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

From: Mary Lou Cooley <>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:10:45 -0700

If I am following you?:

Lura Coolley Hamil in "A Story of Pioneering", page 81-82 wrote concerning William Cooley:

"Eighth Generation. Number 11211131. Son of Josias and Maria (Kimbel) Cool.

WILLIAM COOLEY--Bapt. June 6, 1757. d. 1818 in Kentucky. m. in N.C. Sarah Perry, daughter or sister of John Perry, Jr.
This Record has not been located. Probably included a son named Perrine (Parin) who went into Howard Co., Mo. in 1817.

WILLIAM COOLEY--m. 2nd. Deborah _____ who survived him. Death in Jassamine Co., Ky. At the age of twent or twenty-one William Cooley went with the Boones into the settlements on the upper Yadkin. He was one of a party of five who went with Daniel Boone into Kentucky on an exploring and hunting trip in 1769. The others were John Findlay, John Stewart, Joseph Holden, James Mooney and Boone himself. The account of the trip is in the Wilderness Trail, by Hanna, Vol. 2, page 215.

Eighth Generation. Number 11211133. Son of 2nd marriage of Josias to Margaret Mullen.

SIMEON WESTBROOK COOLEY--Bapt. June 9, 1765. m. Gertje (Charity) van Auken.
112111331 Jacobus van Auken Cooley--Born Sept. 10, 1800. Bapt. Oct. 4, 1800
112111332 David Finch Cooley--Bapt. Nov. 6, 1810.
112111333 Katy van Auken Cooley--Bapt. March 21, 1813."

This on page 80:
"William Cooley, son of Josias, and Peter Cooley, son of Wilhelmus, probably left Pennsylvania for Virginia together about 1768 as they married sisters; William marrying Sarah Perry, July 5, 1769 (John Perry, Jr., giving consent) and Peter marrying _____Perry in Virginia and remaining in the state. He was enrolled in the Virginia troops in the War of the Revolution. William was put in charge of the S.C. troops returning from Valley Forge in 1778 and James Cooley, son of Joseph and Margaret Miller of Pennsylvania, returned with him and made his home thereafter in S.C. for a time. In 1833-40 he lived in Kentucky and was on the Pensioned list of that state."

Mary Cooley
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Michael Cooley
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  Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 11:20
  Subject: Re: What does the "Matthews" in William Matthews Cooley mean?

  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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