[List] Interesting letter form The Cooley Family Association of America

Cooley cool.hg.r1a at gmail.com
Sat Apr 21 23:21:38 PDT 2007


Mary: I second Michael's thanks. I'm hoping several Cooley men will take
Y-DNA tests and sort out all the various Cooleys. One thing is already for
sure: Michael's and my Y-DNA (which match) indicate that our Cooley line is*
 NOT* Dutch.
-Don


On 4/21/07, michael at newsummer.com <michael at newsummer.com> wrote:
>
> Thanks, Mary! This is fabulous! If you don't mind, it's going on the
> website.
> (But not tonight. I've been working at my computer all day.)
>
> This is really sad and, as she says, has caused endless trouble.
> Hopefully, we
> can help set the record straight.
>
> -Michael
>
> On Sat, 21 Apr 2007 22:06:50 -0700, Mary Cooley wrote
> > I found this letter in the files of Ron Jones/Bernita (Jones) Sharp.
> >  I believe the letter may have been written to my husband's cousin;
> > although, I don't believe I have ever heard anyone call him "Denny".)
> >
> > The Cooley Family Association of America
> >
> > Dean Mortimer E. Cooley, Founder
> >
> > 39 Woodland Place
> >
> > Ft. Thomas, KY 41075
> >
> > July 31, 1977.
> >
> > Dear Denny,
> >
> > I am so glad you are of an enquiring mind.  This is one of the necessary
> > attributes of a good genealogist.
> >
> > That book of Lura Coolley Hamil has caused us plenty of headaches
> > with folks accepting her data as "gospel proof".  Yes, we have a
> > copy of it.  One of the several cousins who published it some twenty
> > years after Mrs. Hamil died, when they found it on a shelf in a
> > house to be dismantled, - she spent just barely five months on her
> > research! - sent my husband a copy. Genealogically speaking it
> > should be labeled with a huge "Skull and cross bones".  Mrs. Hamil
> > went about grabbing up anything she felt might go together, has
> > mixed up many different Cooley families, etc.
> >
> > After her statement that the Dutch Cool, etc. took on the English
> spelling
> > of Cooley due to the influence of having married English wives, my
> husband
> > and I went up into Orange Co., Rockland, Green Co, NY to study the court
> > house records.  I may honestly report to you that most of the
> > Cooleys in that area were direct descendants of Daniel Cooley who
> > came there from Massachusetts with his family.  Other New England
> > Cooleys gradually followed suit.  The way in which she arbitrarily
> > decides to change the spelling of the name, latch on to the most
> > likely family for that group, is pretty sad. All I can say to you
> > and anyone else who sees that book (oh! That it had never been
> > printed), for goodness sake find proof first from some other
> > reliable source before accepting it.  I am horrified that it should have
> > been microfilmed without first someone to check its authenticity!
> >
> > On the lineage that I sent you, wherever I included a date and place
> > of marriage or a settlement of an estate I have proof from a court
> > house for it.  Some of the information came from family Bibles, some
> > from cemetery records and some from census records, as well as old
> > letters, such as the one of John Pierce Cooley saying that his
> > grandfather was born and raised in Virginia.
> >
> > Clay Co., MO. - Administration Papers of the estate of Joseph Cooley
> > granted widow Keziah Cooley 9/12/1826 - he died leaving eleven heirs
> > and representatives as follows:  Polly Mitchell of Tenn., John
> > Cooley, Elizabeth White, Hannah Wilson, Evaline Cooley, Christopher
> > Cooley, Casander Cooley, Harrison Cooley, Jackson Cooley, Franklin
> > Cooley and Eli Cooley - all of Missouri - Joseph Cooley d. 4/3/1826 -
> >  adm. 6/14/1826 - Adm. Keziah Cooley. You will note that the first
> > four children are those of the first marriage as I gave them to you.
> >
> > Now, the Daniel Cooley to whom I referred as perhaps being the
> > brother of your Joseph died in Ray Co., MO.  Just in case it might
> > be of help to you for someone else sometime I'll give you excerpts
