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See notes on William Temple Cole, husband of Hannah Allison.
"A History of Cooper County, Missouri, Henry C. Levens and Nathaniel M. Drake, St. Louis, Perrin & Smith, Steam Book & Job Printers, 1876."
Chapter I, Page 16
'On the 20th of February, 1810, Col. Benjamin Cooper, with several others returned to what is now Howard county.They came up on the north side of the Missouri river from Loutre Island, and all of them, except Hannah Cole and Stephen Cole, settled in Howard county, north of the Missouri river.Hannah Cole and Stephen Cole settled in what is now Cooper county;Stephen Cole about one and one-half miles east of Boonville, in what is now called the old 'Fort Field,' now owned by J. L. Stephens;and Hannah Cole in what is now East Boonville, on the big bluff overlooking the river at a point of rocks where a lime kiln now stands.........
When the families of Hannah and Stephen Cole settled in what is now Cooper county, there was no white American living in Missouri west of Franklin county and south of the Missouri river.Those who came with them and settled north of the Missouri river, were their nearest neighbors, but they were most of them two or three miles distance from this side of the river.
The families of the first settlers south of the Missouri river, were composed of the following members:Hannah Cole and her children Jennie, Mattie, Dickie, Nellie, James, Holburt, Stephen, William and Samuel.Stephen Cole and Phoebe, his wife, and their children James, Rhoda, Mark, Nellie and Polly, making seventeen in all, members of the two families who made the first settlement in what is now Cooper county, but what was then untrodden wilderness."
Chapter III, Page 33, 34
"The next day after the killing of McMahan, all the settlers living near the present site of Boonville, rushed into the house of Hannah Cole, which stood on the bluff, in what is now 'East Boonville,' as this place was the most suitable of any near, to defend against an attack of the Indians.All of these men came with their teams, cut down trees, dragged logs to build a fort at that place.They completed the building of the fort in about one week, although all of the men could not work at one time, as it was necessary to station a guard on every side to watch for the approach of the enemy, whom they expected every hour.
The fort was built on the edge of the bluff, and as the bluff was very steep at that point, it was well defended on that side from the Indians.Another reason for building it at that place was because the inmates of the fort could obtain a constant supply of good water from the river.They had a long log running out over the edge of the bluff, and a windlass and rope attached to it, so that it was an easy matter to draw up water, even during an attack of the Indians.
As soon as the fort at Hannah Cole's was completed, the old fort at Stephen Cole's, situated on the bluff near the river, one mile below the new fort, was abandoned, and all the families gathered into the new fort, so as to be a protection to each other."
Chapter III, Page 36
"......in the year 1815, Luke Williams, who afterward preached at Concord church, held service at Hannah Cole's fort.Soon after this, a minister named James Savage preached at the fort."
From"Boonslick Bicentennial History," Edited by Lyn McDaniel, Boonslick Historical Society, 1976, Pages 12 and 13:
"......many early settlers in Boonslick country may have seen 'a sacred or heavenly person' and 'a tiller of the soil' in the personage of Hannah Cole, believed to be the first white woman to venture south of the Missouri River.Many historians have portrayed Hannah Cole and her family as courageous leaders in the pioneer days of this area."
"By December 1814, the settlers on the south side of the river had become so concerned for their own safety in the wake of killings by indians that they gathered at the home of Hannah Cole to build a fort larger than the first Cole fort."(See notes under Stephen Cole)"The fort did serve many other useful purposes.Peter Woods, a Baptist minister and indian fighter, conducted the first worship service on that side of the river in Hannah Cole's cabin in 1811, and the fort continued to be a central place for worship services by circuit ministers.""The first county seat of Howard County.......was at Hannah Cole's fort from 1816 to 1817.The first circuit county and probate court sessions were held there July 8, 1816."
"In the same year (1816) Hannah Cole became one of Missouri's first businesswomen as she was granted the first license to operate a ferry at Boonville."
"In 1817, Hannah Cole's cabin served as the first schoolhouse in the area and was among the polling places used in the general election of 1819.The fort also served as a post office, hospital, community center, gathering place for hunters and a place to cast bullets for flintlocks at one time or another."
"...Hannah Cole had tried to obtain the right to purchase land in the area as early as 1810, but could not do so since at that time the United States had not yet acquired the land from the indians.On January 23, 1819, Hannah Cole entered claims on tracts of land of 110 acres and 130 acres encompassing the northern part of the city of Boonville.She paid $120 down and was to pay $120 per year for the next three years.For some unexplained reason, however, she sold the land just two days later to Byrd Lockhart and Henry Carroll for a trifle sum.It has been said that she did not realize that she had deeded all her land rights away.This is one of the first deeds recorded in Cooper County."
" In 1825, Hannah Cole moved to a cabin 13 miles south of Boonville and lived there with her slave Lucy until her death in 1843 at age 89.The Boonville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, known as the Hannah Cole chapter, completed the restoration of the Briscoe Cemetary along highway 5 in which Hannah Cole is buried, in 1932."
The marker for Hannah Cole's grave, erected by the Pilot Grove DAR Chapter, pays tribute to 'the first white woman settler of Cooper County whose unfailing courage in facing the dangers of a wilderness and a cruel indian war entitle her to be called a pioneer mother of early Missouri civilization."
LETTER from "Major Dillard" (Margary Cole Dillard), sister of William Temple Cole, to her daughter, Ann (Dillard) Flemming, written July 1842, photocopy in posession of R.P. Kanarr, obtained from Debbie Dillard, original in the posession of Susan Blair, Plano, Texas.(Major Dillard was writing from Booneville, Missouri to her daughter in Texas>)\
"........There has been no deaths in the family since you last heard from us with the exception of your Aunt HANNAH COLE and cousin Ellen Ashcraft.Your aunt was perfectly resigned to die and seemed to be happy.She told her friends not to grieve after her, that she was going to a better and happier world in the presence of her God where we shall all meet in the day of judgement........"
