Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Robert Cole

Male 1627 - 1663  (36 years)


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  • Name Robert Cole  [1
    Born 1627  Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Sep 1663  St. Clement's Bay, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3800  Tree1
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2022 

    Father Thomas Cole,   b. Abt 1590, Lampton, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1659, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Jane Mainwaring,   b. Abt 1595, Lampton, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1662, Heston, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1610  Lampton, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3093  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rebecca MNU Cole,   b. 1629, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2 Apr 1662, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 33 years) 
    Married Abt 4 Sep 1651  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Robert Cole,   b. 15 Oct 1652, Heston, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 30 Apr 1695, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Admin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 42 years)  [natural]
     2. Mary Cole,   b. 26 Jan 1654, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. William Cole,   b. 23 Jun 1655, St. Clement's Bay, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1683, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)  [natural]
     4. Edward Cole,   b. 9 Nov 1657, St. Clement's Manor, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1718, St. Clement's Manor, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)  [natural]
     5. Elizabeth Cole,   b. 2 Mar 1659, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1670, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F2164  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Robert Cole Will - 2 April 1662, Liber No. 5, 183-186
      In the Name of God Amen the Second Day of Aprill in the year of our Lord 1662,
      I Robert Cole of St Clements Bay in the Province of Maryland Yoaman being in good health and perfect memory Praise be given to God - for the same and being desirous to settle things do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following. That is to say, first and principally I commend my Soul to All mighty God my Creator and my body to the Earth from whence it was taken and touching such worldly Estate as the Lord in mercy hath lent ..........mraining is the same shall be employed and Witnessed as .......er, by this my will expressed and first I do revoke renounce frustrate and make voyd all Wills by me formerly made and declare and appoint this my Last Will and Testatment after my Death Certainly known
      Ittem I give and bequeath to my honoured friend Mr. Francis Fitzherbert or his successors the best......of Tobacco of my Crop and the best Steer of my Stock that ....oye a Roman Catholick and de.....e the holy Church
      I give and bequeath unto my Loving Son in Law Francis Knott the Eighth part of all my Cattell when he doth attain the age of eighteen years but in case he should dye before that time then my will is that his sister Anne Harinton shall have one half of the Eighth part and my own Children the other half but in case Anne Harinton be dead before Francis comes to that age and have no issue that thou my children shall have the whole gift Equally amongst them.
      3 Ittem I give and bequeath unto my son Robt Cole my daughter Mary Cole my Son William Cole my Son Edward my daughter Elizabeth Cole all the rest of my Estate to be equally shared amongst them as Each of them to the age of Eighteen years that is to say when my son Robert come to that age he shall the fifthe part of my Cattell take from the rest and known to be his and so forth till the two(?) youngest come to ye same age said
      4 Ittem I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Cole one feather bed bolster, pillows, ....anken, ...dengg and one pair of my best sheets and my spice mortars and pessell and one Iron Pott and my Copper Kettle and one smoothing Iron
      5 Ittem I give and bequeath Elizabeth Cole my best Slak(?) bed and Bolster Greenegg one Blankitt one pair of Sheetts one Iron Pott Six napkins and Diaper table Cloath and one smoothing Iron.
      6 Ittem I give and bequeath unto my son Robert Cole to him and his heirs forever My Plantation I now live on and all the land and Houses belonging to it with the Orchard he the said Robert paying unto his brother William and his brother Edward the half of all the benefitt of the orchard for the space of seven years [to the] aforesaid
      7 Ittem my will is that the aforesaid Children have such Education in Learning [to] write and read and castauompt(?) I mean my three sonns and my two daughters to learn to read and sew with their needles and all of them to be kept from idleness but not to be kept as Comon Servants and that the learning so bestowed upon my children be out of my whole Estate before they do unto the age aforesaid and after such learning so bestowed that such care be taken of my children that they may not forgett their learning before they do come of age as aforesaid
      8 Ittem my will is that my Servants may be imployed for the most benefitt and good of my Children and when or as they be free such or so many others may be put in their roomes to serve my Children Jointly
      9 Ittem my Will is that my Executors hereafter named have such Power by the present writing of this my will as to sell or possess any part of my Estate for the good of my Children in Generall
      And my will is that my Stock of Cattell never exceed the number of fifty.....whole year together but they may be sold Either.....ahoe.......ead for the use of my Children as aforesaid ......not ........as to Scant(?)
      Either my Children or servants of necessary and ..provision for their health and strength
      10 Ittem I give and bequeath to my son in Law Francis Knott the rights to 50 acres of Land as they do stand upon the record Whereas I had a Warrent to Survey four hundred acres and did survey but 350, the which survey I did assign to John Wheeler
      11 Ittem I give and bequeath unto my three Sons, Robert, William and Edward Cole the Rights to 600 acres of Land Equally amongst them where of I have a warrante of 450 acres amongst my papers said .........Joanes for their transportations.
      12 Ittem I give and bequeath ....ll the estate whatsoever be it land houses or money that doth anyways belong unto me in England or of right should belong to me unto my Children in Generall After the Death of my mother Mrs. Jene (Jane?) Cole of Heston in the County of Middlesex but in case my mother should be incapasitated and impoverished then my will is that my mother have sent to her a Competent yearly any every year e reap ....ble sustenance out of my Estate during her naturall life, my will is also that is any of my children dothe dye before the age aforesaid or under the age of twenty one years without issue that then such a part that did belong to such on one shall be equally divided amongst them that are living. My will is also that if any of my children dye without issue that then it shall not be in their .....to give to any other then their Brothers or Sisters more than one fourth part of such Goods or Chattels given by me to them as they shall be possessed of the Day of their Death
      13 Ittem I will all the rest of my Estate hogs beding pewter potts K.....nes tubbs pewter trays bathes (?) Ruggs rundletts tables ......s Stools Linnen and Wooden Pottry and all other goods that belong to me or may................belong to me unto my 3 Sons Robert William and Edward Together with my Gunns p...........tur iseronig(?) onely ..................... and a barrow tees(?)............................my son in Law Francis Knott if he doth live to ye age of ................should dye before it age [th]en all to my three sons aforesaid to these that .......................that are......
      14 Ittem my will is and I do .........................constitute and appointing my loving friends Christopher Evans and Captn Luke Gardner both of St Clements Bay and my loving Cousin Mr. Henry Hankes of Follbourne in the City of London to be my Executors or overseers or anyone of them in this country and [in] England a ................................. to Execute this my Last will giving them power and authority over all my children a[nd] [the]ir Estates if the[y] do attain the age of Twenty and [one] years as also power over all the promises aforesaid, as also power [of] authority to make and appoint one or more overseers after their Death fulfilling of this my will giving to them all a strict charge that my Children be brought taught in the Roman Catholick Religion as they shall the contrary at the [d]readfull Day of Judgmt. In testimony that is my Last Will and testament I do herewith sett my hand & Seall the Day and Year above Written with five enterlines which be these Brothers, my [will], Wright or Sisters Robert Cole
      Witnessed by ..................Signed and Sealed [before] us
      Justice............ram
      Thomas Brooks
      James Thornton(?) Clarke (James Thompson, Clerke: NJL)
      Edward Clarke
      The power that is given to my Exectrs is jointly after the death of anyone of them throw my will is that the other may act by himself or chose one to him to assist him if the departed has not appointed one in his steed before his death but my Cusson Hankes is to act in England by himself
      Witness my hand
      Robert Cole
      My son Robert Cole was born 15th Oct 1652
      My daughter Mary Cole was born the 26th Janry 1653
      My son Wm Cole was born the 23 June 1655
      My son Edwd Cole was born 9th Novr 1657
      My daughter Elizabeth born 2d March 1659
      Francis Knott three years older than my Son Robert Cole is as witness my hand the 25th of Aprill
      My Meaning is that my Children shall receive their portions at 18 years o.................t....................... have a...he posses[ion]..................... they be 21 years of age un[less] my daughter be maryed to [a Roman] Catholick then at 18 years Robert [Cole]
      Sep[tember] 8th [1662]
      Ja[mes Thornton? Clarke] Saith upon oath that being at Nowton Robert Cole ................ in to sett his ........... to this Paper telling him with ................ that it was his Will Cle.................Said Cole being then bound for England, and it was sidned and sealed in this Deponents presence by the said Robert Cole and ..... knowth of no other will that Ever Robert Cole made
      J.....Thompson(?)
      Sworn before me Wm Bretten
      Sept..................1663 Thomas Brooks.......Saith upon oath that he signed this Will as Witness and that it was Robt Coles act and Deed and that he Knoweth of no other will made by the said Robert Cole
      Thomas Brooke
      Sworn before me Henry ................well Secry.
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      Cole, Robert, St. Clement's Bay, St. Mary's County, 2nd Apr., 1662; 8th Sept., 1663.
      To 3 sons, viz., Robert, William and Edward, land.
      To son-in-law Francis Knott, land.
      To daus. Mary and Eliza:, sister Anne Harinton, mother, Mrs. Jane Cole of Middlesex County, England, and the Roman Catholic Church, personalty; child. to be of age at 18 yrs.
      Exs.: Col. Wm. Evans of St. Clement's Bay, Capt. Luke Gardner, St. Clement's Bay, and cous. Henry Hankes of London.
      Test: Thos. Brook, Jas. Thomson Clarke, Edward Clarke. MCW 1. 182.

