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Hugh Cole Sr. (abt. 1628 - abt. 1699)

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Sergeant Hugh Cole Sr.
Born about in Barnstaple, Devon, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusettsmap
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Died about in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts Baymap
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | King Philip's War | Swansea, Massachusetts | Tyler Point Cemetery, Barrington, Rhode Island.

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Hugh Cole was a surveyor of highways at Barnstable, and was granted 100 acres of land at Acushhauett. He was a shipwright (ship builder) and civil engineer. He was a representive of Swansea for many years and a deputy to the general court.

Hugh had 10 children, the first 7 were born in Plymouth, and the other three in Swansea. 1657-he was an admitted freeman (citizen) in Plymouth, MA 1667-purchased 500 acres of land from Indian Chief Phillip 1675-was a sergeant during the war with Chief King Phillip 6/29/1628 christened Barnstaple Parish Register

" The descendants of James Cole of Plymouth 1633" Written by Ernest Byron Cole., New York: Grafton Press, 1908"

HUGH COLE was the 2nd son of James Cole. He was born in London, England, 1627; he came with his father to Plymouth, Mass, in 1633, and was admitted as a freeman of Plymouth in 1657. He m. 1. Jan. 8, 1654, Mary Foxwell, d/o Richard and Ann (Shelly) Foxwell of Barnstable Mass. She was b. in Scituate, Aug. 17, 1635, and died in Swansea, Mass. (Her father, Richard Foxwell came from England with Governor Winthrop in 1631, and the same year removed to Scituate and was admitted as freeman. He removed to Barnstable, and was a member of the Barnstable Milita in 1643.) He m. 2. Elizabeth, widow of Jacob Cook, former widow of William Shurtiffe, and d/o Thomas and Ann Lettuce of Plymouth. She died in Swansea, Mass., on Oct. 31, 1693. He m. 3. January 30, 1694, Mary, widow of Deacon Ephraim Morton, former widow of William Harlow, and d/o Robert and Judith Shelly, a cousin of his first wife.

The following appears upon the Plymouth records: "Apl 8, 1634. It was agreed with James Cole that his son Hugh shall keep the Cowes from Aprl. 15 to November, and shall have for his pay fifty bushels of corn. He shall bring them up every morning to be milked and then carry back to feed and bring them home at night."[1]

He was made surveyor of highways at Barnstable, and granted 100 acres of land at Acushauett. In 1669 with others he purchased of King Phillip 500 acres of land on the west bank of what was named for him Coles River. He was a shipwright and civil engineer, and many of the tracts of land of Swansea were surveyed by him. He was a selectman of Swansea for many years, and was representative and deputy to the general court in the years, 1773, '74, '75, '80, 83, '84, '85, '86, 'and '89.

Oct. 27, 1669. Hugh Cole was granted fifty acres of land lying between Manneonest Point and the Salt Marsh with all. the appurtenances thereunto belonging, unto him and his heirs forever.[2] He was granted by the court respecting his 'father's' grant~ he being an ancient freemen. Six score acres of land between the Mattapoiset River and the bounds of Acushassett.

King Philip's War

According to "Compendium of American Genealogy" by Frederick Adams Virkis, Phx Libr 929.10923 v764a, Hugh Cole of Swansea, Mass, went to the "Providence Plantations" and purchased from King Philip, the Indian Chief, 110 acres of "Cole's River" in Rhode Island"

He was for years the friend of King Philip, the Indian Chief. Having been requested by the Plymouth Colony Council to visit King Phillip and report the conditions made the following report:

"Swansea, Apl. 1, 1671. Most Honorable Sirs:--Yours I received this day whereby I perceive you desire to know that posture the Indians are in. I do not find them to continue in a posture of war as they have been. I went to Mount Home last second day on purpose to see their porceedings and was in many of their houses, but saw notheing as intending to war. But asking them of their reason of continuing together at Mt. Hope, they answered, it was to see Phillip's child buried, and I have seen some return, but the greater part of them are together. And they gave as the reason, because the wind does so blow against them that they cannot go home with their canoes--not else. Rest assured I am yours to command what I am able. "HUGH COLE"

In June, 1675, at the commencement of the war with King Phillip, two of Hugh Cole's sons were made prisoners by the Indians and taken to Phillip at Mount Hope. Phillip ordered them set at liberty, because, as he said, Hugh Cole had always been his friend. He went word to Hugh that he would no longer restrain his warriors, and for him to take his family and immediately remove to Rhode Island. This he did, and one hour afterward his home was in flames. While he had been on such friendly terms with Phillip, his was the first house burned, and Gershom Cole was the first person killed.

After leaving his home, Hugh Cole located at Portsmouth, R.I. The town records of Portsmouth show that, Oct. 12, 1675, Hugh Cole was granted liberty to use some of the windfalls that are down to build a small frame, and to make wheels for the use of the townsmen for thier money. Savage says: "Hugh was a sergeant in the war against King Phillip." After the war in his election as representative he is always spoken of as sergeant.

After the close of the war, 1677, he returned to Swansea and built a house a few rods from where Miss Abby Cole now lives. The well walled by him on the bank of the Kickemuit River is still there. This part of the land has descended by will, no deed having been made for it; it has never passed out of possession of the Cole family and is now owned by Miss Abby Cole. Part .of the land owned by him in Swansea is now a part of Warren, R.I.

He died in Swansea, Jan. 22, 1699, and was buried in the southern extream of Meadow Neck, now known as Howland Meadow in Barrington, in what is known at the Tyler Point Cemetery. He had ten children, the first seven were born in Plymouth, the other three in Swansea.

COLE, HUGH, Plymouth 1653, shipwright, perhaps s. of James the first, rem. to Swanzey, m. 8 Jan. 1655, Mary, d. of Richard Foxwell of Scituate, had James, b. 3, or (by ano. page on the same Col. Rec.) 8, Nov. 1655;[3] Hugh, 8, or 15, Mar. 1658; John, 15 May 1660; Martha, 16 Apr. 1662; Ann, 14 Oct. 1664; Ruth, 8, or 17, Jan. 1666; and Joseph, 15 May 1668, was rep. 1673, 80, 3-6.[4]

He had sec. w. Elizabeth wid. of Jacob Cook, m. 1 Jan. 1689, of wh. he was third h. and in 1698 took third w. the wid. Mary Morton. ISAAC, Charlestown, came from Sandwich, Co. Kent, 1633, in the Hercules, with w. Joanna, and two ch. and h. and w. join. the ch. in Sept. 1638, had, here, Abraham, b. 3 Oct. 1636, bapt. Sept. 1638; Isaac, 1637 Mary, bapt. 20 Jan. 1639; Jacob, 16, bapt. 18 July 1641; and Elizabeth b. 26 Sept. 1643. He was adm. freem. 14 Mar. 1639, and d. 10 June 1674.

He was in the Barnstable MA Militia in 1643. Hugh was a surveyor of highways in Barnstable, MA. He was also a landowner there. He was a selectman in Swansea, MA.

Burial: Tyler Point Cemetery, Barrington, Bristol County, Rhode Island


1627/1628 Bristol, Swansea (Abt 72), Massachusetts


8 JAN 1653/4 Plymouth, Massachusetts (Plymouth)[5]
1 MAY 1625 Highgate, London, England[6]


Swansea, Massachusetts
22 JAN 1698 now part of Warren, Rhode Island
22 JUN 1699 Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts


1699 Tyler Point, Cemetery, Barrington, Massachusetts


Secondary Sources (that may require membership)
  • "Ancestry Member Trees submitted by members": [1]
  • "Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins": Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, (Volumes I-III, 3 vols, pp.423)[2]


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Genealogical Notes from Chet Snow:

This man was not the son of Isaac Cole as he had no son named Hugh. Nor did he have any known son named John or Richard Cole, all of them should be detached from his profile as his children.

There is a Hugh Cole who died on 22 January 1699/1700 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was a rather prominent citizen of the Plymouth Colony in the 17th Century. His WikiTree profile is Hugh T. Cole and this profile should be merged into his.

  • WikiTree profile Cole-1995 was created through the import of Ancestors of PBHowe.ged on Jun 6, 2011 by Buck Howe. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Buck and others.
  1. Plymouth Records
  2. Plymouth Records: Page 149, Vol. 3
  3. Savage: Vol. 1, Pgs 416 - 429
  4. Savage: Vol. 1, p. 427
  5. Marie Harrington
  6. Marie Harrington
  7. The Cole Courier: Page 21

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On 4 Dec 2017 at 06:56 GMT Chet Snow wrote:

Cole-1995 and Cole-662 appear to represent the same person because: they have the same name and death date plus death location. There was only one Hugh Cole who died in Swansea, Bristol, Mass. Bay, 22 January 1699/1700 and these profiles should be merged.

On 23 Mar 2017 at 21:25 GMT Bob Fields wrote:

Cole-9707 and Cole-662 appear to represent the same person because: Same Father and birth date/location. Cole-9707 has no spouse or children. This was a previously rejected match, before the father was merged, not sure why but it does appear to be the same person. If there were 2 Hugh Cole born about the same time and place, please add a note of explanation in the biography. Thanks.

On 26 Aug 2016 at 02:28 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Additional source:

Cutter. "New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements..." page 50[1]

On 14 Jan 2016 at 17:57 GMT Carolyn Adams wrote:

Cole-9628 and Cole-662 appear to represent the same person because: Other than birthplace which should be researched, it is a clear duplicate.

On 12 Dec 2015 at 11:19 GMT Anne B wrote:

See also: Pease, Janet K. and Robert S. Wakefield. "Additions to the Family of Hugh (2) Cole (ca.1627-1699) of Swansea, Mass." The American Genealogist 64:139. 1989.

On 18 Sep 2014 at 18:43 GMT Lydia Vierson wrote:

Have submitted some requests for merges to clean up his wife Elizabeth and sons Ebenezer and Benjamin and their wives.

On 18 Sep 2014 at 03:21 GMT Renee Malloy Esq wrote:

Wife Eliz has same name and DOB as his other wife. Merge?

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