Cynthia Crawford Crafton

Cynthia Crawford was the child of  James Crawford and Rebecca Anderson Maxwell Crawford.

She was born about 1802.

Cynthia lived as a 50 year old female born in Kentucky who was listed as Cynthia Crafton in Clay Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States on 11 Sep 1850.3
Cynthia Crawford and John Crafton4 were married on 1 Apr 1823 in Jefferson, Indiana, United States.2,511

John Crafton2 was buried in 1836 at Nauvoo Cemetery in Milford, Decatur, Indiana, United States.12

He died on 12 Dec 1836.12


He purchased the South East quarter of the South East quarter of Section thirteen in Township three, north of Range six East in teh District of Lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Indiana containing forty acres on 10 Apr 1843 in Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana, United States.13

John made full payment for the South west quarter of the South East quarter of Section thirteen in Township three North of Range six East in the District of Lands subject to sale at Jeffersonille, Indiana, containing forty acres on 1 Apr 1844 in Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana, United States.13 Cynthia Crawford and John Crafton had the following children:

11. John S. Crafton was born on 23 Feb 1824 in Jefferson Co., Indiana.14

He was buried in 1852 in Milford, Decatur, Indiana, United States of America.

He died on 12 Sep 1852 at the age of 28 in , Bartholomew, Indiana, United States.14

John sold land  on 4 Jul 1853 in Bartholomew, Indiana, United States.15

He was buried at Nauvoo Cemetery in Milford, Decatur, Indiana, United States.14
John S. Crafton and Caroline Chunn were married on 15 Jul 1849 in Bartholomew, Indiana, United States.1620

Caroline Chunn16 was born (date unknown). John S. Crafton and Caroline Chunn had the following child:
111. Louisiana Crafton was born in 1854 in Illinois, United States.

She lived in Harrison Township, Union, Indiana in 1870.21

She lived in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1900.22

Louisiana lived in Cook, Illinois, United States in 1910.23

She died on 7 May 1940 at the age of 86 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.2425

She was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.24
Louisiana Crafton and Herbert John Brink were married on 17 Jun 1890 in Kane, Illinois.2627

Herbert John Brink was born on 16 Jun 1853 in Frankville, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States.

He lived in Cook, Illinois, United States in 1900.22

He died on 27 Feb 1931 at the age of 77 in Hartland, McHenry, Illinois, United States.

Herbert was buried on 1 Mar 1931 in Algonquin, McHenry, Illinois, United States.
12. Barzilla Crafton3 was born in 1826 in Indiana, United States.3

He lived in Clay Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States on 11 Sep 1850.3

He lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1870.28
Mary J28 was born about 1832 in Indiana, United States.28

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1870.28

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1900.29
13. Patrick H Crafton3 was born about 1828 in Indiana, United States.3

He lived in Clay Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States on 11 Sep 1850.3
14. Rachel Crafton3 was born about 1830 in Indiana, United States.3

She lived in Clay Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States on 11 Sep 1850.3

She was the parent of Lucetta Lancaster.30

Rachel lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1870.28

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1880.3132

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1900.29
Rachel Crafton and Presley Lancaster were married on 17 Jan 1850 in Decatur, Indiana, United States.3334

Presley Lancaster33 was the parent of Lucetta Lancaster.30 Rachel Crafton and Presley Lancaster had the following child:
141. Lucetta Lancaster28 was born on 8 Oct 1856 in Indiana, United States.28,35

She was the child of Rachel Crafton and Presley Lancaster.30

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1870.28

Lucetta lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1880.32

She was the parent of James A Francis.38

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1900.29

Lucetta lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1910.39

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1920.40

She died on 1 Sep 1921 at the age of 64.35,41

Lucetta was buried at Olive Branch Cemetery in Clark, Illinois, United States.35
Lucetta Lancaster and James M Francis were married on 3 Feb 1887 in Crawford, Illinois.30,42

James M Francis30 was the parent of James A Francis.38

He lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1900.29

He lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1910.39

James lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1920.40
15. Mary I Crafton3 was born about 1832 in Indiana, United States.3

She lived in Clay Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States on 11 Sep 1850.3

