Re: Arthur Kiergan letter

From: Michael Cooley <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 18:09:15 -0700


Arthur surmised that "James Cooley, of August 25, 1829, John Cooley and
Jane Cooley were brothers and sister," but that all he knew for sure that
"Thos ("Tant") White was a brother to my grandmother," Elizabeth White

In other words, he was assuming that Jane was James's sister rather than

It's not proof but he's suggesting that John is bondsman because he was
James's brother and that Thomas White was his brother-in-law. Do we know
that Jane and Elizabeth were sisters?


> 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
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Cooley" <>
> To: "John Cooley Mailing List" <>
> 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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