The Eddy Family – Cole Ancestors
William Eddy (born in 1560, in England; died at age 56 in 1616, in Cranbrook, Kent, England)
Mary Fosten (born in 1568 in England; died at age 43 in 1611, in Cranbrook, England)
Elizabeth Sarah Taylor (born in England; died in 1639, in Cranbrook, England)
8th great-grandparents of the Applegate sisters and our first verified direct Eddy ancestor.
William Eddy married Mary Fosten in 1587 and they had 10 children: Nathaniel, Marie, Phineas, John, Eleanore, Abigail, Elizabeth, Samuel, Zacharias and Nathaniel.
William married Elizabeth Sarah Taylor in 1614 and they had one daughter, Priscilla.
Excerpt from ‘Genealogy of the Eddy Family’ by Charles Eddy, M.D.:
William Eddy was educated at the University of Cambridge, St. John’s and Trinity Colleges, from which he received his degree of Master of Arts. He became Vicar of St. Dunstan’s Church, Cranbrook, County Kent, England, in August 1591, and held that position until his death in 1616. He was a very methodical gentleman, a strict Episcopalian, judicious in his counsels, humane in his advice, and a reprover of immorality. Every way he appears to have been a diligent pastor over his flock, and has left a folio volume with eighty of its pages engrossed and illuminated, bearing evidence of his skill and taste, as well as care in preserving the parish registers.
Excerpt from ‘The Eddy Family in America’ by Ruth Eddy:
Elizabeth became Queen of England in 1558 and reigned until 1603. William Eddy was born between 1558 and 1564 and died in 1616, so that with the exception of the last few years, his whole life was spent in that great period, the Age of Elizabeth. His years of life were almost the same as those of Shakespeare, who was born in 1564 and died in 1616.
Wonderful page full of information, including William’s will, written in ‘olde English’ and an inventory taken of his household goods at the time of his death:
Samuel Eddy (born in 1608, in England; died at age 79 in 1687, in MA)
Elizabeth Savory (born in 1606 in England; died at age 83 in 1689, in MA)
7th great-grandparents of the Applegate sisters and our first direct Eddy ancestor in America.
Samuel Eddy married Elizabeth Savory in 1636 and they had 8 children: John, Zachariah, Ebenezer, Caleb, Obadiah, Hannah, Samuel and Elizabeth.
Excerpt from ‘Genealogy of the Eddy Family’ by Charles Eddy, M.D.:
Samuel Eddy came from England to American with his brother John. They sailed from London on the ship Handmaid on 10 August 1630 and arrived at Plymouth, Mass., 29 Oct 1630. They were the bearers of dispatches to the Governor and were made freemen soon after landing. Samuel spent the latter part of his life with his sons in Middleborough and Swansea, Mass., where he died in 1688.
From ‘The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635’:
Samuel Eddy’s occupation was listed as a tailor; he is recorded has having made clothes for soldiers. He and his wife were both members of the Plymouth church, as evidenced by the inclusion of the death dates in the church records. There are numerous records of land transactions in Plymouth and other areas.
3 April 1645: “Samuell Eddy hath put his son, John Eddy, to dwell with Francis Goulder, and Katherne, his wife, until he shall accomplish the age of xxi years, (being seven years of age the xxvth of December last past,) the said Francis, and Katherne his wife, finding unto the said John, their servant, meat, drink, and apparel during the said term.”
2 March 1646/7: “Whereas Samuell Edeth, & Elizabeth, his wife, of the town of Plimouth aforesaid, having many children, & by reason of many wants lying upon them, so as they are not able to bring them up as they desire, and out of the good respect they bear to Mr. John Browne, of Rehoboth, one of the Assistants of this government, did both of them jointly desire that he, the said Mr. Browne, would take Zachery, their son, being of the age of seven years, & bring him up in his employment of husbandry, or any business he shall see meet for the good of their child till he come to the age of one & twenty years,” which Browne agreed to do.
On 4 March 1652 Samuel Eddy and his wife Elizabeth made a similar deal with Mr. John Browne for their son Caleb “being of the age of nine years”.
