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

Sandra Stanton sandystanton at prodigy.net
Sun Apr 22 09:51:25 PDT 2007


Mary, 
Thanks you  for putting this on the list. I just wish
that the Cooley researchers that still believe and
pass on the information that was published in this
book could see this letter. However, I doubt that it
would change any of their minds.

Sandy

--- Mary Cooley <mlcooley at charter.net> 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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