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Boonville in Cooper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hannah Allison Cole
(1762 - 1843)
 
Hannah Allison Cole Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
1. Hannah Allison Cole Marker
 
Inscription.
Hannah Cole was one of the earliest settlers of the present site of Boonville. She was born in Virginia about 1762. In 1789 she married William Temple Cole. They moved to Kentucky about 1805 and then to what would soon become Missouri Territory in 1807 where they joined the Cooper family and others at Loutre Island (across from present-day Hermann, Missouri).

In July 1810 Hannah's husband was killed by Indians, and in either the fall of 1810 or sometime in early 1811 Hannah and her nine children, along with the family of her sister Phoebe and Phoebe's husband Stephen Cole, came with the Coopers and others to the Boonslick area of central Missouri and settled in the river hills were Boonville now stands.

During the Indian troubles associated with the War of 1812 the Coles erected crude fortifications around their cabins, but later moved across the river where Forts Hempstead and Kincaid afforded better protection. After the war the Coles returned to their homes, and for a brief period Hannah Cole's Fort was the county seat of Howard County. Hannah was issued the first business license to operate a ferry across the Missouri River in June 1817.

When Cooper County was formed out of the southern half of Howard County in 1818, Boonville was made the county seat. Hannah Cole's Fort then became the site for the
 
Hannah Allison Cole Statue Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
2. Hannah Allison Cole Statue Marker
 
first school, first church service and first voting place in Cooper County. Hannah later sold her preemption right to most of the land on which the town was platted and moved about fifteen miles south of Boonville where she died in 1843. She was buried in the Old Briscoe Cemetery next to Hannah Cole Roadside Park on Highway 5, not far from her home.

[Statue marker reads]
Breaking New Ground
Hannah Allison Cole
1762 - 1843

Pioneer Mother of the Boonslick
Dedicated: June 6, 2004
Sculptor: Harry Weber

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Markers Attached to Sculpture marker series.
 
Location. 38° 58.596′ N, 92° 44.669′ W. Marker is in Boonville, Missouri, in Cooper County. Marker is on Morgan Street near Main Street (U.S. 40), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker and statue are in Morgan Street Park. Marker is in this post office area: Boonville MO 65233, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walter Williams (here, next to this marker); James Milton Turner (here, next to this marker); David Barton (a few steps from this marker); George Caleb Bingham (a few steps from this marker); Frederick T. Kemper (a few steps from this marker); Capture of Boonville (within shouting distance of this marker); Cooper County Korea - Vietnam War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cooper County World War Memorial (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Boonville.
 
Hannah Cole Marker & Statue Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
3. Hannah Cole Marker & Statue
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Hannah Cole Exemplified Pioneer Spirit. (Submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. History of Boonville, Missouri. (Submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Hannah Cole Chapter, D.A.R. (Submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. The Cole Family Association. (Submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
 
Hannah Allison Cole Statue Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
4. Hannah Allison Cole Statue
 
 
Morgan Street Park Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
5. Morgan Street Park
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 484 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.
 
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