[List] Does anyone know anything about any of these Cooleys?
GirardLV at aol.com
Mon Jun 11 10:35:08 PDT 2007
>From L. Girard, _girardlv at aol.com_ (mailto:girardlv at aol.com)
My primary interest is locating the ancestry of my great-grandparents Peter
P. Cooley and Elizabeth Steele. I have this much thus far =
1811 New Madrid earthquake
1815 Dorcas Cooley born (dtr of a Peter Cooley)
1826 Benjamin Steele b Va
1829 John W, Steele b Va
1832 May 20 Dorcas m John Criner b abt 1815 Va
(both abt age 17)
1833 Frances & Martha Ann Steele b Va
1835 Elizabeth Davis Steele b Va
1837 Joseph Steele Va
1848 Aug 10 Martha m John Thompson b 1822 VA
(M age 15, J age
1849 Martha's son James b Va
1850 Elizabeth living with Martha & family
in Berkeley Va
1850 Aug 20 census a Peter Cooley age 25
(b 1825) in Clarke Co as shoemaker
with another age 40 and another age 19
= apprentice? indentured?
1853 July 11 Peter m Elizabeth Steele
(E age 18, P age abt 30)
1854 Feb Norman G. b Va
1857 April 12 Dorcus letter
1859 Mar 10 Charles R. b Ky
1868 Feb (Henry) Harry George b Ky
1872 Zotto b Ky
1874 May 10 May French b WVa
1886 Aug 10 Winchester notice
1895 Nov 13 Elizabeth Cooley died
1896 July 1 Peter P. Cooley bur Dayton Nat. Cem.
1896 July 14 Harry m May French
(H age 28, May age 22)
1897 May 10 Rhoda Elizabeth b Ky (my mother)
1900 Jan 1 Charles French b - dec 1st Feb 1900
There is a Cooley I don't know where to place but I believe belongs in our
family tree because this letter was in possession of my grandmother. Dorcas
is possibly a relative of Peter P. Cooley who married Elizabeth Steele =
Dorcas Cooley b abt 1815 VA who married 20 May 1832 John Criner b abt 1815,
son of Elizabeth Griffey.
Frederick County Marriage Bonds, by Joan D. Hackett & Rebecca D. Good, FHL
#975.5992 V2h, p.208
"19 May 1832 John Criner, son of Elizabeth Griffy, & Darcus Cooley.
Bondsman, Elizabeth Griffy."
Frederick County, Virginia land deeds, Book 62, Page 214, FHL #31399
"This indenture made the 10th day of January in the year 1834. Between John
Criner and Dorcas his wife of Frederick County, Virginia of the one part, and
Abraham Miller of the same county and state of the other part. Witnesseth:
That the said John Criner and dorcas his wife for and in consideration of the
sum of fifty dollars...in hand paid by the said Abraham Miller...confirm unto
the said Abraham Miller...certain real estates of which Peter Cooley father
of the said Dorcas dec'd siezed, lying in the village of Slab Town (?) in the
County of Frederick..."
Frederick County, Virginia land deeds, Book 64, Page 92, FHL #31400
"This indenture made this 4th day of May in the year 1835. Between John
Criner and Dorcas his wife of the one part and Abraham Miller of the other part.
Witnesseth that the said John Criner and Dorcas his wife for and in
consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars...in hand paid by the said Abraham
Miller...confirm unto the said Abraham Miller...a certain piece or parcel of
land lying in Frederick County containing half an acre more or less being
property inherited by the said Dorcus from her father Peter Cooley lying near the
town of Winchester..."
Frederick County, Virginia land deeds, Book 65, Page 452, FHL #31401
"This indenture made this 27th day of Dec. 1836. Between John Criner and
Dorchus his wife of the one part, I & W.G. Russell of the other part. Witnesseth,
That John Criner for and in consideration of five dollars...in hand paid by
the said I & W.G. Russell...confirm unto the said I & W.G. Russell...a
certain lot of land lying...in the town or village of Slab Town (?)...property of
which Peter Cooly dec'd seized..."
Note: There is a Slabtown over on the James River.
(Since Dorcas inherited the land, does that mean she was an only child?)
Letter from Dorcas Criner transcribed as written .....
Winchester Va April the 12th 1857
dear daughter i now take this opertunity
of aressing you a few lines to let you
know that i am well at present
hoping that you and your little son is
enjoying the same good blesing
you write to and that if you don't go
to the west in such a short time you
will bee up to see mee
that i am most afrade that i will
not get to see you
lizey you must Come up if you
can for i am All most Crazy to see
you i (don't?) hear no more of the
smallpox now the worst of it is over
thare was one Death from it after Cutley
i a was glad to hear that
Peter was well when you heard from
him you must write as oftin as you Can
and i will do the same
i wach the Cax* as regler as a Clock
to see you Come
if you Can Come up and stay
all summer with mee i will
be very glad indeed
your cousin Maria sends her best
love to you and says she would
like vary much to see you and she
says she will write to you as soon
as she Can and you moust do the same
nothing more at present
i remon your Affectionate Mother
till death Dorcus Criner
(* Cax or Cox or Cas or Cos)
Curiously, in Winchester, Frederick co VA
the 1850 census lists Dorcas age 51 (b 1799) with John age 35.
the 1860 census lists Dorcas age 45 (b 1815) with John age 45,
the 1870 census has no listing for them anywhere,
the 1880 census lists Dorcas age 85 (b 1797) with John age 75.
NOTE: Chrutley Cooley, age 16 (= b 1834), in the 68th district Wythe County,
VA 1850 census, son of Frances (sic) & Sarah Cooley. Francis age 48 (= b
1802), Sarah age 47, dtrs Wanda age 21 (= b 1829), Mary age 18 (= b 1832). All
born in NC.
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