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Robert Cole

Robert Cole

Male 1628 - Aft 1662  (> 34 years)

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  • Name Robert Cole 
    Born 1628  Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 2 Apr 1662  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Alternate death 1663  [5
    Person ID I11265  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of PNH
    Last Modified 23 Dec 2018 

    Father William Cole,   d. Between 1633 and 1634 
    Mother Jane,   b. of Heston, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1500  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rebecca,   d. 1662 
    Married Between 1649 and 1652  [1, 6
    Children 
    +1. Edward Cole,   b. 9 Nov 1657, St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Dec 1717, St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 60 years)
    Last Modified 23 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F5354  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Robert Cole's World: Agriculture & Society in Early Maryland.
    Robert Cole's World: Agriculture & Society in Early Maryland.
    By Lois Green Carr, Russell R. Menard, and Lorena Walsh. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.

    Book description from Amazon.com:

    In 1652 Robert Cole, an English Catholic, moved with his family and servants to St. Mary's County, Maryland. Using this family's story as a case study, the authors of Robert Cole's World provide an intimate portrait of the social and economic life of a middling planter in the seventeenth-century Chesapeake, including work routines and agricultural techniques, the upbringing of children, neighborhood relationships and community formation, and the role of religion.

    The Cole Plantation account, a record that details what the plantation produced, consumed, purchased, and sold over a twelve-year period, is the only known surviving document of its kind for seventeenth-century British America. Along with Cole's will, it serves as the framework around which the authors build their analysis. Drawing on these and other records, they present Cole as an exemplar of the ordinary planter whose success created the capital base for the slave-based plantation society of the eighteenth century.

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated from Heston, Middlesex to Maryland 1652 with his wife, four children, and two servants. Died in London during a business trip back there. He was literate, and Roman Catholic. He held minor offices such as manor court juror and he was referred to as "Mr."

      His Maryland plantation is the subject of a book-length study, Robert Cole's World: Agriculture & Society in Early Maryland by Lois Green Carr, Russell R. Menard, and Lorena S. Walsh (Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 1991).

      He called his fellow Maryland immigrant Benjamin Gill "kinsman" and was an executor of Gill's estate. Gill's wife Mary was a daughter of the recusant Oliver Mainwaring (d. 1631) and his royally-descended wife Margaret Torbock. Joan, a sister of Mary's, appears to have married a Thomas Cole in Heston, Middlesex; this has led to the theory that the settler was a son of that Joan and Thomas, but there appears to be no proof that this was the case. Carr, Menard, and Walsh believe that his father was William Cole.

  • Sources 
    1. [S248] Robert Cole's World: Agriculture & Society in Early Maryland, by Lois Green Carr, Russell B. Menard, and Lorena S. Walsh. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.

    2. [S247] Maryland State Archives, Biographical Files of 17th and 18th Century Marylanders, by Dr. Lois Green Carr., year only.

    3. [S248] Robert Cole's World: Agriculture & Society in Early Maryland, by Lois Green Carr, Russell B. Menard, and Lorena S. Walsh. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991., year and country only.

    4. [S1108] To Maryland from Overseas by Harry Wright Newman. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002.

    5. [S247] Maryland State Archives, Biographical Files of 17th and 18th Century Marylanders, by Dr. Lois Green Carr.

    6. [S138] St. Mary's Families, compiled by Linda Reno.