Re: Birth date for James Cooley that married Jane White

From: Michael Cooley <>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 18:50:23 -0700

Good to hear from you, Shirley!

Thanks for the info on Hank Jones. He's a very interesting fellow! I guess
I haven't followed genealogy personalities as closely as I have jazz
personalities. :)

And thanks for the confirmation about the lack of legal status that women
had back then. (I'm starting a book called "Mothers of Invention" for the
Civil War class I'm taking. It's about just that--which, of course, was
much worse in the South.) It is looking like the sisters were the oldest
siblings in James's family--an interesting pattern: two or three girls
followed by umpteen boys!


> It's been several years since I head Hank speak. He is a Fellow of the
> American Society of Genealogists and is best known for his books and
> articles on the Palatines. You can read about him at
> You are correct that the age of the female was inconsequential as once
> she was married, even at say age 15, she would not be listed as a minor
> heir. And yes, once married, her husband would normally control anything
> she inherited.
> Shirley Wilcox
> On 9/27/2011 4:32 PM, Michael Cooley wrote:
>> Of course, the -husbands- at that time were the actual heirs, as
>> inferred
>> in the "letters." The females ages may have been inconsequential because
>> of their marriages.
>> The only Hank Jones I've heard of is the great jazz musician (brother of
>> Thad Jones and Elvin Jones)! I assume that Hank Z Jones is a noted
>> genealogist.
>> -Michael
>>> females were of age at 18 and males at 21 doing this time period, I
>>> believe. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
>>> Just came home from hearing Hank Z Jones speak at our gen. meeting. He
>>> is
>>> always a very intertaining speaker. Since he lives here in San Diego
>>> county we have him about every year or so.
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