[Fwd: Re: Reuben Cooley from Jessamine Co, KY]

From: Michael Cooley <michael_at_newsummer.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:08:57 -0800

Here's John's followup.

John...Do you know who Reuben Jr's sons, G.D. Cooley (c1834-) and W.D.
Cooley (c1836-), were? They sound so familiar. It seems that I've been
down this road before but I can't find my notes.


---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: Re: Reuben Cooley from Jessamine Co, KY
Date: Wed, January 25, 2012 5:45 am
To: michael_at_newsummer.com


I am descended from Thadeus' grand-daughter Mary Cooley 1809-1870, and
understand you need male Cooley line. However, happy to share research,
and looking for Thadeus descendent candidates that might be of further

Some clarification about Reuben Sr, he reportedly died in Mercer Co, KY -
his wife Mary Martin and son Reuben Jr likely moved to Jessamine Co after
he died. Thadeus' daughter Matilda Cooley Snodgrass was actually slightly
younger than her nephew Reuben Cooley Jr, so were age contemporaries vs
typical aunt-nephew. The connections to Jessamine County are logical and
timeline fits - key pieces of info were 1) the tax list (showing Reuben
living with Thadeus/his age within a year) and 2) will of Thadeus naming
Reuben Jr as grandson. Some info on Reuben Sr and Jr below, some of which
came from:
http://listsearches.rootsweb.com/th/read/MARTIN-HENRY/2001-10/1004391385 .
 I can send you an updated descendent record from family treemaker later

About Abraham, I have tax lists which show he lived in Montgomery Co, VA
same time as Thadeus during 1780's, although in different tax district. I
also found a James Cooley living in Montgomery Co at same time, and
references of a James Cooley from NC who lived in Montgomery Co for a few
years. There was also a Francis and Thomas Coley (consistent spelling
with one "o"), and do not appear to be related. Thadeus's district became
Wythe Co in 1789, and unsure if Abraham later moved or his Montgomery Co
district became Grayson Co, VA. Age of Abraham's children would be
consistent with Abraham being slightly younger than Thadeus. Thadeus' son
Daniel lived in Wythe Co until about time his first wife died, then moved
to Grayson Co where his older sister Rachel Cooley Grayson lived, and also
area where Abraham's family settled.

Will Book I:204, Reuben Cooley (Sr), Inventory Mercer Co., KY Court 1795.
("Mercer Co. Records," KENTUCKY PIONEER & COURT RECORDS, McAdams, 1929, p.
Court Order Book No. 3 (1793-1801), p. 83 25 Mar 1794.
Administration on the estate of Reuben Cooley, dec'd, is granted to Mary
Cooley, widow and relict, and she entered into bond of 500 pounds with
Benjamin Martin and Joseph Davis her sureties. James Davis, Benjamin
Davis, Joseph Bunch and Jeremiah Brown or any three of them to make
appraisal of the personal property of the decedent.

("Jessamine County," Reuben Cooley Cem., KENTUCKY CEMETERY RECORDS, Vol.
I, compied by KY Records Research Committee, Lexington, KY: Kentucky
Soc. DAR, 1960, p. 471

Reuben Sr. 1769-1795 married Mary Martin 1772-1815.

Their only child was Reuben Sr, 1794-1866. He married Lucy Smith 1802-1856.
Reuben's (jr) children:
1. Sarah, dau. of R. & L. Cooley, wife of L. Ford, b 17 Mar 1823, d 10
Dec 1856 (Cooley Cem.)
2. Elizabeth (Cooley) wife of Milton Phillips, b June 1829, d 24 Feb
1860. (Cooley Cem.)
3. Matilda Cooley b 28 Nov 1831, d 4 Nov 1854
(Cooley Cem.)
4. G.D. Cooley b c 1834
5. W.D. Cooley b c 1836
6. Emily G. Cooley b 26 May 1842, d 14 Nov 1864
(Cooley Cem.)

