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Barnabas Cole

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The subject of this revolutionary war patriot biography was born 20 Mar 1751 in Chatham, MA.  Barnabas Cole died 23 Feb 1839 in Conneaut Township, Erie County, PA., and is buried in Keep Cemetery, Conneaut Township, Erie County, PA.

Military Service: Private. He enlisted 12 Jul 1775 under Captain Rufus Herrick in Col. Horne’s Regiment in the 4th Battery of the NY State Militia.  He was discharged 31 Dec 1775. NY in Rev shows him as a Private in 4th Regt. of Line.  According to pension, he enlisted 25 Mar 1776 in company of minutemen. Also, in April 1776 he enlisted and served 9 months in Battle of White Plains. In March 1777 he served in a company of volunteers. In Oct 1778 he was drafted in the militia under Capt. Waters for 1 month.  In Apr 1783, he was drafted in the militia and served 9 months under Captain Phelps and Major Scott.  He was last discharged on 25 Dec 1783 at Schenectady, NY.

Source: Erie Co. DAR Bk. Sold. Amer. Rev. p. 17, pub. 1929; Erie Co. SAR List, 1962; NY in Rev. p. 49; DAR Patriot Index, 1990, Bk. 1, p. 618; Pension Record W-3512.

In 1790 they lived in Cambridge, Albany Co. NY. with one male over 16, 3 males under 16, and 4 females. They then lived in Saratoga Co. NY, and then Conneaut Twp., Erie Co., PA, where he had resided for 22 yrs at time of his pension application. One record shows he was buried on the Abe Knapp Farm, with his wife. In Sep 1777 he married Sarah Alworth, who was born 4 Jun 1754 in  Dutchess Co., NY.   She died 27 Nov 1844. According to Family Bible records and on pension application this union resulted in 10 children.

(1) Phebe was born 23 May 1778.  She married Amasa Hill of Madison, OH;

(2) Priscilla was born 18 Aug 1779 and died 22 Jan 1780;

(3) Priscilla was born 3 Dec 1780. She married Jeremiah Harris of Springfield Twp., Erie Co., PA;

(4) Sylvanus was born 21 Jan 1783 and died 1806, Benson, VT;

(5) Sarah was born 15 Mar 1785.  She married Morsena Keep of Conneaut Twp., Erie Co., PA;

(6) Barnabas was born 11 Nov 1788 and died in 1808 (Drowned in North Hudson River);

(7) Amphas was born 4 Aug 1791 in Conneaut Twp;

(8) Alworth was born 7 Dec 1793;

(9) Andrew was born 8 Mar 1797 and died 8 Jul 1862. He was married on 13 May 1820 to Polly Keep. She died 20 Mar 1851;

(10) John Wesley was born 9 Jan 1800.


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