Re: Arthur Kiergan letter

From: Jane Wisdom <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 19:09:02 -0500

IF I understand what Arthur is saying below, Jane Cooley and John Cooley
were not siblings. Instead, John Cooley's wife, Elizabeth White was a
sister to Jane White Cooley, wife of James Cooley that died in 1829.

IF James Cooley, (John Sr.) son, James was born after 1802, then it does
seem more likely that James Cooley that died in 1929 is the son of Joseph,
and the one born in 1796. Does anyone know where James and Jane White
Cooley lived? The descendents of this couple settled south of Bevier in
Macon County. Some are buried at the Antioch Church.
Jane Wisdom

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From: "Michael Cooley" <>
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Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2012 6:30 PM
Subject: Arthur Kiergan letter

> This is from my online note. In 1932, Arthur believed that the James who
> died in 1829 was Joseph's son. That appears to have been Tallant's take.
> The idea that James was James's son appears to have originated with
> Walker, perhaps 50 or more later. I believe Dale was as mistaken about
> that as he was that John Cooley was Dutch.
> --quote--
> Letter, 30 May 1932, from Arthur M Kiergan to Mildred Cooley Tallant.
> Arthur was a grandson of John Cooley and Elizabeth White and believed that
> James was John's brother. Arthur's mother, Dorothy Cooley, married first
> her
> cousin (Benjamin?) Cooley and had three sons: Joseph, Michael and John
> William Cooley.
> "The bondsmen for James Cooley, [can't read] were evidently my grandfather
> John Cooley and Thomas (Uncle "Tant") as my father called him was
> evidently
> the brother of my grandmother White Cooley. But Jane [can't read] I cannot
> place but likely was sis. to my grandfather. It would be most natural to
> associate the close kin in such a capacity. It strikes me that this James
> Cooley, of August 25, 1829, John Cooley and Jane Cooley were brothers and
> sister and that Thos ("Tant") White was a brother to my grandmother. This
> latter I know to be correct, for my father spoke of him often in my
> childhood as my mother's uncle."
> --endquote--
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