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William Cole

William Cole

Male 1828 - 1911  (82 years)

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  • Name William Cole 
    Born 11 Dec 1828  Cradley, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 13 Feb 1831  Fromes Hill, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Mar 1911  Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Buried 16 Mar 1911  Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Notes 
    • Obituary of WILLIAM COLE:
      William Cole, an aged citizen of Nephi, died at his home here at Nephi early Monday morning, the 13th inst., of general debility. He was born December 11, 1828, at Flooms Hills, Herefordshire, England; joined the Church in 1840. Emigrated to America the following year; arrived at Nauvoo, 1846, and the year following came to Utah. In 1849 he went to California. In 1852 he went to Nephi to live, where he resided up to the time of his death. For years the deceased acted as usher at the tabernacle, and while an unassuming person, has always been a faithful Latter-day Saint. Mr. Cole enjoyed good health until four months ago, and during that time, while not caused to suffer much pain, has seemingly been very weak and confined to his bed for the last four weeks. He leaves a wife, seven sons, one of whom, Wilford, is filling a mission in Hawaii, as is one daughter, being one of six girls in the family, all of whom are alive. There are also 38 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
    • From history in possession of Susan Jones 185 E 3700 N, Provo, Utah:
      William Cole was baptized June 1840 by Elder John Cheese. He was a member of the Nauvoo 2nd Ward. Birth place has also been listed as Cradley, Herefordshire, England. The Nauvoo Membership records found in the Edgemont Stake Genealogy Library, Provo, Utah, states baptism date as June 1841. Birth date in IGI is also 14 Dec 1828. He joined the LDS Church in 1840 and emigrated to America the following year. He arrived in Nauvoo, Illinois in 1846 and went to Utah a year later. In 1849 he went to California. In 1852 he went to Nephi, Utah to live, where he resided up to the time of his death. For years he acted as usher at the tabernacle. William was ordained a high priest on 3 Sep 1892 by William Paxman. He received second washings and anointings in Manti Temple.

      From Film 0026218 (Nephi Ward Records):
      Rebaptized 8 Sep 1877 by Joel Grover. Reconfirmed 9 Sep 1877 by Joel Grover.

      From Vital Records Index - British Isles (FHL 992143):
      William Cole christened 14 Dec l828 in Cradley, Herefordshire, England.

      From Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868:
      William Cole (age 18) came across the plains in the Edward Hunter-Joseph Horne Company which consisted of 197 individuals and 72 wagons. The journey began 17 June 1847 from the outfitting post on the Elkhorn River about 27 miles west of Winter Quarters, Nebraska, and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley 29 Sep 1847.

      From FHL Film 0482020:
      Divorced from Elizabeth Sarah Cole 6 Mar l958 in Utah Territory, Juab County. Copy of decree in possession of Donna Cornia.
    • Biography:
      The Cole family belonged to the sect known as ďThe United BrethrenĒ in England. William heard President Wilford Woodruff preach his first sermon in Herefordshire. Woodruff preached to 500 and converted 499. William was baptized in June 1840 by Elder John Cheese.

      John Cole, Mary James, William, John, Elisabeth, Sarah and Jane Louise left England 6 Apr 1841 on the ship ďCaroline.Ē They reached Nauvoo by way of Quebec 4 July 1841 and lived there five years. May Ann was born in Nauvoo in 1841. Two daughters (Susanna, Mary H.) died in England before emigrating.

      On 21 Jun 1844 John Cole returned from church to find his wife, Mary, ill in bed. He stirred up the fire and sat down on a chair near the stove to wait for the room to warm up. He fell over, and when he struck the floor he was dead. According to the records at the Visitorís Center in Nauvoo and read by Susan Jones, a descendent of John Cole, John Cole owned land two blocks from the Temple site. He was buried on that land. His death left his wife, Mary, with six children to care for. William Cole was the oldest son, and he took over the responsibility of taking care of the family.

      Along with the other Saints, the Cole family was driven to Far West. While camping for a day or two at Haunís Mill, the Indians attacked the Saints and killed many of them. William spoke about this very seldom, however. He wasnít one to talk about any of the hardships he went through for the sake of the Gospel.

      In the spring of 1846, the people of Nauvoo were driven west by the angry mobs in Illinois. The Cole family crossed the Mississippi River and camped by a slough for 12 weeks. All the company had chills and fever. Mary Cole and all her family, except William, had gone 20 miles further west. Mary returned to get William and they traveled to Winter Quarters. He had chills every other day all the way there.

      They lived at Winter Quarters all that winter. Almost all of the company suffered with black scurvy, and many of them died with it. In the spring, William started with it. They dug artichokes, onions, and horseradish, all of which helped to break up the disease. Then William went to Missouri for provisions. On his way back he met a man driving his Motherís team. He sent her driver on to Winter Quarters with his load, and he went back and got more provisions for their trip west.

      They traveled west in Bishop Hunterís hundred, Joseph Horneís fifty and William Taylorís ten. They arrived in Salt Lake in October, 1847. The Cole family later settled in Nephi, Juab County, Utah.

      In the fall of 1849 during the Gold Rush, William went to California. His brother, John, who was 15 years old wanted to go with him. William told him that if he would stay home and help their Mother, he would buy him a pony when he returned. However, while William was in California, his brother drowned in the Jordan River on 27 July 1851.

