Lee County Biographies



Amanda Rosenkrans, daughter of Major Benjamin, was born Feb. 4, 1811, and m. Dec. 24, 1828, Simeon Cole, of Walpack, (New Jersey) born March 10, 1804. Simeon Cole was a farmer and, in 1836 or '37, moved to Luzerne Co., Penna., and located near Milwaukie, where he cleared a farm and lived till 1856, when he settled on a farm near Paw Paw, Illinois. In '73 he moved to the village of Compton, where he died February 1, 1889. Amanda suffered long as an invalid, deprived of the comforts of health, but she was a trusting Christian and enjoyed the blessing which faith brings, the "promise of the life which now is and of that which is to come." She died December 13, 1892, aged 81 years. She had 11 children as follows: Mary Evaline Cole, born iin Walpck, N.J., Dec. 27, 1829, m. Dec. 21, 1848, John Dershimer, in Luzerne Co., Penna., moved to Lee Col, Ill., and died there Sept. 18, 1863. She had two children, George W., born Dec. 2 1844, and died in (page corner torn off) and John W., born September 11, 1853, who married Fran (page corner torn off) .. .illips, and had children: R. Nelson and Francis L. Peobe A., daughter of Amanda was born March 13, 1831, and married June 28, 1849, Ira Litts, of Luzerne Co., Pa. He was a farmer and moved to Lee County, Ill. Their children are Dora, Alva, Ella M., C. R. and Alwild L. Her son Alva Litts m. Amy Miller, whose children are Elmo M., Lester S., Lewis G., Lottie E., Dora E., Guy S., Ella M., Clara R., and Francis F. Ella M. Litts m. Ira D. Saxe. Elijah, son of Amanda Cole , was born April 4, 1833, and while living with is uncle Elijah Rosenkrans, in New Jersey, died at four years of age, from the effects of burning his clothing which took fire while alone in the house. Sylvenus Cole, son of Amanda, was born Feb. 3, 1835, and in Lee Co., Illinois, m. Amanda J. Webster, Oct. 28, 1866, who was born March 14, 1844. Sylvenus was a soldier during the Civil War in Co. C., 13th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, '61 to'64, and then in another Company till the close of the war. Report says he is now helplessly paralyzed and has a family of six children: Dora, Simeon, Henry A., Blanche L. Grace and Charles. Henry R. Cole, son of Amanda, was born April 4, 1838, and m. Martha Jones; has two children Maud, who married Robert A. Holmes, and has one son, R. Cole Homes, and Jennie Cole, born Dec. 9, 1867. Allen Cole, son of Amanda, was born Jan. 9, 1842, and m. 1869, L. Anna Koons, born April 16, 1851. He is a farmer and lives on the homestead farm, six miles from Paw Paw, Lee Co., Illinois. His children are: one, whose name is unknown, Lena, Jesse, Nellie and Irving. Lena m. Delos Butler, Nov. 12, 1890, and has a daughter Bertie, born 1892. Elisha Cole was born Jan 20, 1844; a soldier, and died in the army, June 27, 1864. Amanda Melvina was born in Lackawana Co., Penna., Aug. 18, 1849, and m. in April, 1867, J. C. Carnahan. She has five children: Arthur G., Albert M., M. Pearl, Mallie A., and Harriet L. Arthur G. Carnahan m. Mattie Palister, and has a son Albert M. Albert M., son of J. C. Carnahan, m. Frances Kelly, and has children: Frances and Verna. M. Pearl Carnahan m. Benjamin F. Roberts, and has a daughter Harriet L. Mallie Carnahan m. Thomas Farr, and has a child T. Wylie. Margaret Cole, daughter of Amanda Cole (109), was born April 9, 1850; m. Jan. 4, 1873, W. J. Miller, and died Feb. 16, 1877, leaving two children: Floyd C., born March 24, 1874, and Kyle C., born May 31, 1876. M. Jennie Cole, the youngest of the children of Amanda and Simeon (109), was born November 16, 1852. She had the scarlet fever at twelve years of age, and has ever since been an invalid and a great sufferer much of the time. She is a devoted Christian and suffers with patience and resignation to the will of God, who she confidently believes afflicts her for her spiritual good. In connection with Andrew H. Rosenkrans, of Paw Paw, Ill., she has assisted the writer by furnishing many items concerning her father's family and descendants, and thus she has helped us, we believe, to confer a benefit upon future generations, though a sufferer and confined to the house. She now lives at the Invalid's Home, Madison, Ohio. Submitter's Note: Simeon Cole (109) was the son of Jacob Cole and Phoebe Marsh, of Sussex County, N.J.

Contributed by Martha Fuller
From: The Rosenkrans Family in Europe and America, New Jersey Herald Press, 1900, pp. 121-123.

Submitter's Note: Simeon Cole (109) was the son of Jacob Cole and Phoebe Marsh, of Sussex Co., N.J.


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