Selected Families and Individuals


John M. COLE [Parents] 1, 2 was born about 1860 3 in Arkansas 3. He was baptized in Jul 1875 2 in Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ashley Co., Arkansas 2. He died in Bet Mar 1896/1900 4, 5. John married Jettie R. TAYLOR 1, 3, 4, 6 on 23 Jan 1884 1 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 1.

   The minutes of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ashley Co., Arkansas, record several instances of John being "churched" for what was deemed inappropriate conduct:
Jul 1875, Joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church by "experience and baptism."
Jan 1878, Accused of dansing before the church, and asked the church to bear with him
Dec 1880, Bro J C Riley reported that Bros. J R Franklin & J. M. Cole had been drinking & dancing
Jan 1881, Report of committee recieved and Bro. Jno. Cole was excluded from the Church...
Mar 1896, Restored to church membership

Jettie R. TAYLOR [Parents] 1, 2, 3, 4 was born 2 in Sep 1862 4 in Arkansas 4. She died after 1917 5. Jettie married John M. COLE 3, 6 on 23 Jan 1884 3 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 3.

February 1884 minutes of the Mount Olive Baptist Church:
"Sister Jettie Cole through Bro H Allen Stated that She had been Dancing and that she was sorry and acknowledgment received and moved and carried that she be borne with."

They had the following children.

  M i John Edgar COLE was born on 30 Dec 1887. He died on 5 Jan 1957.
  M ii
Monroe J. COLE 1 was born in Nov 1891 1 in Arkansas 1.
  M iii
Earl R. COLE 1 was born in Aug 1894 1 in Arkansas 1.
  iv
Unknown Child COLE 1 died 1 before 1900.

Frank T. ROSS [Parents] 1 was born on 17 Dec 1870 1, 2 in California 1. He died on 4 Sep 1922 2, 3 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 3. He was buried in Promise Land Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 2. Frank married Betsy E. KELLY 1, 4 on 1 Oct 1893 4 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 4.

Betsy E. KELLY 1, 2 was born on 2 Jul 1873 2, 3 in Arkansas 2. She died on 17 Oct 1951 3. She was buried in Promise Land Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 3. Betsy married Frank T. ROSS 2 on 1 Oct 1893 1 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 1.

They had the following children.

  M i
Floyd ROSS 1 was born on 9 Jul 1894 1, 2 in Arkansas 1. He died on 29 Oct 1926 2. He was buried in Promise Land Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 2.
  F ii
Lena ROSS 1 was born in Oct 1896 1 in Arkansas 1.
  F iii Living.

James Wiley "Wiley" WHITE 1, 2 was born on 22 Apr 1879 2, 4 in Arkansas 3. He died in 1946 2. He was buried in Promise Land Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 2. Wiley married Maggie R. ROSS 3, 5 on 19 Aug 1905 1 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 1.

From Wiley's 1918 WW I Draft Registration card, he is noted as having blue eyes and "sandy" hair.

Maggie R. ROSS [Parents] 1, 2 was born in Sep 1879 1 in Indian Territory, Oklahoma 1. She died in 1948 3. She was buried in Promise Land Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 3. Maggie married James Wiley WHITE "Wiley" 3, 4 on 19 Aug 1905 4 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 4.

From the August 24, 1905 Ashley County Eagle:
"Berea—There was a runaway marriage last Saturday night in Promise Land neighborhood, but as both parties are 25 years old, we don’t know from whom they ran.... Mr. Wiley White and Miss Maggie Ross were the contracting parties. We wish them much happiness."

They had the following children.

  F i Raz W. WHITE was born on 31 Jul 1906. She died on 26 Jun 1975.
  M ii Living.
  M iii
Wiley Cecil WHITE 1, 2 was born on 16 Jun 1911 1, 3 in Arkansas 1. He died on 21 Feb 1993 3 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 3.
  M iv Living.
  F v Living.

William ROSS 1 was born about 1801 1 in Georgia 1. William married Pensa UNKNOWN 1.

Pensa UNKNOWN 1 was born about 1809 1 in Georgia 1. Pensa married William ROSS 1.

They had the following children.

  M i John W. ROSS was born in 1841. He died in 1888.