      William returned from California in the spring of 1852. He stayed in Salt Lake during that summer, then moved to Nephi in November 1852 and made this his home. On 28 Jul 1860 Williamís mother, Mary Cole, married John Taylorís father, James Taylor, in Salt Lake City. William Cole and one sister were sealed to their parents, but the other girls left the church.

      According to Nephi Ward Records, William Cole married Elizabeth Sarah Jenkins in 1856. She was the daughter of James Jenkins and Elizabeth Wright. A son, John William Cole, was born 2 Feb 1857 in Nephi, Juab, Utah. Evidently they were divorced because Elizabeth Sarah Jenkins married Gustave Louis Edward Henroid on 17 November 1860 in Nephi and they had nine children.

      The Nephi Ward records also indicated that on 29 September 1857 William Cole married Emma Jenkins, a sister to his first wife. They were married in Nephi by Bishop Jacob G. Bigler. They later received their endowments and were sealed in the Endowment House 10 Aug 1867 by Wilford Woodruff. William was ordained a High Priest 3 Sep 1892 by William Paxman and received the second washing and anointing in the Manti Temple.

      William and Emma were the parents of 15 children.
    • Obituary, The Utah Budget, Carbon County, 24 Mar 1911, page 6
      At the advanced age of eighty two years, William Cole, pioneer of Utah and California, is dead at Nephi. The deceased was born in Herefordshire, England, in 1828. In 1840 he joined the Mormon church, and in 184_ emigrated to America, settling in Nauvoo, Ill.
    Person ID I4722  Pioneer Ancestry
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2016 

    Father John Cole,   b. 17 Feb 1799, Fromes Hill, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1844, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Mother Mary James,   b. 7 Aug 1800, Bishop's Frome, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1867, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 28 Dec 1848  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Family ID F197  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Elizabeth Sarah Jenkins,   b. 22 Sep 1838, Presteigue, Radnorshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1875, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 29 Sep 1857  [9, 10
    Children 
     1. John William Cole,   b. 2 Feb 1857, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1897, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    Last Modified 22 Mar 2006 
    Family ID F319  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Emma Jenkins,   b. 15 Mar 1840, Presteigne, Radnorshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1920, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 29 Sep 1857  Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Emma and William Cole were married by Bishop Jacob G. Bigler in Nephi, Juab, Utah.

      Emma and William Cole were married by Bishop Jacob G. Bigler in Nephi, Juab, Utah.
    Children 
     1. William Cole, II,   b. 23 Mar 1858, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1933, Provo Hospital, Provo, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     2. James Edward Cole,   b. 18 Jan 1860, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1926, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. Emma Eliza Cole,   b. 22 Dec 1861, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1865, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     4. Sarah Elizabeth Cole,   b. 13 Feb 1864, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1942, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. Edgar Cole,   b. 10 Jan 1866, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1880, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 14 years)
     6. Wilford Jenkins Cole,   b. 25 Nov 1867, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1951, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     7. Cora Ella Cole,   b. 13 Aug 1869, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1945, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +8. Mary Ann Cole,   b. 17 Feb 1871, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1968, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     9. Urban Cole,   b. 29 Oct 1874, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1880, Ogden, Weber, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
     10. Claude Vivian Cole,   b. 2 Aug 1876, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1941, Pioche, Lincoln, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     11. David Jenkins Cole,   b. 5 Dec 1876, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1951, Declo, Cassia, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     12. Richard Roscoe Cole,   b. 20 Jul 1878, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1924, Eureka, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     13. Edna Cole,   b. 23 Sep 1880, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1934, Provo, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     14. Clara Delia Cole,   b. 28 Jul 1883, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1958  (Age 75 years)
     15. Ruby Cole,   b. 19 Sep 1885, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1953, Oakland, Alameda, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Photos
    Cole, William: Six sons
    Cole, William: Six sons
    Courtesy of Dennis Francom (Elwood, Utah)
    COLE sisters
    COLE sisters
    Courtesy of Donna Cornia
    Family ID F1142  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    COLE, William
    COLE, William

    Documents
    COLE, William: death certificate
    COLE, William: death certificate

    Headstones
    COLE, WILLIAM (1828-1911) & EMMA (1840-1920)
    COLE, WILLIAM (1828-1911) & EMMA (1840-1920)

    Histories
    COLE, William
    COLE, William
    Nauvoo records
    COLE, William: History
    COLE, William: History
    Cornia, Donna Vee. History of William Cole. 5 Nov 2000. Copied 22 Nov 2005 from an original publication by J.F.

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] Temple Record (L.D.S.), Endowment House, Film 0183405, pg 180, item 2..

    2. [S67] Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868, LDS.org.

    3. [S68] Christening Record, FHL Film #0994229 (Parish of Cradley Baptism Records).
      Baptized by C. Pattrick, Curate.

    4. [S10] Death Certificate, SL 036664.

    5. [S15] Cemetery Record, Nephi City Cemetery.

    6. [S19] Headstone.

    7. [S45] Parish Record, Castle Froome, FHL Film #0992135 (Castle Frome Bishops Transcript, 1660-1865, Marriages, 1826).
      Married by Curate Griffiths. Witnesses: Mara Bethele, Richard Lazzsn and John Haysings.

    8. [S22] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    9. [S122] Divorce Decree, Film 0482020.
      Divorce granted 6 Mar l958 in Utah Territory, Juab County, by George W. Bradley, Judge of Probate Court. Copy of decree in possession of Donna Cornia.

    10. [S6] Ward Record (L.D.S.), Nephi.