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Re: MARTHA SNEAD COLE of NC
Posted by: Larry Date: September 14, 2001 at 20:21:32
In Reply to: MARTHA SNEAD COLE of NC by Joan Cole Clark of 1151

Joan,

You are on the right track, I think. I've spent a great deal of time researching these Coles. Martha Sneed married John Cole, Jr., son of the John who died in 1781 in Richmond County, NC. At the time that Israel Sneed made his will, John and Martha Cole had a son, William Cole. His grandfather Israel Sneed left him a slave. But William died very quickly after this in his minority and John and Martha had no further children. John Cole, Jr. has a will in Richmond County, NC, leaving his estate to his wife in the 1790's. But he didn't die for many years afterwards. In fact, he turned lunatic and was committed to his wife's care, at first. When she became unable to manage his affairs, her brother John Snead became his guardian and cared for him. When John Snead died in the 1820's, Snead's son Garland became guardian for John Cole, Jr. and both John and Martha Cole lived on his plantation. The 1830 census shows them still living there in their 70's. There are copious guardian accounts for the couple on file at State Archives. I still don't know when they died precisely, but it was after 1830 and probably before 1840.

So there are no descendants of John and Martha Snead Cole. I think I am descended from John's much younger brother David Cole. Rachel Cole, wife of John Cole, Sr. (d. c. 1781) is thought to be Rachel Perkins, the sister of Jacob Perkins who lived on Hitchcock Creek adjacent to John Cole, Sr. along with his brother John. Their parents were probably Wright Perkins and his wife Rebecca of Kent Co., MD. John Cole, Sr. was probably the son of Peter Cole and Elizabeth Vansant of Kent Co., MD. These families moved in the latter 1760's or early 1770's to NC from Maryland. In the records of Richmond County, John Cole, Sr. and Jr. are referred to as "John Cole Maraland" to distinguish them from the more prominent Coles of that area.


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