Boonville in Cooper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hannah Allison Cole
(1762 - 1843)
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
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 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]
Hannah Allison Cole
1762 - 1843
Pioneer Mother of the Boonslick
Dedicated: June 6, 2004
Sculptor: Harry Weber
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian • Women.
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. Marker and statue are in Morgan Street Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boonville MO 65233, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 BartonGeorge 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boonville.
Also see . . .
1. Hannah Cole Exemplified Pioneer Spirit. (Submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Boonville, Missouri. (Submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Cole Family Association. (Submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,301 times since then and 129 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.