Hiram B. Cole
HIRAM B. COLE, a representative farmer of this part
of Indiana, was born in Shelby County, February 22, 1826, and is the second son of Seth M. and Fannie (Warren)
Cole, native respectively of Vermont and New Hampshire. The Cole family came to Indiana as early as 1820,
and first located at Connersville, and in February, 1821, moved to Shelby County and settled in Hanover Township.
The father of Mr. Cole was born October 5, 1795, and died September 11, 1877, and the mother of Mr. Cole was born
October 16, 1796, and died April 14, 1872. They were members of the Christian Church, and commanded the respect
of a long line of acquaintances. The gentleman, whose name introduces this biography, received such an education
as could be obtained at the early subscription schools of Shelby County. He was raised on the farm and remained
at home until about thirty years of age. The life of Mr. Cole has been that of an active farmer and stock-raiser.
He now owns about six hundred acres of well improved land. March 14, 1850, he was united in marriage to Miss
Elizabeth Buck, who was born in Virginia April 11, 1825, and died January 25, 1877. To this marriage
were born these children: Henry, Charles, Mary E., Fannie, Lincoln, Francis,
Seth M., Jr., and William. On June 4, 1877, Mr. Cole was married to Mrs. Mary E.
Lowe, who is a native of Shelby County, and was born January 4, 1849. She is the daughter of
and Anna (Zeigler) McDuffee, who were early settlers of this county, and are now deceased. In politics,
Mr. Cole is a firm friend and supporter of the principles of the Republican party and was twice elected to the
office of Township Trustee of Hanover Township. He is a Mason and member of Lodge No. 193, at Morristown.
He and wife are leading members of the Christian Church.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Hanover Sketches", Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887,
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming