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.
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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.