My Cole family seems to have migrated from TN>AR>OK & TX. John William Cole b. abt. 1829 moved his family from Lincoln County, TN, to Independence County, AR, probably late 1859. His wife was Elizabeth Painter, and the Painters were also on TN census 1859 and Ind. Co., AR, 1860. Children, not in birth order:
Jacob A. Cole
John W. Cole
Nancy Jane Cole
Hepsie Mary Cole b. 1870
Sarah Malinda Cole
Franklin Price Cole b. 1857
William Henry Cole
Two of the boys married into a Francis family from MS (see my posts Francis forum). Jacob Cole m. Elizabeth Francis 15 Oct. 1883 and John W. Cole married her sister Nancy Jane Francis.
Malinda Cole married Newton Wren, and her sister Hepsie married Henry Spark Wren, later divorced. These, I believe, were the sons of Henry Wren.
Henry Wren and Unk. 1st wife had children Nancy Ann, Sarah Jane and William H. Second wife was Elvira Phebe Meeker with children Newton Andrew (m. Sarah Malinda Cole), Henry Spark (m. Hepsie Mary Cole), Joseph H. (m. Mary Kate White), Thomas (m. Alice Thompson on 24 Oct. 1889 in Cushman), Edward G. (m. Sarah Newman on 8 Sept. 1881 in Cushman).
Lawrence Cole is said to have married a Kittie Martin.
William Henry Cole married first Hettie Ann Tosh 14 Sept. 1876. I don't know if Hettie died or they divorced, but Wm. Henry married
Martha Ellen Johnson 7 Oct. 1888.
My g-grandfather Franklin Price Cole b. 26 Oct. 1857 m. Alice Nora Pierce b. Greene Co., MO, dau of James Albert Pierce b. KY and Catherine Unk. b. IN. Franklin Price Cole d. 26 Oct. 1952 Fannin Co., TX, and is buried at Shiloh Cemetery.
Two or three of the children in this family remained in AR, Franklin Price migrated to Texas about 1912, and others including FP's parents John William and Elizabeth Painter Cole settled in Sallisaw, OK. John William and Elizabeth Cole are buried at Fleetwood Cemetery near Sallisaw; he died 1900 and Elizabeth 1904.
Elizabeth Painter was the daughter of William Painter b. abt. 1810 and Hepsie Unk. Eliz. had a sister Julie who married Adino Griffin Pittman in Ind. Co. Jan. 1869. She died in childbirth late the same year. Adino then married Rebecca Green 15 Feb. 1871 and later married Mary Jane Francis 24 Nov. 1874.
My g-grandfather Franklin Price Cole and wife Alice Pierce m. 13 March 1884 in Ind. Co., AR. Children in birth order:
Frankie Cole b. 1890 m. J. M. Francis
Mabel Cole b. 1893 m. John (J. H.) Pullen
Mary Eddy Cole b. 1894 m. Jacob Andrew Bass
Hayden Lemuel Cole b. 1896 m. Etta Jane Melton
Hulda Elizabeth Cole b. 1897 never married
Coy Cole b. 1904 m. Effie Gertrude Haddock
Roy David Cole b. 1905 m. Martha Jane Banning
Clyde William Cole b. 1907 m. Velma Lee Bonham
Lloyd Cole, only child not born in Ind. Co., AR, but in Fannin Co., TX--died young
Hayden Lemuel Cole was my grandfather. His wife Etta Jane Melton b. 1898 (m. 26 Dec. 1916 Ind. Co., AR) was the daughter of Hiram Melton and Martha M. Banning. (See my posts on Melton and Banning forums). Etta Jane Melton grew up in Cushman, AR, and had to cross Punkinseed Creek to go to school. Her brothers would take the family corn to be ground to the old mill near Batesville (it's still there). Etta Jane was named after both her grandmothers, Ankie Jane Blankenship who married Hiram Melton and Nancy Jane Thomas who married Lorenzo B. A. Banning.
My g-g-grandmother Elizabeth Painter (Cole) had the following siblings:
Malinda Painter m. Charles Womack (possibly later married someone named Primm?)
