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 Edwin Elihu “Elihul” Cole

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Edwin Elihu “Elihul” Cole

  • Birth Mar 1846 Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 15 Oct 1915 Litchfield, Meeker County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Litchfield, Meeker County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 48775053

Elihu Cole served in Company D 1st Minnesota Batt. during the Civil War..The source of some of this information is Litchfield Cem records kept at the Meeker County GAR Museum..
The Frank Daggett GAR post records at Litchfield Minnesota has an E. E. Cole as a member who served in Co A 5th Minnesota Infantry --said to have been born in Springfield, Wisconsin--( we now have substantiation on this)... E E Cole is said to have had 2 children who died of diptheria in 1889-- The names of these 2 children were Edgar H Cole 1868-1889 and Pearl L Cole 1871-1889.. There were four children one son reaching older age...
Wife appears as Mary Elizabeth Cole 1841-1904 will verify information through genealogical records prior to recording this in find a grave.. Now getting well documented thanks to Susan Turner.... Elihu Cole alias of Edwin E. Cole co. A. 5th Minn. inft.. applied for pension 4-12-1890 in Minn.. widow Leonore L. Cole applied for pension 11-22-1915. = 2nd wife.

Elihu Cole Biography and Civil War Narrative by Tim Bode
Born March 1846 in Wisconsin
Died October 15, 1915, Meeker County, Minnesota, Mustered In February 4, 1862, Private, Age 15 but 19 in military records. Residence prior to military service: Wisconsin and Minnesota. Vocation following military service: River Ferryman (1870), Laborer (1880), Farmer (1900)

Edwin "Elihu" Cole was born in March 1846 in Wisconsin, the son of John Mason and Mary Marina (Rogers) Cole. John was born in June 28. 1815 in New York Mary was born October 18, 1820, in Pennsylvania. John and Mary were married April 17, 1839, in Wisconsin. Elihu Cole's siblings included Wealthy Anna, Willard Mason, Elizabeth M., Mary Marina, Albert Royal (born about 1851), William born April 1853, Caroline Maria born March 1855. His father died November 5, 1854 in Wyocena, Columbia County, Wisconsin, when Elihu was eight years old. Elihu's mother Mary then moved to Minnesota with her younger children.
Elihu Cole enlisted in Company A of the Fifth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment on February 4, 1862.Company A (along with companies E through K) was sent south in May 1862, where they reported to General John Pope near Corinth, Mississippi on May 24, and were attached to the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division of the Army of Mississippi. They immediately were put to work, participating in the Siege of Corinth (May 26-30), including the Battle of Farmington on May 28 in which four of his Company were wounded. That same year they were also present at the Battle of Iuka, Mississippi (September 19; held in reserve) and the (2nd) Battle of Corinth (October 4). On October 18. 1862, Private Elihu Cole was discharged for disability.

Two and a half years later on March 7, 1865, reportedly at the age of 21, Elihu Cole re-enlisted in Company D of he First Battalion Minnesota Infantry Volunteers. The first Battalion was formed when the First Minnesota Infantry Regiment concluded its service on April 29, 1864, and was made up of veterans of the First Minnesota who had re-enlisted, recruits whose terms had not yet expired and new recruits. When in December 1864 the battalion had been reduced to thirty some men present for duty, two officers and five enlisted men were sent to Minnesota on recruiting service. Elihu Cole's Company D (under the leadership of Captain Thomas N. Whetstone) arrived at Appomattox shortly after General Lee surrendered there. In June 1865 after having arrived in Washington, The First Battalion was ordered to Louisville, Kentucky and became pat of Brigadier General Henry A. Morrow's Division of the Army of the Tennessee. The next month they were ordered to Minnesota where they were hospitably and joyously received at St. Paul. Elihu Cole was mustered out of the First Battalion at Fort Snelling on July 14-15, 1865.

Returning to Minnesota, Elihu married Mary E. (aka"Libbie") about 1866. Mary was born September 1841 in New York, the daughter of a father born in Maine and mother born in England. At the time of the 1870 U.S. Census, Elihu and Mary Cole lived in Belgrade Township, Nicollet County, near Mankato. Elihu worked as a River Ferryman, presumably on the Minnesota River. Elihu and Mary had two children: a daughter Eudora (sp? age 3) and a son Edgar(age 1). Meanwhile, Elihu's mother Mary lived in Manannah Township, Meeker County, Minnesota, along with three of her children: Albert R. (age 19) William N. (age 17) and Caroline M. (age 15). Next door lived 23 year old Lysander Taylor.

The 1180 census shows E. E. and Libbie Cole living in Forest City, Meeker County, Minnesota. Thirty-four year old Elihu worked as a laborer while 37 year old Libbie kept house. They had four children: Daughter Edna E. (age 13), son Edgar H. (age 11), daughter Lillian P. (age 8) and son Chas. B. R. (age two months, born in April 1880). Next door lived the Henry Rogers family --possibly relatives from Elihu's mother's family. Also living nearby was the Henry N. Herrick family. Herrick was a Minister who had served as a Private in Company A of the 5th Minnesota from March until June 1864, when he was promoted to Chaplain for the regiment, in which position he served until September 1865.

By 1900, Elihu (age 54) and Mary (age 58) Cole had moved into the town of Litchfield, Meeker County, Minnesota. Elihu worked as a farmer and their 20 year old son, Charles, who lived with them worked as a Day Laborer. Four years later, Elihu's wife, Mary E. Cole, died on June 10, 1904 in Meeker County, Minnesota. The 1910 census shows Elihu E. Cole living as a widower (age 67?) on Sibley Avenue in Litchfield, Minnesota. Later that same year, his mother Marina Cole died on September 8, 1910 in Meeker County, about a month before her 90th birthday.

Edwin Elihu Cole died on October 23, 1915, in Meeker County, Minnesota and lies buried at Ripley Cemetery Litchfield MN..
Source: Data Sent in by Susan Turner Findagrave Friend... posted by glenn d kiecker Masonic Historian Cataract Lodge #2 MN

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  • Originally Created by: Tom Mauer
  • Added: 25 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 48775053
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edwin Elihu “Elihul” Cole (Mar 1846–15 Oct 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48775053, citing Litchfield Cemetery, Litchfield, Meeker County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Glenn Kiecker (contributor 47452661) .