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John Edwin Cole was born September 11, 1832 in Washington, D.C., and died May 25, 1914 in St. Clair Co., MO.  He married (1) Elizabeth B. McKibben July 10, 1855 in Clark Co., Missouri.  She was born March 24, 1836 in Alleghany Co., Pennsylvania, and died March 23, 1887 in St. Clair Co., MO.  He married (2) Emma Wirt Cooper November 20, 1888 in St. Clair Co., Mo, daughter of Larkin Cooper and Hester Vaughn.  She was born June 08, 1855 in Gallatin, Daviess County, Missouri, and died February 21, 1945.


Lived in the state of Ohio at one time, where in Cincinnati, he bought a fiddle.

By 1866, was married to Elizabeth McKibben and came to Missouri with the Burrows, Calvirds and McKibbens from Iowa.

Bought a place near Vista, St. Clair County, later moved to Osceola, owned an operated a hotel on the SE corner of the square, South of the Commercial Hotel.  Also operated a feedstore and was City Marshall of Osceola at one time. 

His wife died young.  They had one adopted son, John L. who had 3 sons, Clyde, Leslie and Hugh.


John E. Cole & Emma W. Short

1855 to 1889 St. Clair County Marriage Index Book - F - Page 286


Child of John Cole and Elizabeth McKibben is:
John L. Cole

Born December 1859 in Illinois; Adopted child

Child of John Cole and Emma Cooper is:

Burlie Sheldon Cole

Born October 14, 1889 in Osceola, Mo; died May 20, 1964 in Glendale, Ca.  


1860 Federal Census  

Van Buren Co., IACedar TownshipMicrofilm Series Roll p. 405Dwelling

1880 Federal Census  

St. Clair Co., MissouriOsceola TownshipMicrofilm Series T9Roll 714p. 345BDwelling 31

1900 Federal Census  

St. Clair Co., MissouriOsceola TownshipMicrofilm Series T623Roll 886p. 140BHousehold 81


In 1861, joined Union Army Company H, Iowa 5th Infantry Regiment.  Served a term of 3 years, mustering out in TN in 1864.
John E Cole   [pension application]
Enlist DateEnlist PlaceEnlist RankEnlist Age
24 June 1861  Priv 27
Claimed Residence in Utica

Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion Published by English on 1910



Osceola Cemetery, St. Clair Co., MO  [gravesite]

 Cause of Death: Pneumonia


St. Clair County Republican - Osceola, St. Clair County, Missouri

Thursday, May 28, 1914


John E. Cole was born in Washington, D.C., September 11, 1832; died at his late residence about five miles northwest of Osceola, St. Clair county, Missouri, Monday, May 25, 1914, making his age at his demise eighty-one years, eight months and sixteen days.  He had been a resident of this county forty eight years, coming here soon after the war of 1861-65, he being a soldier in the Union army, having enlisted in the Fifth Iowa Infantry, service to the close of the war.


Deceased was twice married, his first wife being Elizabeth McKibbin.  To this union no children were born, but a boy was adopted, and given the name of John L. Cole, after the name of the deceased.  His second wife was Miss Emma W. Short.  To this union one son was born, Burlie S. Cole, and he, with his mother, and many relatives and many friends mourn the loss of a good father and a friend to many.


Mr. Cole was one of the oldest members of the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Osceola, and was one of its most faithful attendants.  He was also a member of the G.A.R. post at Lowry City, and after the funeral sermon was preached by Rev. D.T. Simmons, pastor of Grace M.E. church, in said church, at 3 o'clock p.m. Tuesday, May 26th, these two organizations took charge of his body and performed their last sad rites over the remains jointly in the Osceola cemetery.  A large number of friends, besides quite a number of representatives of the two lodges, followed him to his last resting place.



SurnameGiven NameBirth Date/AgeDeath DateDeath PlaceIssue Date
ColeJohn F. (veteran)11 Sept 183225 May 1914St. Clair28 May 1914
Weant, Kenneth E. St. Clair County, Missouri 3507 Deaths Reported in the St. Clair County Republican. [database online] Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1999