John Stuart Cole (1796 - 1831)

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Birthplace: Newberry, Newberry County, South Carolina
Death: Died in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
Cause of death: pnuemonia
Managed by: Paul Carlson Rickter
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About John Stuart Cole

"John Cole came from Scotland, and was in the Battle of New Orleans, under General Jackson, and after receiving his discharge after the War of 1812 he went to Kentucky, where he was married. The next we hear of the Cole family, the widow (John Cole having died) was living in Burlington, Iowa,"


Drummer in War of 1812 died of pneumonia counting election returns buried Decatur IL

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A review of 1812 Service records, indicates there many soldier's named "John Cole" that served during the war. including some from SC and KY. None are specifically identified as drummers, though. While KY militia are documented as being at the Battle of New Orleans, the SC units are not. Of course, he could be one of the many "John Cole"s that served with VA or NC units or elsewhere.

He was not Andrew Jackson's personal drummer who is documented as being the then 14 yr old Jordan Noble:


" born in North Carolina, August 1, 1796, and died July 26, 1831. .... Mr. Cole engaged in the manufacture of pewterware and was also a minister of the Baptist church while living in Kentucky. He remained a resident of that state until 1824, when he removed to Indiana and later he took up his abode in Illinois, where he died. He served as a drummer boy in the war of 1812 and he gave his political allegiance to the democracy. Unto him and his wife were born six children...."

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John Stuart Cole's Timeline

August 1, 1796
Newberry, Newberry County, South Carolina

Bush River Baptist Church (AKA Cole's Meeting) cemetery in Newberry includes a possible brother "Bailey Cole" born in 1797, and another William:

Cole, Bailey 1/2/1797--9/20/1865
Cole, Jane 9/15/1796--10/6/1871 wife of Bailey Cole
Cole, John A. 6/3/1831--11/8/1862 CSA Flag on marker
Cole, William Unknown--3/23/1802 age 33 years


- 1816
Age 17


There is a John Cole on 1812 Pension index from SC, but spouse (the applicant) was named Betsy.

United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910:

Name: John Cole
Event: Pension Application
Military Unit: Capt Chapman Levys Co S C Mil
NARA Publication Title: Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files
NARA Publication Number: M313
NARA Roll Number: 20
Film Number: 840450
Digital Folder Number: 4596546
Image Number: 00086

August 1, 1816
Age 20
Green, Kentucky, United States

Inquiry to D.A.R. magazine Vol 55 page 286

9965 Cole Wanted dates of b d & m of John Cole Sr & his w Jane Stuart Did he have Rev ser

Their son John b 1796 d 1871 m Aug 1 1816 in Greene Co Ky Susannah Duke b Apr 12 1799 d Dec 30 1865

(a) Duke - Miller: Daniel Duke b 1825 Ky m Eliz Miller of Carolina She had bros Christopher, William, Henry. Wanted any data of Daniel Duke or the Miller familv HBH
Reply page 655:

9965 Cole -Miller
Annals of Newbury pp 142 144 & History of Hardin Co Ky: Christopher Miller of Hardin Co Ky was taken prisoner by the Indians 1773 when abt 15 years of age. He was rescued by Gen Wayne. His older bro Henry had also been captured. I think these men were bros of your Elizabeth.

John Cole for 35 yrs pastor of the Bashuri Church passed away 1816 Elizabeth Cole his gr dau b 1828 dau of John Cole & Susannah Dukes d in Des Moines Iowa, June 1920

[submitted by] Almeda Brenton Harpel, 1125 21st St Des Moines, Iowa


2. John Stuart Cole was born 1 AUG 1796 in South Carolina, and died 26 JAN 1831 in Decatur, Macon, Illinois. He was the son of 4. Jon Cole and 5. Jane Stuart.

3. Susanna Duke was born 12 APR 1799 in South Carolina, and died 3 DEC 1865 in Polk, Iowa. She was the daughter of 6. David 1 Duke and 7. Elizabeth Miller.

Children of Susanna Duke and John Stuart Cole are:
i. William Stuart Cole was born 4 AUG 1817 in Green, Kentucky, and died 1 AUG 1841 in Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa.

ii. Sarah Ann Cole was born 8 SEP 1820, and died 1 JUN 1899 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California. She married Elias Veatch NOV 1838 in Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa.

iii. David Vincent Cole was born 23 JUN 1822 in Green, Kentucky, and died 14 FEB 1900 in Wellington, Sumner, Kansas. He married Henrietta Fleishman 10 MAR 1849 in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri.

iv. John Bailey Cole was born 4 OCT 1824 in Lawrence, Indiana, and died 8 JUL 1879 in Esparto, Yolo, California. He married Juliett Jacobs 5 OCT 1848.

v. James Emmet Cole was born 28 NOV 1826 in Lawrence, Indiana.

1. vi. Elizabeth Jane Cole was born 14 AUG 1829 in Macon, Illinois. She married Dan (Wincheste?) Winchester 7 OCT 1845.


From biography of daughter Elizabeth's second husband:
"They were married in Green county, Kentucky, August 1, 1816. '

August 4, 1817
Age 21
Green, Kentucky, United States
September 8, 1820
Age 24
Kentucky, United States
September 8, 1820
Age 24
Kentucky, United States
June 23, 1822
Age 25
June 23, 1822
Age 25
October 4, 1824
Age 28
Lawrence, Indiana, United States