Ebenezer Cole’s 5th child and 2nd daughter of his first marriage was Ruth. I have been unable to discover very much about Ruth’s short life. She married John Calhoun and moved from the
area to Hopewell Cape, Albert Co., NB. There were several Calhoun families in
Albert Co., descendants of the original settler Thomas Calhoun and his wife
Rebecca Peck. Thomas was born in 1738 in Chester Co., PA. He was the son of
John Cohoon*, an immigrant from in 1714. Thomas
was a licensed Indian Trader but later moved to what is now Albert Co., NB to
manage a large land grant. He and his wife are considered to be the progenitors
of the Calhoun families of Albert Co., some of whom can still be found there. The
little info I did run across listed them as Master Mariners and/or Farmers.
Some were both. After many years at sea, they would retire to farming in their
later years. Shipbuilding, lumbering and
mining were other profitable occupations for the residents of this county. County
*Another reminder to check all spelling variations for any surname. There was no standardized form of spelling until the late 19th century.
Hopewell Rocks - Bay of Fundy at low tide
A. Ruth E. Cole (c1800-1826) m. 1820 John Calhoun, Jr. (1795-1843
1. Ingraham (?-?)
2. Henry A. (1822-1912)
3. Ruth Matilda (1824-1912) m. 1846 James Manford Ayer (1822-1887) - 9 children
4. John (1825-1879) m. Caroline (c1835-?) - 2 children
After Ruth died, John Jr. m. again in 1827 to Mary Brewster. They had one daughter, Mary Ann Calhoun, daughter of James Calhoun, who married (1) Elijah Calkins and 2nd Squire Rufus Cole.
I haven’t seen it documented but it’s most likely that John was a mariner. He died in
Bermuda in 1843 from
Yellow Fever. He is, however, buried in Mountain View Cem., Lower Cape, Albert
Then a 3rd daughter is born was born to Ebenezer and Martha Grace Cole. Martha was born in
Dorchester, but as an adult, she moved to
the States where she lived with her husband and family.
B. Martha (
Portland CT) m. 1824 Caleb Read ( 1803-1865 Portland CT)
1. Zena Jane (1825-?) m. George Kirkpatrick (1822
Ireland -?) - 3 children
2. John Gideon (1827-1912) m. 1849 Mary Jane Tower (1829-1912) – 7 children
3. Rufus (1829-1918) m. Sara A. (born in
– 4 children
4. Asa ( 1831-1880 lost at sea) m. Emily Cole (1834-1870) – 5 children
5. Ruth Calhoun (1834-?) m. John Gosmer – 1 child. Since this child was living with his uncle and grandmother in 1870, it is likely that his mother, Ruth Calhoun Gosmer, had passed away before that census was taken.
6. Jane (1835-?)
7. Cyrus (1836-?)
8. Joseph (1939-?)
9. Martin (1841-?) m. Jane Unknown – 2 children
10. William (1843-1847)
Bedford (c 1845-?)
12. Bliss (1847-?)
Tidal Bore - Bay of Fundy
It’s unknown just when this family moved to CT, but Martha has been found in the 1860 Federal census for
Portland CT. By the 1870 census she was a
widow living with her son, Martin, and his wife, Jane. Another son, Bliss, was
also living there. He listed his occupation as a quarry worker. In addition,
grandson John Gosmer, age 7, was also living with Martin’s family. He would
have been the son of Martha’s daughter, Ruth and her husband John Gosmer. Martin’s occupation was listed as a sailor.
Although it appears that all of the Read children were born in NB, I have been unable to locate this family in any 1850 census. Perhaps it was at that time that the family was on the move and hadn’t settled in CT yet for the USA 1850 census and were no longer in NB for the Canadian 1851 census.
There is one more child, Martin, from Ebenezer’s first marriage, which will be the subject of the next blog.