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"Obituary for Frank's daughter Harriet Poole:
1950, Jan. 16 Obituary
Mrs. Harriet N. Poole, wife of Isaac Poole of 501 W. Front St. died in the Clearfield Hospital at 11:35 PM Mpn., Jan 16, 1950. She was 62. In addition to her husband, she is…"
"I don't have an obituary for Frank's son Malcolm. I just have info from the SS death index:
1968, Oct, social security death date:
Name: Malcolm Cole/ birth date: 27 Sept 1886/ death date: Oct. 1968/ Last Residence: Valencia, Butler, Pa./…"
"Obituary for Frank's son Clarence:
1940, Nov. 4, Monday Obituary in the Clearfield Progress
Clarence Cole, former Clearfield resident, died in St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, Ind. Saturday evening. He was 56 years, eight months, and 21…"
"Obituary for Frank's daughter Gertrude Rowles:
1959, May 13, Wednesday obituary in the Progress:
Mrs. Gertrude Rowles
Grove city- Mrs. Rowles, 78, former resident of Clearfield, and more recently of Grove City, died Tuesday afternoon at 3:40…"
"Obituary for Frank's son Paul:
1939, May 15 obituary in the Clearfield Progress, Clearfield, Pa.:
Paul Cole, Formerly of Clearfield, died from an illness lasting only a few days, in the Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 14 at…"
"Obituary for Frank's son Egbert (Burton):
1961, Oct. 6, Friday obituary in the Clearfield Progress:
PITTSBURGH - Burton Cole of 5611 Keefe St., Lincoln Place, Pittsburgh, died at his home Wednesday. He was a former resident of…"
"obituary for Frank's son Charles:
1928, February 14 obituary in the Clearfield Progress, pg. 1:
Charles Cole was killed by a hit- and- run driver at Washington, Pa.
Charles Cole died in Washington, Pa. hospital Sun. morning Feb. 12, 1928 at…"
"Obituary for Frank's son William:
1927, January 17 Obituary:
William Cole. a former resident of Clearfield, died at his home on Perrysville, Ave., North Side, Pittsburgh, Monday Jan. 17, 1927 aged 57 years.
The deceased, who was a son of the…"
"Obituary for the oldest of Frank's sons- Benjamin Franklin Cole:
1920, February 20, Friday Obituary in the Progress (Clearfield, Pa.):
RESPECTED RESIDENT DIED AT NOON
B. F. Cole died at his home on Ogden Ave. about 12:30 o'clock today, of…"
"Looked through the 1861- 1867 tax books in Johnston for Frank Cole and there was no record. There wasn't a record of their marriage in the 1865, Jan. Johnstown Tribune. Didn't get a chance to check the Johnstown Democrat.
1867, July 7…"
"obituaries for Benjamin Franklin Cole:
Benjamin Franklin Cole died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. E. Rowles of Ogden Ave. Friday, April 6, 1917, after a lingering illness. He was born in Huntingdon County July 1, 1838. His…"
"That is me on WeRelate. I didn't even know they were still up and running. I should go back and see what I have there.
I can post the obits on here. Where do I post them? Should I put them here in a reply or on my home page or some other way…"
"I had not thought of looking at the FHL records for Muskogee which is embarrassing since I volunteer once a week in the local family History Center. When I go in on Wed. I'll take a look and order some film. I do have obituaries for all the…"
"I just found some new Cole information thanks to Gene from "Most Wanted! Ancestors lost and found" here on gnealogywise. I had a great Uncle Guy Cole who told his family he was going to St Louis and no one ever heard from him again. This…"
"I went to the library today to try to find James Guy Cole on the 1920 and 1930 census but I didn't have any luck. I also tried finding him on newspaperarchives.com and genealogybank and didn't find anything at all. If he was working for…"
"Paul worked on the Panama Canal. And there was an article in the Clearfield paper when the Panama Canal was finished that Paul was headed to Alaska to work on a railroad. I have not tracked him down there yet. I can't find him in the 1920…"
"Now that I look at it, I did have the information for Malcolm. I guess it was just Harriet I couldn't find. I tried again recently on ancestry.com- I tried Harriet & Hattie with her age and Cole with that age and I couldn't find anyone…"
"Wow!!!! This sounds like you did find him. As far as I know the family never found him. I had a copy of an article from a newpaper but the person that copied it didn't write down what paper or when but from Guy's age, I would guess it ran…"
Actually, I had never gotten enough information to be able to tell that wasn'tmy ancester. So that's one more lead that didn't pan out? Oh well, I just keep trying! I did notice on the 1869 census that their were two stage coach drivers and one of them was from Pa. I was going to go to the library and check them out on ancestry.com. See if they could give me any leads into Frank's whereabouts.
My biggest and longest standing brick wall is my Cole family. My gggrandfather, Benjamin Franklin Cole (he always went by Frank) truely seems to have been brought by the stork! I have not been able to find parents or siblings for him.
Frank was born July 1, 1837 somewhere in Penna. His obit says he was born in Huntingdon County but I have done enough searching there to be fairly sure that is incorrect.
Family story has that he ran away from home and his obit says "His younger days were spent in the "Wild West" where he saw service as a mail carrier for several years". and another obit says "Deceased went west as a young man and drove overland stage on the old Santa Fe trail from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to the Pacific coast". The Santa Fe trail didn't go to the Pacific coast so that much is inaccurate. There was also the family story that he rode for the pony express.
I did find a Frank Cole on a 1859 Kansas state census living in the County of Leavenworth, township of Delaware but there isn't enough information to tell if this is "my" Frank Cole. I found Frank on the 1860 census for Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. He was living with 8 other men in their 20's in what I assume was a boarding house headed by E A Cox and his family. Frank was listed as a mail conducter and two of the other men were stage drivers.
I also found a Frank Cole that joined the Union army in Missouri in 1861 but again I haven't found enough information to know if it's my ancester.
His obit did say he returned east after the civil war and married, Jan. 1865 to Miss Harriet Giles of Johnstown, Cambria County. That's back again in Pa. However, I don't believe they got married in Johnstown because Frank was not listed on the yearly tax rolls for that county anywhere around those years.
Even if I found where they got married, I may not find any records. I'm sure they wouldn't have gotten married in a church because Harriet was Catholic and Frank was not.
After I first found them in Tyrone, Blair County on the 1870 census (with their name spelled Coal) and on the tax rolls from 1868- 1873 for there, I was able to follow them around central Pa.most of the time after that.
Harriet died in Jan. 1888 after she and Frank had had 13 children, 10 of which lived to adulthood. That was before county death records were kept so I only have her tombstone and Frank's obit. that records her death.
Frank died April 16, 1917 at the home of his daughter, in Clearfield, Pa. I have his death certificate and two obits but there is no mention of parents or siblings. And though Harriet died so much earlier than Frank, he never remarried. http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/184100/recent?pg=42 This is a link to my Cole family tree that I have on Ancestry.com. (I hope- I'm not very good yet with links and I'mnot sure I've done this right)