Birth: December 10, 1830, Hubbard, Trumbull County, Ohio
Death: August 24, 1918, Brookfield, Trumbull County, Ohio
Burial: Paynes Corners Cemetery, Paynes Corner, Trumbull County, Ohio
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From Harriet Taylor Upton, A Twentieth Century History of Trumbull County, Ohio, A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909), Volume 2, pp. 253-254:
JOHN COLE, the owner of a fine farm devoted to general farming and especially stock raising, which is located within that fertile portion of Trumbull county known as Vienna township, was born December 10, 1830, in the extreme northeast corner of Hubbard township, and on the state line. His father was Moses and the mother Mary Anne (Perine) Cole, the former born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1806, and the latter in Wayne county, Ohio, about 1814. The paternal grandfather, Moses Cole, came from New Jersey about 1812, locating in Hubbard township on a farm. His daughter, with her husband, then came to reside on the place. The grandfather remained on the homestead in Pennsylvania until his death. In the disposition of the property the father of John Cole received this farm in Hubbard township and resided thereon until his death, in 1877, the wife and mother having died about 1871.
John Cole, born on the farm where his grandfather located, is the third eldest child in a family of eight children born to Moses and Mary Ann Cole. He was educated at the public schools in Hubbard township, also one winter attended the school at Hubbard. He remained at home until twenty years, when he married, after which he lived with his father-in-law, being employed in his distillery, which plant was known as the Applegate Distillery. Having lived on his father’s place two years previous to this, he then sold out and went to the one hundred and thirty-acre tract where he now resides. Here he carries on extensive farming operations, including the growth of considerable stock. He is a Democrat, and has served one year as a justice of the peace and been a notary public for thirty years.
Mr. Cole was united in marriage, October 9, 1851, to Rachel Applegate, born in Brookfield township, March 8, 1832, a daughter of William and Sarah Jane (Hann) Applegate, her parents both being natives of New Jersey, who came to Trumbull county, Ohio, locating first in Hubbard township. Her father’s brother was one of the old school Campbellites, and Mr. Cole used to attend the meetings held by Mr. Campbell, when he was a boy about six years of age. These meetings were usually held in the big woods. Mrs. Cole’s parents later moved to Brookfield township and there the father died about 1864 and the good mother about 1874.
The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Cole are as follows: Charles, born November, 1851, married Grace Hann, a second cousin, now reside in Vienna township on a farm; William, born 1853, unmarried and resides with his father; Perry, born 1855, unmarried and at home; Dexter, born 1857, unmarried and at home; John, born 1859, died in 1876; Addie, born 1864, the wife of J. O. Price, residing in Hubbard township, in the saw mill business, but owns a good farm also; Harry, born 1867, unmarried, at home and is a teacher, at present in Warren township; Royal, born 1874, now a mail carrier; Paul, born 1877, married Lottie Nottingham, residing near the father, engaging in running a saw mill in partnership with his brother-in-law, Mr. Price.