Amanuensis Monday – The Deposition of Hugh Cole at Plymouth Court – 8 March 1670
Mar 12th, 2012 by Jessica

Deposition of Hugh Cole at Plymouth Court - March 8, 1670

Deposition of Hugh Cole at Plymouth Court - March 8, 1670

Hugh Cole is my 9th great-grandfather. He was born 29 Jun 1628 in Barnstaple, Devon, England and died 22 Jan 1699 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.

This article was printed in the Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, Boston MA, 1799: Volume 6, Issue 1, Page 211.  It can be also seen on Google Books.

Deposition of Hugh Cole, at Plymouth Court, A. D. 1670

Hugh Cole, aged forty-three, or thereabouts, being deposed saith; – That in February last past before the date hereof, he went to Shewamett, and two Englishmen more with him ; and that their business was to persuade the Indians to go to Plymouth, to answer a complaint made by Hezekiah Luther. The Indians (saith he) seeing us, came out of the house towards us, being many of them ; at the least twenty or thirty, with staves in their hands ; and when the Indians saw there were but three of us, they laid down their staves again. Then we asked the Indians, what they did with those staves in their hands ? they answered, that they looked for Englishmen to come from Plymouth to seek Indians, to carry them to Plymouth. But they said, they were not willing to go. And some time after, in the same morning, Philip, the chief sachem, sent for me to come to him ; and I went to Mount Hope to him ; and when I came to Mount Hope, I saw the most part of the Indians that I knew of Shewamett Indians, there at Mount Hope. And they were generally employed in making of bows and arrows and half pikes, and fixing up of guns. And I saw many Indians of several places repair toward Mount Hope. And some few days after I came from Mount Hope, I, with several others, saw one of captain Willet’s rangers coming on post on horseback, who told us, that king Philip was marched up the neck with about three score men ; and Zacary Eddy, on his report, went to see if he could find them ; and he found them towards the upper part of the neck, in several companies. One Caleb Eddy further saith, that he saw many there in arms ; and I was informed by John Padduck, that he saw two several guns loaded with bullets or slugs. And I further testify, that those Indians that I saw come towards Mount Hope, as aforesaid, came better armed than I usually have seen them, Further saith not.

The oath of Hugh Cole, taken in the court held at Plymouth, the eighth of March, 1670.
Attested by me,
Nathaniel Morton, Secretary.

Amanuensis Monday – Mrs. Fenner, Ill Several Weeks, Dies
Feb 13th, 2012 by Jessica

The following article contains a detailed life account for Frances May (Green) Fenner, sister of Fred Ozro Green.  It was published in the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Michigan on March 9, 1958.

Life Account for Frances May Fenner

Life Account for Frances May Fenner

Mrs. Fenner, Ill Several Weeks, Dies

Mrs. Frances Fenner, 66, wife of Starr F. Fenner, 2202 Parkview Ave., widely known Townsendite and fraternalist, died yesterday at Bronson Hospital after an illness of several weeks.

A native of Kendall, Mich., Mrs. Fenner came to Kalamazoo when a young girl and was graduated from Western Michigan University.  She taught school until her marriage to Starr Fenner Feb. 24, 1910.  She then became active in the fraternal field.

Mrs. Fenner was best known for her ardent support of the Townsend Pension Plan and the organization of Townsend Clubs in Kalamazoo and Indiana.  She was a past state organizer, past district chairman, and past club president, and devoted many years to delivering addresses on the Townsend Plan.  She also was active in the Pythian Sisters in which she was a life member, and was one of the general committee that promoted the Kalamazoo Senior Citizens fund and home.  She was known widely as a student of economics and political science.  Her husband worked with her in the Townsend movement.

Immediate survivors are the husband; four daughters, Mrs. Doris Lennon, Mrs. Theda Allen and Mrs. Bethel Burkam, Kalamazoo, and Mrs. Velma Dale, South Bend, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Steve Greene [sic] and Fred Greene [sic], Kendall, and John Greene [sic], Corona Del Mar, Calif.; one step-brother, Francis Forbes, Otsego; one sister, Mrs. Nell Watkins, Kalamazoo; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Joldersma and Klein chapel, with interment in Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

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