This information is a work in progress. It is not all verified, nor is it complete.
Barnet Cole was born in Guildhall,
James Barnet Cole married Pheobe VanAlstyne
Lucinda Ann Cole was born
Mary Ann Cole was born
Phoebe Amanda Cole was born
Susan Ann Cole was born
James Barnet Cole was born
Lucy Ann Maria Cole was born
In October of 1830 they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The early records of the Church were destroyed so we have no record of their baptism. (Church Chronology by Andrew Janson II. 10
In 1831 or 1832 they were called to help settle Jackson County, Missouri. Here they suffered all the persecutions of the Saints in that state.
Moroni Cole was born
The Prophet and the Saints had just passed
through one of the most bitter persecutions in the history of the
It was not until persecutions in
One affidavit comes from Barnet Cole. A certain Moses Wilson and Robert Jonson called at Barnet Coles home and invited him to go out a pace with them. They said that some gentleman wished to see him. Once they were away from his home, Cole found himself in the presence of 40 or 50 armed men. One of the men said, [I]s this mister Cole? The reply was, yes. At this moment they asked Cole if he believed the Book of Mormon, to which Cole replied, Yes. They then took off his coat and Jaccoat and laid on ten lashes and told him to go home.
A little over a month later, a mob headed by Wilson & Jonson came to Coles house and gave him a second whipping and ordered him to leave the county or it would be worse for him.
Dear Brethren, the times are so big with events, and the
anxiety of every body so great to watch them, that I feel
somewhat impressed to write oftener than I have done, in order to
give you more of the "strange acts," of this region. I
have just returned from
Before a crop is harvested, it becomes ripe of itself. The
dreadful deeds now done in
The mob has quit whipping, and now beat with clubs. Lyman Leonard, one of the number that returned from Van Buren, had two chairs broke to splinters about him and was then dragged out of doors, and beat with clubs till he was supposed to be dead; but he is yet alive. Josiah Sumner and Barnet Cole were severely beat at the same time. The mob have commenced burning houses, stacks, and we shall not think it out of their power by any means, to proceed to murder any of our people that shall try to live in that county, or perhaps, only go there.
Such scenes as are transpiring around us are calculated to arouse feelings and passions in all, and to strengthen the faith and fortify the hearts of the saints for great things. Our Savior laid down his life for our sakes and shall we, who profess to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God; shall we, the servants of the Lord of the vineyard, who are called and chosen to prune it for the last time; shall we, yea verily, we, who are enlightened by the wisdom of heaven shall we fear to do as much for Jesus as he did for us. No; we will obey the voice of the spirit, that God may overcome the world.
I am a servant &c.
W. W. PHELPS.
Laura Sarah Cole was born
John Cole was born
According to Church Encyclopedia, (B.1 pp. 714) by Andrew Janson, Barnet Cole undersigned a document or covenant at Far West, Missouri on 29 January 1839, to stand by and assist each other to the utmost of our ability in moving from this state in compliance to the state authority. The purpose of this document was to pool resources to help the very poor and those incapable of moving by themselves.
The Millennial Star recorded the event as follows: On Saturday, January 26, 1839, the citizens of Caldwell County met at Far West and appointed a committee of seven; viz., John Taylor, Alanson Ripley, Brigham Young, Theodore Turley, H. C. Kimball, John Smith, and D. C. Smith to draft resolutions respecting their removal from the State according to the Governor's order, and to devise means for removing the destitute.
On the 29th another meeting was called, when the committee reported through their chairman, John Taylor. The result was the adoption of a covenant to assist one another, which reads as follows:-
"We whose names are hereunder written do each for ourselves individually hereby covenant to stand by and assist each other to the utmost of our abilities, in removing from this State in compliance with the authority of the State; and we do hereby acknowledge ourselves firmly bound to the extent of all our available property, to be disposed of by a committee who shall be appointed for that purpose, for providing means for the removing of the poor and destitute who shall be considered worthy, from this country, till there shall not be one left who desires to remove from the State: with this proviso, that no individual shall be deprived of the right of the disposal of his own property for the above purpose, or of having the control of it, or so much of it as shall be necessary for the removing of his own family, and to be entitled to the overplus, after the work is effected; and furthermore, said committee shall give receipts for all property, and an account of the expenditure of the same."-Millennial Star, vol. 16, p. 730.
