James Charles Cole was born in Boston in 1791 and died in Rochester, NH in 1867. At an early age, James traveled from Boston to Rochester to learn the trade of clockmaking with Edward S. Moulton. Moulton is listed as moving from Rochester to Saco, Maine in 1813. In Rochester, James married Betsey Nutter, daughter of John D. Nutter and Hannah Dennett. Betsey Nutter was born on 27 Mar 1802 in Barnstead, NH. Her younger brother John learned clockmaking in Rochester as well. James father two sons and three daughters and became a prominent citizen. As well as manufacturing many clocks, James was an active silversmith and repaired watches and jewelry. He was very active in town affairs serving on a committee to build a new church, he was a trustee of a local savings bank, he served a ten year term as the secretary to the Masonic lodge, he served 13 years as town clerk and two years in the State legislature. We have owned numerous examples of tall case clocks, banjo clocks and New Hampshire mirror clocks with his signature on the dial. Based on the large numbers we have seen and owned, James Cole must have been a successful clockmaker.
These photographs were found secured to the backboard a tall case clock made by James C. Cole. read more