William Charles Cole

MaleMay 1836–5 August 1907

Brief Life History of William Charles

William Charles Cole was born in May 1836, in Canada as the son of John Cole. He married Levisa Bell Hammond on 22 February 1866, in Vermillion, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Camargo, Douglas, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. He died on 5 August 1907, in Douglas, Illinois, United States, at the age of 71.

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Family Time Line

William Charles Cole
Levisa Bell Hammond
Marriage: 22 February 1866
Lavay May Cole
Percy Cole
about 1871–1880
Guy Cole
about 1878–1880
Drusilla Cole
1865–before 1873
Bertha Alora Cole
Grace Emma Cole
Lula Cole
Pearl Hazel Cole
Jessie Cole

Sources (17)

  • W C Cole, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Cole, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William Charles Cole - Individual or family possessions: death: 5 August 1907; Douglas, Illinois, United States

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    22 February 1866Vermillion, Indiana, United States
  • Children (9)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (1)

    World Events (8)

    1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

    Age 5

    The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.


    Age 10

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 22

    Historical Boundaries: 1858: Coles, Illinois, United States 1859: Douglas, Illinois, United States

    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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