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Robert Cole

Male Abt 1710 - Bef 1771  (~ 61 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Robert Cole was born about 1710 in St. Mary's County, Maryland (son of Robert Cole and Elizabeth Tant); died before 2 Dec 1771 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Bef 1719, St. Mary's County, Maryland

    Notes:

    Abstract of the will of Robert Cole, from Linda Reno's stmarysfamilies.com:

    Robert Cole, SMC 11/26/1771-12/2/1771. Wife: Sarah, alias Elizabeth. Children: Eleanor, Elizabeth, Mary. If any of these 3 die before marriage or not arrive at age, estate may go to survivors of these 4: Eleanor, Elizabeth, Mary, Henrietta Hayden. Son-in-law: Robert Mattingly. Granddaughter: Elizabeth Mattingly. Heirs of daughters: Jane Mattingly and Margaret Melton, both deceased. Execs: Sons-in-law, Robert Mattingly, Richard Melton, Basil Hayden. Wit: James Roach, Clement Hayden, William Hayden.

    From Mary Louise Donnelly, John Medley (1615-1660):

    "An inventory of Robert Cole's estate was made on 8/14/1772 with a value of nearly 445 pounds of sterling. He owned seven slaves and the usual items found on a plantation of that period, and some special items such as a desk, a seal skin trunk and a pair of spectacles and case. When the final account of Robert Cole's estate was made on 11/22/1773 his heirs received nearly 513 pounds of sterling (Acc't 69:205)."

    Family/Spouse: "Sary" Elizabeth. "Sary" died before 1776. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Robert married Ann Greenwell before 1743. Ann (daughter of Thomas Greenwell and Mary Medley) was born about 1730 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before 1771. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Jane Cole was born in in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before 1769.
    2. Henrietta Cole was born on 2 Jul 1754 in St. Mary's, St. Mary's, Maryland; died on 6 Dec 1837 in Marion County, Kentucky; was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Holy Cross, Marion, Kentucky.
    3. Eleanor Cole was born between 1755 and 1760; died between 1830 and 1848.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Robert Cole was born about 1686 in St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland (son of Edward Cole and Honora); died before Apr 1720 in St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland.

    Robert married Elizabeth Tant before 1704 in St. Mary's County, Maryland. Elizabeth (daughter of John Tant and Margaret Bloomfield) was born before 1689 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died after 1724 in St. Mary's County, Maryland. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Elizabeth Tant was born before 1689 in St. Mary's County, Maryland (daughter of John Tant and Margaret Bloomfield); died after 1724 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
    Children:
    1. John Cole died between 18 Mar 1752 and 4 Apr 1752.
    2. 1. Robert Cole was born about 1710 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before 2 Dec 1771 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
    3. Mary Cole was born between 1715 and 1720 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before 1776 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Edward Cole was born on 9 Nov 1657 in St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland (son of Robert Cole and Rebecca); died between 18 Apr 1717 and 20 Dec 1717 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Bef 20 Dec 1717, St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland
    • Alternate death: Bef 3 Mar 1718

    Notes:

    Planter and householder. Literate. Called "Mr." After the death of his parents when he was five or six, he was raised by his father's friend Luke Gardiner.

    His second wife Elizabeth Slye was a daughter of Robert Slye and Susanna Gerard. Susanna Gerard was a daughter of early Maryland immigrant (and Edward I descendant) Dr. Thomas Gerard and his wife Susanna Snow. But more interestingly in connection with American history, Susanna Gerard's second husband, following the death of Robert Slye, was John Coode, one of the three leaders of Maryland's Protestant revolution of 1689 (and also a shadowy and malign figure in John Barth's 1960 novel The Sot-Weed Factor). Susanna's sister Elizabeth Gerard was the wife of Nehemiah Blackiston, another of the leaders of the 1689 uprising, who was a son of regicide judge John Blackiston. Her sister Mary Gerard was the wife of Kenelm Cheseldine, the third of the revolution's leaders. And finally, her sister Frances Gerard was, in the fourth of her five marriages, the third wife of Col. John Washington (1633-1677), great-grandfather of George Washington.

    Edward married Honora on 27 Apr 1683 in St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland. Honora was born about 1667 in "Strand," St. Mary's County, Maryland; died after 1694. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Honora was born about 1667 in "Strand," St. Mary's County, Maryland; died after 1694.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Between 1696 and 1698, St. Mary's County, Maryland

    Notes:

    That her last name was Ford is unproven.

