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Shubael Cole
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Birth: Mar. 21, 1767
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 27, 1854
Albany County
New York, USA

Shubael Cole and Lucy Farmer

Shubael Cole
was born March 21, 1767 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

He lived there with his parents until his father decided to move the Shaker commune in New Lebanon, Columbia, New York. Shubael stayed in the commune with his father for a time and then decided to hire himself out as a farm hand for $6.50 per month in Stephenstown, Renselaer County.

The rest of the year he worked as a thresher. He continued as a farmhand until the winter of 1796 or 1797.

He married Lucy Farmer a native of Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts early in the year of 1795. Great Barrington was an adjoining town to New Lebanon.

Shubael continued to work by the month after he was married. About a year or more after his marriage, he bought from Robert Troup of New York, who had an office in Albany two pieces of land in the township of Cinciunatur, Tiago County, New York. He bought 100 acres more or less. It seems he lost this land because he could not pay the mortgage on it. He had not much money accumulated because he had to clothes himself and his family.

Shubael having lost his land still had the desire to acquire some so he went to Albany, New York to see if he could lease some land from the Van Renselaers or the heirs of the Coeymans Patent.

The proprietors were anxious to rent their land and Shubael went out to look over the land. He found a man who had 89 acres who had cleared nine acres of it. That is he had cut down the trees and built himself a log cabin and a log shelter for a cow.

Shubael bought the man's lease on the land. He then went back to through the wilderness and brought his wife and baby daughter, Olive, safely to the log cabin. There nearest neighbor being two miles away. After his wife was settled in the cabin, Shubael left for Albany twelve miles away to procure the lease. Payment on the land for a year was 8 bushels of wheat, one load of wood, and 4 or 5 fowls for the whole 89- acres.

But alas Shubael was in for a surprise when he arrived in New Albany. Coeyman had died and his heirs inherited the land. Abram and Anthony Ten Eyck who lived in New York inherited the land that Shubael leased. When he was expecting a lease he found a deed made out to himself to sign for 89 acres and a bond for 169 L which ran for 8 years with interest at 7%.

After all this, he could have the deed.

Shubael protested vigorously but to no avail. The agents suggested he sign it immediately. Shubael assured them he had no money and no way of earning any. He was in a tight spot. Finally, seeing no way out with a wife and baby at home Shubael signed the deed.

Lucy encouraged him to make a go of it. Lucy was a healthy, strong, and vigorous woman. She had remarkable business talent and was a true helpmate. She did her part of the work and the farm was a success.

Shubael was a true purpose in mind cleared the 9 acres of stumps and then some. By the time spring came he had it ready to put in wheat. The next few years were good years for wheat and prices were high and he was able to pay the debt off when it came due including the interest. The farm was such a success that Shubael was able to put up a frame house in place of the log cabin and built a fine barn both of which were still standing in 1899.

The house contained an unfinished chamber in which Lucy had a loom and all the equipment for weaving which she found necessary to have in raising a large family. They raised the sheep, sheared the sheep of there wool, spun and wove the wool, colored and had it dressed in suitable cloth for the family to wear in the winter.

Lucy and Shubael lived there content with their eleven children. Lucy and Shubael had eight sons and three daughters. They only had one child die of an accident in his younger years. Shubael died on September 27, 1854 at the ripe old age of 87. He was worn out by age and had worked hard his whole life. Lucy, his wife, live another 3 years until she died at the age of 82 years, March 25, 1858 at the home of her daughter in New Scotland where she was visiting. When Shubael died they had just celebrated their 59th year of marriage. They are both buried in Ondesdonk burying ground in the East port of the town of Westerlo, Albany County, New York.

Their numerous children when young first married settled near them. The old home was a home for all the children, grandchildren and the great grand children for many years. There were frequent meetings and social visits, and many a love feasts. Yet the children began to look for wider pastures and in time only four of the original children remained. They rest traveling to the new open land.

Shubael and Lucy had a strong affection for their children. Their acts of kindness were given out evenly. They were kind and affectionate to there neighbors especially those in need. Never was a man in need that Shubael did not come to his aid. Merrit Tuttle Cole remembers as a lad helping his grandfather help a man farm his fields when the man had become too ill to do it himself.

In the way of schooling, Shubael did not even get a common school education. He did learn to read and write and learned enough to keep him abreast with the news. His memory was his bookkeeper and his book of accounts and transactions. Even though he did not have much of a school education, Shubael did more for his school district than any other man in the neighborhood did.

Shubael kept in the house during his younger years various kinds of wine and liqueur to serve to his friends when they would come to visit. It was the custom to serve even visiting ministers a little liqueur for their health. Shubael never partook in more than a little bit. When he was 55 years of age Shubael attended a temperance meeting. He signed the pledge and threw out the entire liqueur in the house.

When Shuebal became older he left the running of the farm to his son Charles. He kept a buggy and a horse to himself that he might go visiting the neighbors every day. He had two neighbors, who live of a mile from him on both sides, and every day he would go and visit each one.

On his last day of life Shuebal went to visit his neighbor and he got about a 1/8th of a mile from home and fell. He crawled to a near fence post and tried to stand up but he could not. He called out and Charles two sons and granddaughter came running from the house. They got a handcart got him in it and took him home. They put him in bed and their he lay for six days before he died.

We do not know much about Lucy Farmer's family. We do know she was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

She had several brothers and a sister.

One brother was killed in the battle of Lundy's Lane during the War of 1812.

She had a sister Hephzibah. She married a man by the name of Nichols and had two sons George and Charles. They lived in New Lebanon and moved to Stowe, Vermont.
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Family links: 
  Nathan Cole (1735 - 1815)
  Lucy Farmer Cole (1775 - 1858)
  Lanson Cole (1791 - 1877)*
  David Cole (1812 - 1897)*
*Calculated relationship
Westerlo Rural Cemetery
Albany County
New York, USA
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Record added: Dec 26, 2012
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