Sarah Cooley 1823 €“ 1856

Elizabeth Cooley 1829 €“ 1860

Matilda Cooley 1831 €“ 1854

George Davenport Cooley 1833 €“ 1917

William L Cooley 1836 €“ 1900

Margaret Cooley 1839 €“

Emily G. "Kathy"? Cooley 1842 €“ 1864

Jessamine Co. Tax lists (Reuben Jr)
1815 Ruben Cooley 1 male, 2 Blacks, 1 horse
1816 Reuben Cooley 1m, 1h
1817 illegible; 1818 -no lists
1819 Reuben Cooley, no land, 1m, 2B,1h
1820 Rubin Cooley (did not see)
1821 Rubin Cooley no land, 1m,2B,1h
1822 Reubin Cooley 180a KY River, entered by Martin, 1m,1B,2h
Elizaeth Martin (given in by Rubin Cooley), no land, 2B,1h
1823-Reuben Cooley 180a KY River, 1m,2B,1h
Elizabeth Martin (no acres shown) 3B, 2h
1824-Reubin Cooley 170a KY Riv. 1m, 2B,4h
Elizabeth Martin (no acres) 3B, 2h
1825-1826 Reuben Cooley (did not see Reuben or Elizabeth Martin)
1827 Reuben Cooley 160a, 1m, 2B,5h
Elizabeth Martin no acres, 5B, 2h
1828 Reuben Cooley 160a KY Riv., 1m, 2B,5h
Elizabeth Martin 5B, 2h
1829 Reuben Cooley 150a KY Riv., 1m,2B,3h
Elizabeth Martin no acres, 6B,2h
1830 Reuben Cooley 150a, 1m,2B,3
Elizabeth Martin, no acres, 6B,2h
It appears that Reuben Cooley was paying taxes on the land Benjamin
Martin had left his daughter, Elizabeth Martin.

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Cooley <michael_at_newsummer.com>
To: jpclauss <jpclauss_at_aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Jan 25, 2012 8:05 am
Subject: Re: Reuben Cooley from Jessamine Co, KY

Hi John,
This makes a lot of sense to me!
As you know, I haven't followed these Cooleys closely--only to the point
hat proves that Reuben of Jessamine was not my John's Reuben. (John's
euben was mentioned as his son in an 1804 deed.) I thought I had some
nline notes about Reuben Jr, but I'm not finding them. Do you have dates
nd children for him?
I've never felt that your Cooleys are related to mine but the final word
s yet to be written about that--and I'm always happy to be proved wrong
hen it comes to getter to the truth. I'd like to forward this email to
he John Cooley list, if you don't mind. Someone on it may have looked
ore closely at these Cooleys than I have. As you know, we're hoping to
ind Abraham's DNA. Your suggestion that Thadeus and Abraham may have been
rothers and that the Jessamine county Cooleys might have been of that
lan makes all of this pertinent to our research. In fact, would you like
o be on the list? At this point, it's reasonable to consider that all of
hese Cooleys might have been related to one another in some way.


 A note of interest. I saw a posting in your webite about Reuben Cooley
 from Jessamine Co, and am now certain that the Reuben Cooley who died in
 Jessamine County abt 1795 was Thadeus Cooley's eldest son. I have tax
 lists from Wythe Co, VA, which show Reuben living with Thadeus in Wythe Co
 in 1787, which place his birth around 1769. Reuben is also listed as a
 witness to a will in Wythe Co in 1792. Then he dissapears from VA
 records. He is reported to have married Mary Polly Martin abt 1793, and
 they had Reuben Jr in 1794 in Kentucky, shortly before Reuben Sr died.
 Those Cooleys have remained in Jessamine Co, KY for generations, or nearby
 in KY. Thadeus had a daughter named Matilda, named in his 1814 will as
 Matilda Stuart. Thadeus' son John, my line, had a wife named Martha
 Snodgrass. Her brother John Snodgrass married a Matilda Stuart in Wythe
 Co in 1818 - took me awhile to realize that this was Matilda Cooley who
 was married previously to a Stuart, and was Thadeus' youngest daughter.
 Mary Martin's father Benjamin moved to Jessamine County, KY by 1810. He
 was from Orange Co, VA - not far from Wythe Co. Mary remarried in
 Jessamine Co in 1801. Reuben Cooley Jr remained in Jessamine Co.

 Now it all fits together. Reuben moved from Wythe Co, VA to Jessamine, KY
 abt 1793, where they had son Reuben Jr. His wife Mary remarried Stephen
 Walters in 1801 and remained in Jessamine KY. John Snograss and Matilda
 Cooley moved to Jessamine, KY bet 1818 and 1820, likely to be near their
 nephew Reuben. VA Tax lists show that John Cooley left Wythe Co abt
 1822-23, and must have arrived in Fayette Co, IN by 1824. The Cooleys
 likley met the Snodgrass' in Jessamine, KY c1823 and traveled together to
 Fayette, IN, where John Snodgrass died bef 1834. The Cooleys traveled
 along one of the famous pioneer routes, from Wythe, VA across mtns thru
 Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. John Cooley and Martha Snodgrass took John
 Snodgrass' daughter Margaret into their home after John died, and Margaret
 was named in John Cooley's Last Will dated 1845 in La Porte Co, IN.



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