Carrie Cole was born in 1848 in Massachusetts, USA to George Cole (1809-1878) and Harriet Unknown (1806-1873). She was one of 2 children born that can be found in this family so far. According to all accounts, she and her sister were inseparable. The family has stated that they were told the mother of Carrie and her sister Sarah was probably an Indian or at least mostly Indian.
Early Adulthood and Education
Carrie was an extremely well educated woman for her day. She graduated on 11 June 1868 at the age of 20 from the Maine Wesleyan Seminary and Female College in Kents Hill, Kennebec, Maine. This was one of the first schools which offered coeducation for women. Now it's called Kents Hill School.
Before her marriage to Melville, she taught school in Milford, Riley, Kansas and she was living with her mother and father. It looks like her parents made the move along with her sister and Melville when they went to Kansas from Maine. Maine was an incredibly rocky terrain and difficult to farm. Many farmers decided to move west when the railroad system made that journey easier to undertake. Farming was decidedly easier in Kansas.
Marriage and Family
She married Melville Cox Linscott (1836-1925) on 4 August 1873 in Manhattan, Riley, Kansas. Nathan Taylor, minister, married them.
Carrie was the second of at least 4 wives of Melville Cox Linscott. Most of his wives died in childbirth or complications of pregnancy, including Carrie's sister, Sarah Cole, known as "Minnie", who was the first. It has been said by family members that when Minnie was on her deathbed, she asked Carrie and Melville to marry.
Children of the Linscott-Carrie Cole Marriage
Unnamed Infant Linscott born in 1874 Kansas. Died in 1874 in Kansas. The baby was buried in Milford Cemetery, now Milford Shenck Branscom Cemeteries because all of the bodies were moved to make room for a dam. The marker says "Infant L 1874" in the Linscott plot.
Minnie Linscott called Mina was born on 2 July 1875. She died on 30 Sep 1955 Chanute, Neosho, Kansas. Mina married Charles Whitney Chapman (b. 1 June 1874 in Illinois - d. July 1964 probably in Kansas) 4 January 1905. They're buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Chanute, Neosho, Kansas.
Carrie Linscott was born in March 1877 in Milford, Geary, Kansas, USA. She died after 9 April 1940. She never married or had children.
Melville Roy Linscott was born on 11 April 1880 in Milford, Geary, Kansas, USA. He married Besse Pearl Scott in January 1906. Roy died on 3 April 1966 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sarah Linscott was born on 13 August 1883 in Milford, Geary, Kansas, USA. She married George Henry Smith (1882-1959). She died in June 1980 in Sharon Springs, Wallace, Kansas, USA.
Death and Burial
She died on 13 August 1883 at the age of 35 from complications of childbirth with daughter Sarah in Milford, Geary, Kansas, USA.