The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America by Frank Theodore Cole
James Cole (James1). The oldest son of James Cole, the Plymouth inn-keeper was probably born in England and came to the colony when a boy with his father. The date of his birth was probably about 1625, as he is on the list of those able to bear arms in 1643, together with his younger brother Hugh.
He married December 23, 1652, Mary Tilson, at Scituate, and there his oldest child was born.
Deane says that he soon removed from Scituate to York, Maine, and perhaps in 1654 to Kennebec, for among the inhabitants of Kennebec who took the oath of fealty to Plymouth colony, May 23, 1654, was James Cole.
If he did go to Maine, he returned, for in 1656 he was chosen surveyor of highways for Plymouth. He held that office again in 1678 and 1685.
In May, 1665, he was presented by the Grand Jury, and fined 3s. 4d., for striking Robert Rawson; but the record states that the court, considering the great provocation given, and the generally peaceful character of the defendant, remitted the fine. (Col. Rec. iv-88). In October of that same year he was one of the appraisers of the estate of Nicholas Miller, alias Hodge, and his name appears on the record several times as serving on petit and coroners' juries. About the beginning of 1670 he took his father's business, as innkeeper, and in June of that year his excise tax was abated by the court, as he was a new beginner. In 1673, his tax was abated one-half, and in 1677 remitted altogether. His name appears in the freeman's list of 1670.
The children of James, Jr. and Mary (Tilson) Cole, were:
i. Mary, b. in Scituate, Dec. 3, 1653. She m. John Laythrop, (the youngest son of the Rev. John Laythrop, the first minister of Scituate, (1635), and afterwords of Barnstable, 1639, where he d. Nov. 8, 1653,) b. at Barnstable Feb. 9, 1645, m. at Plymouth, Jan. 3, 1672, d. Sept. 17, 1727. Their children were:
( i.) John Laythrope, b. Aug. 5, 1673.
( ii.) Mary Laythrope, b. Oct. 27, 1675.
( iii.) Martha Laythrope, b. Nov. 11, 1677.
( iv.) Elizabeth Laythrope, b. Sept. 16, 1679.
( v.) James Laythrope, b. July 3, 1681.
( vi.) Hannah Laythrope, b. Mar. 13, 1683.
(vii.) Jonathan Laythrope, b. Nov. 14,1684.
(viii.) Barnabas Laythrope, b. Oct. 22, 1686.
( ix.) Abigail Laythrope, b. Apr. 23, 1689.
( x.) Experience Laythrope, b. Jan. 7, 1692.
and perhaps others.
5. ii. Ephraim, b. probably while his father lived in York or in the Kennebec region.
6. iii. Nathaniel, b. in Me. probably