Albert Morris Cole was born on July 10, 1842, in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the son of Ezra Cole (b. 1807) and Pennsylvania native Julia Ann Howe or Horn (1825-1889) or Rebecca Alma Nelson.
Ezra and Julia (?) were reportedly married in April of 1840 in Marion, Ohio, and resided in Ohio for some years. Ezra may have been living in Scott, Marion County, Ohio in 1840. Ezra possibly died in Ohio or perhaps in Indiana. By 1850 Julia and her children were residing with a gunsmith named Oliver Barker and his family in Prairie, Kosciusko County, Indiana, where Albert attended school with his older sister Amanda and Elijah Barker. Sometime around 1859 or early 1860 Julia married Charles Ostrander and by 1860 she was residing with her new husband at a boardinghouse in Norton, Muskegon County.
Albert was a 19-year-old laborer living in Muskegon County when he enlisted with his parent’s consent in Company H on May 13, 1861. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers,” was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.) He was reported as a company cook in August of 1862, and was discharged on January 3, 1863, in order to enlist in Battery F or Battery K, 3rd United States Artillery. Albert was mustered out on February 4, 1866.
Albert returned to Michigan and was a farm laborer living in Riverton, Mason County in 1880 with his younger brother Francis M. and his wife and two children. (His mother Julia was also living in Riverton in 1880 working as a dressmaker. Her 12-year-old son George was living with her as well. While living in Mason County Julia married a farmer named Elias Taylor and they eventually settled on a homestead in Redington, Nebraska.)
By 1890 Albert was living in Pentwater, Oceana County. He was living in Riverton in 1900 and working as a farmer; also living with him in 1900 was his nephew Clifford Cole. By 1920 he was living alone in Freesoil, Mason County.
In 1894 Albert applied for and received a pension no 999308 for his service in the 3rd Michigan infantry and the U.S. artillery.
Albert died of heart disease in Freesoil on August 14, 1922, and was buried in Tallman cemetery in Freesoil: lot no. 17. (Also buried in the same plot is his nephew Alphonso A. Cole, 1881-1935, Alphonso’s wife Alice A, 1881-1957 and their daughter Ellen, d. 1913.)