Hosea Isaiah COLE was born in 1780. He died in 1860 and is buried in Bethlehem Campground United Methodist Church Cemetery, Randolph County, Alabama. A marker has been erected stating that he is a veteran of the war of 1812. Most of my information about him comes from Mattie Lou Cole Stanfield’s book, Southern Cole Families, published in 1968.
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This letter from General Services Administration, National Archives and Records Service, Washington D.C. of July 6, 1967 gives the same information as recorded in the four pages of the Warrant file, so it is copied for your information.

Dear Mrs. Stanfield:

The records of the former General Land Office in the National Archives show that Military Bounty Land Warrant No. 55360, 40 acres, Act of September 28, 1850, was issued to “Hosea Cole, Private, Captain Bethea’s Company, South Carolina Militia, War of 1812.” Hosea Cole of Randolph County, Alabama, used this Warrant to locate the SE quarter of NE quarter of Section 2, Township 19 South, Range 12 East, Huntsville Meridian, in Randolph County, Ala. The land acquired with this warrant, consisting of 40 acres, was patented to him on May 3, 1853.

An examination of the pertinent Alabama General Land Office Tract book, which is in the custody of the Bureau of Land Management, Dept. of the Interior, has failed to reveal any entries for Hosea Isaiah, Noah, Richard, Lander, Hosea, or James I. Cole in the SE quarter of SW quarter of Section 35, Township 18 South, Range 12, East, or in the NE quarter of NW quarter of Section 2, Township 19, Range 12 East, in Randolph County, Alabama.

Sincerely yours,
Jane R. Smith
Social and Economic Records Division.

Several interesting points of information, which were not given in Miss Smith’s letter, might be mentioned. There are only two, what might be called ‘Muster Roll’ records in the 4 pages of Electrostatic Records mentioned. One states that “3 Auditors Office, April 26/52. Hosea Cole served in Capt. Berthea’s Co from 24th Sept. to 3rd Dec. 1814, (not readable) 40 acres. Name in signature not readable but below it is word ‘Slade’ then J.W.(?) Aud. Below that is the signature, E.M. Burgess, Randolph Co. Ala. Wt. 55,360 May 6/52 R.W.B. Then on the other Muster Roll (if it can be called that) 67980 April 14/55, Hosea Cole, Private (over line cross margin) Catp. Bethea, 130259
Col. Gaskew. S. Car. Mil. Enl’d Aug. 1814, War 1812. (not readable) 55360 40 acres. This is also signed by E.M. Burgess under which is Robert S. Heflin, Wedowee, Randolph Co. Ala.

In his statement given on eighth day of March 1851, Hosea Cole states he was mustered into service at Marion County court house, Marion Co. S.C., some time in August 1814. He had forgotten the date. He states that he is 66 years of age (1850 census of Randolph Co. Ala. shows him to have been 70 years old in 1850.)
One thing is noticeable, he remembered his Captain. There is a change in spelling of Berthea and Bethea. ‘Bethea’ is correct. That is why the write-up by Sellers in his History of Marion County, S.C. is given on another page. It explains how much one would expect a Captain’s men to love him and that his memory would stay alive even in their old age, as it had in the heart and mind of Hosea Cole. He signed in for 6 months, but the job was finished in 3 months, and he, among others, was discharged after serving 3 months. He served on Cat Island, about 12 miles below Georgetown, S.C. This statement was made and sworn to before Wm P. Dobson, J.P. 21 March 1855. There are statements by Joseph Benton, Judge of Probate, saying Wm P. Dobson was authorized to prepare official papers.

