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AN AMERICAN FAMILY

AN AMERICAN FAMILY is about the story of the Cole family and their parts — some big, some small — in making America the great nation it is today. The Cole family migrated from the British Isles, Northern Ireland and Ireland, in the 1600s. They settled in New England and later migrated westward. Early Coles fought in the Revolutionary War. Later ones fought in the Civil War. Ned M. Cole Jr. enlisted in the United States Air Force and retired as a colonel from the New York Air National Guard. His son joined the Illinois Army National Guard and, after a few years, was commissioned. His grandson, Jeffrey A. Reilly, was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. Captain Jeff Reilly fought in Afghanistan.

After leaving active duty but remaining in the Air National Guard, Ned went on to a successful business career. His family had lost their fortune in 1918, due to eminent domain action by the United States government. Ned became one of the principal owners of ABC Rail Corporation. He was able to restore some of the family’s lost fortune. Ned and his wife of nearly 58 years, Carol, made their home in Melbourne, Florida.

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A Tale of Silence

A Tale of Silence shares the life story of Jonathan Ned Cole, an adopted black boy raised in an all-white family who struggled with the challenges of being born deaf. His story is told in the first person as though he were narrating the story himself. Some of what Jon tells you might make you laugh. Others will cause your eyes to well up in tears. As you listen to his story, you will discover that deafness is a far greater burden to carry than being a black person in mostly white America.

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