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Martha S. Pendleton Bole

  • Birth 20 Aug 1840
  • Death 4 Jan 1882 Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Sec. A; Lot 2
  • Memorial ID 67664991

Meadville, January 6-We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Bole, wife of W. R. Bole, Esq., which occurred on Wednesday night.
Titusville Herald, Sat., 07 Jan 1882, p.4, Titusville, Pa.

Married to William R. Bole, attorney in Meadville; mother of Robert C. Bole.

Mr. Bole, well known in Meadville, had the following biography written in the 1885 Crawford County, Pa. history book:

WILLIAM R. BOLE, attorney at law, Meadville, was born in Venango Township, this county, October 15, 1838, son of David M. and Mary D. (Clark) Bole, who were of Scotch-Irish descent and natives of this county.

Our subject, the eldest of a family of ten children, was reared on a farm and attended the common schools till he was seventeen years of age. Most of his time from then till he was twenty-two years old was spent in Meadville Academy, Edinboro State Normal School, Allegheny College, in teaching school and in the study of his chosen profession. After reading law for a year with A. B. Richmond, he commenced a practice which he has continued successfully ever since. He was married in 1862, to Martha S., daughter of Frederick Pendleton, of this county, who bore him one child—Robert C. She died in 1881, at Meadville. In politics Mr. Bole is a Democrat.

History of Crawford County, Pennsylvania: containing a history of the county, its townships, towns, villages, schools, churches, industries, etc., portraits of early settlers and prominent men, biographies, history of Pennsylvania, statistical and miscellaneous matter, Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1885, page 715.

Unfortunately, events did not go well for Mr. Bole following the death of his wife. As reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 22 Aug 1889, p. 2.:
MEADVILLE, August 21-W.R. Bole, one of the most distinguished members of the Crawford County bar, was obliged to succumb to financial reverses today. The exact amount of his liabilities is not known. Some $19,000 in judgements were entered up against him last night and today, which led to an indiscriminate scramble on the part of creditors. Mr. Bole has been in bad health for years, a fact to which his reverses can be largely attributed.

A month later, he appears to have left for Canada as noted in the following article:
The affairs of W. R. Bole, Esq., who decamped to Canada, are still the topic of conversation in Meadville. A gentleman of that city informed a Herald reader that Mr. Gaskell, the clerk of the courts, and Oscar Clemmons went over to see Bole in Toronto. Bole could not be persuaded to return. He said he did not wish to run away, but his brother, Mayor Bole, of Corry, advised him to go to Canada. Bole is said to be drinking very hard and to show the effects of it. Our informant says it will probably take ten years to straighten out Bole's affairs. It is said he kept no book account but carried the transactions in his memory alone. Hence it is found impossible to tell what he has received and what paid out. This is especially unfortunate because he was executor, administrator and guardian in many cases. Bole said he would never come back. It is said he lays his troubles in part to his sickness and speculation. To conclude, it is said his conveyances will be contested by creditors, and in the end the fees of attorneys and prothonotary and sheriff will eat up what there was of the estate.
Titusville Herald, 11 Oct 1889, p. 2, Titusville, Pa.


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  • Created by: Kathleen B
  • Added: 30 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67664991
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Martha S. Pendleton Bole (20 Aug 1840–4 Jan 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67664991, citing Greendale Cemetery, Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Kathleen B (contributor 46911503) .