Another statement by Judge Joseph Benton, of Jan. 19th, 1856 says the same thing about Wm. P. Dobson. It says that he was acting Justice of Peace. (Probably that word, acting, is what necessitated the second paper, or document.) There is another statement by Judge Benton, giving full credit to Wm. P. Dobson in a sworn statement by Dobson that the signature of Hosea Cole (by mark) was the same man who had made application for Land Grant. This statement is signed 26th day March 1855, filed under Hosea Cole Declamation 67980, Robert s. Heflin, Atty. Another document of his application is from PENSION OFFICE, Act of March 3, 1855 (Circular I) says that application 67,980 for service under command of Capt. Bethea’s , bearing date 21 March 1855 has been examined and suspended. Saying, “It is necessary that the following affidavit be subscribed by claimant, and returned properly certified to this office before further action can be had on said claim.” To RS. Heflin, Esq. Wedowee, Ala. signed J. Minot, Commissioner. Affidavit is below:

“State of Alabama, County of Randolph, on this twenty-fifth day of December ad. one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid, Hosea Cole, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he has not applied for or received bounty land under this or any previous act of Congress, other than the application rendered to as the application under which he received a warrant, issued under the act Sept. 28th 1850. “ Signed, Hosea (his mark) Cole, sworn to before Wm. P. Dobson, J.P.

Another document is ACT of March 3, 1855 (Circular F) PENSION OFFICE Oct. 9, 1855. It also is signed by J. Minot, Commissioner, to R.S. Heflin, Randolph Co. Ala., requests two witnesses in sworn statement that the signature of Hosea Cole was signed by him and that he is the same Hosea Cole who signed the original application and that he is everything he represents himself to be. This is signed by E.M. Burgess and Samuel B. Landrum, sworn to before Wm. P. Dobson, Justice of Peace.
Dated Dec. 23, 1855.

Today, knowing the price of government land at the time Hosea Cole was working so hard to receive 40 acres as a bounty gift for Military service in South Carolina, we wonder why he did not just enter the land and build his home, as he did after receiving title to the land. The compiler of this book saw this land in 1922. It was hilly, clay field and seemed of very little value even as a gift.

So much research needs to be done on Hosea Cole and his family before he applied for this bounty land. He is not listed as head-of-household in 1830 census of South Carolina, neither is he shown in 1790 census of S.C. (That is unless his name was not readable in the census records. ) Yet, we know from 1850 census that all his family, he himself, his wife Mary, his daughter Mary and his son Hosea were all born in SC. Hosea Jr. was 20 years of age in the 1850 census, which would have made him born in 1830. If the family was in South Carolina in 1830, why was the name not shown in the census of that year? It is hoped that this book of information on Cole families builds or creates a growing interest or desire to know more of the histories of our ancestors.

It will be noticed that all documents pertaining to Hosea Cole are signed ‘Hosea Cole’ , not Hosea Isaiah Cole. Both are one and the same person. In the family bible of his grandson, James Isaiah Cole, his name is written as Hosea Isaiah Cole. James Isaiah Cole was the son of Noah Cole, son of Hosea Isaiah Cole, and was named for his grandfather. James owned forty acres of land lying beside the forty acres of bounty land given to Hosea Cole. In early 1920’s he was paying tax on both forty acres of land. It is not know when Hosea Isaiah Cole or his wife died, but it can be assumed that James inherited his grandfather’s land at their death. If they are buried in Providence Cemetery there is no stone to the graves.

One point of interest in the South Carolina research on ‘COLE’ is the fact that there are no court records of crimes committed by a member of that name. The name is found as witness to land transaction, marriages and bondsmen, on jury, once-in-a-while, but not criminal records. That trait of character has come on down the line to today. One rarely indeed sees the name of COLE in any report of crime today. There are many ministers in the COLE families today; one bit of record is in Who’s Who in Methodism, found in PART III. Of course there were Baptist and other denominations of Christians all down the line.

Another point of interest, and a bit confusing, is the fact that in Sellers’ History of Marion County, South Carolina a book of 659 pages, the county where Hosea Cole was sworn into Military service in 1818, the name Cole is only mentioned twice. First, some man’s daughter ‘married a Mr. Cole’. Second, ‘E. Cole’, signed up in some Company of Confederate War service. No record if he were killed, discharged, died, or even deserted. Don’t buy that book to get information on Cole families. It is not there.

