Joseph Yates Cole, son of Edward Thomas Cole and Ann Eliza Beal was born on 03 Jan 1846 in Virginia, USA. He died on 12 Dec 1901. He married Leonora Rebecca Eubank between Jan-Jun 1870. She was born on 09 Aug 1850 in Mecklenburg, Virginia, USA (North View). She died on 26 Jul 1931 in Buckhorn, Mecklenburg, Virginia, USA.
Joseph, a farmer by trade, stood approximately five feet, seven inches with dark eyes, hair and complexion. He served during the Civil War in Company C, 21st Virginia Infantry and was wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor. He was shot in his right hand and thereafter had the thumb of that hand amputated. He continued to have difficulty using his right hand, especially during the winter months, for the remainder of his life.
As a young man, Joseph was a member of El Bethel Methodist Church in 1866. He later became a trustee for the new Shiloh United Methodist Church in 1888. Joseph and his family continued to live with his mother, until her death.
Joseph and Leonora had at least ten children; Ada Blinco (married Harry W. Norma), Anna Lula, Linwood Lee, Mary "Mamie" Eliza, Samuel Earnest, Linda Walton (married Morgan Russell), Lila Nell (married Richard Ole), Roy Reed, Aubrey Yates, Grace Leonora (married Garland Flenor) and Rossa Elwood Cole (married Eleanor Rowe). They may have had one or two children who died at a young age.
Leonora was the daughter of William Lee and Mary Annie Rolfe Eubank. She was a charter member of Shiloh United Methodist Church and lived with her children on North View Road after the death of her husband.