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Arrold Cole (Dunnington)

Also Known As: "Arnalda Phipps"
Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Ralph Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: October 26, 1662 (71-79)
Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edward Dunington and Margaret Dunnington
Wife of Ryse (Rice) Cole
Mother of James Cole; Mary Lowden; Elizabeth Pierce; John Cole; James Cole and 2 others

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About Arrold Cole

Arrald Dunnington was baptized at Great Bowden, Co. Leicestershire, England on Sep 21,1587 and died at Charlestown between 20 December 1661 (date of will) and 26 December 1661 (date of probate).

Parents: the daughter of Edward Dunnington and Margaret Cox.

Married: on 7 June 1612 at Great Bowden, Co.Leicestershire, England to Rice Cole [2]

5 children of Rice and Arrold include:

  1. Robert, born About 1616 in England; died Bef. November 1655 in MA; married Philipa Bef. 1649 in MA.
  2. Elizabeth, born About 1619 in England; died 05 March 1687/88 in Woburn, Middlesex County, MA (VR, 2:145); married Thomas Pierce 06 May 1635 in Charlestown, Middlesex County, MA.
  3. Mary, born About 1621 in England; died 07 October 1683 in Charlestown, Middlesex County, MA; married Richard Lowden Bef. 1641 in Charlestown, Middlesex, MA; born in England.
  4. John, born About 1623 in England; married Ursula Bef. 1655 in MA.
  5. James, born About 1625 in England; died Bef. December 1661 in MA; married Ruth Bef. August 1655 in MA.


  • Another family that must have had a wild time crossing the Atlantic!



  1. Anderson's Great Migration Begins.
  2. TAG Vol 78, pp.183-4(2003).


  • The early genealogies of the Cole families in America. (Including Coles and Cowles). With some account of the descendants of James, by Hartford, Connecticut, 1635-1652, and of Thomas Cole, of Salem, Mass., 1649-1672
  • Pg.78
  • RISE (or RYCE) COLE came from England in 1630, and settled at Charlestown. He was one of the few who did not remove from Charlestown to Boston. He and his wife, Arrold, were of those dismissed from the Boston Church in October, 1632, to form the first Church of Charlestown, and their names appear on the covenant signed November 14, 1632. (Reg. 23-190.)
  • He was admitted Freeman April 1, 1633, and appears on the list of proprietors of October 13, 1634, and in a division in January, 1635, he obtaining four acres. He was a witness of the will of Daniel Shepherdson, blacksmith, of Charlestown, May 16, 1644. He died May 15, 1646.
  • His possessions in Charlestown, as shown by the land records, page 59, were:
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.79
  • The will of his widow, Arrold Cole, made December 20, 1661, proved six days later, mentions three children and three grandchildren, of her daughter, Mrs. Lowden. They were all born in England. The children were:
    • 2. i. John, b. — —
    • ii. —— , b. — — , m. —— Pierce.
    • [This Pierce was probably Thomas Pierce, of Woburn, who lived first in Charlestown, and who had eleven children born in Woburn between 1644 and 1660.]
    • iii. Mary, b. — — , 1638, m. Richard Lowden.
    • He was at Charlestown as early as 1618. Was admitted freeman May 18, 1642, and died there July 12, 1700, at eighty-seven. She died October 6, 1683, at sixty-five. Their children were:
      • .... etc.
  • JOHN2 COLE (Rice1), The only son of Rice and Arrold Cole, was born in England, and must have been quite a youth when his father came to this country. He married Joan —— . He lived in Boston.
  • The children of John and Joan Cole, recorded in Boston, were:
    • .... etc.