On 7 October 1651 the grand jury presented “Elizabeth Eeddy, Senior, of the town of Plymouth, for laboring, that is to say, for wringing and hanging out clothes, on the Lord’s day, in time of public exercise.” On 1 May 1660 “Elizabeth Eedey was summoned to this Court, and appeared, to make answer for her travelling on the Lord’s day from Plymouth to Boston; and affirmed that she was necessitated to go on that day, in regard that Mistris Saffin was very weak and sent for her, with an earnest desire to see her in her weakness, with some other pleas of like nature. The Court considering some circumstances in her answer, although they saw not a sufficient excuse for her fact therein, saw cause to admonish her, and so she was discharged of the Court.”
Excerpt from a wonderful page full of information about Samuel Eddy:
“Samuel came to New England with his brother John on the Handmaid under John Grant, leaving the port of London on August 10, 1630 and arriving at Plymouth Harbor on October 29, 1630 after a very stormy twelve weeks at sea. Both Samuel and John, rated as “gentlemen,” intended to join their distant connections, the Winthrops and the Doggetts, who had come to New England earlier in this same year and who had settled at Boston. However, even though Miles Standish personally escorted them to Boston, Samuel and John were not permitted to remain because they had neglected to obtain testimonial letters from the Plymouth Colony, dismissing them from that colony to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The brothers returned to Plymouth with Miles Standish. John and his family returned to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the winter of 1631/32 having procured the necessary letters from Plymouth. Samuel decided to remain in Plymouth.”
Caleb Eddy (born in 1643, in Mass; died at age 69 in 1713, in Swansea, MA)
Elizabeth Bullock (born in 1650 in Mass; died at age 79 in 1729, in Swansea, MA)
6th great-grandparents of the Applegate sisters.
Caleb Eddy married Elizabeth Bullock in 1670 and they had 7 children: Caleb, Samuel, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Hannah, Zachariah and Mary.
Son of Samuel & Elizabeth Eddy; husband of Elizabeth (Bullock) Eddy. Died at age 69 years. The Eddy Family in America states, “Caleb Eddy, the third son of Samuel of Plymouth, settled farther to the west in Swansea, near the Kickemuit river and he is buried in the cemetery on its west bank, in the town of Warren (formerly this spot was in Swansea). This cemetery is about half a mile north of the Kickemuit Water Works. Not far from the center of the plot is an evergreen tree (a cedar, if I recall correctly) and near this is the grave of Caleb Eddy with the inscription, ‘Here lyeth the Body of Caleb Eddy aged 69 years Deceased March 23 in the year of our Lord 1713.’ ..There are many stones without any inscriptions. Probably one of these belongs to Elizabeth Bullock, Caleb’s wife, and others to his son Zachariah and his son Samuel, who married Sarah Estabrooks. Three of his daughters married into the Cole Family. At least two of these are buried here. Caleb’s other two sons went to Boston, where they died.”
“Caleb Edy of this Town and Elizabeth Bullock of Rehoboth were marryed on the 6th day of December 1671.” Source: Vital Records of Swansea, MA, p. 22.
“Deacon Caleb Eddy Deceased this Life March the 23:1712/13 being 79 years of age.” Source: Vital Records of Swansea, MA, p. 214.
Burial: Kickemuit Cemetery, Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island, USA
During the years from 1638 to 1649, three sons of Samuel Eddy were apprenticed: the oldest son John to Francis Goulder of Plymouth, and Zachariah and Caleb, to John Brown of Rehoboth. On March 4, 1652, Caleb Eddy, aged 9 years, was “to be taken by Mr. John Browne of Rehoboth, who was to bring him up in his Imployment of husbandry (or any other business).”
Hannah Eddy (born in 1680 in MA; died at age 88 in 1768, in RI)
Benjamin Cole (born in 1678, in MA; died at age 70 in 1748, in RI)
5th great-grandparents of the Applegate sisters.
Hannah Eddy married Benjamin Cole in 1701 and they had 7 children: Hopestill, Jonathan, Benjamin, Hannah, Israel, Ebenezer and Andrew.
