Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Francis Cole

Male Bef 1621 - 1658  (> 37 years)


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  • Name Francis Cole 
    Birth Bef 1621 
    Gender Male 
    Death 1 Oct 1658  Lancaster County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I72909  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

    Family Alice MNU Cole,   b. Bef 1625   d. Aft 1665, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 42 years) 
    Marriage Bef 1643  Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Frances Cole,   b. Bef 1641, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Bef 15 Feb 1669, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age < 28 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Mary Cole,   b. Bef 1650, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 15 Feb 1669, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 20 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F37517  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

  • Notes 
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      1653-1800 Lancaster County, Virginia Wills [Ida J. Lee];
      COLE, Francis. Will. 1 July 1658. Rec. 1 October 1658.
      Wife Alice (all plantation where I now live) Daughters Frances and Mary; Francis Brown, son of Francis Brown; Mr. Roger Radford. John Burroughs, servant. Extrs. Wife and daughter Frances. Wits: Roger Radford, Edward Dale. W.B. 2, p. 54.
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      1654-1661 Lancaster County, Virginia Deed & Wills [Antient Press]; Page 54-57
      IN THE NAME OF GOD Amen I FRANCYS COLE of the County of Lancaster in Rappahannock River being sick & weak in body but of sound & pfect memory (God be praised) do make & ordain this my last Will &Testamt. in manner & form following.
      First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator & redeemer, my body to the Earth from whence it came and for such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bless me withall I dispose of the same as followeth
      First I give & bequeath unto my loveing Wife, ALICE COLE, all that Plantation whereon I now live with all housus edifices & buildings thereunto belonging & appertaining To have & to hold the same unto her & her assignes dureing her natural life in case she continues a Widow, but in case my Wife happen to marry after my decease I give her only one third part of my sd Plantation houseing & buildings thereunto belonging To have & to hold the said third part dureing her natural life
      Item I give unto my sd Wife, ALICE, one full third part of all my female cattle whatsoever to her her heirs Exrs. Admrs & assignes forever
      Item I give unto my sd Wife all my male Cattle with all my hogs whatsoever to have & to hold the sd male Cattle & hogs to her forever
      Item I give unto my sd Wife one third part of all my household stuf Implements of household whatsoever being in or belonging to me or my now dwelling house
      Item I give unto my Wife my two Negroes Henry & Peter their labour for seven years from & after my decease in case my Wife shall so long live & from & after the decease of my sd Wife or the expiration of the sd seven years which shall first happen, I give the sd Negro Henry to my Daughter, FRANCYS, & the Negro peter to my Daughter, MARY, their Exrs. Admrs. & assignes severally forever and I give unto my sd Wife my three English Servts,, to her & her assignes for ever, But my will & meaning is & I do hereby give unto my said Daughter, FRANCYS, at her day of Marriage two of the aforesd. English Servants or two other Servts. to be provided at the costs & charges of my sd Wife
      Item I give unto my sd two Daughters, FRANCYS & MARY COLE, from & after the decease of my sd Wife or day of Marriage wch. shall first happen all that Plantation whereon I now live together with all my other Plantation adjoyning containing in the whole by estimation Five hundred acres more or less, To have & to hold the sd Five hundred acres of land withall housing edifices & buildings & all other the appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging & appertaining unto my sd two Daughters, FRANCYS & MARY. their heirs & assignes for ever to be equally divided between them and if it happen either of my sd two Daughters to decease without issue of her body lawfully begotten I give her part of the sd land to the surivour hir heirs & assignes forever but in case my Daughter marry before the decease of my Wife or her day of Marriage my will & meaning is & I do hereby give unto my said Daughter, FRANCYS, at her day of marriage the use of my uper Plantation until she shall be possessed of the one halfe of the aforesd. Five hundred acres at any of the times aforementioned
