An American Family History

The William Cole Family

  also spelled Coal, Coale  
Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.
Anne Arundel County, Maryland was established in 1650.
Personal property can be called personalty (personality), goods, chattels, articles, or movable property. It includes both animate or inanimate property.

William Cole was born about 1632 in Virginia. He migrated to Maryland about 1650.

He became a Quaker about 1657 and attended meetings held at Richard Beard's house. Robert Clarkson wrote that "One Tho. Cole & one Will Cole, haith both made open confession of the truth..."

William's first wife was named Hester

William Cole, Jr. (1655, married Elizabeth Thurston),

In 1666 he married Hannah Galloway, the widow of Richard Galloway.

William Cole (1667, married Elizabeth Sparrow)

He married Elizabeth Thomas about 1670.

Elizabeth Cole (1671)
Philip Cole (1673),
Samuel Cole (1676)

In 1658, William refused to bear arms in the militia and was subjected to penalties.

In 1660, William moved his family to Anne Arundel County. He owned Great Bonnerton, Hickory Hills, and Portland Manor.

In 1661 William Cole was on the jury trying the defendants involved in Fendall's Rebellion.

William died on October 30, 1678 at Great Bonnerton and Hannah died before February 24, 1726, when her will was proved.

The Maryland Calendar Of Wills by Jane Baldwin
Coale, William,
Anne Arundel County
26th Oct., 1678;
16th Feb., 1678,
To son William by former wife Hester, and hrs., Great Bonnerstone on West R. 
To 2nd son William by sd. wife Hannah, and hrs., 100 A., part of Hickory Hills, at 21 yrs. of age. 
To wife Elizabeth:, execx., 300 A., part of Portland Manor, during life. 
To son Samuel by present wife Elizabeth:, and hrs., 200 A., part of Portland Manor.
To son Philip by sd. wife Elizabeth., land afsd. bequeathed to wife, at her death. 
To dau, Elizabeth:, personality at 16 yrs. of age. 
Should either of afsd. younger sons die without issue, surviving one to inherit deceased's portion. In event of death of all sons without issue, land to descend to next in line of Coale, first male, then female. 
Test: Saml. Lane, Thos. Francis.

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

Testis (Test) is latin for witness. Testes is the plural.

Fendall's Rebellion
In March, 1660 Josias Fendall attempted to overthrow the proprietary government of Maryland. It was a bloodless coup.






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