She was the parent of James Franklin Cole.4344

Mary lived in Jackson Township, Clay County, Indiana in 1870.46

She lived in Cass, Clay, Indiana in 1880.47
Mary I Crafton and Jacob Cole were married on 17 Nov 1865 in Bowling Green, Indiana.4849

Jacob Cole48 was born on 1 Feb 1835 in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States.50

He was the parent of James Franklin Cole.4344

He lived in Jackson Township, Clay County, Indiana in 1870.46

Jacob lived in Cass, Clay, Indiana in 1880.47

He died on 7 Apr 1893 at the age of 58 in Ouachita, Arkansas.50

He was buried at Stephens Cemetery in Stephens, Ouachita, Arkansas.50 Mary I Crafton and Jacob Cole had the following children:
151. James Franklin Cole43,46 was born on 22 Mar 1866 in Clay, Indiana, United States.4344,46

He was the child of Jacob Cole and Mary I Crafton.4344

He lived in Jackson Township, Clay County, Indiana in 1870.46

James lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1900.51

He lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1910.52

He lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1920.54

James lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1930.55

He died on 13 Mar 1952 at the age of 85 in Arkansas, United States.43

He was buried.43
Elizabeth Francis Holt43 was born in 1871.43

She lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1900.51

She lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1910.52

Elizabeth lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1920.54

She lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1930.55

She lived in Camden, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1956.56

Elizabeth died in 1963 at the age of 92.43
152. Lucy Cole was born on 29 Jun 1868 in , Clay County, Indiana.45,57

She was the child of .45

She lived in Jackson Township, Clay County, Indiana in 1870.46

Lucy lived in Cass, Clay, Indiana in 1880.47

She lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1900.63

She lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1910.64

Lucy lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1920.68

She lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1930.69

She died on 24 Jun 1933 at the age of 64 in Indiana, United States.45,5758,70

Lucy was buried at Fertig Cemetery in Owen, Indiana, United States.57
Lucy Cole and Levi Neese were married on 2 Jan 1889 in Putnam, Indiana, United States.71

Levi Neese71 was born on 26 Feb 1857 in Indiana, United States.5758,7273

He lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1900.63

He lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1910.64

Levi lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1920.68

He lived in Washington, Putnam, Indiana in 1930.69

He died on 4 Jan 1935 at the age of 77.58,72

Levi was buried on 8 Jan 1935 at Ferdick Cemetery in Poland, Clay, Indiana, United States.72

Footnotes
        1. Florence Wilson Houston, Maxwell History and Genealogy (Indianapolis, IN: Press of C. E. Pauley & Co., 1916), p. 255; digitized copy, Internet Archive (https://archive.org/details/maxwellhistoryge00hous : downloaded copy May 2019.        

2. Jefferson County Indiana Early Marriage Records 1811-1828 (1981), (Crawford.IN.035). Found online at        

3. 1850 U.S. Census, Decatur County, Indiana, population schedule, Clay Township, Decatur County, Indiana, image 44, household 318, Cynthia Crafton; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com): viewed online April 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432.        

4. Mary Hedges Reiner, compiler, Oregon State Roster of Ancestor DAR 1963 (Portland, Oregon: 1929), p. 84; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com): viewed online April 2017.        

5. “Jefferson County (Indiana) Marriages 1811-1833” vol. 1 (Crawford.IN.065); in  (: ). CITATION based on TMG Source        

6. “Indiana, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com): viewed online April 2017), Cynthia Crawford – John Crafton.        

7. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,”Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com): Index to Marriage Records, WPA, viewed online (April 2017), Cynthia Crawford – John Crafton.        

8. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database, Ancestry, (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), Cynthia Crawford – John Crafton; FamilySearch..        

9. “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” database with images, FamilySearch (familysearch.org : viewed online April 2017), John Crafton – Cynthia Crawford.        

10. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1806-1861,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2019), Cynthia Crawford – John Crafton.        

11. Betty M Ritchie, Compiler, Jefferson County Indiana Marriage Records 1811-1831: 1820 heads of household listed, Ripley County Historical Society, sponsor (Madison, IN: Ripley County Historical Society, n.d.), page 1 and 10.        

12. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online June 2019), memorial for John Crafton (?-1836_, Find a Grave Memorial no. #54716306, created by Greg Meyer, citing Nauvoo Cemetery, Milford, Decatur County, Indiana; accompanying photograph by Greg Meyer, John Crafton.        

13. United States Bureau of Land Management, “General Land Office Records,” database with images, BLM.Gov (http://glorecords.blm.gov : viewed online April 2019), John Crafton.        

14. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online October 2019), memorial for John Samuel Crafton (1814-1852), Find a Grave Memorial no. #54716335,        

15. Indiana, Bartholomew County. Deeds, Vols. W (cont.) – X (to p. 651), 1856-1858.  Film ##1301899 DGS 8059780. John S Crafton, 4 July 1853 Vol. W: page 519-520; digital image, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online October 2019.        

16. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1806-1861,”Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (Oct 2019), John S Crafton; State library of Indiana.        

17. “Indiana, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850,” database John S Crafton.        

18. Dodd, Jordan, “Indiana, Compiled Marriage Index, 1802-1892,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (Oct 2019), John S Crafton.        

19. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,” John S Crafton.        

20. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database John F Crafton.        

21. 1870 U.S. Census, Union County, Indiana, population schedule, Harrison Township, Union County, Indiana, page 5, family 34, Lidie Bennett; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

22. 1900 U.S. Census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Lake Township, Cook County, Illinois, ED 957, sheet 15B, family 323, Herbert Brink; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).       

 23. 1910 U.S. Census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Chicago, Ward 32, Cook County, Illinois, ED 1381, Sheet 15A, family 328, Louanna Brink; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

24. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online November 2019), memorial for Louisiana Crafton Brink (1853-1940), Find a Grave Memorial no. #144964915,        

25. “Cook County, Illinois Death Index, 1908-1988,” database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019), Louisiana C Brink.        

26. “Illinois, County Marriages, 1800-1940,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019), Lovie L Crafton.       

 27. “Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920,”Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (Nov 2019), Lovie L Crafton.        

28. 1870 U.S. Census, Crawford County, Illinois, population schedule, Licking Township, Crawford County, page 35, family 243, Brazillia Crafton; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2019); Nara microfilm publication T132.        

29. 1900 U.S. Census, Crawford County, Illinois, population schedule, Licking Township, Crawford County, Illinois, ED 42, Sheet 11B, family 226, Francis James M; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2019); NARA, 1900 T623.        

30. “Illinois, County Marriages, 1800-1940,” database Liucella Lancaster – James M. Francis.        

31. U.S. Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880, Rachel Lancaster, 12 Jun 1880; database with images, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

32. 1880 U.S. Census, Crawford County, Illinois, population schedule, Licking Township, Crawford County, Illinois, ED 185, page 21, family 194, Rachel Lankester; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

33. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1806-1861,” Rachel Crafton – Presley Lancaster.        

34. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database Rachel Crafton.        

35. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online June 2019), memorial for Lucetta Francis (1856-1921), Find a Grave Memorial no. #107258262,        

36. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database Sammie B Francis – Mary Deverick.        

37. “Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947,” database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019), Samuel B Francis.        

38. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online October 2019), memorial for James Albert Francis (1895-1983), Find a Grave Memorial no. #53499188,        

39. 1910 U.S. Census, Crawford County, Illinois, population schedule, Licking Township, Crawford County, Illinois, ED 25, Sheet 8B, No. 172, James M Francis; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2019).        

40. 1920 U.S. Census, Crawford County, Illinois, population schedule, Licking Township, Crawford County, Illinois, ED 33, sheet 4A and 4B, family 74, J. M Francis; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

41. “Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947,” database on-line Lucetta Francis.        

42. “Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019), Lucetta Lackster.        

43. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online October 2019), memorial for James Franklin Cole (1866-1952), Find a Grave Memorial no. #162530461,        

44. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019), James Franklin Cole.        

45. Indiana, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Lucy Belle Neese, 24 June 1933; database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019.        

46. 1870 U.S. Census, Clay County Indiana, population schedule, Jackson Township, Clay County, Indiana, page 87, family 663, Jacob Cole; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

47. 1880 U.S. Census, Clay County, Indiana, population schedule, Cass, Clay County, Indiana, ED 234, page 4, Coal Jacob; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

48. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database Mary J Crafton.       

49. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,” Mary J Crafton.        

50. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online October 2019), memorial for Jacob Cole (1835-1893), Find a Grave Memorial no. #162530445,        

51. 1900 U.S. Census, Ouachita County, Arkansas, population schedule, Smackover Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas, ED 151, sheet 9B, family 158, James F Cole; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

52. 1910 U.S. Census, Ouachita County, Arkansas, population schedule, Smackover Township. Ouachita County, Arkansas, ED 124, sheet 11A, family 192, James F Cole; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

53. “G. B. Cole,” The Camden News (Camden, Arkansas), 6 October 1970, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).        

54. 1920 U.S. Census, Ouachita, Arkansas, population schedule, Smackover Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas, ED 150, Sheet 12B, family 230, James F Cole; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

55. 1930 U.S. Census, Ouachita County, Arkansas, population schedule, Smackover Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas, ED 23, sheet 2B, family 130, James F Cole; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

56. Local News, The Camden News (Camden, Arkansas), 13 December 1956, page 12; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).        

57. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online October 2019), memorial for Lucy Belle Cole Neese (1868-1938), Find a Grave Memorial no. #42644696,        

58. “Putnam Farmer Dies Saturday,” Greencastle Daily Banner (Greencastle, Indiana), 7 January 1935, page 1; digital image, Newspaper Archives (www.findmypast.com : viewed online November 2019), Newspaper Archives.        

59. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database Edgar A Neese.        

60. Indiana, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Edgar Adam Neese, 15 Mar 1984; .        

61. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database Harvey P Neese.        

62. Indiana, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Harvey Paul Neese, 1 Jun 1966; .        

63. 1900 U.S. Census, Putnam County, Indiana, population schedule, Washington Township, Putnam County, Indiana, ED 86, Sheet 15B, family 325, Levi Neese; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

64. 1910 U.S. Census, Putnam County, Indiana, population schedule, Washington Township, Putnam County, Indiana, ED 115, sheet 3A, family 48, Levi Neese; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

65. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database Ralph W Neese.        

66. Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940, Ralph Huffman Neese, 17 June 1911; database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019. Original Source: Indiana Archives and Records Administration.        

67. Indiana, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Ralph W Neese, 28 Nov 1988; .        

68. 1920 U.S. Census, Putnam County, Indiana, population schedule, Washington Township, Putnam County, Indiana, ED 87, Sheet 6B, family 149, Levi Neece; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

69. 1930 U.S. Census, Putnam County, Indiana, population schedule, Washington Township, Putnam County, Indiana, ED 22, sheet 4A, family 95, Levi Neese; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

70. “Mrs Levi Neese Dies,”  Greencastle Daily Banner (Greencastle, Indiana), 26 June 1933, page 1; digital image, Newspaper Archives (www.findmypast.com : viewed online November 2019), Newspaper Archives.        

71. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,” Lucy B Cole.        

72. Indiana, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Levi Neese, 4 Jan 1935; .        

73. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online November 2019), memorial for Levi John Neese (1857-1935), Find a Grave Memorial no. #42644701,

Random Newspaper Find

Do you ever go off on tangents with your genealogy research? If so, welcome to the club!

I often go off on tangents with my FAN club. For the past several months, I’ve been on one of those tangents — researching the descendants of James Crawford and Rebecca Anderson Maxwell Crawford.

My most recent quest involves the descendants of Cynthia Crawford and John Crafton. This family is elusive! Born between 1824 and 1832, their children include John S., Barzilla, Patrick H, Rachel and Mary I. Even though I have approximate birth dates for all of the children, I only have a death date for John S. Crafton.

This past week, I’ve been investigating the family of Mary I Crafton who married Jacob Cole in Indiana in 1865. According to Find a Grave, Jacob Cole died in 1893 in Ouachita County Arkansas. In an attempt to learn more about Mary Crafton Cole, I started investigating the Arkansas branch of the family thru their son James Franklin Cole.

