Re: What does the "Matthews" in William Matthews Cooley mean?

From: Michael Cooley <>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 11:20:36 -0700

As far as I know, no one has ever claimed descent from Boone's William,
although I don't know what Hamil had to say about it.

I think that a test from an Abraham descendant (and there are plenty of
them out there) will tell us a lot about whether John was here by himself
or not.


> I have always thought that he added the middle name because of the William
> Cooley who went with Boone into KY.   Have no idea if the William Cooley
> and the William M. Cooley are related, but wouldn't be surprise to find
> that they were.  Maybe some day.
> Sandy
> --- On Thu, 9/22/11, Michael Cooley <> wrote:
> From: Michael Cooley <>
> Subject: What does the "Matthews" in William Matthews Cooley mean?
> To: "John Cooley Mailing List" <>
> Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 10:55 PM
> William had a grandson named William Mathis Cooley. Descendants are found
> in James's line (William's possible brother) as Mathias. These three
> names, Matthews, Mathias and Mathis are the same name. (Changes like this
> in spelling and pronunciation are not uncommon.)
> Those of us trying to figure out who John was married to have considered
> the names of sons Rice Cooley and Perrin Cooley as possible clues. But no
> avail. So here's a bug in your ear: There was a Matthews family in Surry
> county in the late 19th century and at least one Matthews family in
> Caroline county VA, where John Cooley served with his life long
> "associate" Richard Goode in 1755 (Capt Spotswood's company).
> That's all that I have! I've found very little on these families, but it
> is certainly something worth exploring. Has anyone gone down this path?
> BTW, it's interesting that William used the middle name Matthews in NC,
> dropped it entirely in KY and then used only M in TN. In those days, when
> middle names were uncommon, people would sometimes adopt them, usually
> just a middle initial, to distinguish themselves from others of the same
> name. We know that there was another William Cooley in the Yadkin Valley
> (Boone's companion), so William may have need to not be confused with this
> man. He could have come up with Matthews for any number of reasons. A more
> modern example of this is Harry Truman who was born without a middle name.
> He simply adopted the es (a good 2-letter Scrabble word, by the way).
> -Michael
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