KINSEY T. COLE, deceased, formerly one of the best known and most highly respected residents of Wayne Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, where he had lived a long and exemplary life, was born in Wayne Township, January 12, 1834, and was a son of Thomas R. and Mahala (Talbott) Cole, and a grandson of Joshua Cole, who was a very early settler in this section.
Kinsey T. Cole had but a meager educational opportunities in his youth and was a hard working man all his life. He devoted himself entirely to farm pursuits and for many years was numbered with the prosperous farmers and stock raisers of Wayne Township. He left an excellent estate of 120 acres, on which his widow still resides. His death occurred June 21, 1907.
Mr. Cole was married on April 11, 1860, to Miss Mary Merryman, who was born in Wayne Township, Jefferson County, January 26, 1840, a daughter of William and Nancy (Bell) Merryman. With the exception of a short period of residence in Harrison County, Mrs. Cole has always lived in Wayne Township. Her mother died when she was eight years old. Seven children were born to the above marriage, namely: Thomas W., who resides in the city of Chicago; Leroy D., who is a resident of Wheeling, W.Va.; Nancy J., who is the wife of Edward Maxwell, of Toronto, Ohio; Verna M., who is the wife Howard Blackburn, of Wayne Township; Daisy M., who lives in Wayne Township; and Ann E. and Ora B., both of whom are deceased.
Few men were more highly regarded in Wayne Township than was Kinsey T. Cole. He was the soul of honesty, was loyal to his friends, was generous to those who needed his help and was charitable in his opinions concerning others. In his family he was dearly beloved and he was sadly missed in his neighborhood and in the Mount Moriah Baptist Church. In politics he was a Republican, but never cared for public office. For many years he was identified with the Masonic fraternity.