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Isaac COLE

Male Abt 1607 - 1674  (~ 67 years)

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  • Name Isaac COLE 
    Born Abt 1607  of Sandwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Jun 1674  Woburn, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Isaac COLE and his wife, Joan JONES, are placed here as the parents of Mary (COLE) FROST, although the compiler is not certain that they were, in fact, her parents.

      (2) New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 [database online], Provo, UT: Operations, Inc., 2013, Vol. I, pp. 153-156:


      ORIGIN: Sandwich, Kent

      MIGRATION: 1635 on the Hercules

      FIRST RESIDENCE: Charlestown

      REMOVES: Woburn

      OCCUPATION: Carpenter

      CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "Isaac Cole and Joanna Cole" were admitted to Charlestown church on 7 September 1638 [ChChR 9].

      FREEMAN: 14 March 1638/9 [MBCR 1:375].

      EDUCATION: Signed his name to his deposition of 1665.

      ESTATE: On 2 July 1635, the town of Charlestown ordered "that Isack Cole do build about the hill & to have ground beyond Wenotomies River" [ChTR 14]. On 11 July 1635, "Isack Cole" was one of four men "to have houseplots laid out . . . about the hill" [ChTR 14].

      Granted two shares of hayground, 1635 [ChTR 20]. Granted one share of hayground, 1 July 1636 [ChTR 22]. Granted one cow common, 1637 [ChTR 33]. In the Mystic Side allotments of 23 April 1638, held parcels of ten, twenty and zero acres [ChTR 36]. Had one cow common in the stinted common, 30 December 1638 [ChTR 42].

      In the 1638 Charlestown Book of Possessions, Isaac Cole held five parcels: "one dwelling house with a garden plot"; "one milch common"; "one acre of meadow . . . in the High Field"; "ten acres of woodland . . . in Mistick Field"; and "twenty and three acres of land . . . in Waterfield" [ChBOP 66].

      On 25 May 1646, "Isaac Cole, inhabitant in Charltowne," sold to Mr. Thomas Allin of the same "ten acres . . . in Misticke Field" (ChBOP 95]. On 15 July 1648, "Grace Smith, widow, late wife of Thomas Smith" of Charlestown, sold to "John Peerce of London, mariner," "a house, yard and garden, all joining and being together, situate in Charletowne, . . . which house, yard and garden, did formerly belong unto Isaac Cole, carpenter, of the same town," bought by Grace Smith "and her husband . . . of Isaac Cole who first built it" [ChBOP 98-99].

      On 6 October 1674, "Jane Cole the relict of Isack Cole deceased, & . . . Samuel Bloghead & John Nutton" petitioned "that whereas Isack Cole of Wooburn died intestate and left a one hundred & twenty pounds estate: viz. forty pounds in moveables and the rest in house & lands, it's their request that their mother-in-law Jane Cole may have a competency to maintain her in her old age she being about 74 years old. If the court see fit to order the one-half of the said estate the abovementioned parties are willing to entertain her & free the town from charges and the selectmen of Wooburn do concur herein. . . . The Court having heard what all parties concerned can say in this case, do order to the widow forty pounds to be paid out of the moveables as prized in the inventory, or money, the widow to make choice of her bed & furniture in part thereof" [NEHGR 59:417-18; MCF Folio #66].

      On 9 December 1674, Isaac Cole of Hampton, millwright, and Jacob Cole of Charlestown, feltmaker, "both administrator to the estate of Isaac Cole deceased late of Woburne," sold to James Foule of Woburn, shoemaker, "one messuage or tenement situated, lying and being in Worborne containing one dwelling house and barn, stables and outhousing, orchard and closes with four acres of land adjoining thereunto . . . , also one parcel of meadow lying in Steeprock Meadow by estimation one acre and quarter . . . , one parcel of meadow more lying in the said Ste[e]prock one acre and quarter . . . , one parcel of upland lying near Breakneck Hill by estimation one acre and three quarters . . . one parcel of land more lying in Timber Field containing one acre and three quarters . . . . one parcel more lying in Pine Meadow Plain containing one acre and three quarters . . . , also a parcel of cedarland in Lebanon and the middle swamp lying in the fourth division, also all the right and title of timberland that did formerly belong to our father Isaac Cole, deceased, in the third eight excepting one lot of timber that is changed with George Polly lying near Ber[r]y Meadow Bridge, also all the rights and privileges in the town of Wobourne laid out or to be laid out" [MLR 7:305].

