People who Lived and Worked at the Historic Property

The house is not half large enough for us all.

Maria Cole to Thomas Cole, 1842

During Thomas Cole’s Residency (1836–1848)

Period(s) of residency, as currently known, either through a census record, letters, or oral history. 

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1815–1846

Head of household; with his brother Thomas Thomson he instigated building of the Main House in 1815.

 

Image: Frederic Church, Alexander Thomson, 1846. Pencil and ink on paper, 7 x 9 5/16 in, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1817–late 1840s

Daughter of James Thomson and niece of John A. and Thomas Thomson.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1821–1904

Niece of John A. Thomson; daughter of Maria Thomson and Steven Bartow; sister of Emily, Maria, and Frances Bartow.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1821–1881

Niece of John A. and Thomas Thomson; daughter of Maria Thomson and Steven Bartow; sister of Harriet, Maria, and Frances Bartow.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1821–1884

Niece of John A. and Thomas Thomson; daughter of Maria Thomson and Steven Bartow; sister of Harriet, Emily, and Frances Bartow; wife of Thomas Cole.

 

Image: Thomas Cole, Portrait of the Artist’s Wife (detail), 1836-48, Graphite with white watercolor on light brown paper, 12 1/2 x 9 5/16 in. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800-1875, 55.716.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1821–1894

Niece of John A. and Thomas Thomson; daughter of Maria Thomson and Steven Bartow; sister of Harriet, Emily, and Maria Bartow.

Occasional long-term visitor to Cedar Grove: 1827–1846

Niece of John A. and Thomas Thomson, daughter of James Thomson.

Occasional long-term visitor to Cedar Grove: 1827–1846

Niece of John A. and Thomas Thomson and daughter of James Thomson.

Occasional long-term visitor to Cedar Grove: 1830, maybe as early as 1820

Son of James Thomson and brother of Charlotte Thomson.

Occasional long-term visitor to Cedar Grove: 1836, probably as early as 1820

Son of James Thomson and brother of Charlotte Thomson; witnessed Thomas Cole and Maria Bartow’s wedding in 1836

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1836–1848

Married Maria Bartow (1836).

 

Image: Asher B. Durand, Portrait of Thomas Cole, 1837, oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 25 in. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, Gift of Zenas Crane, 1917.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1838–1928

Son of Thomas Cole and Maria Bartow.

 

Image: William Sidney Mount, Sketch of Theodore A. Cole (detail), 1843. Pencil on paper, 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. Toledo Museum of Art.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1839–1894

Daughter of Thomas Cole and Maria Bartow.

 

Image: Brandow & Jenne, Mary Cole (detail), unknown date. Carte de visite photograph, Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1843–1913

Daughter of Thomas Cole and Maria Bartow.

 

Image: Unknown photographer, Emily Cole (detail), unknown date. Carte de visite photograph in album, Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1847 (2 days)

Daughter of Thomas Cole and Maria Bartow.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1848–before 1875

Son of Thomas Cole and Maria Bartow.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1840

Listed on the 1840 census.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1842

Mentioned in a letter as driving a cart and meeting the sisters in the drive with a lantern.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1842

From Denmark; mentioned in a letter as mending a wagon and called “one of our household.”

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1842

Mentioned in a letter written by Maria Bartow Cole.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1844

Mentioned in a letter as farming the land.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1844

Mentioned in a letter written by Maria Bartow Cole.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1844–1846 (presumably)

Thomas Cole’s student.

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1845–1847

Thomas Cole’s student

Lived at Cedar Grove: 1847–1857

Sister of Thomas Cole.

 

Image: Thomas Cole, Sketch of Sarah Cole (detail), c. 1840. Albany Institute of History and Art.

Lived at Cedar Grove: late 1840s

Described by Louis Legrand Noble as “his [Cole’s] man Martin.”

“Old Studio with Thomas Cole’s son Theodore and three unidentified farm workers,” c. 1910, Thomas Cole Site Archives

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Jennifer GreimPeople who Lived and Worked at the Historic Property