Re: William Cooley, a Boone companion

From: Michael Cooley <>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 06:56:48 -0800

Yes, this a very famous passage for the Cooleys. William Matthews Cooley
was probably too young to have been this William. And I've seen him listed
elsewhere as William Cool. Unless we can prove that our John Cooley was
not alone in the colonies, I think this man was not related. But we'll
see. We still haven't found an Abraham Cooley to test--the only person of
John's generation we've seen that -might- have been associated in some


> Hi, all,
> This is very interesting, and reminded me of a passage in Robert Morgan's
> 2008 book "Boone." Chapter 5, "Visions of Eden" on page 94 (of the
> paperback edition I have), where Morgan describes Daniel Boone and a party
> of fellow "long hunters" heading into the relatively undiscovered lands
> (by white men) of Kentucky in 1769:
> "Of the party of six -- Boone, Findley, Stewart, James Mooney, Joseph
> Holder, and William Cooley--three had been beyond the mountains before:
> Boone and Findley, of course, and John Stewart, who the previous year had
> gone on the hunting adventure with Benjamin Cutbirth and a few others all
> the way into future Tennessee and had carried their furs and hides to
> market in New Orleans."
> But this hunting foray was not as successful; Shawnees ultimately looted
> and destroyed their hunting camps. Cooley, Findley and others had had
> enough and said they were returning to North Carolina. Boone and Stewart
> stayed to try to track down the horses the Indians had stolen, were
> captured and tormented (but not tortured this time) by the Indians, but
> eventually escaped. Cooley isn't mentioned again in this history, and it
> left me wondering: who was this William Cooley, and how is he related to
> my line of Cooleys? Joseph's daughter Elizabeth was my
> great-great-great-great grandmother.
> thanks,
> Kate Howard Duncan
> ________________________________
> From: Michael Cooley <>
> To: John Cooley Mailing List <>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 9:22 AM
> Subject: [Fwd: Re: Sarah Matthews m Cooley]
> Yahoo!
> But let's not get too excited. We need to study the book. But it makes
> sense!
> I'll email Helen right away.
> -Michael
> ---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
> Subject: Re: Sarah Matthews m Cooley
> From:    "Michael Cooley" <>
> Date:    Wed, November 23, 2011 6:20 am
> To:      "Steve Matthews" <>
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> This is fantastic Steve! You may know that William Matthews Cooley went to
> Stewart County. Which of your Matthews ancestor went there? I'll email
> Helen right away! I'm also forwarding this email to my John Cooley Mailing
> List. If this pans out, you'll be able to read many more hundreds of names
> into your GEDCOM! :)
> You'll hear again from me soon.
> Thanks!
>> Michael:
>> First, the source:  James Stuart and Mary Matthews of Wilcox County,
>> Alabama, Book by Helen Odum Harrell. Her email is:
>> The citation is on page 191. Helen is very thorough. As you can see from
>> my
>> record, Sarah's husband is either John S. or Abraham Cooley. Sarah is
>> the
>> daughter of James Matthews, Sr., our Matthews immigrant. James came to
>> the
>> USA in 1718, in September, along w/several brothers & sisters. They
>> landed
>> in Boston & moved to Chester/Lancaster Co., PA & remained there for 5
>> years, then moved to Southside Virginia and from there, to Rowan Co., NC
>> in
>> 1753.
>> Sarah's Mother was Mary McGill.  She is buried in Mecklenburg Co., NC.
>> Sarah's siblings were Robert, William, James Jr., Margaret, Mary &
>> Mussendine. I believe a John as well. Thus, your William Cooley may have
>> been named for his uncle. I further suspect that a Samuel & Thomas were
>> also brothers of Sarah.
>> Most of the family moved to Tennessee in the early 1800s, most to Maury
>> Co., although mine went to Stewart Co.  Three of Mussendine's sons went
>> to
>> Sumner Co., TN.
>> You should know that Rowan Co. was subdivided into a great number of
>> counties. Robert & Mussendine were in Iredell Co., William was in
>> Mecklenburg Co.  They were also listed in Surry & Guilford Co. at times.
>> Thus, it is hard to say what county Sarah was married in. I would
>> suspect
>> either Guilford or Rowan.
>> I took the Family Finder Test at Family Tree DNA, as well as the Y-37 &
>> mt.
>> It provides through your 6th cousin both Y & mt. I will check my
>> plethora
>> of matches for the name Cooley and get back to you.
>> The Mathew [original spelling] was NOT Irish, although they emigrated
>> from
>> Ireland. Our forbear, Sir George, was removed from Wales to Tipperary
>> Co.,
>> Ireland in 1608. My branch, including James and his brothers eventually
>> ended up in N. Ireland, Co. Down. The McGill family was from Scotland
>> originally but were also removed to Ireland at about the same time.
>> Thank
>> you King James :-)
>> Let me know if I can provide you with additional information.
>> Steve Matthews
>> On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 11:48 PM, Michael Cooley
>> <>wrote:
>>> Hi Stephen,
>>> Jane Wisdom gave me you email address.
>>> A descendant of William Matthews Cooley has tested his Y chromosome.
>>> It's
>>> a match to ten descendants of John Cooley of Surry/Stokes co NC
>>> (including
>>> me). You mention on your ancestry page that William's mother was Sarah
>>> Matthews. Can you tell me what the source for that information is?
>>> Others
>>> also list her as being married to a Cooley. I suspect she's found on a
>>> Matthews record somewhere as "Sarah Cooley." Do you know anything about
>>> that?
>>> One of the deeds in Surry county has John styled as Jno S Cooley. He
>>> never
>>> appears that way in any of the dozens of other records for him so I
>>> suspect this was a transcription error. The only other Cooley
>>> head-of-household for the period was Abraham Cooley, but we've never
>>> been
>>> able to find a connection. I've been searching for several years for a
>>> descendant of Abe's to Y test.
>>> We know a lot about William Matthews Cooley. He's found associated with
>>> John Cooley's family in several ways and we feel pretty confident that
>>> his
>>> father was John, but Abraham is not discounted.
>>> Here's my page for John Cooley:
>>> This is my page for William Matthews Cooley:
>>> It would be a huge coup for us to prove John's wife. A genealogy done
>>> in
>>> the 1930s has mislead researchers for all of this years. Any help you
>>> can
>>> provide--even if just the names of other researchers--would be a great
>>> help.
>>> Thanks!
>>> -Michael
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