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HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 197
maugh township and carried on a farm during the next nine years. While there he was treasurer of the school board, and also served two terms of supervisor of the township. After his return to Johnstown, Mr. Kauffman took up his residence in the Eleventh ward and filled an unexpired term as common councilman. He is a charter member, secretary and past grand of Conemaugh Lodge No. 999, I. 0. 0. F., and a member of Emory Fisher Post, G. A. R., of Johnstown.
    On September 17, 1869, Jonas Blough Kauffman married Ellen Sarah Devlin, daughter of James and Eliza (Elliott) Devlin, of Conemaugh. James Devlin came with his parents from Ireland to this country when he was about three years old. His father settled at Armagh, in Indiana county, where for many years he was a hotelkeeper. He died in 1888, and his wife died March 22, 1898, aged eighty-seven years. After she became a widow Mrs. Devlin made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman.
    Children of Jonas Blough and Ellen Sarah (Devlin) Kauffman: 1. Theodore Kauffman, born July 9, 1870, died at the age of two years. 2. James Milton Kauffman, born November 27, 1872; unmarried; member of the firm of Crouse & Kauffman, merchants of Johnstown.

    GEORGE HENRY COLE, of the Cambria Land and Improvement Company, the principal seat of operations of which is at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is a son of the late Captain John Cole, and a grandson of Leonard Cole of Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, and who in 1845 brought his family to America.
    Leonard Cole was a farmer and nurseryman, and followed that occupation both in Germany and after he came to this country. His first place of residence in Pennsylvania was at Shellsburg, Bedford county, and in 1866 he removed to Lee county, Illinois, where he afterward lived and died. His wife before her marriage was Barbara Holtzman. She died in 1877, and her husband died in 1902. They had children: John Cole, born in 1834; married Elizabeth Beckley, and had seven children; Captain Cole died March 12, 1882. William Cole, who served in a Pennsylvania regiment during the Civil war, and was killed in action at Newmarket, Virginia, May 15, 1864; he never married. Samuel Cole, married -----Robinson, and is a widower now living at Independence, Iowa. Elizabeth Cole, died young.
    John Cole (more frequently known in military and business as Captain Cole) was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, on the 2d day of September, 1834, and was eleven years old when his parents came to America and settled in Bedford county in this state. By trade and occupation he was a tanner, and after returning from service in the army he operated several tanneries and was a successful business man. Soon after the outbreak of the war in 1861, Mr. Hite and John Cole, both substantial men in the community in which they lived, raised a company of volunteers for the service, and on the organization of the company the former was elected captain and the latter second lieutenant of Company B, Fifty-fourth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, as it became known when mustered into the United States service. A little later Captain Hite resigned and Lieutenant Cole was commissioned captain in his place. He served as such until the final muster out in 1865. Captain Cole's army experiences were both interesting and severe. At Paw Paw, Virginia, on October 4, 1864, his entire company was captured by a


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