Re: John Cooley m Jane White

From: Michael Cooley <>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 11:33:22 -0700

Mostly the age difference. The fact that knowledge about James came down
through a Joseph descendant is also interesting. Of course, there were a
lot of marriages between the Joseph Cooley family and the Whites, but that
doesn't mean that it couldn't have happened in James's family.

But this would be the clincher: we need to learn the date of the letters
of administration for the elder James Cooley (d 1822). Son Benjamin Cooley
(b 1816) was -not- listed as a minor which means the paperwork might have
been done as late as 1837. James M is listed but the James who married
Jane White would have long been dead!

Besides, I have an idea what happened to James M Cooley, but -that- will
be especially controversial and I'm not prepared to go public yet. :)

Your thoughts? Do you have more info about the case that was brought
before the court by Abiel Leonard? (His parers are in the Western
Historical Manuscript Collection. Hmmm, I just read that the judge, Judge
David Todd, was Mary Todd Lincoln's uncle! I'm trying to find out just
when he moved to Columbia, MO in hopes that it will help date the papers.)


> Michael, could you elaborate more on why you think James Cooley that
> married
> Jane White is the son of Joseph and not James? I already knew that my
> husband, Don and I were both descended from the Cooley family but if this
> is true than we also are descended from the same son of John Cooley as I
> descend from Joseph through his son, John Cooley, and his son, William
> Cooley. My husband descends through James and Jane White's daughter,
> Alzada that married the Roberts.To my knowledge neither of the White
> family
> or the Cooley histories I have read have Jane White as the daughter in law
> of
> Joseph Cooley. I do see descretion in birth dates for this James.
> Jane Wisdom
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Cooley" <>
> To: "John Cooley Mailing List" <>
> Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2011 9:33 PM
> Subject: John Cooley m Jane White
>>I believe that the John Cooley who married Jane White was misidentified,
>> possibly by Pat Walker, as the son of James Cooley (1772-1821). For
>> several reasons, I think he was the son of Joseph Cooley (1767-1826) and
>> his first (unidentified) wife.
>> James and Jane had two daughters:
>> Macon county MO marriages:
>> A/46, 1/2/1844, Roberts Raphel, Cooley Nancy, AL Gilstrap JP
>> A/79, 8/27/1846, Roberts Brimel, Cooley Alzada, John Leathers Preacher
>> Sandra Stanton emailed this to me in Aug 2010:
>> --quote--
>> Ltr. dated 22 Nov 1936 from Sarah Ellen Roberts to WW Smith stated the
>> following. "I do not have any record of the marriage or death of James
>> Cooley. I do not know when Thos. Tuttle and grandmother were married.
>> Uncle Washington [Tuttle] was the only child that I know of and he died
>> in
>> 1863. The names of the boys who died young were Demarcus and Henry
>> Cooley"
>> --endquote--
>> We, then, have this:
>> Jane White m1 James Cooley
>> ..Nancy Cooley m Roberts
>> ..Alzada Cooley m Roberts
>> ..Demarcus Cooley, died young
>> ..Henry Cooley, died young
>> Jane (White) Cooley m2 Thomas Tuttle
>> ..Washington Tuttle (-1863)
>> James died by 1929 having at least four children. As far as I know, the
>> marriage date for James and Jane is unknown, but the fact of four kids
>> by
>> 1829 would suggest a marriage by 1821. James son of James would have
>> been
>> only 13. However, James son of Joseph would have been about 24. This is
>> far more reasonable.
>> Arthur Kiergan, born in the 1840s, was a great-grandson of Joseph
>> Cooley.
>> Arthur knew the family very well and remembered his dad talking about
>> James Cooley and had always assumed he was a son of Joseph's. (James had
>> died a dozen or so years before Arthur's death.) He says this:
>> Letter, 30 May 1932, from Arthur M Kiergan to Mildred Cooley Tallant.
>> --quote--
>> "The bondsmen for James Cooley, [can't read] were evidently my
>> grandfather
>> John Cooley and Thomas (Uncle "Tant") as my father called him was
>> evidently
>> the brother of my grandmother White Cooley. But Jane [can't read] I
>> cannot
>> place but likely was sis. to my grandfather. It would be most natural to
>> associate the close kin in such a capacity. It strikes me that this
>> James
>> Cooley, of August 25, 1829, John Cooley and Jane Cooley were brothers
>> and
>> sister and that Thos ("Tant") White was a brother to my grandmother.
>> This
>> latter I know to be correct, for my father spoke of him often in my
>> childhood as my mother's uncle."
>> --endquote--
>> In other words,
>> Joseph Cooley
>> ..John Cooley m Elizabeth White (sister of "Uncle Tant")
>> ....Dorothy Cooley m Benjamin Kiergan
>> ......Arthur Kiergan
>> ..James Cooley m Jane White
>> To be fair, Arthur wasn't sure of the relationship but Walker's
>> assertions
>> just does not work.
>> There's more info in my notes:
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