An American Family History

Joseph Cole

The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.
Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

There were two Beaver Creeks in early Washington County, Virginia. One (also called Shallow Creek) flowed through Bristol and emptied into the South Fork of the Holston River in Tennessee. The other was a south branch of the North Fork of the Holston River in current Smyth County.

Joseph Cole, Jr. was born about 1760 in Maryland. He was the son of Joseph Cole, Sr.

Joseph, Jr. served in the Revolutionary War. His service was described by his wife in her deposition for her widow's pension. She also said that her father-in-law, Joseph, Sr., moved to Sullivan County while Joseph, Jr. was in service. (For the original deposition see: page 1, page 2, and page 3)

He married Sarah (Sally) Barton on November 30, 1779 in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Sally said Joseph, Jr. was with Captain Joseph Martin in 1780 and also with Colonel John Sevier. William Moss testified that Joseph Cole was always referred to as Captain Cole and he had lost an eye during the wars.

Sally and Joseph's children probably included:
William Cole (1780),
James B. Cole (1782, married Jacout Bridges),
Frances M. Cole Bloodworth (1784, married William Bloodworth),
Jemima Cole (1788)
Elisha William Cole (1791, married Jane Anderson), and
David Cole (1793).

In 1782 and 1789, Joseph Cole received land warrants in Sullivan County. At that time it was in North Carolina.

Land Grant no. 515
November 27, 1789
State of North Carolina
Joseph Cole, Sr.
50 shillings for every 100 acres
363 acres in Sullivan Co. NC on Beaver Creek a branch of the Holston River
adj. Abraham Mc Clanlin

Land Grant no. 517
November 27, 1789
State of North Carolina
Joseph Cole
50 shillings for every 100 acres
72 acres in Sullivan Co. NC on Linviles Creek ... above the sink of the creek
adj. Matthew Cole, George Hyms & Davd Shelby

In 1786 James Cole, Soloman Cole, Joseph Cole and signed the Petition for Division of Sullivan County.

Elijah Cross's deed for land on Beaver Creek on July 9, 1794 mentioned Joseph Cole's line.

Joseph Cole was granted 72 acres on Linville Creek (Grant No. 517) on November 27, 1789. Linville Creek empties into Beaver Creek.

On October 25 1790, Joseph Cole was appointed captain in the Sullivan County Militia

Joseph Cole, Jr. was on the 1796 tax list of Sullivan County.

Joseph Cole moved to Wilson County about 1798.

Joseph died on November 28, 1822 in Wilson County Tennessee.
Watauga Pioneer Neighbors

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee was founded in 1779. In 1784, it became the capital of the State of Franklin.




from Washington County, VA Survey Records Abstracts 1781-1797, submitted to the USGenWeb archives by Rhonda Robertson

Page 392 - Joseph & Hugh Cole - 64 ac - treasury
warrant #1759 - on the south side of the south fork of
Holstein [Holston] River - corner with Israel Cole's land
adjoining Joseph & Hugh Cole's patent land - August
30, 1792

The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser

Cole, Zacheus 10 May 1798 50 acres Pre-emption Warrant No. 1980 dated 20 Dec 1781 between MFHR & SFHR and adjoining the land on which he now lives
adj: his old patent line, James Wheeler Samuel McMurry
Deputy Washington County Surveyor: William Carson [Land now located in Smyth County, Virginia]


Washington County Marriages

Cole, John married Layman, Catherine on 09 August 1814
Cole, Mary married Ball, Samuel on 20-FEB-1810


The Massengills, Massengales and Variants, 1472-1931 by Samuel Evans Massengill, M.D. The King Printing Company, Bristol, Tennessee, 1931.

James A. Cole, deceased, who married a daughter of Simon Deck for passing on to him a number of relics, old papers, and some traditions of the Smith family. James A. Cole was a man universally liked, was a justice of the peace in the eighth civil district of Sullivan County for many years, and died while serving as circuit court clerk of the county.

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