Re: Cooley/Bearden

From: The Cooleys <>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 02:14:16 -0700

The 1835 marriage is problematic. Though E.C.'s death record states his
birth as 4 Oct 1834
his 1900 census record states Oct 1835, and most of his other census
records state his age
more consistently for an 1835 birth. Which is still over a month before
the marriage. But there
could have been a shotgun or two in attendance. With Elizabeth born in
1833 that gets a bit
more dicey.

Something else I recently came across:

1870 Hamby, Christian Co. KY Census July 18th

47 Julian Ann Martin 55 VA

48 William A. Martin 32 KY

49 Irvin (E.C.) Cooley 34 MO

and towards the end of the census

253 Melor (Milo) Cooley 30 TN
          Polly (Martha) 65 TN
          Robert 10 TN

The above is nothing new, but compare to:

1880 Hamby, Christian Co. Census June 11th

142 WJ Martin 42 KY

143 Martha Cooley 75 GA
         Julia Ann 59 VA

The implication is that with E.C. and family now in Muhlenberg Co. and
Milo and 2nd wife not found,
Martha is now in E.C.'s old neighborhood, living next to William
Martin, the presumed son of Julia
Ann, who is not found as Julia Ann Martin: Is Julia Ann really Martha's
daughter, as stated, or are
these just two widows living in E.C.'s former home?

With that in mind, I suggest the following for the 1840 Randolph Co. Census:

2 males under 5 (Milo & Willow)
1 male 5-9 (E.C.)
1 male 30-39 (John)

1 female 5-9 (Elizabeth)
1 female 15-19 (Julia Ann?)
1 female 30-39 (Martha)
1 female 50-59 (? ? ? )

Elizabeth and Julia Ann COULD have been the product of an earlier
marriage for Martha. I will
continue to search for such an event. And I will hope to find a male
descendant of E.C. to take
the test. Once he is in the clan for sure, some of these loose ends
should tighten up.


On 9/24/2011 7:41 PM, Michael Cooley wrote:
> I don't know. If this is, in fact, a census reading for John Cooley and
> Martha Bearden she doesn't -appear- to be enumerated. But there can be
> several problems with this. First, this may not be the correct John
> Cooley, or the census taker might well have made an error.
> The first question is, I think, is this John and Martha? But we also have
> a problem with dates because the couple married in 1835. If Elizabeth and
> E C were their children, they were born before the marriage.
> -Michael
>> Michael - where does Elizabeth fit into all of this - she was born about
>> 1833 in MO, and we believe that she is EC's and Mary Polly's sister.
>> ________________________________
>> From: Michael Cooley<>
>> To: John Cooley Mailing List<>
>> Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2011 3:42 PM
>> Subject: Cooley/Bearden
>> Jim, Here are some of my musings in my notes at
>> Does anyone concur that this could be John and Martha?
>> --quote--
>> 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.
>> --endquote--
>> 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.
>> -Michael
>>> 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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