William Stephen Cole

Brief Life History of William Stephen

William Stephen Cole was born on 27 December 1788, in Ireland. He married Sally McBrayer on 26 February 1822, in Green, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Center Township, Greene, Indiana, United States for about 10 years. He died in March 1871, in Bloomfield, Richland Township, Greene, Indiana, United States, at the age of 82.

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William Stephen Cole
Sally McBrayer
Marriage: 26 February 1822
John Cole
William Whitfield Cole
Samuel Cole
Nancy Cole
Elmira Cole
Elvina Cole
Stewart Cole
Greenfield Cole

Sources (4)

  • William S Cole, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Cole, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Will S Cole, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

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War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

English: usually from the Middle English and Old French personal name Col(e), Coll(e), Coul(e), a pet form of Nicol (see Nichol and Nicholas ), a common personal name from the mid 13th century onward. English families with this name migrated to Scotland and to Ulster (especially Fermanagh).

English: occasionally perhaps from a different (early) Middle English personal name Col, of native English or Scandinavian origin. Old English Cola was originally a nickname from Old English col ‘coal’ in the sense ‘coal-black (of hair), swarthy’ and is the probable source of most of the examples in Domesday Book. In the northern and eastern counties of England settled by Vikings in the 10th and 11th centuries, alternative sources are Old Norse Kolr and Koli (either from a nickname ‘the swarthy one’ or a short form of names in Kol-), and Old Norse Kollr (from a nickname, perhaps ‘the bald one’).

English: nickname for someone with swarthy skin or black hair, from Middle English col, coul(e) ‘charcoal, coal’ (Old English col).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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