      Item I give unto my two Daughters, FRANCYS & MARY, two thirds of all my female Cattle together with two thirds of all my household stuf & Implements of household to he equally divided between them within some reasonable time after my decease To have & to hold the sd two thirds of my sd female cattle & household stuf to my sd two Daughters, FRANCYS & MARY, their Exrs, Admrs. & assignes forever, But if either of my sd two Daughters shall happen to depart this life without issue of her body lawfully begottin I give her part to the survivour her Exrs. Admrs. & assignes for ever, my will & meaning is taht in case Negroes do come in this year, two Negroes shall be bought out of my p:sent Crop & I do give the sd two Negroes to my sd two Daughters, FRANCYS & MARY, but in case Negroes do not come in this year, I dispose of my sd p:sent Crop between my Wife & my two Daughters to be equally divided between them
      Item I give unto FRANCIS BROWNE, the Son of FRANCIS BROWNE, one Cow Calfe
      Item I give unto my Servt., JOHN BURROUGHS, when he shall be free one heifer with calfe
      Item I give unto Mr. ROGER RADFORD one suit of cloths & one heifer with calfe Lastly, I make & ordain my loveing Wife & Daughter, FRANCES, Executrices of this my last Will & Testamt. & have hereunto put my hand & seale this first day of July Anno Domini 1658
      Sealed signed & published in the presence of
      ROGER RADFORD, FRAN: COLE
      EDWARD DALE
      Probat 29 Sept. 1658 p ALICE COLE &EDW. DALE recordat primo October p EDW, COLE
      HANNAH HOOD aged 24 years or thereabouts sworn & examined sayeth that ROGER RADFORD deced did in the time of his Sickness say I give my Land to POLL (meaning MARY COLE, the Daughter of the Widd; COLE), & none other shall have it & farther sayeth not
      Jurat in Cur 29th Septembr: 1658 HANNAH HOOD
      Teste me EDW. DALE, Cl Cur recordat primo Octobr.
      WILL PRICE can swear to the best of his knowledge (vizt) I came into the room where Mr. RADFORD was seting upon his bed sick; I asked him how he did; pretty well he said; you are not I think a man for this world therefore you had best to make your peace with God & to set every thing to rights with Mr. COCKE; he answered no for he is more engaged to me than Ito him, what do you give POLL COLE your land, I give POLL COLE my land God forbid but tht she should have that how often shall I tel you I give
      POLL COLE my land WILL: PRICE
      Jurat in Cur 29 Sept: 1658 Teste me EDWD. DALE, Cl Cur
      Recordat primo Octobr: 1658 p EDW. DALE Cl Cur
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      1653-1800 Lancaster County, Virginia Wills [Ida J. Lee];
      BURNHAM, Rowland. Will. 12 Feby. 1655. Rec. 1 March 1656. Wife Alice; daughter Eleanor Burnham; Sons: Thomas, John and Francis. All lands south of Rappa. River, where I now live, also three English servants, John Henley, David Wilkins and John Lewys. Brother Thos. Holmes and his wife Margery, my sister of York River. Francys Cole and wife Alice, of Rappa. River. Extrs. Francys Cole, Thos. Holmes. Wits. Francys Cole, Jno. Vause, Robert Taylor. W.B. 2, p. 46.
      Record of Jany. 14 1656.
      Rowland Burnham decd. did not appoint Executors. Alice Burn- ham, the relict is granted administration. W.B. 1, p. 309.
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      1654-1661 Lancaster County, Virginia Deed & Wills [Antient Press]; Page 46-49
      IN THE NAME OF GOD Amen I ROWLAND BURNHAM of Rappahannock in Virginia being by Gods Grace intended to make a voiage for England in the Ship ANTHONY OFLONDON & being weak & sickly in body but of good & p:fect memory & not knowing how it may please God to deale with me in the sd voiage do for better ordering & secureing my Estate here in Virginia make & ordain this my last Will & Testamt. in manner & form following. First I bequeath my body to the ground to receive internment at the discretion of my freinds where it shall please God I shall depart this life & my sould into the hands of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour & Redeemer & for my Estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose of as fotloweth. I give & bequeath unto my Brother, THOMAS HOLMES, of YORK RIVER & to my Sister, MARGERY HOLMES his Wife, each of them Twenty Shillings apeice to by each of them a Ring
      I give unto my loveing Friend, FRANCYS COLE, of Rappahannock River & to ALICE COLE his Wife, twenty Shill. a peice to buy them each a Ring & more I give unto her the sd ALICE COLE ten pounds Sterl. to be laid out in Plate for her own use
      I give unto my Son. JOHN BURNHAM, one Negro boy called Francys being within very little of his own age & being the Son of the Negro Woman Gillian, now Wife to Great Peter
      I give unto my Daughter, ELLIANOR BURNHAM one Negro girl called Sara being the Daughter of the Negro woman Joane & now about two years & halfe old
      I give unto my two Eldest Sons, THOMAS & JOHN BURNHAM, two English youth called TIMOTHY DONER & EDMOND both of them for the full term of tyme they have to serve and also I do give unto them two Negro men called Little Peter & Dicke, & one Negro woman called Joane, with what Children she shall bear from this date to them & their heirs forever
      I give unto my Daughter, ELLEANOR BURNHAM, & to my Son, FRAN: BURNHAM, three English Servts., called JOHN HENLEY, DAVID WATKINS & JOHN LEWYS, and one Negro youth called Harry & one Negro girl called Barbary the English for the full terme of time they have to serve, the Negroes forever, both of them & their heirs
