[List] Fw: Re: The Y-DNA of the Springfield, MA Cooleys

michael@newsummer.com michael at newsummer.com
Thu Dec 14 11:10:26 PST 2006

I'm sure Don's right here.I was probably thinking of the Maryland Cooleys. I'll poke around to see if there's something else but Don is far more on top of this area than I am.

Thanks, Don, for bringing it to my attention.


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You said "these Cooleys are of the MA Cooleys. Geneteic tests on descendants of the Springfield Cooleys are quite different from the results that Don and I had"

Which Y-DNA results are you referring to? I'm aware of the Maryland Cooleys -- and I'm 17 mutations from them over 37 markers. And I know the guy who runs the Cooley website (forgot his name) from Utah has different Y-DNA than us. Is he of the Springfield,MA Cooleys?


Best Wishes,


On 12/13/06, michael at newsummer.com <michael at newsummer.com> wrote:Hi Shirley,

You've probably already seen this post on Walden-L. I -believe- (but haven't
looked close enough to feel confident about it) these Cooleys are of the MA
Cooleys. Geneteic tests on descendants of the Springfield Cooleys are quite
different from the results that Don and I had:


From: "dmd" <dmd at access-one.com>
Subject: Re: [WALDEN-L] Re: Ebenezer Walden
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 01:00:51 -0600

I have a copy of the Jabez Cooley last will and testament from Hamilton
County Ohio. While handwritten, it is very clear that the name is Jabez. He
names no wife. He names sons, Ebenezer, Thaddeus, and William. He names
daughters, Margaret Brinton, Martha Davis, and Hannah Walden. He names
grandson, John Brinton, James Brinton, Thomas Brinton and Samuel Brinton,
who are sons of Margaret Brinton. Witnesses are Ogden Ross, Cornelius W.
Hall, and Matthew G. Wallace. The instrument was filed 6 August 1806.
In some correspondence, I have a copy of a letter written (typed) in 1938
which lists some marriage dates of some Cooley's. In Lincoln County
Kentucky David Andrews married Mary Cooley 6 Feb 1788, daughter of Jabez
Cooley. In Madison County Kentucky, James Cooley married Patience Baker 27
Sept 1802 and Basil Baker was the bondsman.


> dmd wrote:
> > Ebenezer Walden bd 1798 is the son of Benjamin Walden and Hannah Cooley.
> > Benjamin was bd 1757 Culpeper County Virginia and married 7 April 1791
> > Madison County Kentucky. He is the son of James and Anne Walden. Hannah
> > Cooley bd 11 January 1767 is the daughter of Jabez Cooley.
> > Benjamin and Hannah Cooley Walden had Sarah, James, Ebenezer, Elisha,
> > Jesse, and William.


I'd also like to add that your point about the vastness of these early
counties is a good one. Too often we see two people of the same surname in the
same county and will want to believe that they were related. In fact, they may
have lived a great many miles from one another which, of course, does not
preclude a relationship but it may be that one such individual is more closely
situated to someone in another state. Blood ties are not, as we know, bound by
county and state borders. But we find clues where we can.

Reflecting now, my enthusiasm when realizing that Joseph Gray (and, hence,
likely William M Cooley) had property on the Rolling Fork in Washington county
KY has quelled a bit knowing Rolling Fork is fairly long. There were obviously
a number of Cooleys in the region.

I especially like what you have to say about the Montomery county VA Cooleys.
I'm always telling myself that I'm going to start putting together a "census"
of 18th century VA Cooleys.

Good stuff, Shirley.


On Wed, 13 Dec 2006 14:56:23 -0500, Shirley Wilcox wrote
> First a word about Montgomery Co., VA since a James Cooley of Surry
> Co., NC says in his pension that he was born in VA, but moved to NC
> when he was young, then spent 7 years in Montgomery Co., VA before
> going to Madison Co., KY. Montgomery Co., VA was formed in 1776.
> Nothing was split off it until 1790 when Wythe was formed. It was
> once a huge county and was just across the line from Surry Co., NC
> at the time of the Revolution. There are lots of Cooleys in Grayson,
> Carroll & Wythe counties whose parent county is Montgomery. It would
> not be unusual for families to migrate back and forth across the
> border.
> A Reuben Cooley appears for the first time in the Montgomery Co., VA
> 1790 tax list with Thaddeas Cooley. In the previous year Thaddeas
> had a son 16-21 and it is suspected that this was Reuben who turned
> 21 the following year. Since Reuben is now 21 he was probably born
> ca. 1768-69. This Thaddeus Cooly may well be the man whose will was
> probated 13 Dec. 1814, Wythe Co., VA. He mentions a wife Elizabeth,
>  sons Daniel dec'd who had a daughter Caty, John & Joseph & a
> daughter Betsey.
> Another Thaddeus Cooley turns up on the 1787 tax list in Lincoln Co.,
>  KY along with Jabes [Jabez?] Cooly. I didn't find them in 1788,
> then in 1789 a Daniel appears. In 1790 it appears that some tax
> books are missing. In 1791 there is a Thadias Coley. These Lincoln
> Co. tax lists have to be used in conjunction with those of Madison
> Co. as a Thaddius Cooley is on the Madison Co. lists of 1788, 1789,
>  1790, 1792. Jebus Cooley is there for two years 1789 & 1790 then
> disappears. William and Daniel are here in 1787 then Daniel
> disappears, but the name shows up again for one year in 1794. James
> Cooley, presumably the man who received a pension, does not show up
> on the Madison lists until 1794. At that time he had no land. [My
> notes are over 25 years old and I don't know how accurate they are.]
> This Thaddius Cooley may have gone from KY to IN. There is a man by this
> name in Dearborn Co., IN in 1804 & 1807. Dearborn is right across the
> border from Hamilton Co., OH where a man by this name is found on the
> 1820 census. Then in 1830 a Thaddius Cooley, born 1760-1770, is on
> the census at Franklin Co., IN.
> To make this even more interesting, enumerated next to Thaddius
> Cooley on the 1830 census of Franklin Co., IN is an Isaac Cooley,
>  born 1800-1810. Then in 1840 an Isaac Cooley, also born 1800-1810,
>  is on the census at Bartholomew Co., IN.
> Shirley


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