COL William James Cole, III

COL William James Cole, III

Newport News, Newport News City, Virginia, USA
Death 4 Mar 1694 (aged 55)
Newport News, Newport News City, Virginia, USA
Burial Newport News, Newport News City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 20183415 · View Source
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William Cole (1638-1694) served as an attorney in Warwick County and commanded the county's militia. He was a member of the Council of the State from 1674 until 1692.

During Bacon's Rebellion, Cole negotiated unsuccessfully with Nathaniel Bacon to end the conflict and later fled with Governor Berkley to the Eastern Shore. After Bacon's death, Cole resumed his political career, serving as the colonial secretary of state from 1689 to 1692 and as a trustee for the College of William and Mary. He also acquired more land in York County, Elizabeth City County, and Warwick County.

Cole left his heirs more than 3,600 acres of land and a rich political legacy. His son, Colonel William Cole (1692-1729), inherited Balthrope and served as a member of the House of Burgesses as well as a Warwick County justice, sheriff, and militia commander.

The manor house remained in Cole family ownership until 1766. The Boldrup Plantation Archaeological Site is listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

**bio provided by Michael Lustig,

His children by Martha Cole (source -

John Cole
1686 – 1698

Martha Cole
1690 – 1698

Col. William Cole
1692 – 1729

Mary Cole
1694 – 1698

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