Carrie (Cole) Linscott

Carrie (Cole) Linscott (1848 - 1883)

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Carrie Linscott formerly Cole
Born in Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Sister of [half]
Wife of — married in Manhattan, Riley, Kansas, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Milford, Geary, Kansas, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Jan 2014 | Last significant change: 24 Nov 2018
23:21: Darlene (Scott) Kerr posted a message on the page for Carrie (Cole) Linscott (1848-1883). [Thank Darlene for this]
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Categories: Milford Shenck Branscom Cemetery, Milford, Kansas | Kents Hill, Maine | Milford, Kansas.



Birth and Childhood

Carrie Cole was born in 1848 in Massachusetts, United States 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.[1]

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

  1. Unnamed Infant Linscott was born in 1874 in Kansas, United States and died in 1874 in the same place. 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.
  2. Minnie Linscott called Mina was born on 2 July 1875 in Kansas, United States. She married Charles Whitney Chapman (b. 1 June 1874 in Illinois - d. July 1964 probably in Kansas) on 4 January 1905. Mina died on 30 September 1955 Chanute, Neosho, Kansas, United States. They're buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Chanute, Neosho, Kansas.
  3. Carrie Linscott was born in March 1877 in Milford, Geary,[2] Kansas, United States. She died after 9 April 1940. She never married or had children.
  4. Melville Roy Linscott was born on 11 April 1880 in Milford, Geary, Kansas, United States. He married Besse Pearl Scott in January 1906. Roy died on 3 April 1966 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.
  5. Sarah Linscott was born on 13 August 1883 in Milford, Geary, Kansas, United States. She married George Henry Smith (1882-1959). Sarah died in June 1980 in Sharon Springs, Wallace, Kansas, United States.

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, United States. She was buried in the Milford Shenck Branscom Cemetery, Milford, Geary, Kansas. The entire population of this graveyard was moved in order to make a dam. It is now called Milford Shenck Branscom Cemetery. Find A Grave: Memorial #58469161


  • 1870 United States Federal Census, 9 July at Milford, Riley, Kansas. [3]
  • 1880 United States Federal Census on 1 June in Milford, Davis, Kansas. Melville Cox Linscott was the enumerator of this census. [4]
  • Wesleyan Seminary and Female College Diploma
  • Kansas Certificate of Marriage
  • Find A Grave Index, 1854-2012. Photo on 10 Sep 2010 by Connie Langvardt.
  • Direct information from Carrie's granddaughter, Katie Neola (Smith) Nichols (1916-2008)
  • Direct information from Mary, Melville Cox's great granddaughter.


  1. Marriage Records. Kansas Marriages. Various Kansas County District Courts and Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas. Marriage of Melville C. Linscott and Carrie E. Cole.
  2. Geary County was Davis County at this time
  3. 1870: Cole, George 61, farmer born in Maine; Harriet 57 born in Maine, wife; Carrie 21 born in Massachusetts, teacher, daughter.
  4. 1880: Linscott, Melville C. 43, farmer, head; Carrie C. 32, wife; Minnie (Carrie) 4, daughter; Melville Roy 1 month (April), son.

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Images: 5
Carrie Cole Linscott
Carrie Cole  Linscott

Carrie Cole before married
Carrie Cole before married

Melville Cox Linscott and Carrie Cole Marriage Certificate
Melville Cox Linscott and Carrie Cole Marriage Certificate

Carrie Cole Diploma from Maine Wesleyan Seminary and Female College
Carrie Cole Diploma from Maine Wesleyan Seminary and Female College

Sarah Cole and Carrie Cole, sisters
Sarah Cole and Carrie Cole, sisters


On 24 Nov 2018 at 23:21 GMT Darlene (Scott) Kerr wrote:

PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE the placement of the reference and footnote notations. 1/2 of the census data and other is lost if you do. No rule that I know of that says you have to have no space between "Sources" and References or can't have footnotes. And yes, I have read the "Help" page. Thank you.

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