      In his will, dated 10 February 1706/7 and proved 4 March 1706/7, "Isaac Cole of Quamescut in the Province of New Hampshire" made bequests to "my cousin Isac Foss"; "my cousin John Felibroun"; "Thomas Felibroun"; "my sister Felibroune if she be living if dead then to her daughter Mary"; "my brother Jacob's 3 children"; "my cousin Abigail Foss and her son"; "my brother Abraham"; "my cousin Thomas Felibroun"; and "my two cousins John and Thomas Felibroun" [NHPP 31:579-80].

      BIRTH: About 1607 (deposed 4 April 1665 "aged 58 years or thereabouts" [MCF Folio #39]).

      DEATH: Woburn 10 June 1674 [WoVR 2:37].

      MARRIAGE: (1) St Peter, Sandwich, Kent, 25 July 1631 Joan Jones. She died by 1659.

      (2) Woburn 1 February 1659[/60?] Jane (_____) (Eggleton) Britton [WoVR 3:57], widow of _____ Eggleton and James Britton. She died at Woburn 10 March 1687 [WoVR 2:37].


      i HANNAH, bp. St Clement, Sandwich, 13 May 1632 (apparently the "Jane" who appears on the 1635 passenger list [NEHGR 75:219-20]); m. by 1662 Thomas Fillebrown (eldest known child b. Charlestown 5 May 1662 [ChVR 1:43]; Anna, wife of Thomas Fillebrown, d. Cambridge 31 March 1713/4 [sic], aged 82).

      ii ISAAC, bp. St Peter, Sandwich, 8 July 1634; d. 13 February 1706/7, unmarried [NHPP 31:580].

      iii ABRAHAM, b. Charlestown 3 October 1636 [NEHGR 4:184; ChVR 1:2-3]; bp. Charlestown 14 September 1638 [ChChR 47]; m. Hampton 15 March 1666[/7] Mary Wedgwood [HampVR 1:75), daughter of John Wedgwood [GDMNH 731-32).

      iv MARY, bp. Charlestown 20 January 1638/9 [ChChR 48]; m. Charlestown 15 April 1667 Daniel Sutton [ChVR 1:24]. (The only other known record for this couple is the birth of a son Daniel born at Boston on 19 February 1667[/8?] [BVR 105). If these records do indeed pertain to this Mary, then she and her son must have been dead by 1707, when her brother Isaac made his will and did not name her or anyone who can be identified as her issue.)

      v JACOB, b. Charlestown 16 July 1641 [NEHGR 4:184; ChVR 1:3); bp. Charlestown 18 July 1641 [ChChR 50]; m. Charlestown 12 October 1669 Sarah Train [ChVR 1:71], daughter of John Train [WaVR 12; Bond 605-6].

      vi ELIZABETH, b. Charlestown 26 September 1643 [NEHGR 4:184; ChVR 1:3); no further record.

      COMMENTS: On 14 March 1634[/5], "Isaac Cole of Sandwich, carpenter, & Joane his wife," along with their children "Isaac & Jane," received a certificate from Thomas Warren of Sandwich for passage to New England on the Hercules [NEHGR 75:219-20]. (As noted above, the daughter "Jane" was almost certainly Hannah/Anne. Coldham reads this name as "Anne" [Coldham 131].)

      From the petition of 1674 and from Woburn vital records we learn that Isaac Cole's second wife, Jane, the widow of James Britton, had had an earlier husband, Eggleton, with whom she had two daughters, Sarah Eggleton and Ruth Eggleton, apparently born in the early 1630s, based on their dates of marriage [NEHGR 59:417-18]. The marriage to Eggleton, and presumably the marriage to James Britton, took place in England.

      In the passenger list which includes the family of Isaac Cole, the next family is that of THOMAS BESBEECH, which includes four children with the surname Egelden. Based on this record and some muddled analysis, Philip Howard Gray has claimed that these Egelden records, when modified, actually pertain to the Eggleton family connected to Isaac Cole, and arrives at conclusions contrary to those in this sketch [Penobscot Pioneers 6:59-63]. We do not see any merit in Gray's argument.
    Person ID I47011  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 

    Family 1 Joan JONES,   d. Bef 1 Feb 1660 
    Married 25 Jul 1631  St. Peter, Sandwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Mary COLE,   b. Bef 20 Jan 1639, Charlestown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1673, Billerica, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 33 years)
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F20248  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Joan (EGGLETON),   d. 10 Mar 1687, Woburn, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1 Feb 1660  Woburn, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F20249  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart