-?) m. 1871 William H. Wry (1837-1873) William died at Fort Fred    Steele in WY. The Fort was on of three established to protect the men building the Union Pacific Railroad. It is unknown if he was part of the building crew or part of the military staff at the Fort.

B.  Catherine (1818-1818)

C.  Gideon (1819-1826)

D.  Ebenezer Cole (1820-1892) m. 1844 Charity McCallum Reid (1823-1902)
          1. Mary E. (1846-1910 Concord MA) m. George W. Blake (?- aft. 1910)
          2. John A. (1847-1909) m. Jennie Stratton (1852-1927) – 3 children
          3. Lucy Ann (1849-1850)
          4. Sarah (1851-1852)
          5. Alice (1853-aft 1871)
          6. Abel (1853-1854)
          7. William R. (1856-1907) Lost at Sea m. (1877) Althea B. Tower (1855-?) – 4 children
          8. Vesta (1858-1905 Concord MA) (Sometimes listed as Augusta) didn’t marry
          9. Ida Alma (1861-1934 Westport MA) m. 1886 William H. Robson (1853-1927)              – 2 children
          10. Emma (1863-?)
          11. Frederick (1864-?)
          12. George (1866-?) Not included in the 1871 census

E.  Anne Trueman Palmer (1823-1871) m. 1840 Richard Cook (1816-1880)
          1.  Albert (1842-1929) m. 1865 Frances Maria Buck (1841-1925) – 8 children
          2.  Elizabeth Ann (1844-1861)
          3.  Charity (1846-1869)
          4.  Martha G.  (1848-1933 Amherst NS) m. 1877 Robert B. King
          5.  Diana (1849-?) m. 1875 David Lavers
          6.  Henry (1851-?) m. 1872 Caroline Warbec (?-1874)
          7. John W. (1853-?) m. 1875 Sarah Jane Bowser (1855-?)
          8.  Edward R. (1856-?) m. 1871 Alice Card (1861-?)
          9.  Marcus Herbert (1859-?)
          10. Ella Bernice (1867-?) m. 1884 Robert Milner
          11. George (1868-?)

F. Unknown Son – most likely died as an infant

G. Andrew Nelson (1826-1885) m. 1845 Seraphina Cutler Cole (1827-1909).   There is some controversy over Seraphina Cutler Cole. Squire Rufus had a daughter with this exact same name but her birth year was 1819. This couple were married in 1845, but in the 1851 Canadian Census, Squire Rufus’ daughter of the name, Seraphina, was age 31 and still living at home with her parents. In addition to that, although not much is known about this woman, it is recorded that she died in 1853, while Andrew’s wife lived until 1909. So far, the bottom line is that no one seems to have a clue who Andrew’s wife was or, indeed, if she was a member of the Dorchester/Sackville Coles.
         
          1. John H. (1847-1861)
          2. Melinda Jane (1850-1940) m. 1872 Comfort Killam Eagles (1843-1916) – 8 Children
          3. Martha Olivia (1853-bef 1881) m. 1873 William Coulliard – 2 children
          4. Elizabeth (1855-1867)
          5. Easter (probably Esther) (1857-?)
          6. Andrew Nelson. (1861-?) m. 1881 Annie Crossman (1862-?) – 5 children
          7. Alvira Maud (1863-?) m. 1887 Dixon Murray Little (1861-) 3 children
          8. Elbridge Wilder (1867-1906) m. 1894 Minnie Livingston, in Dover, ME (1868-?)            – 5 children
         
H. Alpheus Palmer (1828-1910) m. 1849 Mary E. Crossman (1830-1892)
          1. Julianna (1850-1921) m. 1867 Ephraim Weldon (1844-1921)
                    Julianna died in West Somerville MA – 2 children
          2. Margaret L. (1851-1928) m. 1871 Joseph Bishop  They lived in Wolfville, NS                – 7 children
          3. Joseph B. (1853-1872)
          4. Isaac Melbourne (1855-1873)
          5. Samuel Albert (1858-1936) m. 1880 Delilah Percival Ward (1861-1940)
                    Delilah died in Somerville MA – 6 children. Delilah was a granddaughter of Ebenezer Cole through his 2nd marriage to Margaret Wade. Her mother, Olive Cole Ward was a half sister to Samuel’s grandmother, Elizabeth Cole Palmer.
          6. Frederick Clinton (1859-1945) m. 1884 Anne Maud Dobson (1853-1951)                     – 11 children
          7.  Leander (1864-1912) m. Ella Soulis (1864-?) Leander died in British Columbia
          8. John E. (1864-1933)
          9. Infant (1866-1866)
          10. Infant (1868-1868)
          11. Clifford A. (1870-1891)
          12. A. Clarenece (1870-1870)
          13. Arthur E. Palmer (1875-?)

I. Ruth Elizabeth (1831-1919) m. 1851 William H. Lavers (c 1827-1905)
          A. Andrew Lavers (1851-?)

J. Caleb Read Palmer (1834-1912) m. 1865 Agnes Murray (1838-1912)
          This couple apparently had no children or no surviving children. In the 1881 Canadian Census, when this couple were in their 40’s, listed no children in the family.

K. Edward Chandler Palmer (1836-1935) m1. 1857 Mary Elizabeth Ann Bowser (1839- 1906)
          1. Mary E. A. (1859-1909)
          2. Bissell Barbour (1850-1929) m. Margaret Unknown – 1 child Bissell became a dentist and died in NYNY
          3. Agnes M. (1866-1939) m. S. J. Perry
          4. Hattie Palmer (1869-1869)
          5. Mabel L. Palmer (1871-1950)
Edward m2. Martha A. Brooks aft. 1906 – no children listed

L. Emily Jane Palmer (1838-1919) m. 1858 Charles Patterson Wry (1828-1906)
          1. Herbert Havelock (1860-1928) m. Mary Annie Killam – 3 children
          2. Ella (1860-?)
          3. Elmer A. (1863-1880)
          4. Elizabeth A. (1965-c. 1946)
          5. Albert Stanley (1867-1880)
          6. Jeneva (1870-?)
          7. William E. 1872-1880)
          8. Eva T. (1876-1880)
The anguish this family must have felt when Elmer died on Jul 22, William died on Jul 23, Albert died on Jul 30, and Eva died on Aug 10, all in the year of 1880.  Because I don’t have death dates for Ella and Jeneva, it is well within the possibility that they may have expired during this time as well.

M. Melvina Augusta (1842-1927) m. 1863 Elijah Ayer (1837-1927)
          1. Andrew Humphrey (1864-1940 Providence RI) m. Cassie Jones (1873-1953)                 – 3 children all born in MA
          2. Minnie Grace (1865-1914 Plainville, MA) m. 1892 Edward Oscar Herring (1853-1937) -  1 child
          3. Melville Parker (1867-1867)    
          4. Charity (1869-1955 Pawtucket RI) m. Unknown Wilson – 1 child
          5. Mary Elizabeth (1971-1858 Wakefield MA) m. Edward A. Hanrigh (c. 1873-?)
          6. John William (1873-1957 Sussex NB) m. 1904 Anna B. Crossman (1882-1908)            – 2 children
          7. William Gifford (1875-1965 Attleboro MA) m. 1902 Gertrude Eugenie Newell in Plainville MA (1876-1921 Attleboro MA) – 2 children
          8. Ernest J. (1878-1880)
          9. Emma Haseltine (1881-1970 Plainville MA) m. 1905 Arthur Darling Rhodes in Plainville MA (1872-1931) – 1 child

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