|Birth: ||Feb. 5, 1839|
|Death: ||Feb. 18, 1896|
George Emmet Cole was born in Dublin, Ireland about 1835. From Dublin, he enlisted in the British army, August 14, 1854, and after spending a few months with detachments first at Woolwich and then Chatham, Kent, England, he joined the 9th Company Royal Engineers. He left Chatham on the ship “Earl of Durham” to Sebastopol, Crimea, arriving November 19, 1855, at the end of the Crimean War. He was promoted to Sergeant, and served at Sebastopol, then at Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece, until 1861.
In 1862, Sgt. George Cole was living with his wife Maria Jane Phillips, daughter of Sgt. John Phillips and Maria Jane Campbell, at Mill Lane, Woolwich, Kent, England. They had a daughter, Rachel Sarah Cole, who was born there. On October 18, 1862, a notice appeared in the London Times:
“Serg. George Cole, pay sergeant 9th company Royal Engineers, was yesterday presented with a silver tea service on his leaving the 9th company R.E.”
Within two weeks, according to the muster rolls, George was “transferred to Depot.“
Two year later, George Cole of Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, enlisted in the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, June 23, 1864, representing South Hadley. November 16, 1864, George was promoted to Sergeant Major. In March 1865, after marching through the swamps of North Carolina, George was treated by Dr. Emerson for fever at Foster Hospital, New Bern, North Carolina. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, not mustered, and mustered out at Smithville, N.C., September 3, 1865.
After the Civil War, George settled in Cambridgeport, Mass., with his wife and daughter. One evening in December 1867, George went out, saying he was going to a prayer meeting at the Congregational Church, and was never seen or heard from by them again. George Cole’s tax bill was left for him at Hammun’s store in Cambridgeport.
His wife Maria Jane (Phillips) Cole died soon after he left, and she is buried in a pauper's grave in Cambridge. His daughter Rachel Sarah Cole was adopted by Charles and Sarah Goddard and her name changed to Lucy Goddard.
George Cole’s immediate family never heard from him again, but his second great granddaughter tracked him down with his pension file and other paper trails.
Feb 1, 1868, George Cole enlisted in the regular army at Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, USA; he served 5 years and mustered out September 3, 1873.
George Cole was enumerated twice in the 1880 census. June 12, 1880, he was listed as a clerk living with William Woodhurst, hotel proprietor, and his wife Mary and their family, in North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska. William Woodhurst had been the Warden of the State Penitentiary when there was a famous rebellion, and Mrs. Mary Woodhurst was known for calming the prisoners down during the incident.
By June 24, 1880, George and the Woodhursts had moved to Pacific Junction, Mills County, Iowa, and George Cole was working as a lithographer; they are enumerated together again. George Cole became Mayor of Pacific Junction from 1884-1887, and Proprietor of the Eclipse Hotel.
26 Sep 1885, he was married at Kansas City, Missouri, to Mary Alice Cook.There are many documents in his pension file stating that he was a bachelor and never had been previously married.
In 1891, George Cole and his wife moved to Garden City, Kansas, for his health. He transferred membership in the Grand Army of the Republic, Abe Lincoln Post 29 in Iowa, to the James R. Fulton Post 257 in Garden City.
George Cole was highly respected in the community and worked as a police judge in Garden City.
George Cole died 17 Feb 1896, and was buried by the G.A.R. at Valley View Cemetery.
Maria Jane Phillips Cole (1840 - 1868)*
Mary Alice Cook Cole (1861 - 1944)*
Lucie Sarah Cole Goddard Brigham (1862 - 1891)*
Co. E 2 Mass
Note: Interred 2/19/1896
Valley View Cemetery
Plot: Zone C, Lot 220, Space 3
Maintained by: Beth McAleer
Originally Created by: scrap
Record added: Sep 08, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11706335