BRISCOE CEMETERY HISTORICAL SKETCH
"Would Revere Hannah Cole
"Pilot Grove D. A. R. Plan Hayside Shrine At Her Grave" January 29, 1932
"State Department May Give Aid"
"Plans to form 'A Wayside Park' of a plot of Ground at Briscoe Cemetery, the burial place of Missouri's pioneer mother, Hannah Cole, are being considered by the numbers of the Pilot Grove Chapter of the D. A. R. . The cemetery is located on Highway #5, south of Boonville about 15 miles.
A strip of land about 90 x 200 feet which lies between the cemetery and the highway, has been obtained by the Pilot Grove D. A. R. . According to Mrs. Marshall Rust, State Historian of the Missouri D. A. R. . they plan to build a driveway through this strip to the cemetery.
The aid of the State Highway Department and the State Park Department have been asked, and T. H. Cutler, chief engineer of the Highway Dept. has indicated that Missouri will probably be interested in helping to make this cemetery a shrine to the first white woman settler in Cooper County, Mo.
At the present time, Hannah Cole's Grave is unmarked. Last fall, a group of interested citizens gathered at the cemetery, cleared it of brush, and fenced it. The next stop is to provide a suitable marker for the grave. The marker will probably be hewn from a large nature stone.
The cemetery itself contains about an acre of ground and the D. A. R. Chapter intends that it shall be made beautiful and become a spot of historical interest to all Missourians.
Col. J. B. Barnes, local historian, who has been aiding the ladies in this work, says the following: "Mrs. Rust and the Pilot Grove D. A. R. are doing the only important and constructive work that has been done by any Cooper County organization in the interest of Cooper County history. The matter of getting a suitable marker is well under way. I have no doubt that the Briscoe Cemetery will become a marked and important historical shrine."
"This cemetery was deeded by William Briscoe to the people of the community in 1867 and consists of one acre. It was a family burying ground as early as 1825. A part of it was used as a plot for the burial of slaves."
"She was Missouri's greatest pioneer Mother."
February 5, 1932 "Boulder Will Mark Grave"
"Burial Place of Hannah Cole Will Be Fittingly Dedicated" "A huge limestone boulder from land belonging to the Cole Family has been chosen to mark the grave of Hannah Cole in Briscoe Cemetery. ....
The boulder will be marked so that the resting place of Missouri's most intrepid pioneer mother will be landscaped into an attractive driveway and approach to the burying grounds." From the Boonville News
February 9, 1932 "Honor a Pioneer Mother" Kansas City Star
"Later this month, tribute will be paid the memory of one of Missouri's great pioneer mothers, Hannah Cole, who was the first white woman to settle on the present site of Boonville, in February, 1810.
The movement to honor her is being sponsored by the Pilot Grove, Mo. Chapter of the D. A. R. . The grave of Mrs. Cole is fifteen miles south of Boonville, Mo. .
Hannah Cole was the widow of William Temple Cole, who was killed in an encounter with Indians who had stolen his horses. With her nine children and a brother-in-law, Stephen Cole, his wife, and five children, Mrs. Cole came up the Missouri River with Benjamin Cooper, for whom Cooper County later was named. They first settled in the bottom land of Howard County and later moved across the river to what is now Cooper County.
September 9, 1932 "Boulder Delivered at Briscoe Cemetery"
Mrs. Marshall Rust, Mrs. H. N. (Neal) Simmons, Mrs. Guy Long, Mrs. W. S. Barnes, and Mrs. J. C. Simmons of the Pilot Grove D. A. R. were at the Briscoe Cemetery on Tuesday for noon to meet State Highway Architect, Mr. Brewster and a party of men, who were delivering a red granite boulder to be used as a marker for the grave of Hannah Cole. The boulder is a gift of the Highway Department .... suggestions have been made, and accepted by the sponsors, that the stones used in building purposes on the Cemetery Grounds, come from the thirteen different townships of Cooper County, so that the entire county may have a part in this memorial. ....
The large granite boulder was secured near Doe Run, St. Francois County, in southeast Missouri. With the smaller stones gathered from all parts of the Hannah Cole County, the historic connection will be complete.
October 31, 1932 From the Pilot Grove Record
"Grave Formally Marked" - "Tablet at Hannah Cole Grave is Unveiled"
With fitting ceremony, the grave of Hannah Cole, Cooper County's pioneer mother was formally marked last Sunday afternoon, October 30, 1932, by the unveiling of a bronze tablet, set in a large boulder of Missouri granite.
This tablet bears the following inscriptions: 'Cooper County's first white woman settler,whose unfailing courage in facing dangers of the wilderness and a cruel Indian War, entitles her to be called a Pioneer Mother of early Missouri Civilization - 1764-1843.'
The burial place of Hannah Cole and many of her family, the Briscoe Cemetery on Highway #5 had long lain in waste. Revival of interest in local history and the restoration of historic spots in Cooper County has brought this spot to the attention of the public. ....
Unveiling of the Boulder and Tablet was by Mrs. Mortimer Bunce of Nevada, Mo. a great-grand-daughter of Hannah Cole and Mrs. Gilla Roe, a grand-daughter. Several generations of the Cole family were represented, among them being a great-great-grandson, who represented the Kansas City Star, as reporter for the event. Chapters of the D. A. R. of Pilot Grove, Boonville, Nelson, Sedalia, California, and Columbia were represented in the crowd of three hundred who assembled from widely distant places.