[List] Cooleys - KY>MO>OR

michael@newsummer.com michael at newsummer.com
Mon Jan 1 20:14:33 PST 2007

Hi Shirley,

Thanks for the posts!

If Mildred Tallant was correct then James Alvin Cooley (father of Miller) and
 James Cooley of Madison County, Kentucky were the same person. But there is a
discrepency of 30 years in the birth dates. I think Mildred was correct about
her great-father being named James but that he was the James of the Revolution
was probably wishful thinking on her part. As you point out, there are a lot
of errors in the Hamil book. 

Frankly, I don't know what the proof is that James Alvin Cooley was the son of
Daniel (1765-1826). If someone has it I'd love to make note of it. Also, there
is always the possibilty that Daniel has been misidentified with the John
Cooley family. I do find it interesting that he left NC so much earlier than
the others. But that's where the yDNA tests would really come in handy. I'd
love to hear from a male descendant of his!

In regards to James of Madison county, I haven't seen any indication that he 
had any children. Do you think that some of the evidence points to the fact
that he did?

On Mon, 1 Jan 2007 19:16:51 -0500, Shirley Wilcox wrote
> Another Oregon Cooley is Miller Wisdom Cooley. He was a son of James 
> & Frances (Miller) Cooley and a grandson of a Daniel Cooley. He was 
> in the Mexican War and received a pension (WC 13539). From the 
> pension we learn that he was born 18 Dec 1822, Madison Co., KY & d 9 
> Sept 1902, Chetco, Curry Co., OR. His widow Elizabeth (Hill) Cooley 
> said they married 8 June 1843, Carroll Co., MO. She said he was 23 
> when he enlisted at Carrollton, Carroll Co., MO and that they res. 3 
> 1/2 years in Carroll Co., MO, 2 years in Fremont Co., IA, 4 years in 
> Lake Co., OR, 2 years in Josephine Co., OR & 43 years in Curry Co.,
>  OR. An 1887 affidavit by Miller says they went to OR in 1853. There 
> is a 1929 letter from Mildred Tallant of Santa Barbara. CA who says 
> she is a granddaughter of Miller Wisdom Cooley.
> In the Revolutionary War Pension file of James Cooley (SC 30961) 
> there is a 1930 letter from Mildred Tallant of Santa Barbara and she 
> says James Cooley was her paternal great grandfather. I think I sent 
> data from this previously. This James said he was born 19 Oct 1762 
> in VA but moved to NC when he was small. He was living in Madison 
> Co., KY in 1832. I found a marriage record  for James Cooley & 
> Frances Miller, 2 June 1814, Adair Co., KY.
> According to other sources, at least two other siblings of Miller Cooley
> went to Oregon, a sister Frances Ann and a brother Daniel B. 1887 deeds
> show that Miller Cooley & wife Elizabeth and Frances A Cooley; heirs 
> of D B Cooley dec'd, sold their portion to John D. Cooley. There is 
> a biographical sketch on Miller Cooley in a Century of Coos & Curry 
> Co., OR, p525.
> The birth year and place for Daniel B. Cooley & Miller Cooley are in
> Oregon Donation Land Claims, Vol. IV, p76.
> *******
> Joseph Cooley, b ca 1767, d 3 Apr 1836, Liberty, Clay Co., MO; m(2)
> Keziah Casey, daughter of Christopher Casey, 15 Feb 1807, Lincoln 
> Co., KY and several of their children went to OR. *Eveline G b 7 Dec 
> 1807, KY, m James Officer 19 Feb 1826, Clay Co., MO & d 14 June 1878,
>  Molalla, Clackamas Co., OR & bur Adams Cemetery [Her marriage date 
> & place in Oregon Donation Land Claims, Vol. I, p19 under husband 
> James Officer] *Christopher C, b 6 Aug 1809, Lincoln Co., KY, m 
> Nancy Officer, 30 Sept 1834, Clay Co, MO & d 13 Nov 1885, Woodburn,
>  Marion Co, OR, bur. Hubbard Cemetery [His birth date & place & his 
> marriage date & place in Oregon Donation Land Claims, Vol. I, p86] 
> *Jackson, b 1816, Howard Co., MO, m Harriet L Dimmick, 13 Nov 1851,
>  Marion Co., OR Territory, d 16 Aug 1883, Woodburn, Marion Co., OR & 
> bur. Hubbard Cemetery [His birth date & place & his marriage date & 
> place in Oregon Donation Land Claims, Vol. I, p85] *Eli Casey, b 
> 1821, Howard Co, MO, m Lydia Bonney, 18 Oct 1849, Marion Co., OR 
> Territory, d 26 Aug 1882 [His birth date & place & his marriage date 
> & place in Oregon Donation Land Claims, Vol. I, p86]
> Although the first names of wives and the marriage date and place are
> given, the maiden names were not. I got those by going to the MO marriage
> records.
> The brother Harry Cooley  mentioned in Michael's post apparently was
> Harrison Cooley who married Nancy Bean, 12 Jan 1839, Clay Co., MO.
> Another correspondent, Betty Pederson, said he died 1850 in Clay Co.,
>  MO. The brother Frank was Franklin who (1) Penelope E Chinn & (2) Mary
> Wernway. He was born July 1818 and died 15 Feb 1911, Kansas City, MO
> according to Betty. She said the other sibling was Cassandra who married
> James Hanley. I found a marriage license for this couple 22 Jan 1835,
> Cape Girardeau Co., MO.
> *****
> Other information can be found in Chapter 10 of a Story of 
> Pioneering by Laura Cooley Hamil (1955). The author died in 1931 & 
> it was published later. You have to sort through it carefully as it 
> has nuggets of good information plus unproven speculation. It's hard 
> to tell where some of the information came from, but some came from 
> Mildred Tallant. It tries to connect to a Dutch family and spreads a 
> lot of misinformation to my mind.
> Shirley


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