Sep 042011

Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun invites us to:

  1. Find a “roulette number” by dividing by 4 the age of great-grandfather (if he were still alive today), and rounding off that number to a whole number.
  2. Determine what person has that number in your ahenetafel.
  3. Tell three facts about that person
Running a little behind, here is my “Sunday” Night Genealogy Fun response:

My paternal great-grandfather Lloyd Brenner was born 1 May 1867.  Were he still alive, he would be 144 years old.  144 divided by 4 = 36.  #36 in my ahnentafel is Ensor (Enser / Encer) Cole (Lloyd Brenner’s wife’s paternal great-grandfather) and my paternal 3g-grandfather.

Ensor Cole was born in abt. 1793 in Frederick County, Maryland.  He married Elizabeth Shaffer in Baltimore, Maryland, abt. 1795 or 1812.  He died abt. 1846 in Columbiana County, Ohio.  He and Elizabeth had 11 children, including George Washington Cole (my 2g-grandfather).  Unfortunately, all this information is in the “supposedly” category because it come from Family Trees.  Listed sources loop to other Ancestry Family Trees or OneWorld Tree.  

Three “facts” about Ensor Cole:

  1. I received from Alan Fredrickson a copy of 2 documents regarding Enser Cole’s participation in the Maryland Militia during the War of 1812.  Pvt. Enser Cole was present for the Company Muster Roll on 13 October 1814, earning him $21.23 in pay for the previous 2 months and 23 days.  The next Company Muster Roll was on 10 January 1815.  Here he is listed as having deserted on 6 December 1814.  
  2. Ensor Cole is listed in the Tax Assessment records of Beaver Township, Columbiana County, Ohio for 1833.   He is listed as owning one horse (valued at $40) and 1 cattle (valued at $8).  His tax liability (stated as D|C|M) was listed as follows:  State 0|14|40; County  0|18|00; Road 0|04|80;  Twp 0|04|80;  Poor 0|04|80; for a total tax of 0|46|80.   Since this was my first foray into tax records, I made a guess that the three columns (D|C|M) were to be interpreted as D=dollars; C=cents; M=mills.  A search for “dollars cents mills” (without the quotation marks) led me to a Wikipedia article entitled “Mill (currency).”  This confirmed that property taxes were “expressed in terms of mills per dollar assessed.”  So, Ensor Cole’s tax liability for 1833 was a whopping 46.80 cents.
  3. My third fact about Ensor Cole, and the only other “fact” that I have, is that he was enumerated in the 1840 U.S. Federal Census as living in Springfield Township, Columbiana County, Ohio.  He was, by the way, mis-indexed as “Ensor Cale,” with a comment indicating that the proper reading of the record would be “Cole.”  The following facts are enumerated for Ensor Cole:  1 boy and 2 girls under 5; 2 girls, 5-9; 2 boys, 1-14; 1 man, 40-49; 1 woman, 30-39; for a total of 10 persons (4 of whom were employed in agriculture).
Obviously, I have a lot of work to do on Ensor Cole.  The Ancestry Family Trees give some good clues, but no supporting sources.  Since one of the trees focuses on the Cole family and the tree owner has an interest in the Coles of Ohio.  I shall begin by using Ancestry’s internal messaging system to contact that person to see about the sources of their information — that is, whether I can track back to some real sources.  I find this search to be a potentially interesting and profitable one since I have been previously in correspondence with a Cole family researcher who has sent me a CD 25 original documents relating to the Cole family and his correspondence with another Cole family genealogist whose notes trace the Coles back to Ann Arundal County in 1657.  This all connects to a Thomas Cole who was born abt. 1634 in Tillingham, Essex, England, son of Humphrey Cole.  Some have traced Humphrey Cole’s lineage back 17 generations to William Cole born 1160 in Huntenesleigh, Devonshire, England. 

Let the hunt begin!

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