Polly McNitt (1820-1901) and Charles Cole (1819-1869)

Polly McNitt, the third of Daniel and Jane's children, was born on July 21, 1820, when the family was living at Cato, Cayuga County, New York. She was 15 when the family moved to Ohio. She married Charles Cole, the younger brother of her sister Margaret's husband, on April 18, 1839.

Charles and Polly probably lived in Seneca County for the next few years, but on January 13, 1845 they purchased an 80 acre farm in the southwestern part of Ottawa County, Ohio, near Lebbeus and Margaret. After selling off several portions of that farm, Charles and Polly bought 160 acres from his brother William Cole on October 20, 1854.

Charles was a farmer and, like his brother Lebbeus, was quite active in Democratic Party politics. He even served as sheriff of Ottawa County in 1863 and 1864. In 1869, Charles succumbed to tuberculosis at the age of 50, leaving his wife and children a large farm and livestock including 34 sheep, 11 hogs, 30 chickens, five horses, four cows and a calf. In 1876, Polly purchased a home in the nearby town of Genoa. She outlived her husband by 32 years before dying of cancer on October 29, 1901 at the age of 81.

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