      I give unto my Sons, JOHN BURNHAM, FRANCYS BURNHAM & to my Daughter, ELLIANOR BURNHAM the full one halfe of all my Stock of Cattle male & female which shall be found liveing at the division of this my sd Estate to them & their heirs forever as for my Son, THOMAS BURNHAM, he hath a sufficient stock of Cattle of his own
      I give unto my Sons, THOMAS, JOHN & FRANCYS & to my Daughter, ELLIANOR BURNHAM the full halfe of all my stock of hogs which shall be found liveing at the division of my sd Estate or afterwards found
      I give unto my Sons, THOMAS, JOHN &FRANCYS BURNHAM & to my Daughter, ELLIANOR BURNHAM the full two thirds of all my next Crop both Come, tobo &what else is planted & made & the other third part to be & belong to their Mother, ALICE BURNHAM, my Wife, the tobo: to be divided by lot & my sd Childrens two thirds to be shipped altogether under my old mark unto Mr. JEFFERYES & Mr. COLCLOUGH in LONDON & my Wife may join hers with theirs if she please & have the produce sent her. I give unto my Sons THOMAS, JOHN & FRANCYS BURNHAM & to my Daughter, ELLIANOR BURNHAM, the full two thirds of all the axes, hoes, saws, wedges, both new & old & of all other tools belongin to me as also I give unto them the two thirds of all the nailes the like of all the ropes & what other things shall be necessary for the service & work of their Servants
      I also give unto them the full two thirds of all my guns, powder & shot & salt
      I give & bequeath unto my sd Sons & Daughter the two thirds of all the rugs & beding belonging to me (except my feather beds & to each feather bed its rug &what curtains belongs to them) these to be for my Wife & I also give unto them the one halfe of all the pots kettle & skillets in the House & the one halfe of all the pailes & one third of all the trays and I also give unto them the two thirds of all shoes stockings woolen linnen canvas & thread which is for the use of the Servants that shall be in the house at my death & the one halfe of the poultry
      I give unto my sd Son & Daughter FRANCYS & ELLEANOR BURNHAM each of them one
      trunk for their own use & one good chest
      As for all my lands being two Devidents which on the South side of Rappahannock River where I now live with all the buildings & orchards thereof I freely give & bequeath unto my three Sons, THOMAS, JOHN & FRANCYS BURNHAM, to be divided betwixt them when my Son THOMAS shall come to the age of Twenty years & he the sd THOMAS shall at the division have his first choice in regard of his birth right my will is that all my debts which are eyeing to me or which shall be due shall satisfy such debts & engagements as I shall owe to others
      I give & bequeath unto my sd Wife, ALICE BURNHAM, the rest of my Estate here in Virginia which is not already herein disposed of to say Five English Servants, three great Negroes, one Negro Child of Gillian; halfe of all my Stocke of Cattle, halfe of all my hogs, one third part of this next Crop of tobo: & come, all the feather beds & furniture in the house, all the Plate I have in the house withall table linnen & linnen for bedding, tables, chairs, stools & pewter in the house with seventy pounds Sterl, or near upon which is in her custody, she paying out of the same Four pounds to buy four rings given for Legacys all I give her my Boat & furniture & all such Plate as shall come out of England for her this year & such goods as shall be properly bought for herself with what else of my Estate here in this Plantation not disposed of as for the goods which shall come out of England this next return for the use of the family & Servts, & the accomodations of the house I freely give two thirds thereof unto my four above named Children & the other third to her. My Will is that my Wife shall enjoy the third part of the houses & clear ground for the imployment of her Servants dureing her widowhood & no longer but them to depart without injureing the houses or drawing a naile about or in any of them
      I make ordain & appoint my loveing Freinds, FRANCIS COLE & my Brother, THOMAS HOLMES to be Overseers of this my last Will &Testament & to take all my Childrens Estate into their hands at proveing of my Will & division of the Estate which shall be done within two days after the Will is proved; But my will is that none of the Childrens Estate shall be removed from of the Plantation but to be there kept & imployed & the crops of tobo: yearly sent to England. I utterly renounce all former wills this only to stand in full force. God send us a joyful meeting in heaven amen. Given under my hand & seale this 12th of Febr: 1655
      Signed sealed & published as by last Will &Testament ROW: BURNHAM
      FRANCIS COLE his marke the seale
      JOHN VAUSE, ROBERT TAYLOR
      Ad Cur 14d. Ja: 1656
      FRANCIS COLE, JO: VAUSE & ROBERT TAYLOR made Oath that this is the last Will of Mr. BURNHAM deced. Recordatr: primo Martii 1656 Jur In Cur Test me EDW. DALE Cl Cur
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      XXXiii. CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS: ANCIENT PLANTERS: INTRODUCTION

