The Generations of Abraham Cole

Abraham ColeThe origin of the Cole family has no record before 1695 when Abraham Cole (I) sold land. Abraham and Hannah Cole had three children: Ann, Abraham (II), and John. We are going to dive into the history of the Cole Family and the many generations of Abraham's born into the family.

Abraham Cole, II, had a great grandfather named Isaac Cole, who was one of the earliest residents of Staten Island. He was an extensive farmer and a landowner at Prince’s Bay. Abraham was the grandchild who inherited a portion of the estate, pursuing in the family's farming business. Following this inheritance, Cole married Abigail Johnson and they had seven children together: William, Ann, Isaac, Lydia, Abraham (III), Esther, and Phoebe.

Abraham Cole, III, (1778-1833) was a worthy sea captain. He traveled mainly in the southern ports and, for many years, he engaged in trade. During his travels, Abraham III married a woman named Ann, who was the daughter of David Johnson of Staten Island. Abraham and Ann had eight children: Johnson, Isaac, Abraham (IV), Susan Ann, Harriet, Mary, Jacob W., and Abigail.

Abraham, IV, was born on September 23, 1810, on a homestead not so far away from the old church at Woodrow, Staten Island. During his schooling age, he had grown an interest in becoming pursuing his father's career in sailing.  At the age of 21, he had become a packet schooner sailing for the southern ports. During these voyages, be gradually acquired an interest for vessels.  In 1856, he had retired from sailing and established a coal and lumber business near Tottenville, Staten Island.
He remained active with the business for the remainder of his life. His sons later became partners to the business and conducted it successfully.

On September 30th, 1840, Abraham, V, married Ann M., the daughter of Cornelius Disosway of Staten Island. They had five children: Cornelius, Jacob, Susan A., James T., and Abram. 

Abraham Cole, V,  joined the ranks of the Republican Party. Cole rarely focused much on politics, giving very little active support to his party. He energized more of his time and labor to the Bethel Methodist Episcopal church. He was the treasurer, trustee, and steward. On September 14th, 1876, he had passed away.

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