John Cole1

M, b. 15 July 1644, d. 6 January 1724/25
     John was born on Friday, 15 July 1644 in Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. John married Ruth Snow, daughter of Nicholas Snow III and Constance Hopkins, on 10 December 1666 in Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. They were married by Captain Jonathan Sparrow.2 John and Ruth had children: Ruth [3/11/1667-3/04/1727] [m. 3/26/1689 William Twining], John [3/06/1669-12/13/1746] [m. 1693 Mary Rogers], Hephzibah [6/--/1672], Hannah [3/27/1675], Joseph [6/11/1677-2/15/1764] [m. Elizabeth Cobb] & Mary [10/22/1679], Sarah [6/28/1685].3,4,1 John's wife, Ruth, died on 27 January 1717 in Eastham leaving him a widower. John made his will on 12 August 1717 at Eastham. John departed this life on Saturday, 6 January 1724/25 in Eastham at age 80 years, 5 months and 22 days. He was buried there at Eastham in the Cove Burying Ground. His will was probated on 13 January 1724/25.


Ruth Snow b. c 1644, d. 27 Jan 1717


  1. [S2092] First Settlers of Eastham, Mass.
  2. [S2093] Plymouth Colony Records,….
  3. [S2090] Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880.
  4. [S2091] Probate and Guardianship Records, 1674-1950 (Barnstable County, Massachusetts): Mary Cole was born on 22 October 1679 in Eastham, (then) Plymouth Colony, the daughter of John and Ruth (Snow) Cole. She was named in her sister Hannah's will dated 03 February 1725/6 as Mary Cole, suggesting that she was still unmarried.[1][3] Her death date is currently unknown, but after the date of her sister's will.
    It has been suggested that she married Nathaniel Doane who died in 1758 in Harwich, as he had a wife Mary and six children born 1706-1715 probably in Eastham. No proof has been found that his wife was this Mary Cole, and her sister's will, naming her as Mary Cole not Doane, argues against the possibility. Until further proof is found of a marriage, this profile will follow the Mayflower Society's guidance.
    Hannah Cole was born on 27 Mar 1675 in Eastham, (then) Plymouth Colony, the daughter of John Cole and Ruth Snow.] She died unmarried by 18 March 1729, when her will of 03 February 1725/6 was proved. Her will mentions her two "natural sisters," Sarah Cole and Mary Cole who were named as her executrices, and her cousin Hannah Twining.