Notes for * COLE/COALL:|
from Brent Schlottman, "P" NDSR65A to James Cole: Jim, the origin of James Cole has been innacuarately reported in a number of books, including Byron's. The confusion came about because some early researchers found a reference in the records of the Threadneedle Street (Walloon) Chuch in London to a "Jacques Coole" who married a Lobel. The jump was made to the conclusion that this was our James Cole, even though his Lobel wife was Lydia and our James was known from Plymouth records to have been named Mary. The mythology grew, and has been published many times.
Recently, the New England Historic Genealogical Society began its "Great Migration" project, collecting data on the earliest immigrants to this country from England. They recently published the first volume of "The Great Migration Begins," an encyclopedic series of articles on those who arrived by 1633. Volume One includes James Cole. Using the International Genealogical Index, which abstracts vital records from around the world (a Mormon Church project), the editors found the marriage of James Cole and Mary Tibbes in Barnstaple, Devonshire. Looking further, they found in the same parish the births of Hugh Cole and James Cole, sons of James and Mary, allowing a conclusive identity of this James and Mary with the James and Mary Cole of Plymouth. I have recently spent my time abstracting the Barnstaple register further. There is no christening record for James Cole, although the Cole family appears from 1539 on. Mary Tibbes baptism is recorded, as is the marriage of her parents, John Tibbes and Margaret Harris, the death of John Tibbes and the remarriage of Margaret (Harris) Tibbes to a John Kingdom.
Because this information just recently became available, through the ability to make computerized searches of the IGI, you will probably begin to see published articles on the family's English ancestry now, and the old legends about a London connection and a Lobel marriage will, I hope, die away.
As the IGI becomes updated with more and more parish registers, it is estilmated the the origins of perhaps 40 percent of English immigrants from this period will eventually be identified. James Cole is an excellent example of how broadend access to vital records through applied computer technology can provide breakthroughs that would, in the past, have happened only by accident. Brent. (In a previous note he asks if anyone is interested in details).
2. from Phil Currie *P*: Thomas Pierce, b. 1583/84, d 7 Oct 1666 Charleston, Middlesex Co, MA. Wife Elizabeth Worthington b. 1595/96, d. Charlestown. Children: Samuel Pierce, b 1617, d. 1678, M. Mary----. Thomas Pierce, b c 1620, d 1683, M. Elizabeth COLE. Was admited to the church in Charlestown, MA. 21 Dec 634. "Genealogies and Estates of Charleston, Mass. by Thomas Bellows Wyman p. 756.
"The Seven Pierce Families" by H. C. Pierce (1936)
NEHGR 1977 p. 107-213 'Emigrantsto Rulers" by Crandall and Coffman.