COLE Deaths

The following were transcribed by me from various sources in 
Prince William and Spotsylvania Counties.


  • Obituaries

  • PWCo. Courthouse Death Records

  • Virginia Bureau of Vital Records Index to Death Certificates


MRS. E. D. COLE DEAD. This Estimable Woman Passed Away at her Home Thursday Night. Funeral Sunday Afternoon. Mrs. Alice Gray Cole, widow of the late Colonel Edward Dorsey Cole, passed away quietly at her home on Washington Avenue Thursday night at 11.45 o’clock, after a lingering illness of many months. Although not unexpected her death was a shock to her many friends here and elsewhere. Mrs. Cole was in her 76th year. She was married to Colonel Cole on May 9th 1867. A loyal and consistent member of the Fredericksburg Baptist church, the deceased was most active and useful in church circles in the younger years of her life. Of a most lovable and sweet disposition and extremely kind hearted, Mrs. Cole had innumerable friends in this city, who will be grieved to hear of her death. Surviving her are two daughters, Mrs. W. L. Brannan and Mrs. J. B. Rawlings, of this city; one grandson, Master Dorsey Cole Rawlings; two brothers, Mr. Benjamin F. Cole, of Washington, D.C., and Mr. Chas. E. Cole, of this city, and one sister, Mrs. Georgiana W. Scaggs, of this city. Funeral service will be held Sunday afternoon, at the Baptist Church at 3.00 o’clock. Rev. Dr. R. Aubrey Williams, former pastor of the Fredericksburg Baptist church, now of Richmond, and Rev. Emerson L. Swift, the present pastor, will conduct the service. The pallbearers. Active - Dr. John E. Cole, Messrs. W. N. Blake, W. A. Bell, John F. Gouldman, jr., A. P. Rowe, W. S. Chesley, E.D. Cole, H. C. Biscoe. Honorary – Rev. R. C. Gilmore, Rev. H. L. Hout, Messrs. M. G. Willis, Jas. R. Rawlings, Dr. J. Garnett King, St. Geo. R. Fitzhugh, A. B. Bowering, Prof. B. Y. Tyner, Lee J. Brauer, Philip Lea y.  [17 Dec 1920 Fredericksburg Daily Star]

DIED. In Fredericksburg, on the night of the 2d inst., Anna Mary Cole, wife of James O. Cole, in the 21st year of her age. She leaves a large circle of friends to mourn their untimely loss. [10 Dec 1860 Alexandria Gazette]

DEATH OF AN OLD CITIZEN. Mr. Counsellor Cole, an aged and honored citizen of this city, died at his residence here on last Friday night, after a short illness, in the 75th year of his age. Mr. Cole for a number of years before the war was engaged in the mercantile business in this city, and was a most prosperous merchant. He was also at one time proprietor of the old Planter’s Hotel, but like many others, the war completely swept from him all of his earthly possessions. At the close of the war, however, he again engaged in business, which he successfully prosecuted for some time, until ill health compelled him to abandon it, since which time he had followed a retired life. He was an earnest and zealous member of the Baptist church, from which place his funeral took place on Sunday evening, and his remains interred in the city cemetery. The pall bearers were, honorary – Rev. Melzi S. Chancellor, Capt. C. W. Wallace, Wm. H. Cunningham, Hon. A. P. Rowe, Capt. J. P. Woody and John Sullinger. Active – Hon. H. F. Crismond, James R. Rawlings, John J. Heflin, John A. Harris, V. M. Fleming and S. E. Eastburn. Mr. Cole was a native of Prince William county, but had been a resident of this city for nearly fifty years. He leaves a wife, four children and many friends to mourn his loss. Peace to his ashes. [Fredericksburg Star, 17 Dec 1890]

