|Death: ||Feb. 9, 1864|
Thompson Cole married Nancy Blakely on 14 November 1843 in Fayette County, Ohio. As "Thomas Coles," he, Nancy and three children were enumerated in 1850 in neighboring Greene County, Ohio. In 1860, Thompson Cole's family was enumerated in Hamilton County, Illinois.
Thompson Cole enlisted as a private on 14 August 1862 in East Bend Township, Champaign Co., Illinois, and 20 days later mustered in Company F, 125th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry. According to his enlistment papers he was married, age 41, born in Fayette County, Ohio, and was a farmer in East Bend Township. He was 5 feet, 7 inches tall, had blue eyes, red hair, and a sandy complexion.
During his military service, Private Cole's regiment fought numerous battles, including: Perryville, Kentucky (8 October 1862); Chickamauga, Georgia (19-20 September 1863); and Missionary Ridge, Tennessee (25 November 1863). Private Cole was discharged for disability on 16 January 1864, and died 9 February 1864. (When discharged, his regiment was at Lee and Gordon's Mills, Chickamauga. It is not known if he was able to return to his home alive.) His widow, Nancy Jane Cole, was granted a pension on 9 May 1864. She was living in her brother Thomas Blakely's household in Fayette County in 1870, and in her son Robert F. Cole's household in Clinton County, Ohio in 1880. She died on 29 December 1897 in Sabina, Clinton County.
According to the official record, the 125th Illinois lost 204 men from 1862 to 1865. Thompson Cole's death, just 24 days after his discharge for disability, would not have been included in the total, yet reminds us that the losses inflicted by the Civil War were much greater than the official record.
The parents of Thompson Cole have not been identified.
"Ohio Marriage Records," database and digital images, FamilySearch (familysearch.org: accessed 18 May 2012), Thompson Cole and Nancy Blakely, 14 Nov 1843; citing Probate Court, Fayette County, Marriage records, vol. C (1843-55), p. 5, FHL microfilm 292630.
1850 U.S. Census, Silver Creek Twp., Greene Co., Ohio; dwelling 786, family 786, lines 9-13, p. 405B (printed), 15 Sep 1850.
9. Thomas Coles, 30, farmer, Ohio.
10. Nancy Coles, 27, Virginia.
11. Sarah J. Coles, 5, Ohio.
12. Thomas J. Coles, 3, Ohio.
13. Josephine Coles, 1, Ohio.
1860 U.S. Census, Township 3 South, Range 7 East (south half) [now Crouch Twp.], Hamilton Co., Illinois; dwelling 1538, family 1538, lines 8-15, p. 235 (written), 10 Aug 1860.
8. Thompson Cole, 39, farmer (personal property worth $240), Ohio.
9. Nancy J., 37, Virginia.
10. Sarah J., 14, Ohio.
11. Thomas J., 12, Ohio.
12. Josephine, 10, Ohio.
13. Robert F., 8, Ohio.
14. Angeline, 6, Ohio.
15. Charles D., 3/12, Illinois.
U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865; East Bend Twp., Champaign Co., Illinois [no page number; image 186/372]. Line 10: Cole Thompson, age 43 (as of 1 Jul 1863), farmer, born in Ohio, service in 125th Ill. Vol.
Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, vol. 6 (Springfield, Illinois: H. W. Rokker, State Publisher and Binder, 1886), p. 459.
Josephine Cole Allen (1850 - 1936)*
125TH ILL. INF.
Plot: Beekman Cemetery
Created by: Russell Kasper
Record added: Jul 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39684840