From: Michael Cooley <>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:42:43 -0700

Jim, Here are some of my musings in my notes at

Does anyone concur that this could be John and Martha?

1840 census
John Cooley 210001 01100101 (Randolph county p283)

I had assumed that this John was the John who shows in Macon co in 1850
and 1860 but no children are attributed to him. It now seems more likely
that this is John and Martha. Considering that possibility:

2 males under 5 (EC and Marlo?)
1 male 5-9 (husband of Nancy in Decatur TN 1860?)
1 male 30-39 (John)
1 female 5-9 (Mary Ann Storey)
1 female 15-19 (Julia Ann?)
1 female 30-39 (Martha)
1 female 50-59 ( !!!! )

Then who was the older woman? John's mother? Martha's mother?

And if they married in 1835, how are the older children explained? Was
John married twice? Is he the John who married Eliza Locke? Was EC born in
1834 or 1835? There could be one or more half-siblings....perhaps for an
earlier marriage of Martha's? If that's Julia Ann, she was born even
before John and Eliza married. And if that's true, then Martha may have
been -Mrs- Martha Bearden.


Of course, at this writing we did not know that Jim would find a 37/37
match with a descendant of the Stewart county Cooleys.


> Though there are a number of stars that need to align in this particular
> constellation, I'm still
> clinging to the following Big Bang theory: *E.C. Cooley's death record
> states his parents as
> John Cooley of Missouri and Martha Bearden of Virginia **John and Martha
> are married in
> Monroe Co. MO 23Nov1835***Elizabeth and E.C. are both born in the mid
> 1830s in MO****
> Elizabeth is married to John Calvin Bailey in Dickson Co. in 1850*****
> E.C. is married in
> Dickson Co. with John's brother, Matthew Patrick Henry Bailey, as
> bondsman******E.C. &
> Elizabeth are living with their respective families in 1860 Dickson Co.
> where potential brother
> Milo Cooley, who, along with his young sons, is living with his mother,
> Martha, and presumed
> sister, Mary, under the roof of Mary's new husband, Oat Story.
> I realize it's all star gazing, but if you stare long enough there is
> something there, faint as it
> may be. And now with WMC's line in neighboring Stewart Co. I think
> those stars just got a
> bit brighter.
> Jim
> On 9/23/2011 10:31 AM, Michael Cooley wrote:
>> Hi Gloria,
>> As you know, Jim and I thought that your Elizabeth could have been a
>> sister of E C Cooley. I'd be interested in his thoughts but it seems to
>> me
>> that we may have been heading down the wrong road.
>> There are a number of loose hanging Cooleys in MO. Jim's John is still
>> one, although DNA appears to be sorting it out. Mathias Cooley
>> (Cornelius,
>> James, John) is said to have had two or three brothers who, like
>> Mathias,
>> were adopted out or lived with relatives. They've never been identified.
>> Isaac N Cooley (James, John) died young. I've only recently learned that
>> he had children. Two sons are likely ID'd but we don't know about
>> others.
>> John's son. Perrin, had a large family. We can only guess as to who his
>> sons were. And a DNA tester who as a Stokes county match to Perrin C
>> Cooley is hanging out on a limb. We're guessing Perrin C grandfather was
>> Perrin, but we have no strong evidence.
>> There's still a lot of work to do.
>> Gloria, email the list what you know about Elizabeth. Perhaps someone
>> has
>> some additional thoughts.
>> -Michael
>>> Has anyone made any progress in finding out the parents of Elizabeth
>>> Cooley of Missouri who married John Calvin Bailey?
>>> ________________________________
>>> From: Michael Cooley<>
>>> To: John Cooley Mailing List<>
>>> Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 5:17 PM
>>> Subject: DNA for William Matthews Cooley
>>> I just spent an hour and an half writing an email. Just moments before
>>> sending it, I caused it to disappear! This one is going to be short and
>>> to
>>> the point!
>>> Thanks to Jeanette Pollard, Scott Cooley, as descendant of William
>>> Matthews Cooley, has tested and is a match to the Stokes county
>>> Cooleys!
>>> He matches 37/37 markers with Jim Cooley of Las Vegas. The
>>> ramifications
>>> of the match are fascinating--but not cut and dry. (I talked at length
>>> about it in my lost email!)
>>> Here are some links that will bring you up to date:
>>> The archive for this resurrected John Cooley Mailing List:
>>> Timeline showing the paper trail of William Cooley from Stokes county
>>> NC
>>> to Steward county TN:
>>> DNA results:
>>> Jim Cooley's lineage:
>>> Since we now know that William was of the clan, I've merged his line
>>> with
>>> John's. However, as good as it appears, we can't yet be certain that he
>>> was John's son:
>>> John Cooley page:
>>> If you don't want to be part of these mailings, respond and replace the
>>> Subject with UNSUBSCRIBE -- spell it correctly, else it will go to the
>>> list!
>>> Let's talk! Do you think William was John's son? Any ideas on Jim's
>>> line
>>> and how he might fit? Any good information about Abraham Cooley of
>>> Surry
>>> co NC? Any new research that the list should be aware of? Just respond
>>> to
>>> this posting or send a new email to . I'll post
>>> more
>>> about this and other subjects over the next couple of days.
>>> -Michael
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