Re: [Fwd: 2012 Officer-Cooley Family Reunion]

From: Michael Cooley <>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 21:42:41 -0800

Hi Gloria,

I'm trying to rehash this without going through all the emails.

1. Your John Bailey married Elizabeth Cooley in Dickson co TN.

2. On the 1850 census, your John Bailey is living with his parents in
Dickson county a few doors over from James and Martha Cooley and their

3. John Cooley married Martha Bearden in Monroe co MO, 1835.

4. John and Martha are known to have had Ervin C Cooley. Milo appears
almost certainly to have been a brother.

5. John Cooley, probable son of James Cooley, m Eliza Locke in Howard
county in 1832. He was born in 1812. This may be the man who committed
suicide in Howard co in 1846.

6. It's appearing increasingly more likely that the Martha Cooley of 1850
Dickson county was John's widow. Willow Cooley (male) listed on that
census could have been Milo, and Polly could have been the Mary Storey
living with Martha Cooley in 1860. Who was James, born 1794 in NC? (I
think he was the probable son of Perrin Cooley Sr. That James likely had
no children.)

7. We thought we were on the trail of Mary Storey, but (I think) we
eventually agreed that that Mary Storey was someone else.

8. If John m1 Eliza Locke (1832) and m2 Martha Bearden (1832), then some
of these could have been half-siblings. The hope is that the mtDNA of
Elizabeth Bailey--which you possess--may one day be matched up with a
possible sister or a possible aunt of Elizabeth's. One area to look at is
the marriage of Joseph Cooley and Elizabeth Locke--was she Eliza Locke's
sister or cousin? If they were sisters, they'd have had the same mtDNA.

Can it get any more confusing?


> Yes, I'm going through ftdna and linked through Cooley.  I'll let you know
> as soon as I get the results.
> G
> From: Michael Cooley <>
> To: John Cooley Mailing List <>
> Sent: Saturday, March 3, 2012 8:46 PM
> Subject: Re: [Fwd: 2012 Officer-Cooley Family Reunion]
> That's great news Gloria! Did you go through ftdna? I find that it
> generally takes about 6 weeks to get results. Keep us posted!
> -Michael
>> That's great Michael.  Yes, I have some news.  I'm doing the DNA testing
>> for the female Cooley line.  I'm a 5th generation decendent of Elizabeth
>> Cooley.  I just received my test, so I'll be getting it back into the
>> mail
>> next week.  I am hoping this will help give some insight into this
>> little
>> mystery we've had with her. 
>> Gloria
>> From: Michael Cooley <>
>> To: John Cooley Mailing List <>
>> Sent: Saturday, March 3, 2012 6:51 PM
>> Subject: [Fwd: 2012 Officer-Cooley Family Reunion]
>> Thought I'd forward this on. These Cooleys are descendants of John's son
>> Joseph and grandson (through James) Cornelius.
>> Some other news: I've been asked to speak at the Cooley Family
>> Association
>> of America (CFAA) reunion in July at DC. Perhaps some of you can make
>> it.
>> It would be great to meet you. And I've started a genealogy club at
>> Humboldt State University. Among other things, I'm hoping the club can
>> encourage the HSU library to acquire resources. (There's next to nothing
>> up here!)
>> So, does anyone else have any news?
>> -Michael
>> ---------------------------- Original Message
>> ----------------------------
>> Subject: 2012 Officer-Cooley Family Reunion
>> From:    "Mike & Mary Cooley" <>
>> Date:    Thu, March 1, 2012 1:51 pm
>> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Hi Cousins:
>> Please find attached the announcement for the 2012 Officer-Cooley Family
>> Association Reunion.  We are very fortunate to have an excellent
>> facility
>> lined up this year very near the area where our ancestors settled when
>> they got to Oregon in 1845.  You'll note also that the program is a
>> little more complex than past years so I suggest you print and save a
>> copy
>> or file one electronically where you can read it again near the time of
>> the event.  We'll also be sending out reminder notices as we get near
>> the
>> Reunion.  The big date is Saturday July 7 at Champoeg Park just off I-5
>> in
>> the northern Willamette Valley.  But there is also a social event and
>> BBQ
>> the night before for those who can make it.  Although RSVP's are not
>> mandatory for either event, having them will help us plan for the
>> expected
>> number of cousins who will show up.  Details are in the Announcement.
>> Keep in mind that some cousins do not have email so please make an
>> effort
>> to let them know the particulars by other means.
>> Memorabilia is always welcome at our Reunions so bring what you can.
>> Sometimes it amazing what will turn up.
>> You will note the 10 historic pictures that are incorporated in the
>> announcement.  All but one of them show relatives in our common lineage.
>> Most but not all of the people shown were on the 1845 wagon train that
>> got
>> lost following Stephen Meek across eastern and central Oregon.  One
>> actually came out to Oregon in 1843.  See how many you can put names on
>> and we'll let you know how close you came at the Reunion.
>> We are really looking forward to a great Reunion this year.  So please
>> make an extra effort to show up and enjoy your extended family as well
>> as
>> learn something about our common heritage.
>> Mike and Bud
>> Co-Chairs
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