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Dr Howson White Cole
Birth: Dec. 11, 1830
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1910
Danville City
Virginia, USA

Father: Dr. John Lipscomb Cole (1809-1879)
Mother: Cassandra Caroline White (1810-1867)
- Attended, Caldwell Institute, Greensboro, NC
- Attended Emory and Henry College, Emory, A
08/19/1850 - Student, Guilford Co., NC (living with his parents and sibs - indexed in the 1850 U.S. Census as "Houson Cole")
1851-1852 - Attended, Medical College of the State of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (from: Greensboro, NC; preceptor: Dr. John L. Cole)
1854 - M.D. degree, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA (from: NC; preceptors: Drs. Briggs, Atchison, & Briggs; thesis: "Vital Resources")
1856 - Practiced medicine, Greensboro, NC
09/08/1860 - Practiced medicine with Dr. J. G. Boatwright, Southern District, Pittsylvania Co., VA
1861 - Volunteered to serve as Pvt., Danville Blues (this unit subsequently became part of the 18th VA Infantry)
- Detailed to the Confederate Army Medical Department
- Discharged from the Confederate Army due to disability
1863 - Served as a civilian M.D., Hospital, Danville, VA
03/30/1864 - In a petition sent from Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, "To his Excellency Jefferson Davis President of the
Confederate States The undersigned citizens of the county of Pittsylvania in the State of Virginia have with pain and regret noticed that a number of men from this county have been sentenced by Court Martial to be shot for
desertion. We would respectfully state that these men are from a portion of the county, isolated & are men of little or no education, and ignorant, and we learn that urgent appeals from the families of these men have been made to them of their suffering condition, and no one knows better than your Excellency, how ignorant men can be seduced and led astray by such reports. We feel well satisfied that your Excellency will act for the best interests of the country, but beg to ask - your kind sympathy in behalf of ignorant men, who are deeply penitent for their crimes, and who, promise faithfull [sic] service to their country in the] future. We give herewith the names, James B. [sic - V.] Gray, Monroe Overly, J. H. Watson, James Brinsfield, George W. Adams, (Jessee Caton) from Henry cty., Thomas R. Quinn, (Bartlett Stokes) [from] Henry [County], Tho. A. Hiler, James A. Hiler.
Citizens of Pittsylvania, from Bartons Brigade [following this are many signatures including that of H. W. Cole. It is known that Pvt. James V. Gray, 57th Virginia Infantry, from Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, who is on the list and was sentenced to death for desertion, was pardoned by President Davis].
09/10/1867 - Mother, Cassandra, died in Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC
1870 - Elected Mayor, Danville, VA
1872 - Re-elected, Mayor, Danville, VA
1874 - Practiced medicine, Danville, VA
01/13/1875 - Married, Eliza Lavallette Dupuy (1843-1880), Prince Edward Co., VA
~1876-1886- Coroner, Danville, VA
1879 - Owned and operated a drug store, H. W. Cole, Apothecary, No. 3 Masonic Building, Danville, VA
1879 - Operated "Mansion House" a boarding house on Main Street and Banks Alley (later called Floyd Street).
10/02/1879 - Father, John, died in Whitesboro, Grayson Co., TX
06/11/1880 - Druggist, Danville, VA (indexed in the 1880 U.S. Census as "Howison W. Cole")
12/04/1880 - Wife, Eliza, died in Danville, VA (buried: Green Hill Cem., Danville, VA
1882 - With the Schoolfield brothers, was granted a charter to organize a company known as Riverside Cotton Mills [later, the name was changed to Dan River Cotton Mills, Inc.
1886,1890,1893,1896 - Practiced medicine, Danville, VA
06/07/1900 - Druggist (and widower) - Danville, VA (living with two sons - indexed in the 1900 U.S. Census as "Housen Cole")
~1905 - Retired "from active work"
- Member, Presbyterian church
- Freemason
- Member, Medical Society of Virginia
01/08/1910 - Died at his home of "senile debility", Danville, Virginia (buried: Green Hill
Cemetery, Danville, VA)

Scott Hutchison, Michael Angelo, and Anna O'Quinn Richter provided input to this biography.

This biographical sketch is from:
Hambrecht, F.T. & Koste, J.L., Biographical
register of physicians who served the
Confederacy in a medical capacity.
06/28/2016. Unpublished database.

The following was added by Scott Hutchison, the creator of this memorial:

Dr H W Cole Dies

Danville, Va, Jan 8 [1910] -- Dr H W Cole, for many years a prominent physician and druggist of Danville and thrice mayor of this city in the '70s, died at his home here today after a long illness. He was 79 years of age and a native of this county. Dr Cole was a surgeon in the Confederate army. He leaves two sons, Dr H W Cole, Jr, of the United States Navy and L D Cole of Oregon.

Jan 9, 1910, The State, Columbia, SC
Family links: 
  John Lipscomb Cole (1808 - 1879)
  Cassandra Caroline White Cole (1810 - 1867)
  Eliza Lavallette DuPuy Cole (1843 - 1880)
  Howson White Cole (1878 - 1925)*
  Howson White Cole (1830 - 1910)
  Martha Jane Cole Wharton (1840 - 1915)*
*Calculated relationship
DEC. 11, 1830
JAN. 8, 1910


Green Hill Cemetery
Danville City
Virginia, USA
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Record added: May 13, 2006
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