The committee on removal provided for were William Huntington, Charles Bird, Alanson Ripley, Theodore Turley, Daniel Shearer, Shadrach Roundy, and J. H. Hale, of which Wm. Huntington, was appointed chairman; Daniel Shearer, treasurer; and Alanson Ripley, clerk. A long list of names were signed to the agreement. 1
1 John Smith, Wm. Huntington, Charles Bird, Alanson Ripley, Theodore Turley, Daniel Shearer, Shadrach Roundy, Jonathan H. Hale, Elias Smith, Brigham Young, James Burnham, Leicester Gaylord, Samuel Williams, John Miller, Aaron M. York, George A. Smith, Daniel Howe, James Bradin, Jonathan Beckelshimer, David Jones, Wm. M. Fossett, James McMillan, Chandler Holbrook, Alexander Wright, William Taylor, John Taylor, Reuben P. Hartwell, John Lowry, Welcome Chapman, Solomon Hancock, Arza Adams, Henry Jacobs, James Carroll David Lyons, John Taylor, Don Carlos Smith, William J. Stuart, Isaac B. Chapman, Roswell Stephens, Reuben Hedlock David Holman, Joel Goddard, Charles N. Baldwin, Jesse N. Reed, Benjamin Johnson, Jonathan Hampton, Anson Call, Peter Dope, Samuel Ralph, Abel Lamb, Daniel McArthur, William Gregory, Zenas Curtis, John Reed, William R. Orton, Samuel D. Tyler, John H. Goff, Thomas Butterfield Dwight Hardin, Norvil M Head, Stephen V. Foot, Jacob G. Bigler, Eli Bagley William Milam, Lorenzo Clark, William Allred, Wm. Van Ausdall, Nathan K. Knight, John Thorp, Andrew Rose John B. Martin, Albert Sloan, John D. Lee, Eliphas Marsh, Joseph Wright, John Badger, Levi Richards, Erastus Bingham, Elisha Everett, John Lytle, Levi Jackman, Thomas Guyman, Nahum Curtis, Lyman Curtis, Philip Ballard, William Gould, Reuben Middleton, William Harper, Seba Joes, Charles Butler, Richard Walton, Isaac Kerron, Joseph Rose, David Foot, L. S. Nickerson, Moses Daley, David Sessions, Perry Green Sessions, Alford P. Childs, James Daley, Noah T. Guyman, David Winters, John Pack, Sylvenus Hicks, Horatio N. Kent, Joseph W. Pierce, Phineas R. Bird, Duncan McArthur, Allen Talley, James Hampton, Sherman A. Gilbert, James S. Holman, Andrew Lytle, Aaron Johnson, Heber C Kimball, George W. Harris, George W. Davidson, Harvey Strong, Elizabeth Mackley, Sarah Mackley, Andrew More, Harvey Downey, John Maba, Lucy Wheeler, John Turpin, William Earl, Zenos H. Gurley, Joseph W. Coolidge, Anthony Head, S. A. P. Kelsey, Moses Evord, Ophelia Harris, Zuba McDonald, Mary Goff, Harvey J. Moore, Francis Chase, Stephen Markham, John Outhouse, Wm. F. Leavens, Daniel Tyler, Noah Rogers, Stephen N. St. John, Francis Lee, Eli Lee, Benjamin Covey, Michael Borkdull, Miles Nehemiah Harmon, Daniel Cathcart, Gershom Stokes, Rachel Page, Barnet Cole, Wm. Thompson, Nathan Cheney, James Sherry David Frampton, Elizabeth Pettigrew, Charles Thompson, Wm. Woodland, Martin C. Allred, Jedediah Owen, Orren P. Rockwell, Nathan B. Baldwin, Truman Brace, Sarah Wixom, Lewis Zobriski, Henry Zobriski, Morris Harris, Absolom Tidwell, Alvin Winegar, Samuel Winegar, John E. Page, Levi Gifford, Edmund Durfee, Josiah Butterfield, John Killion, John Patten, John Wilkins, Abram Allen, Wm. Felshaw.-Millennial Star pp. 730, 731.
As a young girl in Nauvoo, Phoebe Amanda was
attempting to cross a muddy street when the Prophet Joseph Smith
rode up on his horse. He lifted Phoebe on his horse with
him and helped her across the street. During the
conversation, Phoebe was promised by the Prophet that she could
live as long as she wanted to live. Phoebe died on
William Ether Cole was born
The Female Relief Society was organized.
The Prophet Joseph Smith said that the restored
Fanny Mariah Cole was born
Fanny Mariah Cole died on
Barnet Cole was one of the bodyguards of Joseph Smith at the time of the martyrdom.
Joseph Hyrum Cole was born
Barnet Cole was ordained a High Priest 19 January 1845.
Joseph Hyrum Cole died on
Barnet Cole and Phoebe VanAlstyne were
Temple Index Bureau records indicate that
Barnet Cole, born 16 March 1796, Guildhall,
In February 1846 they, with their family of
ten children, were driven from Nauvoo. They crossed the
Phoebe Amanda Cole married Nathaniel Stewart
In 1848 James Barnet Cole reached
In the spring of 1851 the Coles moved to
Willard. James Barnet was then twenty- two years old and
In October 1856 James Barnet Cole was called
to help rescue the belated Willie and Martin Handcart Companies.
One night on their way, Cole dreamed that when they met the
emigrants he saw a beautiful girl wearing a green veil, whom he
married. He was so impressed with his dream that he related it to
Brother Kimball who remarked that they would find no beautiful
girls in green veils among those half frozen and starved
emigrants. When they finally reached the suffering Willie
Handcart Company, Brother Kimball noticed a girl with a green
veil tied over her fur cap to keep her head warm. He exclaimed,
"Brother Cole, there is your dream girl." A few days
later, November 2nd, Lucy Ward, the dream girl, was married to
James Barnet Cole at
There is record of Barnet's Patriarchal Blessing which confirms Barnet and Betsy as his parentage.
We have record of one brother, Jeremiah, believed to be slightly younger than Barnet.
Jeremiah and his son, William Cole, were the owners of the "Cole Circus."
When the circus enterprise was sold and the estates was to be settled, rumor has it that a great deal of money was left in an eastern bank for the heirs to claim but one son could not be found.