ELIJAH COLE, a well known resident of Richland, Ohio, was born at that place August 2, 1843. His grandfather Cole was one of the earliest settlers in the vicinity and made his home where the cemetery is now located. Ezekiel Cole, the father of Elijah, was born at this pioneer home February 2, 1805 and was buried at the same place, according to his last request, May 30, 1887. The mother of the subject of this sketch was Eliza (Johnson) Cole, who was born about 1810, the daughter of Abraham and Nancy (Cole) Johnson. Elijah Cole, the sixth of twelve children, six of whom are now living, received a good education in the common schools and at Richmond college, which he attended four or five terms. He then took a position with Henry Crew, of Richmond, in his store and on the road, and while so occupied the civil war broke out. Mr. Cole enlisted in the First Virginia volunteer infantry, for the three months' service, and at the end of that service enlisted in the Fifty-second Ohio, from which he was afterward transferred to the Seventy-first Ohio. After ten months of faithful service he was discharged on account of injuries received. He then engaged in the grocery business three months at the corner of Fourth and Sycamore streets, Cincinnati, and afterward came home, and some time subsequently was married and went west but not long afterward returned to Richmond, which has since been his home. He engaged in the pottery business three or four years and then purchased the Cole House, of Richmond, a hotel which he conducted quite successfully for twenty-one years. After disposing of this hotel he engaged in the creamery business some time and then in huckstering. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and a stalwarth republican in politics. The wife of Mr. Cole, whose maiden name was Mary E. Hayes, was born near Ripley, Brown county, December 25, 1843 and died November 23, 1889. She was the daughter of Abel and Mary (Kennedy) Hayes. By this union Mr. Cole had six children, all now living.
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