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James Cole (b. Abt. 1600, d. Abt. 1688)James Cole (son of William Cole and Susan Bale)84, 85, 86 was born Abt. 1600 in England, and died Abt. 1688 in Plymouth MA.He married Mary Lobel on Abt. 1624 in PLYMOUTH, MASS87, daughter of Mathieu Lobel.
Notes for James Cole:
James Cole was admitted as a freeman in 1633 in Massachusetts, acording to "List of Freemen of Massachusetts, 1630-1691" by Lucius R. Paige, Phx Libr 929.374 p152c.His name was on the Plymouth Tax Lists for 1634.He had a grant of 10 acres on 6-2-1636 and on 1-2-1637 the Court deeded him 7 acres of land to "belong to his dwelling house", 3 acres probably included all the land on the south side of Leyden Street from the corner of Warren Street to West Line of the street of the lot opposite the Universalist Church.The dwelling stood on the lot next below the Baptist Church.He was the first settler who lived on "Cole's Hill", as itis still known, the first burial ground of the Pilgrims.He had several grants of land thereafter.Was surveyorof highways in 1641, 1642, 1651 and 1652;was Constable in 1641 and 1644; Was a volunteer against the Pequot indians in 1636.He opened the first inn inPlymouth in house owned by Edward Winslow, formerly owned by William Brewster in the center of town.In 1668 he sold most of his land to his son, James.In 1689 his son, James, Jr., sold it to William Shurtliffe.He was listed in the 1632 census, page 253, for Plymouth, MA.
In September, 1640, the following order was passed: "James Cole of Plymouth is prohibited to draw any wine or strong water until the next term of the General Court, and not then without special license from the court."No reason is given for the passing of this order, and the privilege of selling liquors was given to another person until 1645.Because of the inconvenience to travelers in having no liquor to be sold at the inn, the above order was rescinded.
In 1654 his boat was pressed for an expedition against the Dutch,but the plan was abandoned.On October 2, 1650 he was presented by the Grand Jury for assault and battery, but he was acquited.On June 7, 1657, the court granted to him ten pounds for the repair of his inn."The court having given unto James Cole of Plymouth thesum of ten pounds towards repairing the house he now liveth in, so that it may be fitted for an Ordinary, for the entertainment of strangers."
James Cole and Mary Lobel had 4 children:James, b. 1629, d. 10-4-1709, m. 12-13-1652 at Scituate to Mary Tilson;HUGH, b. 1632, m. MARY FOXWELL, daughter of Richard Foxwell; John, b. 11-21-1637 and Mary b. 1639 m. John Almy.
According to the "Truth about the Pilgrims" by Francis R. Stoddard, Phx Libr 973.22 st63t, the James Cole who was born in 1629 was the father of Joanna Cole who married Thomas Howland, (a grandson of John Howland, passenger on the Mayflower) and their son, Consider Howland, inherited his grandfather's inn (Cole's Inn), when his father, James 1629, died in 1709.
George F. Willison in "Saints and Strangers", Phx Libr 974.4 c117mo2, on page 346, indicates: "James Cole soon opened an ordinary on Cole's Hill, just above Plymouth Rock, later removing his casks and bottles to more ample quarters in Winslow's house, formerly Brewster's, conveniently situated in the very center of town at the corner of the street and the highway."
Virkis "Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol II" Phx Libr 929.10923 v764a shows:"Cole, James, born 1600 from Eng. to Saco, Me 1632; settled at "Cole's Hill", Plymouth, Mass 1633; in Pequot war; surveyor of highways, m. Mary, dau Mathieu Del'Obel, physician to William of Orange and James 1, G.Dau of Jean Del'Obl, French lawyer.
James Cole and Mary Lobel are the 6th great grandparents of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
More About James Cole:
Date born 2: July 25, 1600, Highgate London ENGLAND.88
Died 2: Abt. 1668, PLYMOUTH, MASS.
More About James Cole and Mary Lobel:
Marriage 1: Abt. 1624, PLYMOUTH, MASS.89
Marriage 2: Abt. 1624, Plymouth, MA.
Children of James Cole and Mary Lobel are:
- John COLE, b. November 21, 1637.
- Mary COLE, b. 1639.
- +James Cole, Jr, b. February 11, 1625/26, London, Eng, d. October 4, 1712, Plymouth MA.
- +Hugh Cole, b. Abt. 1627, England, d. January 22, 1698/99, Swansea, MA.