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Levi Edward "Lee" Cole
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Birth: Jan. 20, 1850
New Boston
Mercer County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 2, 1915
Scott County
Iowa, USA

This Information was obtained from Mercer County History Books/Records & The Mannon Family History Recorded ~ by Duane Flewelling

Levi, sometimes known as Lee, was the only child of Zerilda (Mannon) and Edward Cole. He was born in New Boston Township in 1850.

His parents were only married about four years when his father Edward died of lung fever on April 23, 1853, at the age of 29 years, 1 month and 23 days old. Levi was just over three years old and his mother did the best she could to raise him on her own but she struggled. It was during this time she met Richard Cramer,a widower who had been living with her brother James. They were married on Feb 8, 1857.

After their marriage, Richard came to live with Levi and his mother on the farm. But he could not seem to get along with his new step father and went to live with his Uncle James Mannon who had recently returned home from the civil war. James, being an Army Officer of good standing, considerable political influence and some wealth, was not only willing but anxious to help his young nephew. He had recently purchased a large merchantile business and grain warehouse in New Boston, which gave Levi a start in his business expirience.

James' family happily adopted Levi and made him feel right at home. At the time James and his second wife Sarah, had one child of their own; Bertha Rebecca, later adding three sons to the family; George Richard, James Monroe, and Lee Edward. James son, Lee Edward Mannon and Levi Edward Cole (sometimes listed as Mannon) are often confused in history records.

Richard and his mother had no children of their own, but adopted Levi's cousin, Lottie D. Stark. Lottie was the daughter of Sarah Ellen Mannon, who had been raised by her grandfather Aaron Mannon.

Levi was a very capable young man, always willing to help out in his uncle's store in anyway he could. He attended college at the University of Chicago and when he returned home a position in his Uncle's business was awaiting him, but instead he went to work for the Railway as postal clerk.

On Jan 1, 1870, he began in the mail service. He showed the same ambition in this work as he had earlier in life at his uncle's store. Soon he rose up to the potition of Chief Clerk, with offices in the Government Building in Burlington, Iowa.

He was married to Edna A Drury, daughter of Cynthia Ann (Willits) and Courtney Drury. They were married in New Boston Township on Feb 15, 1872.

When the administration was changed when Democratic President, Grover Cleveland was elected, Levi's resignation was accepted and he was offered and accepted a potition with an electric company. His office was first located in Osdaloosa, Iowa and later moved to Davenport. In a short amount of time he was offered charge of the offices in the Davenport, Iowa, Water Company, which he took and rose to the top with much confidence. He made a good and luxzurious life for his family.

Levi had suffered from an ingrown toenail and when he tried to remove it, ended up with an ifection and then blood poisoning which ultimately ended in his leg being amputated between the ankle and knee. He suffered for awhile but eventually regained his health and was fitted with an artificial limb. Everything was such a success that once he fully recovered you could never tell he had lost his leg.

Levi was very comfortably situated for the rest of his life. He died in 1915 at the age of 65 and was buried in the Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport with his mother and wife.
Family links: 
  Edward Cole (1824 - 1853)
  Zerilda E Mannon Cramer (1826 - 1900)
  Edna A Drury Cole (1849 - 1917)
  Fred Lee Cole (1877 - 1950)*
  Levi Edward Cole (1850 - 1915)
  Lottie D Stark Flake (1860 - 1888)**
*Calculated relationship
Oakdale Memorial Gardens
Scott County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Jamie Dawn Paul
Record added: Aug 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95046897
Levi Edward Lee Cole
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