    Children:
    1. Edward Cole was born in in of St. Mary's County, Maryland; died in 1762 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
    2. 2. Robert Cole was born about 1686 in St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before Apr 1720 in St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland.

  3. 6.  John Tant was born before 1645; died before 12 Nov 1702 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

    Notes:

    First recorded in 1673, an immigrant servant; free later that same year. A "taylor" in 1675, a planter by 1676, with one slave, later four slaves and one servant. Dr. Lois Green Carr's records (citation details below) call his wife only "Margaret", but she notes his their household also contained "Patrick Blomfield, son of John Blomfield."

    His will of 17 Oct 1702 bequeaths to his son James and heirs, personalty, and also confirms to James and heirs the estate "Dry Dockett". To son Mark at 18, all of his other lands, except if Mark dies without issue, lands to pass to daughters … and "to Japhaele and Maryeena Blumfield and Ellinor Dickins, personalty". Thus another Bloomfield connection to the Tant family.

    John married Margaret Bloomfield before 1665 in St. Mary's County, Maryland. Margaret was born between 1651 and 1654; died in 1726 in St. Mary's County, Maryland. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Margaret Bloomfield was born between 1651 and 1654; died in 1726 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
    Children:
    1. James Tant
    2. 3. Elizabeth Tant was born before 1689 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died after 1724 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.


Generation: 4

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

    Other Events:

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

    Notes:

    Emigrated from (probably) 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 (Ann Maria) was a daughter of the recusant Oliver Mainwaring (d. 1631) and his royally-descended wife Margaret Torbock. Joan or Jane Mainwaring, a sister of Mary's, appears to have married a Thomas Cole in Heston, Middlesex; this has led to a hypothesis (here, here, and here) that the settler was a son of that Joan and Thomas, but there appears to be no proof that this was the case. And yet we note that Robert Cole's grandson Edward Cole married Ann Neale, a great-granddaughter of Benjamin Gill and Mary Mainwaring.

    Carr, Menard, and Walsh (citation details below) believe that his parents were William and Joan/Jane Cole of Heston. 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, at St. Giles without Cripplegate, on 28 Aug 1629. Mary Ellen Donnelly (citation details below) believes his parents were Thomas Cole of Lampton, Middlesex, baptized 15 Dec 1594, and Jane Hanckes of Middlesex.

    The burial of a Robert Cole is also in the Greater London Burial Index on findmypast.com, buried 17 Aug 1662 in the parish of St. Leonard in Heston, believed 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. An actual image of the handwritten burial record can be found here on ancestry.com. It says "Augusti 17 Sepultus Robert Cole filius", then a blank space, then "Cole" followed by characters that are, in the photograph, too blurred to interpret. It looks to us like the problem is with blurriness in the photograph, and that these characters might actually be readable in a better image. On 11 Jun 2021 we wrote to the London Metropolitan Archives, where we believe the original of this parish register resides, to inquire about having this page pulled and rephotographed, or at least examined.

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


  2. 9.  Rebecca died about Mar 1662.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Bef 1663

    Notes:

    She was the widow of a man named Knott, possibly named John or Francis.

    She appears to have been related to Richard Sheppey. Archives of Maryland 41:242: "Capt Nicholas Gwyther Sayth upon oath, that the last yeare coming to New Towne, att the request of Capt cornewaleys understanding that Richard Sheppey lyued att ROBT COLES (his kinsman by marriage) Hee told the sd ROBT COLE, that rich: Sheppey was indebted to Capt Crnewaleys in the summe of 1000 lbs Tob. & if soe bee hee would come to Capt Cornewaleys & take some course with him about it, & pay it, hee would forbeare his till next yeare; not speaking to Rich: Sheppey att all, & ROBT COLE promised this Depont to goe downe to the sd Capt Cornewaleys about it."

    Children:
    1. Robert Cole was born on 15 Oct 1652 in St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before 30 Apr 1695.
    2. Mary Cole was born on 26 Jan 1653 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
    3. 4. Edward Cole was born on 9 Nov 1657 in St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland; died between 18 Apr 1717 and 20 Dec 1717 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.