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Robert Cole

Robert Cole

Male 1628 - Aft 1662  (> 34 years)

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  1. 1.  Robert ColeRobert Cole was born in 1628 in Middlesex, England (son of William Cole and Jane); died after 2 Apr 1662 in England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1663
    • Alternate death: Bef Sep 1663


    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.

    A Robert Cole is recorded as baptised 15 Nov 1629 at St. Margaret, Westminster, son of William Cole. Another Robert Cole, also the son of a William, is recorded baptised in London, no parish given, on 28 Aug 1629.

    The burial of a Robert Cole is also in the Greater London Burial Index on, buried 17 Aug 1662 in the parish of Heston, known to be where our Robert came from. The findmypast entry includes under "relationship" the tantalizing phrase "Son of…", complete with ellipsis, but it's only a transcription; no original document is shown.

    Robert married Rebecca between 1649 and 1652. Rebecca died about Mar 1662. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. Robert Cole was born on 15 Oct 1651 in England; died before 30 Apr 1695.
    2. Mary Cole was born on 26 Jan 1653 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
    3. Edward Cole was born on 9 Nov 1657 in St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before 20 Dec 1717 in St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  William Cole died between 1633 and 1634.


    "The Coles were far from poor. Indeed, according to the standards of the day, Robert, at least, came from a prosperous family. His father, William Cole, was a yeoman, meaning that he was a farmer with modest land holdings. The competent English prose of Robert's will indicates that his family had the means to provide him with some formal education. There are also extant tax records that show that his widowed mother, Joan Cole, ranked within the top third of the economic pyramid in Heston. Additionally, Robert Cole had the resources necessary to transport his family and two servants to Maryland and then to purchase a three hundred acre farm when he got there." [Rory T. Conley, citation details below.]

    William married Jane. Jane was born in in of Heston, Middlesex, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Jane was born in in of Heston, Middlesex, England.


    Robert Cole's will mentions, along with his mother "Mrs. Jane Cole of Heston in the County of Middlesex," his "Cousin Mr. Henry Hanks of Holbourn in the City of London", which suggests that his mother may have been born Jane Hanks.

    1. 1. Robert Cole was born in 1628 in Middlesex, England; died after 2 Apr 1662 in England.