      Editors: Robert Cole, a freeholder of St. Clements Manor, immigrated to Maryland in 1652 or 1653 with his unnamed wife and four children (AB&H:338, Skordas and Gibb). In 1654, Land Patent Q:78 indicates that he was the son of "Mrs. Joan Cole" (Gibb). His wife was Rebecca according to Patent Q:205, which indicates she was transported to Maryland by 1658 by her husband, Robert (Gibb) Robert Cole's estate instructions included the birthdates of his children, i.e., Robert Cole, Jr., born 15 Oct 1652; Mary Cole, born 26 Jan 1653; William Cole, born 23 Jun 1655; and Edward Cole, born 9 Nov 1657; Eliza Cole, born 2 Mar 1659. See also Combs &c. of St. Mary's, 1656-1699
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 31 May 1658, Page 3
      I Jun 1658; Robert Cole petitions the Governor for referral to Provincial Court; Claymmors to Boveneke ready to prove allegations; petitioner not having time to summons witnesses concerning his title to said land; granted
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      1653-1657 Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds-Wills; [Beverley Fleet];
      p.86. Deed of Gift. 20 Oct 1657. Lt Col Nathaniel Pope has sold to Robt Cole a oow and calf of his son Nathaniel Pope which were given him by Thomas Thursden and also a cow and calf of his daughter Margarett given her by Thursden. Now gives the children cattle to replace that sold.
      Wit: Signed Nathanael Pope
      Tho Speke
      Walter Brodhurst Ack and rec 20 Oct 1657

  • Sources 
    1. [S177] Robert Cole's World.
      Robert Cole's World: Agriculture and Society in Early Maryland by Lois Green Carr, Russel R. Menard, Lorena S. Walsh; University of North Carolina Press 1991

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