      The following list includes those who are known to have come to Virginia before the close of the year 1616, survived the massacre, appear in the Muster of 1624/5 as then living in Virginia, and to most of whom the term "Ancient Planter" may with justification be applied.

      Francis Cole. Aged 27. In the Susan.
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      1652-1657 Lancaster County, Virginia Deed & Wills [Antient Press]; Page 276
      THIS INDENTURE May the first in the yere of our Lord One thousand six hundred fiftie & six Witnesseth that whereas JO. PHILLIPS of the Countie of Lancr: deceased did before his death bargaine & sell & deliver one Patent of land contayninge Two hundred acres from himselfe his heirs Executrs. Administrs. unto FRAN: COLE his heires, Executors Administrs. & assignes fore wch: lands lyeing & being on the South side of Rappahannocke River at the head of a Devident of land of the aforesaid FRANCIS COLE & now in his possession; Now Know yee that wee Lt. Col. MOORE FANTLEROY, Administr, of the Last Will & Testamt. of JOHN PHILIPS late deceased & JAMES YATES, who Marryed wth: SARA the Relict of JO: PHILIPS late deceased, & likewise SARA YATES doeth hereby grant & confirme the same for the use of ye Creditors from us our heires Executrs. forever & for the true enioiment of this same wee desire our lo: friend Lt coll. MOORE FANTLEROY to acknowledge this in Cort, in our behalfes In Witness of this our act & deed wee have sett to our hands & seales the day & yeare above written
      Witness VINCENT STANFORD, M. FANTLEROY
      ELLEANOR MILLETT her mke JA: YATES his mke
      THOS: SHARPE his mke SARA YATES
      Recognitr. in Cur 16th Jun: 1656 record 23d

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