Re: Arthur Kiergan & family on 1850 census in Missouri

From: Mary Lou Cooley <mlcooley_at_q.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:12:20 -0700

Mathias Cooley came to Oregon in 1845 with his cousins on the Tethrow Wagon
Train.

Mary C

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Cooley
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 2:38 PM
To: John Cooley Mailing List
Subject: Re: Arthur Kiergan & family on 1850 census in Missouri

I did. :) It's just a thought. I think there's an interesting story there,
though. If there were four sons and if the 1840 census is correct, Michael
would have had to have been born c1840 or soon after. In which case, he
should be shown on the 185o census, unless dead.

Do you think the Dorothy Cooley/Smith marriage can slip in between
Cornelius's death and Arthur Kiergan's birth?

That the whole family is listed as "Vergin" might have been yet another
error by the census taker. I haven't tried looking for them in 1860 yet.
Joseph Cooley/Kiergan should be there.

-Michael


> I think you meant to say Mathias not Matthew.
>
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> From: Michael Cooley <michael_at_newsummer.com>
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> Sent: Fri, June 22, 2012 11:54:00 AM
> Subject: Re: Arthur Kiergan & family on 1850 census in Missouri
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> Mary,
>
> Yes, the letters do take some time to sort out. And I recall the same
> things. I think at one point he mentioned that all his half-brothers and
> half-sisters are buried at the same cemetery, but I'd have to look at that
> again.
>
> I'm wondering if he had Michael and Matthew mixed up. He obviously never
> met Matthew and may have never known the true circumstances. There's a
> mystery there. Joseph and John took their step-father's name and Mathew
> was adopted, apparently, by another family, and moved with his cousins to
> Oregon. Could Arthur have been lied to so as to cover up the truth, and he
> just never learned otherwise?
>
> Arthur's family are the only Kiergans I find at findagrave.com:
>
> http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=kiergan&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=in&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=26&GScnty=0&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n
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> There are Kirgans but I don't recognize any of the names.
>
> -Michael
>
>> Benjamin E Kiergan did have a widow in 1865 who applied for his CW
>> pension:
>>
>> Kiergan, Benjamin E.
>> Widow: Kiergan, Frances E.
>> Minor: Baker, Joseph, Gdn
>> Service: F 44 MO Inf
>> Date of filings:
>> 1865, Mar 31, Widow, Application: 88026; Certificate No.: 75.295
>> 1867, Nov 13, Minor, Application No.: 154516; Certificate No.: 120.889
>>
>> Didn't Arthur Kiergan write that after his mother's death, that he lived
>> with his Grandmother Elizabeth (White) Cooley for a few years? In his
>> letter of 27 Apr 1932 he wrote that his father remarried after Dorothy's
>> death. (I read the letters and got lost - so willl have to work on them
>> later).
>>
>> We will be gone for a few days...Happy hunting!!
>>
>> Mary Cooley
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Michael Cooley
>> Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 12:24 AM
>> To: John Cooley Mailing List
>> Subject: Re: Arthur Kiergan & family on 1850 census in Missouri
>>
>> And Sandy mentioned this in an earlier exchange:
>>
>> "Dorothy Cooley married Joel Smith 12 Feb 1843 Platte County, Missouri"
>>
>> I see in the Mildred Tallant archive that this marriage is mentioned in
>> a
>> letter from the Clay county recorder.
>>
>> Now, let's consider that perhaps it was a marriage between Dorothy
>> "Smith"
>> and Benjamin Kiergan that's missing.
>>
>> -Michael
>>
>>> Here's part of an email from Rick Ernst not long before the 2010
>>> reunion...
>>>
>>> --quote--
>>>
>>> One of the perplexing issues I'm still dealing with is Cornelius and
>>> Dolly (White) Cooley, and their three children, other than my
>>> gg-grandfather. Legend has it that Mathias was an orphan, as documented
>>> in "The Terrible Trail." However, family has passed down that the
>>> family
>>> couldn't support four children, so when the last baby was born, making
>>> four, the older two were sent to live with cousins. I found court
>>> records regarding Cornelius and William, both sons of James, and
>>> various
>>> charges from betting and retailing (liquor) to attempted murder. Then I
>>> found where the sheriff reported that Cornelius was dead, but no
>>> information as to the whereabouts of Dolly and the children, or if she
>>> was dead too. Somehow only Mathias remains. Since they were all boys, I
>>> would guess that the first two were likely named James and Cornelius,
>>> after the father and grandfather, and likely the fourth was named
>>> William, after a favorite brother, like Mathias was.
>>>
>>> When all the information on Scott Cooley started flowing in, I hoped
>>> I'd
>>> find where Dolly and the kids moved to Texas, but nothing panned out.
>>> If
>>> Dolly was a nickname, I may never find her.
>>>
>>> Perhaps Dolly and the three children went to Tennessee in 1843, to get
>>> away from the place where Cornelius was killed. It's another place to
>>> look anyway.
>>>
>>> --endquote--
>>>
>>>
>>>> No wonder this was so lost!
>>>>
>>>> John and Joseph were certainly the half-brothers Cooley. Perhaps
>>>> Michael
>>>> was already out of the house or had died already.
>>>>
>>>> Good work, Mary!
>>>>
>>>> -Michael
>>>>
>>>>> I just found the Kiergan family! This is what I found:
>>>>>
>>>>> Brunswick, Chariton Co., MO
>>>>> 12 Nov 1850, pg 227 B
>>>>> Family 498 (numbers VERY faded):
>>>>> Benjamin Vergin, 30, male, farmer, Ten
>>>>> Dorothy Vergin, 35, female, MO, cannot read or write
>>>>> Joseph Vergin, 15, male, MO
>>>>> John Vergin, 12, male, MO
>>>>> Arthur Vergin, 3, male, MO
>>>>>
>>>>> Mary Cooley
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