Re: Elizabeth F. Cooley

From: The Cooleys <>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:11:56 -0700

I'm wondering if the Michigan tangent is based on the 1880 Dickson Co.
census: If you look at Elizabeth's birth place, the enumerator wrote
out the word Missouri, but appears to have tried to blot it out,
possibly realizing that previously all the states had been abbreviated.
It also appears that a capital "I" was inserted over the middle of the
word Missouri, covering both of the S's. Then for her father's birth
place, the abbreviation MI is used but this is an error by the
enumerator, mistaking the abbreviation for Missouri as MI instead of
MO. The proof is that Elizabeth's children are listed here with
mother's birth place as MI, clearly contradicting not only her birth
place on this very census but what was written in the 1850 and 1860 as well.

Of course, it's possible that your cousin has other information
regarding her father's roots in Michigan. It will prove very
interesting if this is true for a number of reasons. For one, I
believe this would be the first instance of any possible descendant of
John Cooley north of Indiana, which at an estimated year of birth
(1810?) would put him there long before Michigan was admitted to the
union. Another consideration would be that the descendants of the
Massachusetts Cooleys, who were spreading their way ever westward
though I'm not sure if they were in Michigan Territory by the early
1800s. I think the only way to otherwise read the 1880 census,
however, is that Elizabeth, at that very moment, corrected her own
longstanding error: That she was, in fact, born in Michigan and not

Or the census taker messed up.

Please keep us posted!


On 9/27/2011 9:56 AM, G Tanner wrote:
> Elizabeth F. Cooley who married John Calvin Bailey - info I've gotten
> My mom (who is the g-g grandaughter of Elizabeth) has a 1st cousin who
> lives in Tennessee, and he stated that Elizabeth's mother was from
> Tennessee and her father's family was from Michigan. I'm questioning
> the Michigan part; however, he is going to visit a woman today, who
> has written several books on the history of Dickson Tennessee, and who
> he says "knows the town better than anyone" to see if she has any
> information on Elizabeth Cooley. He will forward any info to my mom.
> My mom was told that her great Aunt Risby Waynick Simmons was related
> to Elizabeth Cooley. Risby was married to Levi Simmons. Levi is the
> twin brother of my g-g grandfather Eli Simmons who married Nora Bailey
> who is the daughter of John Bailey and Elizabeth Cooley. Risby's
> mother is Elizabeth J Bailey who is John Calvin Bailey's sister.
> Elizabeth J. Bailey married Denard Waynick, and Elizabeth Cooley
> Bailey is buried in the Waynick Cemetery.
> Hopefully I will have more information in the next few days.
> Gloria
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