Hannah was born in Plymouth, Mass., the 5th child of Caleb and Elizabeth Savory Eddy. Two of her sisters, Elizabeth and Mary, also married into the Cole clan. The Eddys and Coles arrived in Plymouth from England about the same time. Benjamin Cole was born in Plymouth, Mass, and was the youngest of 10 children of Hugh and Mary Foxwell Cole.
The beautiful home of Benjamin and Hannah Cole was built in 1701, and is located on Old Warren Road in Swansea, MA. The house is the oldest documented building in Swansea and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. It has a central chimney that feeds six fireplaces, and also has an “Indian Room”, whose exterior walls were constructed with two-inch-thick planks. During Indian attacks, the children were put in the room (now a large closet) to protect them from arrows. Benjamin’s will, probated on 4 Oct 1748, mentions his wife and all 7 of his children. The home farm was given to the youngest son, Andrew, with his wife Hannah to have a home in the house as long as she remained single.
Benjamin and his wife Hannah are both buried in the Kickemuit Cemetery in Warren, Rhode Island. Hannah’s gravestone bears the following epitaph: “In memory of Mrs. Hannah Cole, late wife of Deacon Benjamin Cole, who died May 15th 1768, in the 88th year of her age.”
Ebenezer Cole (born in 1712, in MA; died at age 82 in 1794, in VT)
Mary Bosworth (born in 1714, in MA; died at age 25 in 1739, in MD)
Mary Wilson (born in 1714 in MA; died at age 80 in 1794, in VT)
4th great-grandparents of the Applegate sisters.
Ebenezer Cole married Mary Bosworth in 1734 and they had 2 children: Susannah and Mary.
Ebenezer married Mary Wilson in 1740 and they had 6 children: David, Freegift, Parker, Lydia, Benjamin and Priscilla.
Excerpts from The Shelby Republican, June 28, 1917:
Ebenezer Cole, the son of Benjamin, was born in Swansea, removed to Rhode Island then to Dutchess County, New York, where his son Benjamin was born.
In 1762 he removed to Bennington, VT. The house built by Ebenezer Cole is one of the most noted in Vermont and possibly in New England. It stands upon a ledge some 30 feel up the side of the Green Mountains, facing what is known as West Mountain, a spur of the Green Mountains, and has a view up and down the valley between them. It is built of smooth dressed white Vermont granite. It has eight rooms, four on the first floor, the same on the second floor; each room is 20 feet square. There is a hall 15 feet wide in which is built the stairway. The walls are three feet in thickness and extend to the cellar or basement which is 40×55 feet. Leading from this basement is a tunnel leading quite a long distance to the foot of the hill. This tunnel is wide enough that a two-horse wagon may be driven through it. Midway of the tunnel is a deep well the full width of the tunnel, which has a drawbridge. When the bridge is drawn, anyone passing through the tunnel would fall many feet to the water. This house was an almost impregnable castle and in the basement was stored the arms of the Shaftsbury company and at an alarm all assembled here.
Excerpts from The Descendants of James Cole of Plymouth by E. B. Cole:
Ebenezer Cole was born in Swansea, Mass, March, 29, 1712. He married Mary Bosworth in Swansea on May 19 1734. She died in Rehoboth, Mass. on July 16, 1739. He married his second wife, Mary Wilson, in Rehoboth also on June 10, 1740. She was born 10/17/1714, and died in Shaftsbury, Vt. on March 26, 1794. About 1737 he removed to Rehoboth, and soon after his second marriage removed to Portsmouth, R.I. In 1740 the records show he was appointed one of a committee of three for the preservation of deer at Portsmouth. In 1745 he removed to Oblong, New York. In 1762 he removed to Bennington, VT. He purchased 1,800 acres of land and with others was one of the founders of the town of Shaftsbury, VT. He was a civil engineer and surveyor. At a meeting of the proprietors of land composing Shaftsbury, held in Bennington, he was chosen one of a committee of three to subdivide the land and lay out the town of Shaftsbury. At the commencement of the Revolution, he held a commission as magistrate for the Crown, and under his oath of office was disposed to enforce the law, and immediately received a notice from the town committee to leave the township. One of his sons accepted the commission as captain in the British Army. But after the first year of the war Ebenezer became a staunch supporter of the Revolutionary cause, and three of his sons served as soldiers in the Shaftsbury Company, including his son David, who had previously accepted a commission in the British Army. Ebenezer died in Shaftsbury on the 22nd of March, 1794 at the age of 86 years old. He is buried in the Shaftsbury Center Cemetery with his wife Mary Wilson who passed four days after her husband.
