Re: Reuben Cooley from Jessamine Co, KY

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Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 03:00:30 -0500 (EST)


I have so far Reuben Jr family as:

Reuben Cooley Jr

Birth 22 SEP 1794 in Mercer County, Kentucky, USA
Death 18 FEB 1866 in Nicholasville, Jessamine, Kentucky, USA buried Reuben Cooley Cemetery

Lucy Smith 1802 – 1856 (spouse)

Sarah Cooley 1823 – 1856

Elizabeth Cooley 1829 – 1860

Matilda Cooley 1831 – 1854

George Davenport Cooley 1833 – 1917 - ie GD Cooley

William L Cooley c1836 – bef 1900 probably the WD Cooley, middle name may be Lowry, living 1800 in Nicholasville

Margaret Cooley c1839 –

Emily G. "Kathy"? Cooley 1842 – 1864

When I can get into my family treemaker, will update Thadeus descendent report.


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Cooley <>
To: John Cooley Mailing List <>
Sent: Thu, Jan 26, 2012 1:09 am
Subject: [Fwd: Re: Reuben Cooley from Jessamine Co, KY]

Here's John's followup.
John...Do you know who Reuben Jr's sons, G.D. Cooley (c1834-) and W.D.
ooley (c1836-), were? They sound so familiar. It seems that I've been
own this road before but I can't find my notes.
---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
ubject: Re: Reuben Cooley from Jessamine Co, KY
ate: Wed, January 25, 2012 5:45 am

I am descended from Thadeus' grand-daughter Mary Cooley 1809-1870, and
nderstand you need male Cooley line. However, happy to share research,
nd looking for Thadeus descendent candidates that might be of further
Some clarification about Reuben Sr, he reportedly died in Mercer Co, KY -
is wife Mary Martin and son Reuben Jr likely moved to Jessamine Co after
e died. Thadeus' daughter Matilda Cooley Snodgrass was actually slightly
ounger than her nephew Reuben Cooley Jr, so were age contemporaries vs
ypical aunt-nephew. The connections to Jessamine County are logical and
imeline fits - key pieces of info were 1) the tax list (showing Reuben
iving with Thadeus/his age within a year) and 2) will of Thadeus naming
euben Jr as grandson. Some info on Reuben Sr and Jr below, some of which
ame from:
ttp:// .
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
ame time as Thadeus during 1780's, although in different tax district. I
lso found a James Cooley living in Montgomery Co at same time, and
eferences of a James Cooley from NC who lived in Montgomery Co for a few
ears. There was also a Francis and Thomas Coley (consistent spelling
ith one "o"), and do not appear to be related. Thadeus's district became
ythe Co in 1789, and unsure if Abraham later moved or his Montgomery Co
istrict became Grayson Co, VA. Age of Abraham's children would be
onsistent with Abraham being slightly younger than Thadeus. Thadeus' son
aniel lived in Wythe Co until about time his first wife died, then moved
o Grayson Co where his older sister Rachel Cooley Grayson lived, and also
rea where Abraham's family settled.
ill Book I:204, Reuben Cooley (Sr), Inventory Mercer Co., KY Court 1795.
"Mercer Co. Records," KENTUCKY PIONEER & COURT RECORDS, McAdams, 1929, p.
ourt Order Book No. 3 (1793-1801), p. 83 25 Mar 1794.
dministration on the estate of Reuben Cooley, dec'd, is granted to Mary
ooley, widow and relict, and she entered into bond of 500 pounds with
enjamin Martin and Joseph Davis her sureties. James Davis, Benjamin
avis, Joseph Bunch and Jeremiah Brown or any three of them to make
ppraisal of the personal property of the decedent.
("Jessamine County," Reuben Cooley Cem., KENTUCKY CEMETERY RECORDS, Vol.
, compied by KY Records Research Committee, Lexington, KY: Kentucky
oc. 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.
euben's (jr) children:
. Sarah, dau. of R. & L. Cooley, wife of L. Ford, b 17 Mar 1823, d 10
ec 1856 (Cooley Cem.)
. Elizabeth (Cooley) wife of Milton Phillips, b June 1829, d 24 Feb
860. (Cooley Cem.)
. Matilda Cooley b 28 Nov 1831, d 4 Nov 1854
Cooley Cem.)
. G.D. Cooley b c 1834
. W.D. Cooley b c 1836
. Emily G. Cooley b 26 May 1842, d 14 Nov 1864
Cooley Cem.)

arah Cooley 1823 – 1856

lizabeth Cooley 1829 – 1860

atilda Cooley 1831 – 1854

eorge Davenport Cooley 1833 – 1917

illiam L Cooley 1836 – 1900

argaret Cooley 1839 –

mily G. "Kathy"? Cooley 1842 – 1864

Jessamine Co. Tax lists (Reuben Jr)
815 Ruben Cooley 1 male, 2 Blacks, 1 horse
816 Reuben Cooley 1m, 1h
817 illegible; 1818 -no lists
819 Reuben Cooley, no land, 1m, 2B,1h
820 Rubin Cooley (did not see)
821 Rubin Cooley no land, 1m,2B,1h
822 Reubin Cooley 180a KY River, entered by Martin, 1m,1B,2h
lizaeth Martin (given in by Rubin Cooley), no land, 2B,1h
823-Reuben Cooley 180a KY River, 1m,2B,1h
lizabeth Martin (no acres shown) 3B, 2h
824-Reubin Cooley 170a KY Riv. 1m, 2B,4h
lizabeth Martin (no acres) 3B, 2h
825-1826 Reuben Cooley (did not see Reuben or Elizabeth Martin)
827 Reuben Cooley 160a, 1m, 2B,5h
lizabeth Martin no acres, 5B, 2h
828 Reuben Cooley 160a KY Riv., 1m, 2B,5h
lizabeth Martin 5B, 2h
829 Reuben Cooley 150a KY Riv., 1m,2B,3h
lizabeth Martin no acres, 6B,2h
830 Reuben Cooley 150a, 1m,2B,3
lizabeth Martin, no acres, 6B,2h
t appears that Reuben Cooley was paying taxes on the land Benjamin
artin had left his daughter, Elizabeth Martin.
-----Original Message-----
rom: Michael Cooley <>
o: jpclauss <>
ent: Wed, Jan 25, 2012 8:05 am
ubject: Re: Reuben Cooley from Jessamine Co, KY

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