Kentuckiana Genealogy: Biographies: Cole, Dr. William A.
|By Dee Pavey (Dee) on Wednesday, July 21, 1999 - 07:10 pm:|
DR. WILLIAM A. COLE is a native of Harrison county, Ind., and was born Sept. 7, 1854.
He is a son of Jonathan P. and Lettie (Briscoe) Cole, the latter also a native of Harrison
county. Jonathan P. was born in Harrison county in 1818. He was a farmer, stock-dealer and
merchant; his grandfather, Richard Cole, was an Englishman, and was sent to Ireland as an
officer of the Crown, but was banished on account of his outspoken views.
He came to America, settling among the early pioneers in Harrison county. Jonathan P. was in
the pursuit and at the capture of the Rebel Gen. John Morgan, when he made his raid through
Indiana and Ohio. Dr. William A.'s maternal grandmother was an own cousin to President Lincoln.
His maternal grandfather was of the Barlow family of Kentucky. Dr. William A., the subject of
this sketch, was reared on the farm until he was fifteen years old, when he entered the Blue
River Academy, in Washington county, then the Paoli High School. During vacation he clerked
in his father's store, ran a hucksters wagon, and did various other kinds of work to take up
his time. Also taught two schools in Crawford and Martin counties.
In 1875 he commenced the study of medicine under Dr. Lee Hazelwood, of Valeene, Ind., and the
next year entered the Miami Medical College at Cincinnati. Graduating from the Medical Department
of the University of Louisville, Ky., in 1879, he entered upon the practice of medicine in
Martin county, and practiced in that county and Dubois, Pike and Daviess counties until 1885,
when he took charge of Hazelwood Springs, at English, Ind., opening them as a summer resort,
and superintended them for two years. In l888 he severed his connection with the Springs and
resumed active practice of his chosen profession at English, Ind., where he still lives.
Dr. Cole's brothers and sisters are: Dr. John A. Cole, Nancy E., Margaret I., Carrie F.,
Ollive H., Emma H., Prof. Monford M., Alice J., Cora C.
He was married April 25, 1883, to Miss Alice Hazelwood, of Valeene, oldest daughter of Dr.
Lee Hazelwood. They have two children, Mary L. and Georgia L.
Dr. Cole has been a Mason twelve years, and is Senior Warden of Crawford Lodge, No. 470.