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Cole Family Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: ASTATE-2019-01-16

Scope and Contents

The Cole Family Papers Collection is comprised of two series and four folders. The series are Legal and Financial Records (1 folder) and Family History (contains 3 subseries).


  • 1837 - 1963


Conditions Governing Access

This manuscript collection consists of physical materials. This collection has not been digitized. This collection is open for research use only in the Reading Room. It is not available for request through Interlibrary Loan. Please contact the archive via email ( at least a week in advance of your arrival to ensure the availability of the material.


Before the beginning of the Civil War, Eli Frank Cole (born 1826) moved to Georgia with some of his family members. He and his wife Clementine (born 1831) had five sons while living in Georgia - William R.P., Alonzo M., Gadimer D., Frank A. W., and Davis Y. Cole. After General Sherman's advance across Georgia, several members of the Cole family moved to Arkansas, including Eli’s family. While in Arkansas they worked as farmers and had several more children, including A.B. Cole who went on to be a doctor. As adults the brothers - William, Gadimer, Frank, and A.B. - remained close. They lived in the same area of Craighead County and collaborated on land purchases together. During the Civil War, Ransome Stephens, Younger Alonzo Cole’s father-in-law, served in the Confederate Army. Following the war, Younger and his family relocated to Northeast Arkansas with other members of the Cole family. Younger’s brother, Gilbert Cole, stayed in Georgia and went on to become a locally known Baptist minister


0.1 Linear Feet (The Cole Family Papers Collection is comprised of 4 folders within one document case.)




The Cole family relocated from South Carolina to Georgia in the early 1830s. After the Civil War, several members of the family moved to northeast Arkansas, which was largely unsettled at the time. This collection includes Confederate Army papers, family histories, tax documents, paperwork regarding the sale and purchase of property, and family photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the archive by the Arkansas State University Museum in 2013.


Further additions to the collection are not expected.


Cole Family Papers Finding Aid
Meredith McFadden; Flora Smith, Editor
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections - Dean B. Ellis Library Repository

Arkansas State University
Dean B. Ellis Library
P.O. Box 2040
State University AR 72467 United States
870-972-3199 (Fax)