According to the 1850 census of Randolph County, AL Hosea Cole was born 1780 in SC as he was shown to be 70 years old in 1850. Could he have been the son of John and Nancy Purlee Cole who were married in Rowan Co. NC in 1769? Rowan County is on the headwaters of the Peedee River and Marion County SC is on the lower waters of the same river. If John and Nancy moved into SC before 1780 then it is possible they were his parents. His mother was Nancy Cole that much is sure. But no link has been found between John with his wife Nancy and Hosea with wife Mary. Since Hosea’s oldest son was born 1819 in SC he should be shown in census of 1820 and 1830 as head of family. 1830 records have been researched, also 1790, but not 1810, 1820. Census records for 1840 show Hosey Cole in Randolph County AL. So he came to Alabama during the 1830’s.

These documents had been filed with Noah Cole records, so were not quoted in the records already copied. This includes copy of Warrant and other papers. On cover sheet:
No. 55,360 40 Act Sept. 1850
Hosea Cole, Pvt. Capt. Berthea’sCo. S.C. Mil. War 1812
40 acres
Lebanon, Ala.
Record No. 87, Page 136
3 May 1853
Register, May 28, 1853.
Next document:
Before me, FRANCIS M. PERRYMAN, a Notary Public for the County of Randolph and State of Alabama, personally appeared Hosea Cole, who after being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that he is the identical Hosea Cole to whom LAND WARRANT, No. 55,360 for forty acres of Land, under act of 28th September A.D. 1850; was issued on the 6th day of May A.D. 1852; and who now applied to locate same Hosea (his mark) Cole, Sworn to and subscribed before this, 26 day of May, A.D. 1852.Notary Public.

KNOWN BY THSES PRESENTS, THAT I, Hosea Cole, of the County of Randolph and State of Alabama, do hereby constitute and appoint Warner. L. Driskell, of the county of DeKalb and State of Alabama, my true and lawful Attorney, for me and in my name, to locate LAND WARRANT, No. 55,360, for forty acres of land which issued under the Act of 28th of September A.D., 1850. Hosea (his mark) Cole.Signed in the presence of Francis M. Perryman, Notary Public.

On this 26th day of May, A.D. 1852 personally appeared Hosea Cole and acknowledged the within Power of Attorney to be his act and deed and I certify that I know the said Hosea Cole and that he is the same person described in the within Power, and who executed the same in my presence. (Signed) Francis M. Perryman, Notary Public for Randolph Co. Ala.

Land Warrant, No. 55,360 Register and Receiver’s No. 1139
Land Office, Lebanon, Ala. June 7th, 1852. WE HEREBY CERTIFY, that the attached Military Bounty Land Warrant, No. 55,360, was on this day received at this office, from Hosea Cole, of Randolph County, Alabama. Signed, S.C. Clayton, Register, Peter I. Walker, Receiver.

I, Hosea Cole, of Randolph County, State of Alabama, hereby apply to locate and do locate the S.E. N.E. Quarter of Section No. two, in Township (19) nineteen, of Range No. twelve in the District of Lands subject to sale at the Land Office at Lebanon, Ala. Containing 40 acres, in satisfaction of the attached Warrant numbered 55,360, issued under the act of 28 September 1850. Witness my hand this, 7th day of June A.D. 1852. Hosea Cole, by Warner L. Driskill. Attest: by S. Clayton, Register; Peter I. Walker, Receiver. I request the patent to be sent to: LAND OFFICE, Lebanon, Ala. June 7th 1852. WE HEREBY CERTIFY, that the above location is correct, being in accordance with law and instructions. S. Clayton, Register, Peter I. Walker, Receiver.

The Warrant itself is very legal in form. Issued from Office of Commissioner of Pensions. For 40 acres of Bounty land for Military service under Capt. Berthea’s company, South Carolina Militia, War of 1812. (Lebanon, Alabama was located in DeKalb County; a few miles out from Fort Payne near the foot of Sand Mountain. I believe the town was moved to the present site of Fort Payne. What a tremendous amount of work, travel and time for title to forty acres of land. Of course there was a certain pride in receiving the gift. It was recognition for Military service performed for his country. He lived on the land until his death; date not known.