Inscription on Ebenezer Cole’s tombstone:
“You see the place where I am laid
Death is a debt that must be paid.
And as by me you find it true.
And time will prove it so by you.
Let not your time then run to waste,
In vain delights that please your taste,
But for an endless world prepare,
For time is short, you must be there.”
Benjamin Cole (born in 1750, in NY; died at age 72 in 1822, in Shelby County, IN)
Prudence Hard (born in 1755, in CT; died at age 68 in 1823, in Shelby County, IN)
3rd great-grandparents of the Applegate sisters.
Benjamin Cole married Prudence Hard in 1778 and they had 8 children: Abel, Anna, Calvin, Arvilla/Aurella, Edward, Almena, Arletta and Seth Martin.
Benjamin Cole was born in Dutchess County, NY. When he was 12 years old, his family moved to Shaftsbury, VT. He was the fifth boy in the family. He moved with all of his sons and sons-in-law to western New York at age 53, and then on to Indiana, where he died on 25 Oct. 1822. He is the only Revolutionary War soldier buried in Hanover Cemetery, one mile south of Morristown, IN. He was a Private in Capt. Bigelow Lawrence’s Company, Walbridge’s Regiment during the Revolution. He signed up again in Capt. Galusha’s Company, Col. Herrick’s Regiment, Vermont Militia, and then in Capt. John Pratt’s Company, in Col. Bridge’s Regiment.
Benjamin brought his wife, three sons and four daughters to the Hanover community in 1819 and entered land there on Oct. 12, 1820. In the early settlement of this corner of Shelby County, there were two centers of population, both near Blue River. One was at Hanover, settled by the Yankees from New England and New York and was known as Yankeetown. The other, north of this near the Brookville state road, was made up of people from Virginia, Maryland and Kentucky. These places were settled in 1820 as shown by the Brookville Land registry. The original plot of ground for the Hanover Cemetery was donated by Seth M. Cole and Moses Blood, and the first burial was that of Benjamin Cole, father and father-in-law respectively of the donors. The first church at Hanover was organized July 26, 1823, by a group of people who met at the house of Moses Blood for the purpose of uniting together in Church Order. The first school was held there in 1833 in the homes of the settlers at night, and was taught by Levi Young, Moses Blood and John Kitchen. The first teacher regularly employed (subscription school) was Moses Blood, who taught a term in 1824 in a log cabin.
An interesting history of the early days of Hanover, written by Mrs. Amaret Pollitt Logan, vividly portrays the life of the early settler, excerpts of which follow:
“This was the period when the Indians, once bloodthirsty and revengeful, had become friendly. When they passed through the country and had to stop at a farm house for a favor, the mother would lean the board, upon which her baby was strapped, against a fence while she did her errand. There were a few wild animals in the forests. The howl of the wolf could be heard at night and the cry of the panther, which for an instant one thought might be the cry of a lost child. “These were lonely times for the mothers, as the fathers were compelled to ride far for the necessities of life, and they could not make the trips between daylight and dark. While there was nothing to fear from the Indians, yet there was a feeling of fear which the mother could not shake off as she watched and looked for the footsteps of the father. There was a Sunday school at Hanover. The people came from all directions on horseback, two-horse wagons and barefoot. On a bright Sunday morning the children would start from home carrying their shoes and stockings and resume their journey, but not so free and easy as before, for now their feet were bound. The main reason for this was to save their Sunday shoes, for money was not plentiful. Hanover was at one time a real town. There were within its borders a church, school house, post office, blacksmith shop, one store with dry goods and groceries combined and a steam saw mill with a great yard full of logs. There were two depots, one a freight and the other a passenger, which were on the old Knightstown – Shelbyville Railroad. And there were, of course, many houses and cottages. The town of Hanover is no more. Everything changes with the passing of time. In the cemetery, that silent city of the dead, fathers, mothers and loved ones lie sleeping. This ends the story of the once thriving settlement, the town of Hanover, named after Hanover, N.H.