> > from the settlement of his estate.  The adm. were John Staley, Wm.
> > S. Miller, and Joshua Oakey - the estate adm. 9/6/1826 - Heirs of
> > Daniel Cooley, dec. - (6 sons & 6 dau.)
> >
> > Sons: William, John, James, Daniel, Elias, & Reuben - also Aaron
> > Cooley of Adair Co., KY. who was located 11/18/1828
> >
> > Daus: Anna Munday, Rebecca Hardwick (wife of Thomas Hardwick), Sally
> > Mayberry, Polly Smart, Elizabeth Salley & Malinda Turner.
> >
> > If you want any of the family set-ups in detail I'll be glad to copy
> > them for you.
> >
> > Frank and I have done extensive research in southwest Virginia,
> travelling
> > up and down some long, pretty steep and curvy roads to get there,
> >  but did get quite a bit of Cooley data.  There are Josephs and
> > Daniels galore, but so far, I can't pick out the correct two about
> > whom I have been writing. There was also another Daniel who came
> > with his wife Elizabeth (Spurlock) Cooley from Fincastle Co., VA.
> > into Kentucky, settled in old Lincoln County, died there and his
> > family remained there.
> >
> > One of the counties we worked in Virginia was Bland Co. to which I
> believe
> > Mrs. Hamil refers.  Well, the Joseph T. Cooley who lived there was
> > the son of Thaddeus and Elizabeth Cooley of Wythe Co., VA.  He was
> > b. 5/17/1793 in Wythe Co., Va. & died in Bland Co., VA. 5/22/1862 -
> >  after having married three times - he is buried in Ceres, Bland Co.
> > beside his first wife "in the garden".  He and his first wife, Sally
> > Ragsdale whom he m. in Wythe Co., VA 4/15/1815 had as their first
> > child Marion Lee Cooley who m. 3/8/1866 in Bland Co., VA. Catherine
> > V. Baumgardner - they did move to Missouri living in Kansas City,
> >  Jackson Co., Mo.  That might help a little to settle the
> > information in the "skull & cross bones" book.  There were a number
> > of Cooley families in southwestern Virginia, most of whom were not
> > any kin to each other, and they belonged in Virginia.
> >
> > The above same Joseph had a brother, Daniel whose wife's name was
> Elizabeth.
> > They had at least four children.  But, they lived in Grayson Co.,
> >  Va. where I found his will probated 5/1812.  His widow remarried
> > after his death to David Collins.  This Daniel had bought property
> > in Grayson Co., Va. 3/22/1803.
> >
> > I trust I have laid to rest any doubts you may have had about your
> lineage
> > from Joseph.  I'll be happy to try to answer any further questions
> > you may have.
> >
> > It will be very nice to have you as a member of the Cooley Family
> > Association of America.
> >
> > Very sincerely yours,
> >
> > /s/ Elizabeth Cooley
> >
> >
> _________________________________________________________________________-
> >
> > This is taken from the brochure of The Cooley Family Association of
> America;
> > Dean Mortimer E. Cooley, Founder:
> >
> > "The COOLEY GENEALOGY, completed and published by Dean Cooley in
> > 1941, is a work recording all of the information which Dean Cooley
> > had accumulated in almost sixty years..The main section of THE
> > COOLEY GENEALOGY records the descendants of Benjamin Cooley, who
> > settled in Longmeadow, Massachusetts circa 1640.
> >
> > Other Cooley immigrant lines have been documented as part of the
> Association
> > records.  Cornelius Coele of Holland settled in New York state; his
> > descendants in Pennsylvania spelled their name Cooley and
> Colley.  Samuel
> > Coley was one of the first settlers of Milford, Connecticut.  Peter
> Cooley
> > sailed from London with his three sons and settled in Virginia just
> > prior to the Revolution.  Abraham Cooley came to New York state
> > about 1780, and having "visited relatives" moved to North Carolina
> > and later to Virginia. Various spellings are numerous; public
> > records contain such variations as Cooley, Coley, Colley, Cully,
> > Culy, etc.  The COOLEY ASSOCIATION is concerned about all
> > individuals with a Cooley name in their pedigree."
> >
> > Mary Cooley
>
>
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