People who Lived and Worked at the Historic Property

during Thomas Cole’s residency, 1836-1848

Dates in parentheses here refers to period of residency, as is currently known, either through a census record, letters, or oral history.

  • John A. Thomson (head of household; with brother, instigated building of house) (1815-46)
  • Harriet Thomson (sister of John and Thomas) (1817-?)
  • Frances Thomson (sister of John and Thomas) (1817-?)
  • Charlotte Thomson (daughter of James Thomson; niece of John and Thomas) (1817-late 1840s)
  • Sally Bartow (daughter of Maria Thomson and Steven Bartow; Maria Cole’s sister; married John Spencer) (1817-?)
  • Harriet Bartow (niece of John A.; Maria Cole’s sister) (1821-1904)
  • Emily C. Bartow (niece of John A.; Maria Cole’s sister) (1821-81)
  • Maria Bartow Cole (niece of John A.; married Thomas Cole) (1821-84)
  • Frances E. Bartow (niece of John A.; Maria Cole’s sister) (1821-94)
  • Julia A Thomson (niece of John A; daughter of James; occasional long-term visitor) (1827-46)
  • Helen H. Thomson (niece of John A; daughter of James; occasional long-term visitor) (1827-46)
  • Edward Thomson (son of James Thomson; brother of Charlotte; occasional long term visitor) (1830, probably, maybe as early as 1820)
  • Thomas Thomson (son of James Thomson; brother of Charlotte; occasional long term visitor; witnessed Thomas and Maria’s wedding) (1836, probably as early as 1820)
  • Thomas Cole (married Maria Bartow) (1836-48)
  • Theodore Alexander Cole (son of Thomas Cole and Maria Bartow) (1838-1928)
  • Mary B. Cole (daughter of Thomas Cole and Maria Bartow) (1839-94)
  • 1 free Black woman, age 55-59 (1840)
  • Emily Cole (daughter of Maria and Thomas) (1843-1913)
  • Elizabeth Cole (daughter of Maria and Thomas) (1847, 2 days)
  • Thomas Cole II (son of Maria and Thomas) (1848-pre 1875)
  • “Egbert” – mentioned in a letter as driving a cart and meeting the sisters in drive with lantern (1842)
  • “Peter” – mentioned in letter as mending wagon; from Denmark; called “one of our household”) (1842)
  • “Jonny W.” – mentioned in a letter by Maria (1842)
  • “Mr. Whitbeck” farmed the land; mentioned in letter (1844)
  • “David E” – mentioned in letter by Maria (1844)
  • Frederic C. Church (Cole’s student; presumably lived here) (1844-6)
  • Benjamin McConkey (Cole’s student) (1845-7)
  • Sarah Cole (Thomas Cole’s sister) (1847-57)
  • “Martin” (described by Noble as “his [Cole’s] man Martin”) (late 1840s)

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

Jennifer GreimPeople who Lived and Worked at the Historic Property