Notes for John Cooley (1793-1844) m Elizabeth White


Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Mon Jun 4 18:45:33 2007

Randolph County, Missouri Administrations and Executors, Book B, 1849-1854

Name: Elizabeth Cooley
My son, Washington L. Cooley
My children: Nancy Kelly, John Cooley, Elvina Cooley, Margaret Cooley, Eveley Cooley, and Randolph H. Cooley

Written: 23 July 1853
Witnesses: Nathaniel Tuley and R. H. Rice
Probated: 13 Aug. 1853

Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Mon Dec 8 23:47:06 2008

I hereby certify, that on the second of June last passed, I celebrated the rights of matrimony between John Cooley and Elizabeth White, both of the county of Howard and territory of Missouri.

Given under my hand, this 12th day of April, 1816.


Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Mon Dec 8 23:50:17 2008

The muster-roll of Capt. Sarshall Cooper's company, dated April, 1812

Jas. Cooley
Jos. Cooley
John Colley

Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Mon Jan 5 01:17:47 2009

Elizabeth White's brother, Thomas Kirkland White, married John's sister Jemima Cooley. Their sister, Jane White, married John and Jemima's cousin, James M White (son of James, 1772-1821).

Note that the White patriarch, Randolph White, was living near a James Cooley with no children in 1830 (Randolph co MO). Is he the same James Cooley, still without children, in 1840, same place?

About Randolph White:

Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Thu Jan 8 12:50:02 2009

From Sandy Stanton, Jan 2009:

I was going through some research that I did last year in SLC and didn't process as of yet and found a court record of the death of John Cooley who was married to Elizabeth White. This is the John Cooley who was murdered in 1844. Guess what? That John did die in 1844, so he can't be the John Cooley who raped his daughter and then hang himself in jail in 1846.

Here is the circuit court record -- vol. 8, page 658 [FHL # 963,435]

Saturday December 14th 1844
Willliam Green & others [note: I am not sure that it is Green, very hard to read] VS John Cooley & others

It states that John Cooley hath departed this life. Something was ordered against Elizabeth Cooley and Joseph Cooley administors of said John Cooley, Dec'd. They are to return to the next term of this court.

This complete entry is very hard to read and I usually do not have trouble but this one I do. I will try to look at this film again when I am in SLC in Feb.

Now we are back to square one with who that John Cooley belonged to.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Mon Sep 21 13:25:55 2009

From an email from Sandra Stanton, Sep 09. She sets the record straight on Randolph....

I, also, descend from Randolph White, Sr. Another researcher and I did enormous lot
of work on him and found that the story you might be referring to might not be
true. Please send me the link. There was a story about Randolph White in one of
the books by Vargus [spelling might not be correct] and his work is not considered
to be accurate in many cases and not accepted by genealogist and heritage societies.
In my research I found a Randolp White who was sent to America for stealling from a
dwelling house.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Sun Nov 8 23:38:03 2009

1830 Howard co MO

p 145 John Coolley 2100001 111301

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Thu Jul 15 00:15:06 2010

John's wife:

Elizabeth White Cooley

Birth: Jul. 25, 1796
Mercer County
Kentucky, USA

Death: 1853
Randolph County
Missouri, USA

Wife of John Cooley. She was the daughter of Randolph White and Margaret Kirkland.

Mark Teter Cemetery - Jacksonville
Randolph County
Missouri, USA

Created by: Elsetta
Record added: May 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14298334

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Thu Jul 15 00:25:05 2010

Why are only John, Washington and Randolph mentioned as sons in Elizabeth's will?

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Fri Jul 23 22:39:51 2010

Widow Elizabeth with children Martha, John, Washington, Elvira, Margaret, Emiline, Randolph.

Series: M432 Roll: 411 Page: 238

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Mon Apr 25 16:50:32 2011

"History of Howard and Cooper counties, Missouri"

On Judge McCafferty's land, in east half of southwest quarter section 16,
township 51, range 15, there is an old lick which is known as Cooley's lick.
Mr. McCafferty states that salt was first made here fifty or sixty years
ago, and that John Cooley made salt at the lick in 1841. He says he first
saw the spring in that year, and at that time there were trees growing up
from old stumps that he judged to be thirty years old. According to Mr.
McCafferty's calculations, salt must have been made here as far back as
1811. Mr. Cafferty has owned the lick for twenty-five years and made salt
in 1862, using the few remaining kettles that were first used fifty or sixty
years ago. He was unable to state how much water was required to make a
bushel of salt, but says that in making a bushel he burned four cords of
wood. At one time he would obtain more salt from a certain amount of water
than at another. The water has a sulphurous smell, and leaves and pieces of
wood left in the spring are soon covered with a yellowish-white coating.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Sun Sep 18 00:10:08 2011

Unattributed copy of a letter,
titled "Cooley Family Record" to Mildred Tallant c1930s, says john Cooley
was murdered.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Sun Sep 18 00:27:00 2011

Oops. Not unattributed. It was from Arthur M. Kiergan. In another letter, he says that his grandfather John Cooley "was murdered in his own horse lot in Mason [Macon?] in about 1845."

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Thu Jun 21 21:51:38 2012

Better link for the marriage citation: