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Joshua Franklin Cole

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 622

JOSHUA FRANKLIN COLE, whose 160 acres of fine farming land lies in Turtle Creek township, belongs to one of the old pioneer families of Shelby county: He was born on this farm, which has been in the possession of the family since 1822, on March 24, 1865, and is a son of Broad and Rebecca (Stanley) Cole, and a grandson of Joshua Cole.
Joshua Cole was born near Baltimore, Md., July 3, 1789, a son of Broad Cole. While yet young his father settled in Kentucky, where he remained until 1798, then moved to Ohio, locating first in Fairfield county but later removing to Pickaway county and there Joshua grew to manhood. On February 7, 1811, he married Susannah, daughter of Daniel and Rachel Ranier, then residing in Pickaway county but a native of New Jersey, where she was born January 9, 1792. On August 22, 1812, he enlisted in the command of Captain Reed and served six months in the War of 1812. In 1819 or 1820 he came to Shelby county and entered the southeast quarter of section 6, Turtle Creek township, and then returned to his home in Pickaway county. In 1821 he came back to his land and with the help of two men who accompanied him, cleared about nine acres, when he again returned to Pickaway county. In March, 1822 he brought his family to Shelby county and stopped at Ebenezer Stephens' place, near Hardin, until he could erect a cabin, into which when completed he moved his family in the following month. For some time after he settled here he had no neighbors to the north nearer than eleven miles. He remained on this farm, clearing and improving until 1845, when he rented it and moved with his family to Sidney, where they lived until 1851. In that year he returned to Turtle Creek township and settled with his family on a farm joining his old home farm on the west, on which he passed the rest of his days. His wife died September 15, 1876, and his death occurred on October 20 following. They reared a family of seven children: Cynthia, Nancy, Rachel, Broad, Nathan W., Susannah and Joshua R. The last mentioned died of cholera August 3, 1854.
Broad Cole, son of Joshua and father of Joshua Franklin Cole, was born in Pickaway county, O., April 11, 1820, and was brought by his parents to Shelby county in 1822. On March 1, 1842, he married Miss Rebecca Stanley, then of Shelby county but a native of Ross county, O., where she was born June 28, 1823. After the death of her father she accompanied her mother to Shelby county in 1835. Mr. and Mrs. Cole settled on his father's home farm and remained, until 1845, when they moved to Sidney, where he engaged in a mercantile business until 1849, when they returned to the home farm in Turtle Creek township and during the remainder of his life he gave his attention to farming. In his political views he was a republican and for several years served as a trustee of Turtle Creek township. Broad Cole and wife had children as follows: Orlando Isaac, who was a soldier in the Civil war and died in service, at Pittsburg Landing, from typhoid fever; Augusta, who married John McDonald; Eva, who married George B. Toland; Gertrude, who married Robert McClelland; Clara, who married T. L. Ginn; Margaret and Joshua F.
Joshua Franklin Cole attended the public schools in Turtle Creek township and later the Sidney schools and then gave his father assistance on the home farm and before his father's death purchased eighty acres of the same and afterward bought the interests of the other heirs in the property and has continued general farming and stock raising here ever since. This is one of the fine old farms of the county and its owners have always been representative men and sterling citizens.
In 1886 Mr. Cole was married to Miss Olive Burns, who was born in Gentry county, Mo., a daughter of David and Rebecca (Carroll) Bums. The father was a railroad engineer. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Burns were: Roland; Agnes, wife of Oscar Kennard; Olive, wife of Mr. Cole; Mary, deceased, wife of Charles Marr; Ellen, wife of William Preston; and Othello. Mr. and Mrs. Cole are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and he is a church trustee. Politically he is a republican and has served two terms as township trustee. He is identified with the Knights of Pythias at Sidney, O.


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