A new line Cole family cousins have been found in Indiana. Before Lucy Cole of Woodford County, Kentucky married Jonathan Sebastian Cropper, the Cropper family’s ancestry reached back to 1685 and the birth of Ebenezer Cropper in Snow Hill, Worcester County, Maryland. After Lucy Cole Cropper died, Sebastian Cropper married Provey Dorsey of New Castle, in Henry County, KY.
Sebastian & Lucy Cole Cropper’s son, Joseph Yates Cropper born in Woodford County, married Rebecca Pollard of Shelby County. Their family lived briefly in Shelby County before moving northward to Augusta in Marion County, Indiana, John B. Cropper was born and married Candace Elizabeth Hollingsworth
The daughter of John B. and Elizabeth Hollingsworth Cropper is Goldie Edith Cropper. Goldie married William Owens of Bedford, Indiana. Their family moved to Indianapolis.
Their son, Willard Owens, served in World War II and returned home to work for General Motors until his retirement. His work for GM led him to become a painter in his retirement for the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Willard’s son is Donald Robert Owens. Donald’s wife, Kathy McHaffy, who has documented her husband’s genealogy which links him to the Cole ancestry of Frank & Jesse James.
PEDIGREE OF DONALD ROBERT OWENS
Donald Robert Owens & Kathy McHaffy
. Willard Owens & Virginia Elizabeth Hankins
.. William Owens & Goldie Edith Cropper
… William B. Cropper & Eliza Ward
…. John B. Cropper & Candace Hollingsworth
….. Joseph Yates Cropper & Rebecca Pollard
…… Jonathan Sebastian Cropper Jr. & Lucy Cole
……. Richard James Cole Sr. & Ann Hubbard
…… Richard James Cole Jr. & Ann Yates
….. James Cole & Sarah Lindsay
…. Zerelda Elizabeth Cole & Robert Sallee James
… Jesse Woodson James / Alexander Franklin James