Reference: “Pioneer Settlement of Hanover, Once a Thriving County Community.” written by Louis A. Kuhn, news columnist Shelby County.
Seth Martin Cole (born in VT, 1795; died at age 82 in 1877, in Shelby County, IN)
Fanny Warren (born in NH, 1798, died at age 73 in 1872 in Shelby County, IN)
2nd great-grandparents of the Applegate sisters.
Seth Cole married Fanny Warren in 1817 and they had 5 children: Warren Benjamin, Hiram, Eliza Jane, Emeline, and Juliette.
Excerpts from The Descendants of James Cole of Plymouth by E. B. Cole:
He removed to Jefferson County, New York, in 1804. He was a member of the 5th Co., 5th Battalion, New York Militia, and was at the battle of Sacketts Harbor, War of 1812. He removed to Hanover Township, Shelby County, in 1820. In 1822 he purchased from his father the land entered by him. This he sold and purchased the land originally entered by his brother-in-law, Isaac Benjamin, upon which he lived until the time of his death. He was known through the central portion of the state as a man of strict integrity, and was a successful, practical farmer. He was for many years a deacon and elder of the Hanover Christian Church.
The original plot of ground for the Hanover Cemetery was donated by Seth M. Cole and Moses Blood, and the first burial was that of Benjamin Cole, father and father-in-law respectively of the donors.”
Reference: “Pioneer Settlement of Hanover Once a Thriving County Community.” written by Louis A. Kuhn, news columnist Shelby County.
Eliza Jane Cole (born in Shelby County, IN, 1829, died at age 46 in 1875 in Shelby County, IN)
William L. Patten (born in Ohio, 1827; died at age 76 in 1903, in Shelby County, IN)
Great-grandparents of the Applegate sisters.
Eliza Jane Cole married William L. Patten in 1854 and they had 8 children: John, Charles, Juliette, Rebecca, Jessie, Hiram, William and Vernon Cole.
Eliza Jane Cole was the daughter of Seth M. and Fanny (Warren) Cole, New England people, whose ancestor, James Cole, had settled at Plymouth in 1632. Seth and Fanny had moved to Hanover Township in 1821. A little more than a year after their marriage, Eliza and William moved to Wisconsin, settling on a farm in Green Lake County. Members of the Cole family had preceded them; they resided there for five years and three of their children were born there. It was a beautiful prairie country, and the fertile soil yielded large returns, without the labor and time required to clear the forest, and it was with regret that they left there. In the spring of 1861 they returned to Indiana and bought land in the northeast corner of Hanover Township and lived there until 1892, when they moved to Morristown, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Eliza died in 1875 and William married Asenath Spencer in 1880. William died in 1903 and he and Eliza are buried in Hanover Cemetery, where five generations of her family lie.
Vernon Cole Patten (born in Shelby County, IN, 1870; died at age 88 in 1959, in Shelby County, IN)
Julia Anne Gordon (born in Shelby County, IN, 1881, died at age 40 in 1921 in Morristown, IN)
Grandparents of the Applegate sisters.Vernon Cole Patten married Julia Anne Gordon on 11 January 1905 and they had 4 children: Infant Patten, born and died in 1905, Margaret, William and Marian.
The ancestors of Vernon Cole Patten, M.D., settled in Shelby County, IN, in 1820, just two years after the region was settled. His great-grandfather, Benjamin Cole, was a Revolutionary War soldier and was the first person to be buried in Hanover Cemetery. Vern (Patty Doc to his family) was a general practitioner in Morristown, IN, from 1901 until his death at the age of 88 in 1959. When he began his medical practice, his mode of travel was a horse and buggy. He volunteered during World War I, served as a surgeon in the army and was stationed in Kansas and South Carolina. During that time, the country and the whole world were suffering through the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, which killed more people than World War I. It has been estimated that up to 50 million people died of flu or its complications. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. Known as “Spanish Flu” or “La Grippe” the influenza of 1918-1919 was a global disaster. Vern’s first wife, Julia, died on 1 September 1921 at the age of 40, from “ptomaine” poisoning (food poisoning). She and her children had gone on an outing and had taken a picnic lunch with them. She left behind her husband Vern and three children: Margaret, age 14; William, age 11, and Marian, age 9. On October 11, 1924, Vernon Cole Patten married Anna Mauzy Moore (Mama Pat to family). A few weeks later, their Morristown, Indiana, home was destroyed by fire, but the beautiful home was rebuilt. A tragic event resulted in the death of Mama Pat in 1955. She was preparing breakfast and her dressing gown caught on fire. She ran outside and she and Patty Doc finally put the fire out, but she suffered third degree burns over her back, chest and arms. She died three weeks later on 2 February 1955 at the age of 76. Patty Doc died on 29 March 1959 at age 88, from cerebral thrombosis and generalized arteriosclerosis. Mama Pat was a gracious lady who was a wonderful second mother to Patty Doc’s three children, and her grandchildren adored her. Patty Doc was a reserved, kind and modest man who was beloved by all those who knew him. He also had a soft spot for animals and always had two or three dogs who lived with them as family members.
Excerpts from the book, Chadwick’s History of Shelby County, Indiana:
Vernon Cole Patten was born in Shelby County, December 12, 1870. He attended the public schools of Hanover township and Morristown; taught in Hanover township, 1888-9; in the lumber business in Arkansas, 1889-90; student at Butler University, 1890-1; a student at DePauw University, 1891-2; taught at Morristown, 1892-3; manager of the Ingalls Lumber Company, 1893-4; a student at Kansas City Medical College, 1894-5; student, Indiana Medical College, 1895-7; practiced medicine in Chicago, 1897-1901; post-graduate student at the Chicago Clinical School, 1901; and physician at Morristown beginning in 1901. He was secretary of the local Board of Health, a member of the Shelby County Medical Society, of the Indiana State Medical Association, and of the American Medical Association. He was married January 11, 1905, to Julia Anne, daughter of Henry P. and Margaret (Hoffman) Gordon.
Margaret Patten (born in IN, 1906; died at age 75 in Kermit, TX, 1981)
Frederick Martin Applegate (born in IN, 1903; died at age 55 in Monahans, TX, 1959)
Margaret (Maggie) Patten was born and raised in Morristown, IN. She married Frederick Martin (Ted) Applegate of Corydon, IN, secretly in 1928 on Labor Day weekend. They married again, officially, on March 2, 1929. Maggie worked in Indianapolis while Ted completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Upon completion of Ted’s schooling and internship, they moved to Ted’s hometown of Corydon, where he opened his general practice. Maggie stayed at home raising 5 daughters in Corydon, and for a short time in Fort Bliss, TX, while Ted was in the Army Medical Corps during World War II and while he was stationed in England. Ted and Maggie and their five daughters lived in Corydon until September, 1948. The family then moved to Connecticut while Ted studied ophthalmology at New York Polyclinic. In May of 1949, the family moved to Monahans, Texas, and Ted opened his medical practice, specializing in eye, ear, nose and throat. During their ten years in Monahans, Maggie was active in the Presbyterian Church and community affairs, and she loved to read and play golf and bridge. In April 1959, her world was shattered when Ted died suddenly from a heart attack, at the age of 55. After her youngest daughter graduated from high school in 1961, Maggie decided to go back to work, which was a daunting change for her. She became a dorm mother at Texas Tech in Lubbock in 1962 and remained there until 1975, when she was required to retire. She found another position as a Delta Tau Delta fraternity house mother at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, and was there from 1976 until 1981. Maggie was small in stature but was an intelligent woman, full of determination in anything she attempted. She taught her daughters to always do the right thing and to ‘have the courage of our convictions’. During discussions, she loved to pull a quote from the massive store she kept in her mind, and her daughters often find themselves remembering a quote they first heard from her. In December 1981, Maggie died at the age of 75, from a combination of heart and lung problems. Ted and Maggie are both buried in the cemetery in Monahans, TX.
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