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James BoleAge: 76 years18321908

James Bole
Given names
Birth February 1832 45 36

Historical Event
Cholera Epidemic
Note: Cholera killed 4,340 people in New Orleans & over 3,000 in New York City - http://goo.gl/0602J7
Birth of a sisterMatilda Sarah Jane Bole
about 1833 (Age 11 months)
Birth of a brotherWilliam Gray Bole
January 7, 1834 (Age 23 months)
Historical Event
The Texas Revolution
between October 1835 and April 1836 (Age 3 years)
Note: The Texas Revolution (or Texas War of Independence) was fought from October 2, 1835 to April 21, 1836 between Mexico and the Texas (Tejas) portion of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. The Texas Revolution erupted in 1836, after Texas declared its independence from Mexico. Mexico responded by invading Texas, where General Santa Anna won decisive victories in the battles of the Alamo and Goliad. The war ended at the Battle of San Jacinto (about 20 miles) east of modern day downtown Houston) where General Sam Houston led the Texas Army to victory in 18 minutes over a portion of the Mexican Army under Santa Anna, who was captured shortly after the battle. The conclusion of the war resulted in the creation of the Republic of Texas - http://goo.gl/4B84q9
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 13 years)
Note: The Mexican-American War was an armed conflict between the United States of America and the United Mexican States from 1846 to 1848 in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas, which Mexico considered part of its territory despite the 1836 Texas Revolution - http://goo.gl/dGxJ1k
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Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 24 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza - http://goo.gl/XVwD6F
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American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 29 years)

Note: In the spring of 1861, tensions between the northern and southern United States over issues including state's right versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery exploded into the American Civil War - http://goo.gl/ETtxkC
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 34 years)
Note: The Alaska Purchase was the purchase of 586,412 square miles of new territory by the United States from the Russian Empire (a bargain at two cents an acre) - http://goo.gl/Gz2kHh
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
1867 (Age 34 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans - http://goo.gl/iiduRH
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 36 years)

Note: The First Transcontinental Railroad was a 1,907-mile contiguous railroad line constructed between 1863 and 1869 across the western United States to connect the Pacific coast with the existing Eastern U.S. rail network - http://goo.gl/Xafdg5
Death of a fatherDavid Bole
July 29, 1870 (Age 38 years)
Death of a motherMargaret Gray
June 24, 1874 (Age 42 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
1878 (Age 45 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley - http://goo.gl/9lEiEH
Death of a sisterMargaret Bole
September 16, 1879 (Age 47 years)
Death of a brotherMathew Alexander Bole
September 24, 1890 (Age 58 years)
Death of a brotherDavid Bole
April 5, 1898 (Age 66 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 66 years)
Note: The Spanish-American War was a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States, the result of American intervention in the Cuban War of Independence - http://goo.gl/AZzZyH
Death of a brotherWilliam Gray Bole
August 9, 1904 (Age 72 years)
Death of a brotherJohn Bole
January 30, 1905 (Age 72 years)
Death May 14, 1908 (Age 76 years)
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Marriage: about 1818County Mayo, Connacht, IRELAND
14 years
James Bole
Birth: February 1832 45 36Newport, County Mayo, Connacht
Death: May 14, 1908Berkeley, Alameda, California
23 months
younger brother
-15 years
elder brother
11 years
elder brother
David Bole
Birth: January 24, 1830 43 34Belclare, County Mayo, Connacht
Death: April 5, 1898San Francisco, California, USA
-13 months
elder sister
6 years
younger sister
-9 years
elder brother
4 years
elder sister
Maria Bole
Birth: November 3, 1827 40 31Newport, County Mayo, Connacht
Death: March 21, 1913Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster


James Bole, the fourth son of David Bole and Margaret Gray, was apparently born in Newport, County Mayo in February 1832. He appears to have been the first of the Bole family to emigrate to the United States. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1858 and subsequently settled in San Francisco. In 1870 he was a successful bookkeeper and importer in San Francisco. He owned his own house valued at $2500 and had personal property valued at $500. This same year his niece, Margaret Jane Bole and her new husband, John Henderson, arrived in San Francisco from Ireland and moved in with him. James Bole never married and by 1900, he was listed as an inmate in the Alameda Sanitarium, 2112 San Jose Ave., Alameda. Bookkeeping was still listed as his occupation indicating that he may have been confined for medical reasons, such as tuberculosis which was the accepted practice of that time. About 1904, James Bole moved into a residence at 2313 Hilgard Ave., Berkeley. This appears to be the home of Margaret E Blean. He died at this residence on May 14, 1908 following a broken hip. He was buried in the Cypress Lawn Cemetery, Colma, California. Margaret E. Blean, daughter of William Blean and Margaret Bole, provided the information for the death certificate.

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    1. James Bole, bookkeeper, son of David Bole and Margaret Gray, was born in February 1832 in Newport, County Mayo, Connacht and died on May 14, 1908 in Berkeley, Alameda, California at the age of 76.