COL. E. D. COLE DEAD – Passed Away Suddenly at Buffalo Lithia Springs. Prominent Citizen and Confederate Veteran – Body Will Be Brought Here Sunday. Col. Edward Dorsey Cole, one of Fredericksburg’s most prominent and progressive citizens, died at Buffalo Lithia Springs, Saturday at noon, from an attack of acute indigestion and apoplexy, aged 74 years. The deceased was born in Prince William county, where he lived until he was 18 years old, his parents being Mr. Horace Cole and Mrs. Martha A. Cole. At 18 he entered the Confederate army in 15th regiment Va. Cavalry. Later he was detailed as a courier for Gen. J. E. B. Stuart until the latter’s death, when he joined Col. John S. Mosby’s command, and remained with it until the end of the war. After the war Col. Cole came to Fredericksburg and secured employment with Southern Express Company. He married his cousin, Miss Alice Cole, daughter of the late Counsellor Cole, after which he returned to Prince William and engaged in farming for two years. He then returned to Fredericksburg and formed a co-partnership with Mr. Richard G. Swift in produce business at the stand on Commerce Street which he now owns and is occupied by the firm of E. L. Jones. This firm continued until the death of Mr. Swift when it was dissolved and Col. Cole conducted the business of selling lumber and building supplies under the firm style of E. D. Cole most successfully for over 40 years and from which he retired some three years ago. Col. Cole was ever active in every movement that he thought tended to the advancement of Fredericksburg. He served continuously in the City Council for 28 years and was its president for four years. He was a deacon in the Baptist church, chairman of the public property committee of the church and one of its most efficient working members. He had been president of the Fair Society, and was a director at the time of his death, a State proxy of the R., F. & P.R.R. for years and a stockholder in the Princess Anne Hotel and other institutions looking to building up of the city. Col. Cole as a vice-president and a director of the Farmers and Merchants State Bank. He has been remarkably successful all through his career and leaves a large estate. Col. Cole will be greatly missed in the community. The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alice Cole, and by two daughters, Mrs. W. L. Brannan and Mrs. J. B. Rawlings. The body will be brought here Sunday when the funeral arrangements will be made.  [25 Aug 1917 Fredericksburg Daily Star]

Death of an Old and Respectable Citizen - Mr. Lawrence Cole died at his home at Independent Hill, in this county, about six o'clock on Saturday, evening last in his 73d year. Mr. Cole had been in delicate health for many months and his illness was lingering. He was a native of this county and most of his life was spent at his late residence. He had ever been looked upon as a citizen of thrift and enterprise and a valuable addition to his community. The funeral sermon was preached by Elder Smoot at two o'clock Monday evening and his remains were deposited in a tomb a short distance from the residence. The spot was selected by himself sometime previous. Quite a large number of friends and relatives were in attendance. -Manassas Gazette, 20th.  He was a brother of Mr. Councelor Cole of this place. [24 Sept 1884 Fredericksburg Star]

Friends and relatives were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Mrs. Lizzie Cole, wife of Mr. Boliver Cole, on Friday morning. She leaves her husband and one son, Mr. James B., a granddaughter, Miss Blanche Cole, and one sister, Mrs. Wallace Storke. Her funeral was preached by Elder J. F. Priest.  [17 Nov 1922 Manassas Journal]

INDEPENDENT HILL - We are sorry to hear of Miss Linda Cole's death. She passed away Monday at her nephew's, Wilmond Keys, in Washington, D.C. [16 July 1931 Manassas Journal]

Philip Montgomery Cole died January 20 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Margaret H. Cole and his children, Philip M. Jr., Donald F. Cole, Mrs. Gail McGuin and Mrs. Ruth M. Andes. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Dora Gordon, Mrs. Viola Falter and Mrs. Lillian Marsh. Funeral services were held January 22 at the Baker Funeral Home. He was buried at the Belle Haven Cemetery at the Quantico Marine Base. [23 Jan 1969 Manassas Journal Messenger]

The many friends of Mrs. Harriet [Cole] Reid, of Hoadley will be pained to hear of her death, which occurred on Sunday. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss. She was a consistent Christian. Her funeral was preached by Wm. Smoot and the remains were laid to rest at Oak Grove, Tuesday, March 22nd. We extend our heart felt sympathy to the family in their great loss. [25 Mar 1910 Manassas Journal] 






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