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Charles O. Cole was born in Scioto county, Ohio, March 7, 1830. Silas Cole, his father, was a native of New York. He was reared upon a farm, and has since engaged in farming and stock-raising, in which he has been very successful. He came to this county in 1872, and is one of the leading farmers of the township and owns a farm containing 440 acres of land.
Mr. Cole was united in marriage, February 12, 1852, to Miss Sarah A. Orm, who was born in Scioto county, Ohio, June 15, 1834. By this union they have eleven children; namely, Francis C., born January 25, 1853; Ernest O., born March 5, 1855; Almeda, born October 20, 1856-died; Clara J., born September 23, 1858; Oscar L., born November 4, 1860-died; Lucy B., born July 12, 1862; Albert B., born November 18, 1864; Charles H., born April 20, 1868; Mary E., born November 23, 1869; Bertha M., .born November 3, 1871; and Laura, born August 30, 1878.