Rubye D. FERGUSON [Parents] 1, 2 was born on 11 Aug 1911 1. He died on 28 Jun 2002 1. He was buried in Promise Land Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 1. Rubye married Raz W. WHITE 1.

Obituary excerpt from the 3 July 2002 Ashley County Ledger:
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   Mrs. Rubye D. White, 90, of Montrose died Friday, June 28, 2002, at the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS. A native of Ashley County and a Montrose resident for over 60 years, she was a homemaker and active member of the Montrose Baptist Church. She was a Sunday School teacher for many years and taught Vacation Bible School and a young married couples Sunday School class when she was in her early eighties. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raz W. White, in 1975; her parents, John and Belle Nolan Ferguson; and four sisters and three brothers.
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Raz W. WHITE [Parents] 1 was born on 31 Jul 1906 1, 2 in Arkansas 2. She died on 26 Jun 1975 1. She was buried in Promise Land Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 1. Raz married Rubye D. FERGUSON 1, 3.


John FERGUSON 1 died before 2002 1. John married Belle NOLAN 1.

Belle NOLAN 1 died before 2002 1. Belle married John FERGUSON 1.

They had the following children.

  M i Rubye D. FERGUSON was born on 11 Aug 1911. He died on 28 Jun 2002.

Edward B. "Eddie" ROSS [Parents] 1, 2 was born in Jun 1882 1 in Indian Territory, Oklahoma 1. Eddie married Cally L. UNKNOWN 2.

Cally L. UNKNOWN 1 was born about 1883 1 in Arkansas 1. Cally married Edward B. ROSS "Eddie" 1, 2.

Possible that Cally is Callie Hendrix, daughter of John Hendrix and M. A. Evans Lowry. [see 4 Jan 1912 Ashley County Eagle excerpt].

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  F ii Living.

John Edgar COLE [Parents] 1, 2, 3 was born on 30 Dec 1887 1, 3 in Hamburg, Ashley Co., Arkansas 1, 3. He was baptized in Aug 1900 4 in Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ashley Co., Arkansas 4. He died on 5 Jan 1957 5. He was buried in Flat Creek Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 5. John married Lela UNKNOWN 6 in Mar 1910 6.

21 October 1905:  Joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church "by letter." [Mt. Olive Records, p. 69]
   Per Edgar's 1917 WW I draft registration card:  Edgar is residing at 1803 McAlmont, Little Rock, Arkansas.  He is a floor manager at the Gus Bloss (sp?) Dry Goods Co., which was located at 4th and Main.  Edgar is single at this time and taking care of his mother.  He is noted as being of medium height and build, with brown eyes and black hair.
   Note that the "Tombstone Inscriptions of Ashley County" book has a birthdate of 27 Dec 1888.

Lela UNKNOWN 1 was born about 1893 1 in Mississippi 1. Lela married John Edgar COLE 2, 3, 4 in Mar 1910 1.


William COLE 1 was born about 1835 1. William married Martha Ann JOHNSON 2, 3 on 10 Jun 1858 1.

Martha Ann JOHNSON [Parents] 1, 2 was born on 11 Aug 1842 1, 3 in Mississippi 1. She died on 3 Mar 1914 3. She was buried in Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 3. Martha married William COLE 4 on 10 Jun 1858 4.

Other marriages:
RIDGELL, James
BAIN, John Jackson

They had the following children.

  M i John M. COLE was born about 1860. He died in Bet Mar 1896/1900.

John Jackson BAIN 1 was born on 1 Apr 1848 1 in Carroll Co., Mississippi 1. He died on 15 Jan 1936 2. John married Martha Ann JOHNSON 3, 4 in 1870 1 in Dermott, Chicot Co., Arkansas 1.

Martha Ann JOHNSON [Parents] 1, 2 was born on 11 Aug 1842 1, 3 in Mississippi 1. She died on 3 Mar 1914 3. She was buried in Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 3. Martha married John Jackson BAIN 4 in 1870 4 in Dermott, Chicot Co., Arkansas 4.

Other marriages:
COLE, William
RIDGELL, James

They had the following children.

  F i Margaret Lenora "Nolie" BAIN was born on 18 Feb 1874. She died on 23 Jun 1938.

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