Charles was a son of Joseph Bell Chance, Capt & Nancy Agnes Breden Chance. He resided in Texas before 1830 w/brothers, William Alexander Chance (b.June 30, 1822), Elijah James Chance (b.July 7, 1826) & infant sister, Marthy Ann Chance (b.April 12, 1828). His family lived in Washington-on-the-Brazos where Joseph Chance's survey office was located. Cole participated in the "Run-Away Scrape" of 1836, helping his family evacuate to safety while Joseph founded & captained the "Washington Guards" in defense of his country.
Cole Chance received a grant of 320 acres from the Republic of Texas in December 1840, having reached the age of 17 years.
He first married Sarah E Rowland Chance (1826-1866)in 1845 in Burleson County, Texas. They had 7 children(See her page for breakdown of children). They were all born in Caldwell, Burleson, Texas.
During the Civil War, Cole served in the 2nd Regiment of Texas Infantry, Co G, and fought in such battles as Shiloh & Corinth. Upon his discharge from the Confederate Army due to ill health. He returned to Texas to face the deaths of his first wife, Sarah Rowland and children to an epidemic.
After Sarah's death, Charles the smaller children moved to the Liberty Hill, Williamson, Texas area.
There he married Mary Annie Thomas (b.Jan.7, 1843 in Caldwell, TX) on 19 Dec 1867. They challenged the boundaries of frontier Texas in a move to Williamson County in 1869 and settled West of Liberty Hill, Texas. In a home built partially of lumber hauled from Brenham, TX by oxen, Cole & Mary Annie raised their family. they had 7 children:
Jerry Bill Chance (1869-1926) Mem#28554849
James William Chance (1871-1942)Mem#11621486
Edgar Lee Chance (1873-1946) Mem#11410810
Martha Susan Chance Cox (1877-1962) Mem#61824515
Katherine Marie Chance Klose (1879-1974) Mem#
Annie Elizabeth Chance Smith (1881-1956) Mem#11397087
Linney Gertrude Chance Seargeant (1884-1955) Mem#11618980
Only 3 children from his first wife survived; Joseph, Charles Robert & Francis Alexander & were raised by Mary.
The Chances spent their remaining years in Williamson County in farming and operating a Steam Gin on the San Gabriel River.
Mary A Chance died on July 3, 1893 with Cole following on March 31, 1894. They were true pioneers of Texas.
**All added info provided by John Christeson on 8-19-13**
He died in Sure & Certain Hope of Eternal Life. Through the Atonement of a Crucified Savior.
Frances Chance McArthur
Joseph Sylvester Chance
Francis Alexander Chance
Jerry Bill Chance
James William Chance
Edgar Lee Chance
Martha Susan Chance Cox
Kathrine Mara Chance Klose
Annie Elizabeth Chance Smith
Linney Gertrude Chance Seargeant