  • Arrold Phipps
  • F, #79265, b. circa 1587, d. 26 October 1661
  • Arrold Phipps was born circa 1587 at of Ralph Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, England. She married Ryse Cole circa 1607. Arrold Phipps died on 26 October 1661 at Charlestown, Middlesex, MA.
  • Family Ryse Cole b. c 1585, d. 15 Mar 1646
  • Child
    • Elizabeth Cole+ b. 5 Mar 1608, d. 1688
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  • The Great Migration Begins: Rice Cole
  • CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: “Ryce COLE” was admitted to Boston church as member #109, which would be sometime in 1631 [BChR 14]; on 14 October 1632 “Ryce COLES and Arrald his wife” were dismissed to Charlestown church [BChR 16]; “Rice [and] Arrold COLE” were admitted as founding members of Charlestown church, 2 November 1632 [ChChR 7].
  • ESTATE: Granted four acres planting ground in Charlestown, 10 January 1634/5 (but the grant was reversed) [ChTR 12]; relinquished five acres Mystic Side, 1635 [ChTR 14]; granted four acres planting ground, January 1635/6 [ChTR 15]; granted hay ground, Lot #43, 9 February 1635/6 [ChTR 19,20]; granted five acres Mystic Side, 6 March 1636/7 [ChTR 27]; allotted 3½ cow commons, 1637 [ChTR 32, 42]; granted Lot #33 Mystic Side, 23 April 1638 [ChTR 36].
  • In the Charlestown Book of Possessions Rice COLE is shown with nine parcels: dwelling house with garden plot; 2 acres arable in East Field; 2 acres swamp in East Field; 3 and a quarter milk cow commons; 4 acres arable in Line Field; 5 acres woodland in Mystic Field; 4 acres meadow in Mystic Marshes; 10 acres woodland in Mystic Field; and 50 acres in Water Field [ChBOP 59-60].
  • In his will, dated May 1646 and probated 1 April 1662, Rice COLE bequeathed to “my wife … my house, ground (except that at [illegible]), cattle corn & household stuff for life”; to “my son Rob[e]rt my house dwelling, farm, garden & an acre of ground in the neck & 2 acres of meadow in the neck with two cow’s commons after my wife’s decease”; to “my son John at present the ground at Woburne & after my wife’s decease a cow and one & a half cow’s commons”; to “my son James all my ground on Mystic Side after my wife’s decease & the heifer lately bought at present”; to “my two daughters” £10 apiece after my wife’s decease” ; “at a court held at Cambridge April 1, 1662, on division of the estate left by Arrald COLE the relict of the abovenamed Rice COLE the court ordered that this writing be accepted as his last will & testament” [MPR Misc 106-07].
  • In her will, dated 20 December 1661 and probated 26 December 1661, “ Aralds COLLES of Charlstowne … relict of Rice COLES deceased” asked that “my husband’s will may be fulfilled” and bequeathed to “my son John COLLES a Bible that was my husband’s”; “the rest of my estate to be divided between my son LOWDEN and my son PERCE and my son COLLES,” except “my daughter PERCE is to have the bed on which I lie, and my grandchild John COLLES an iron pot and his father is not to dispose of it from him [and] I give to my grandchild John LOWDEN a pair of sheets & to my grandchild Mary LOWDEN one box and one scarf & to my grandchild James LOWDEN a pint pot & more to my grandchild Mary COLLES a brass kettle” [MPR Case #4798].
  • DEATH: Charlestown 15 May 1646 [ChVR 1:10].
  • MARRIAGE: By about 1616 (assuming she was the mother of all his children) Arrald ______; she died at Charlestown between 20 December 1661 (date of will) and 26 December 1661 (date of probate).
    • i ROBERT, b. say 1616; m. by 1649 Philip ______; she m. (2) by 23 November 1655 William MORRIS [MLR 2:35].
    • ii ELIZABETH, b. say 1619; m. by 1639 Thomas PIERCE (eldest child of “Thomas PEIRCE and of Elizabeth his wife” bp. Charlestown 17 June 1639 [ChChR 48]).
    • iii MARY, b. say 1621; m. by 1641 Richard LOWDEN (eldest child of “Richard LOWDEN & Mary” b. Charlestown 10 May 1641 [ChVR 1:5]); d. Charlestown 7 October 1683 [ChVR 1:120].
    • iv JOHN, b. say 1623; m. by 1655 Ursula ______ [MLR 2:34]. (The peculiar claim is made that John “perhaps m. Boston, Nov. 10, 1659, Susanna, dau. Nicholas UPSHUR” [Snow-Estes 1:270]. This is a corrupted version of the marriage on that date of Joseph COCKE and Susanna UPSALL, daughter of NICHOLAS UPSALL [BVR 72].)
    • v JAMES, b. say 1625; m. by 28 August 1655 Ruth ______; she m. (2) by 16 December 1661 Henry MUDD of Stepney, England. (Apparently Arrald COLE in her widowhood wrote letters to her daughters and daughters-in-law living in London in the l650s; these documents, which are the source for the remarriage of Ruth (______) COLE to Henry MUDD. are said to be in Middlesex Court Files and “quoted by Wyman in his Abstracts” [Mary E.N. Backus, ed., The New England Ancestry of Dana Converse BACKUS (Salem 1949), p. 71; see also Snow-Estes 1:270].)
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Arrold Cole's Timeline

September 21, 1587
Great Bowden, Leicestershire, England
Ralph Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Age 28
Age 29
Age 31
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Age 32
Norfolk, England
Age 34
Age 37
Possibly, Charlestown, Worcester, MA
Age 39
Charlestown, Massachusetts