John B. Painter m. 1st Elizabeth Story, then Harriet Craig
Mahala Painter m. J. W. Causby
Lawrence Painter m. Matilda Collie
Julia Ann Painter m. Adino Pittman (she died in childbirth 1869).
George H. Painter
Jacob Painter m. Elizabeth Kirby and then Mary Brownington
Jacob Cole, son of John W. and Elizabeth (Painter) Cole, also had a son John William Cole who married first Bertha Sanders. I have their children as:
William, Lorene E., John, James, Will.
John William son of Jacob married 2nd Mary Richardson. Their children were Roosevelt, Charlie, Magdalene, Veda and William Jennings Bryan Cole who married Lorene E. Jones.
Jacob Cole is buried in the Francis Cemetery Ind. Co., AR. I'm told a Tom Arnold now owns the land, which was originally donated by John Francis. John A. Francis m. Mary Baldwin. Their son James m. Josie Helms. Helms is another surname that figures prominently in this family.
Kinfolks whose grave markers or records I found Pleasant Valley Cemetery are:
Lottie E. Tosh, John W. Cole and wife Mary R. (Jacob's son), Frank Painter and wife Veda (daughter of John William Cole and Mary R.), Wanda J. Helms and Willard Helms (can't identify), Mrs. Bertha Painter d. 1971 age 80, Wm. Painter d. 1970 age 83, Vera Tosh 1903-1975 (can't identify).
The Bannings of Izard County came from Polk County, MO. Benjamin A. Banning b. 1820 NC lived Shelby Co., IL and Polk Co., MO, buried Anderson Cemetery m. Caroline Cordin. Children: Lorenzo B. A., Frazier, Nancy A., Jacob, Willis Franklin, Malinda, Elizabeth, John, Sarah J.
Lorenzo B. A. Banning m. Nancy Jane Thomas, Their son Andrew Lorenzo Banning m. Sarah Elizabeth (Bettie) Helms 27 Jan. 1898, Cushman, AR. Bettie is buried Lamar County, TX. Their daughter Martha Jane Banning m. Roy David Cole.
Their daughter Martha Minerva Banning m. Hiram Melton.
Their son Charlie Weaver Banning m. Callie Frances "Callie" Helms 25 Sept. 1900 Cushman, AR. Two of their children are buried in Lamar Co., TX.
Their son John B. Banning was 1st married to Nancy E. Rose and on 13 of June 1909 m. Rosa McVey. This family can be found on the 1910 census Izard Co., AR, living very close to the Meltons and McVeys:
#34 Nathan H. Melton wife Julia N.
#35 Thomas Melton wife Drucilla (McVey)
#39 Macey W. Yancy wife Ethel
#40 Joseph W. McVey wife Eliza A.
#41 John B. Banning wife Rosa (McVey)
#42 Elijah Melton Jr.
Martha M. Banning and husband Hiram Melton later had a farm in Independence Co., AR.
Lewis Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, AR:
Ande Calvin Melton 1894-1977 (I think g-son of Calvin Melton, son of Hiram Melton. My dad always referred to him as "Uncle Andy.")
M. M. Melton 1873-1924 (my g-grandmother, wife of Hiram Melton, born Martha Manerva Banning dau of Lorenzo B. A. Banning and Nancy Jane Thomas.)
Villa Melton 1905-1940 (I can't place this one but have heard her name in family talk).
Ind. Co., AR, 1860
John W Cole age 30 born in TN
Wife Elizabeth 23 TN
William H 7 TN
John W 4 TN
Jacob A 3 TN
George A. 10 months (perhaps died young--he disappears later)
My g-grandmother Alice Pierce "Allie" had these known siblings, I think all born Ind. Co., AR:
Elizabeth Pierce m. May Barton
James Perry Pierce d. Hood County, TX.
Elsie Pierce last known residence near Texarkana, TX.
I've tried to arrange it so that anyone even remotely kin to me can do a search here in Independence County, AR, and find at least one connection. Good luck, cousins!
Gene Cole Johnson
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