Since I didn’t know a lot about this family, I used connections on Find a Grave to identify the family. From the Find a Grave memorial for James Franklin Cole, I learned his wife was Elizabeth Francis Holt. I also was able to identify 3 of the children: Harvey E Cole, James Dewitt Cole and Ora Mae Cole.

When working with a ‘new’ family, I also use the FamilySearch tree to see what other researchers have concluded. Based on the location of his birth and death and his wife’s name, I matched James Franklin Cole in my RootsMagic database to James Franklin Cole (1866-1952) [L164-8WB]. Since FamilySearch had two additional children, Herbert Lee Cole and Roy J Cole, I added them to the family.

My next step was to locate information to support the family configuration obtained via Find a Grave and FamilySearch. Ancestry hints to census records provided support for the family configuration.

However, none of this provided a tie between James Franklin Cole of Arkansas and the Cole family in Clay County, Indiana. That’s when I turned to newspapers to try and locate obituaries for the Cole family in Ouachita County, Arkansas.

So far, I haven’t found any obituaries. However, I did find one of those ‘gossipy’ tidbits that provides a major clue. According to the gossip,

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cole of Conroe, Texas visited Mr. and Ms. J. D. Cole and Mrs. J. F. Cole Friday.

Local News, The Camden News (Camden, Arkansas), 13 December 1956, page 12; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

That little tidbit not only provides a location for the family of Roy Cole in 1956 but also indicates that his mother, Mrs. J. F. Cole, is still living.


The next random find involves G. B. Cole. At first, I browsed past the article about the retirement of Police Chief G. B. Cole since I didn’t have any G. Cole in the family. However, something caused me to go back and read the article. This article is interesting for its information about the use of an automobile by the police. However, buried in this article is the birth date and parents of G. B. Cole. This retirement article places George Bernard Cole in the family of James F. Cole and Elizabeth Francis Holt, and potentially a great-grandson of Cynthia Crawford Crafton.

G. B. Cole

Police Chief G. B. Cole will retire on December 31, 1970, after 31 years of service with the Camden Police Department. Cole’s letter in which he stated his intention to retire was read Monday night to members of the City Board of Directors by City Manager Robert Herchert.

George Bernard Cole, 60, was born February 12, 1910 at Ogemaw. He was the son of James F. and Elizabeth Francis Holt Cole. He graduated from Stephens High school.

The veteran police office attended one semester at Harding College at Morrilton. He was force to leave college because of the depression. However, later he attended Draughon’s Business College at Little Rock.

Cole joined the Camden Police Department July 14, 1939 under the administration of Mayor D. W. Harell. He worked as a patrolman until World War II, during which he was drafted by the Cotton Belt railroad to work in the special agent’s department out of Dallas. He took a leave of absence from the police department.

Cole stated he had an opportunity to work for two other railroads, Missouri Pacific or the Frisco but joined Cotton Belt because he knew most of the officers in this area.

He worked in Dallas for more than a year and was transferred back to Camden. He said that was in December of 1944. He said they were building the Naval Ammunition Depot when he returned.

After the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan and the enemy surrendered, I obtained my release and rejoined the local police force,” Cole said.
In the meantime, Harrell was re-elected Mayor and on August 29, 1945, Cole was appointed Chief of Police.

Cole stated that one of the most puzzling crimes during his career with police work is the disappearance of Maude Crawford on March 2, 1957. Cole, holding a wanted poster in his hand, said, “we sent one of these to every major city in the United States and nothing has turned up.” The poster reads that a $1000 will be given the person who furnishes information leading to Mrs Crawford or her body.

“We checked out hundreds of leads but all were futile,” he said.

Cole said he had a love for police work and it was with sadness he was leaving his job.
The police chief is married to the former Maxine Morgan of Stephens and they have two children and four grandchildren. Their son, James Cole, works for Humble Oil and Refining Company in Houston and their daughter, Betty Joe Roberts, resides with her family Orlando, Fla.

The Coles are members of Maul Road Church of Christ.

In My own mind, after gathering statistics we, in Camden, have as low a crime rate as any city of the same size in the United States, I attribute this to the splendid cooperation by both races in Camden,” he said.

