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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Jesse P. Cole, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Monroe County, East Tenn., in 1840, and is a son of Andrew and Mary Ann (Robertson) Cole, natives of East Tennessee, born in 1802 and 1804, respectively. After their marriage they lived in Monroe County until 1845, and then moved to Tishomingo County, Miss., where the father died in 1873 and the mother is 1877. The former was a blacksmith by trade, and a successful farmer and stock raiser. The mother belonged to the Baptist Church, and her father, Joseph Robertson, was a soldier in one of the early wars. Jesse P. is the tenth child of a family of seven sons and seven daughters. He attended school but about one year, and accompanied his parents when they immigrated to Mississippi. In 1861 he joined Company C, Jefferson Davis’ Legion of Cavalry, and served in Virginia until near the close of the war, when he was sent to North and South Carolina. He first served under Gen. J. E. B. Stewart and Wade Hampton, and participated in the battles of Seven Pines, Gettysburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, the Wilderness, and many skirmishes. He surrendered at Raleigh, N. C. Although men were killed on all sides of him, he was never wounded or captured, but once, when he was held a prisoner but about two hours. Returning home he was married in December, 1865, to Barbara Ann, daughter of Thomas J. and Lucinda (Richardson) Moser, who went to Mississippi from Tishomingo County, Tenn., where Mrs. Cole was born. Mrs. Cole has born twelve children, of whom six sons and four daughters are living. In 1867 Mr. Cole removed to Dyer County, Tenn., where he farmed until 1878, and then went to Washington County, Ark. The next year he came to Crawford County, and has since lived upon the farm he now owns, which contains 200 acres of land, and is situated three miles northeast of Alma. In politics Mr. Cole is a Democrat, and his first presidential vote was cast for Greeley in 1872. He has been identified with the Baptist Church since his youth, to which church his wife also belongs. He is a self-made man, and enjoys the respect of the community.

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This family biography is one of 222 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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