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Rebecca Cole (Collier)

Birthplace: Southwark, Surrey, England
Death: December 29, 1698
Eastham, Barnstable , Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Hon. William Collier, of London & Duxbury and Jane Collier
Wife of Job Cole, of Eastham
Mother of John Cole; Job Cole; Rebecca Nickerson and Samuel Cole
Sister of Mary Prence; Sarah Park; Elizabeth Southworth; Lydia Collier and Ruth Cole

Managed by: Elwin C. Nickerson
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About Rebecca Cole

  • William Collier (c. 1585–1671) He came to Plymouth in 1633 as one of the few London-based Merchant Adventurers, a colony investment group, to settle in New England. He was often elected as an Assistant Governor in the thirty-some years between 1634/5 and 1665. He was on the side of the government leaders in the historic 1645 dispute with liberal religious leader William Vassall. During his long life involved in public service, he served on the Council of War and served at times as a commissioner of the United Colonies, a New England colonies military alliance primarily for defense against Indian attack.[1][2][3]
  • William Collier was born in England about 1585, based on the date of his marriage. He was a purveyor grocer in England being apprenticed to William Russell, becoming a member of the Grocer's Company of London on March 3, 1627/8. He was a resident of St. Olave in Southwark (London), operating a brew-house, per William Bradford's reference to a "brew-house of Mr. Collier's in London." Records show that he was also a resident St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Bermondsey (London).[2][3][4]
  • While residing in England in 1626, William Collier's signature appears on an agreement with the names of fifty-eight Purchasers, the new investment group for Plymouth Colony, replacing the previous group, the Merchant Adventurers. The colony debt would be assumed by a small new group titled "the Undertakers" composed of colony leaders. The Purchasers were privileged above all others in future colony land grants, with Collier's signature on the agreement as "Mr. Wm Collyer."[5]
  • .... etc.
  • Collier married Jane Clark at St. Olave Parish in Southwark on May 16, 1611 and had thirteen children. Many of those children died young, and they only had four daughters with them in Plymouth Colony. Jane died after June 28, 1666. Her burial place is unknown.[2][3]
  • Children of William and Jane Collier:
    • Mary was baptized in Southwark (then in Surrey - now a London Borough) on February 18, 1611/2 and died on March 29, 1673. She married Thomas Prence, later long-time Plymouth Colony Governor, on April 1, 1635 in Plymouth as his second wife and had two children. She died before 1644. The first wife of Thomas Prence was Patience Brewster, daughter of Elder William Brewster.
    • Hannah was baptized in Southwark on September 14, 1613 and was buried there on August 31, 1625.
    • Rebecca was baptized in Southwark on January 10, 1614/5 and died in Eastham, Massachusetts on December 29, 1698. She married Job Cole in Plymouth on May 15, 1634 and had three children. He died after 1683 and before his wife’s death. His brother Daniel Cole married Rebecca’s sister Ruth. Rebecca and Job were both were buried at Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Massachusetts.
    • Sarah was baptized in Southwark on April 30, 1616 and died in Plymouth, Mass. on April 26, 1691. She was buried on Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She married: 1. Love Brewster, son of Pilgrim Elder William Brewster, on May 15, 1634 in Plymouth and had four children. He died in 1650. 2. Richard Parke of Cambridge after September 1, 1656.
    • John (1) was baptized in Southwark on March 18, 1616/7 and buried there August 24, 1618.
    • Elizabeth was baptized in Southwark on March 9, 1618/9 and died sometime after her husband's will was written, February 10, 1678/9. She married Constant Southworth, the step-son of Pilgrim William Bradford, on November 2, 1637 in Plymouth and had eight children. Her burial place is unknown.
    • John (2) was baptized in Southwark on March 23, 1619/20 and buried there August 6, 1625.
    • Catheren was buried in Southwark on January 13, 1621/2.
    • James was baptized in Bermondsey (then in Surrey - now in Southwark Borough, London) on March 16, 1622/3 and buried in Southwark on August 24, 1624.
    • Martha was baptized in Bermondsey on March 28, 1624 and buried in Southwark on May 30, 1625.
    • William was buried in Southwark on August 12, 1625.
    • Lydia was baptized in Southwark on March 8, 1625/6 and buried there four days later.
    • Ruth was born about 1628 probably in the London area as were the other children, and died in Eastham, Massachusetts. on December 15, 1694. She married Daniel Cole by 1644 and had at least five children. Daniel Cole was the brother of Job Cole who was married to Ruth’s sister Rebecca. Ruth and Daniel were both buried in Cove Burying Ground in Eastham, Massachusetts.[2][3][11]
  • William Collier died sometime before July 5, 1671, when men were appointed to administer his estate. He was buried in Myles Standish Burial Ground, Duxbury.[1][12]
  • From:


  • 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.66
  • About the beginning of the second decade of the existence of the Plymouth colony, there came from England three young men, brothers, named John, Job and Daniel Cole. I suspect that they came over with William Collier, a merchant of London, about 1633. Their father is unknown. Whether they were brothers of James, the inn-keeper of Plymouth, I know not, but I judge that they were not.
  • John died at Plymouth in December, 1637, and in his will, proved January 2, 1638, he mentions by name, "Master Collier's men," his brothers Job and Daniel, and his sister Rebecca, wife of Job. He was probably unmarried.
  • JOB COLE, the eldest of the three brothers, married May 16, 1634, Rebecca Collier.*
  • .... etc.
    • * William Collier, a merchant adventurer, of London, came to the colony ???? 1633. He was assistant twenty-eight years between 1634 and 1665, and was one ???? the two plenipotentiaries at the first meeting of the United Colonies in 1643. ???? was among the first purchasers of Dartmouth, 1652, and died 1670. He left four daughters: i. Sarah, b — — , m. 15, 1634, Love Brewster, son of Elder W???? Brewster, ii. Rebecca, b. — — , m. Job Cole. iii. Mary, b — — , m. April 1, 1635, Thomas Prince, afterwards Governor. She was his second wife. iv. Elizabeth, b. — — , m. Nov. 2, 1637, Constant Southworth.
  • Pg.67
  • ... His name occurs on the freeman's list of 1670, but is not on that of 1695; therefore, he died between those dates. His widow, Rebecca, died December, 1698, aged 88.
  • Their children were:
    • 3. i. John, b. — — .
    • 4. ii. Job. b. — — .
    • 5. iii. Daniel, b. — — .
    • iv. Rebecca, b. Aug. 26, 1654.
  • DANIEL COLE. ( —— ). The younger brother of Job, and probably came over with him when they were both young men. The first mention of him is April 6, 1640, when fifty acres of upland were granted him. .... etc.
  • Pg.68
  • .... He died December 21, 1694, aged 80. He married Ruth —— , who died December 15, 1694, aged 69. Their children were :
    • .... etc.
  • JOHN2 COLE (Job,1) born in — — . He married November 21, 1667, Elizabeth Keiler. On freeman list of 1695.
  • JOB2 COLE (Job1).
  • DANIEL2 COLE (Job,1) born in — — . On June 5, 1672, he was fined ten shilling for cursing. On freeman list of 1695. I think he is the one who married Ruth —— . and had
    • 12. i. .... etc.




  1. A Genealogical Profile of William Collier retrieved May 2014


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Rebecca Cole's Timeline

January 10, 1614
Southwark, Surrey, England
October 10, 1614
Southwark, Surrey , England
Age 23
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Age 35
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
August 26, 1654
Age 40
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
December 29, 1698
Age 84
Eastham, Barnstable , Massachusetts
April 9, 1922
Age 84
April 9, 1929
Age 84
April 9, 1929
Age 84