When Cole first joined the local police force there were four other members. “A.R. Lamb who moved here from Little Rock was acting police chief. Morris Cawthon was motorcycle patrolman and he and Lamb worked the day shift, while S. E. Padgett, Sr., and I worked nights. We had extra help on weekends,” he said. Cole mentioned that none of the members of the force when he joined are living today.

In the late part of 1939, Mayor Harrell purchased for the department its first auto. Prior to that all calls were answered by taxi cabs. “It was a ’40 model Ford,” Cole said.
Cole stated that during the rainy season, officers had to park the patrol car at about where the [Grapetite] plant is now on Grinstead Street, if they received calls over in Southeast Camden. “Cars couldn’t travel into the area and we had to leave our car and walk over to where ever the call was, make the arrest and walk back to the auto, he said. When a taxi was used it would wait most of the time.

Today the Camden Police Department operates four autos, and Cole has recommended that the city purchase another one next year. The 1970 budget provides for 15 policemen and Cole has asked for a 24-man force next year. This includes the dispatcher and metermaid.

“G. B. Cole,” The Camden News (Camden, Arkansas), 6 October 1970, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

With this article and the 1910 and 1920 census for the Cole family, I was not only able to add George B. Cole to the family, but also another daughter, Mabel Cole.

So far, I haven’t found that ‘magic bullet’ linking the Arkansas Cole family to the Indiana Cole family and thus to Mary Crafton Cole. However, I am still looking!

John S Crafton Deed

FamilySearch
Bartholomew County, Indiana
Deeds, Vols. W (cont.) – X (to p.651), 1856-1858
FamilySearch Film 1301899 DGS 8059780

This is likely, John S. Crafton [KP3G-WHX], grandson of James and Rebecca Crawford.

Book W page 519 – Crafton Jno S heir


Whereas heretofore Reason S Foster Administrator of the Estate of
John S Crafton late of that County of Bartholomew and State of Indiana
deceased filed in the Court of Common Pleas of said County by his petition
representing that said deceased in his life time towit on —— day of
AD 1851 executed to John W Hazelwood of Decatur County Indi-
ana his title bond or contract for the North East quarter of the North
East quarter of section eleven in township ten north of Range seven
east containing forty acres in consideration of the sum of two hundred
dollars to him in hand paid and two hundred and sixty five dollars
which was due and payable on on the 25th day of December 1852
which last sum of money remained due and unpaid and that
said decedent died without making any provision for the conveyance
of said tract of land so sold as aforesaid and that Louisiana
Crafton aged one year was the only child of said decedent and
whereas such such proceeding were had upon said petition in
said Court of Common Pleas that afterwards at the term thereof hol
den in April in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty
three it was ordered adjudged and decreed by the said Court
that said defendant John W Hazelwood upon payment of the
purchase money due in accordance with the terms of the contract
exhibited herein is legally entitled to a deed in fee simple for
the North East quarter of the North East quarter of section eleven
in township ten north of Range seven East containing forty
acres and that the undersigned William Singleton be and is hereby ap
ppointed Commissioner herein to execute a Conveyance to said John
W Hazelwood his heirs and assigns for said tract of land.
Now therefore in pursuance of the said decree and in considera
tion of the sum of two hundred and sixty five dollars to him
in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and
in compliance with the trust refused in him as such doth
hereby grants alien and confirm to the said John W Hazelwood
and to his heirs and assigns forever all the right to and
interest of the said Louisiana Crafton of in and to the said
tract of land in the said petition and also herein above described
To have and to hold the same to him the said John W. Hazelwood
and his heirs and assigns forever. In testimony whereof the un
dersigned has hereunto affixed his seal and signature as such
Commissioner as aforesaid the fourth day of July in the year
of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty three.
William Singleton
State of Indiana
Bartholomew County
I Isaac S Boardman, Clerk of the Court
of Common Pleas of said County hereby certify that at a term of
said Court held at the Court house in Columbus on the 5th

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day of July 1853 William Singleton personally appeared in open
Court and acknowledged the foregoing deed as appears from the
records of said Court remaining in my office.
In Testimony whereof I hereunto subscribe my name and
affix the seal of said Court at Columbus this 25
July 1853.
L S Boardman
Recorded January 20 1857
Wm C Abbott R B C