m. bef 1624
Facts and Events
Deacon Stephen Hart's Youngest Child - Mehitable or Rachel?
"The son-in-law John Cole named in the will of Stephen Hart is stated in some sources to have married a daughter Mehitable Hart [Bassett Gen 391; Flagg 258], but evidence taken largely from the Winthrop medical records shows that John Cole of Farmington instead married Rachel, daughter of Stephen Hart.
In late November 1657 John Winthrop Jr. treated "Rachell Hart of Farmington" and "Steven Hart her brother," and on 1 February 1657/8 he treated "Rachel Hart 16 years" [WMJ 58, 85]. She was a frequent patient throughout 1658 and 1659, being treated for an eye problem as a result of which she intermittently lost her sight [WMJ 98, 115, 151]. Beginning on 12 December 1664 John Winthrop Jr. began frequent treatments of Rachel Cole, wife of John Cole of Farmington, for eye problems and head pains [WMJ 579, 608, 611, 624, 637, 646, 653, 670, 725, 909]. In his will of 12 September 1689 "John Coale Sr." of Farmington made a bequest to "my beloved wife Rachel," and asked Thomas Hart and Thomas Porter to be overseers [Manwaring 1:426-27]; Thomas Hart was sister of Rachel Hart, and Thomas Porter had married her elder sister, Sarah.
John and Rachel (Hart) Cole had a son John who married in 1691 Mehitable Loomis, and this may be the source of the claim that Stephen Hart had a daughter Mehitable who married John Cole [Farmington LR 2:123]."