Notes for Dr Franklin Cooley (1818-1911) m1 Penelope Ellen Chinn m2 Mary F Wernwag


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A Jackson and a Franklin Cooley served in MO in the Mormon Was for 11 days, 11 Sep 1838 to 22 Sep 1838.

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Series: M432 Roll: 403 Page: 167

Franklin (25) is living in what appears to have been a boarding house.

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The battle of Lexington occurred in Lafayette co MO. From Wikipedia:

At the start of the Battle of Lexington, over a hundred sick or wounded Union soldiers occupied the Anderson House hospital. Medical care was entrusted to a surgeon named Dr. Cooley, while Father Butler, Chaplin of the 23rd Illinois, provided for the spiritual needs of the soldiers.[4]

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Several mentions of Dr Cooley:

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The United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men

Photo and bio of Dr. Franklin Cooley, a physician from Howard County, Missouri. He became a doctor in 1848 in Lexington, Missouri and during the Civil War was"appointed and commissioned by President Lincoln surgeon of the 6th Congressional District of Missouri," moving to Kansas City in 1867 and becoming the originator of the medical school in Kansas City."
Date //1878
Location q920.07 U59
Volume 2
Page 234-235

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Letter of recommendation...

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Series: T9 Roll: 692 Page: 211

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Series: M593 Roll: 782 Page: 523

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Series: M653 Roll: 628 Page: 600

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Robertson Cooley.
In very fine style, but quietly, at the residence of her father, Dr. Franklin Cooley, on McGee street, Miss Kate Cooley was united in marriage to Mr. Oscar Robertson, of Missouri City. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Wm. Taylor, of the Christian Church, and after congratulations a wedding feast was served, bountiful and delicious, and shortly the young couple left for their home in Missouri City, where an elegant reception was given them by the parents of the groom.

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The above marriage appears to have happened in 1882.

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"The United States biographical dictionary and portrait gallery of eminent
and self-made men. Missouri volume." Pages 234-235


Kansas City.

FRANKLIN COOLEY was born in Howard county, Missouri, in July, 1823, and was
the youngest but one of seven children. His parents were Joseph and Keziah
(Casey) Cooley. His maternal ancestors were natives of South Carolina, but
many of them moved to Illinois, where two of then, cousins of his mother,
were Methodist ministers, one of them, Zadoc Casey, being at one time a
representative in Congress from Illinois. His grandfather Casey served in
the Revolutionary war.

Joseph Cooley removed with his family from South Carolina to Christian
county, Kentucky, and from thence to Howard county, Missouri, where they
settled, contending against the hardships incident to western life and
fighting the Indians who were then very troublesome and numerous in that
part of the country. Shortly after Franklin was born his parents removed
from Howard to Clay county, Missouri, and when only three years of age his
father died, leaving his large family in straitened circumstances. He was
early thrown upon his own resources, and the education he received was
obtained by alternatively working and going to school. He continued to
struggle on in this arduous manner until about eighteen years of age, when a
maternal uncle took him into the dry goods business, where he remained for
several years, studying leisure hours and taking instruction in the higher
branches under private preceptors. While thus engaged he lost his mother,
and was left to fight the battle of his life without the sympathy and
comfort he so much needed.

In 1844 he commenced the study of medicine under the preceptorship of Dr.
Joseph M. Wood, then of Liberty and now of Kansas City, Missouri,going at
once into the dissecting room, studying and dissecting day and night. Here
he remained until the fall of 1846, when he entered the Louisville
(Kentucky) University. In the summer of 1847 he was appointed by the
faculty assistant demonstrator over a class of four hundred and fifty
students. He graduated in March, 1848, and was highly complimented by the
faculty for the able manner in which he had discharged his duties. He began
the practice of his profession in Lexington, Missouri, with his
father-in-law, Dr. Chinn, and continued with him until 1851, when he was
appointed assistant demonstrator of anatomy in his Alma Mater. While acting
as demonstrator he also attended a course of lectures. At the close of the
session he returned to Lexington and resumed his practice, securing at once
a large and remunerative business, mainly surgical, pursuing at the same
time with unremitting energy the study and practice of surgery, which has
always been his favorite branch, and performing nearly all the important
surgical operations in the section of the country.

In 1860 he went to Europe to prosecute his studies, visiting Edinburgh,
London and Paris, and becoming personally acquainted with the most
celebrated medical men of the day, learning all he could from them and
profiting by their experience. After a year spent thus he returned home and
resumed his practice, finding many important surgical cases awaiting him.
On the breaking out of the war he was appointed surgeon of the 10th Regiment
Volunteers, under Colonel White, serving in that capacity until after the
long siege at Lexington, Missouri, in the fall of 1861, when the crippled
regiment was consolidated with other commands. July 14, 1862, he was
appointed post-surgeon by Colonel John D. Stevenson, who was commanding the
United States forces at Lexington, and subsequently appointed examining
surgeon of the Missouri Militia Volunteers. Early in 1863 he was appointed
and commissioned by President Lincoln surgeon of the 6th Congressional
District of Missouri, under the enrollment act, and served in that capacity
until the close of the war.

He 1863 he was elected by the Legislature of Missouri curator of the State
University, and commissioned by Governor Gamble for two years, In January,
1865, he was commissioned by Governor Fletcher brigadier-general of Missouri
Militia Volunteers. In 1866, and again in 1867, he was commissioned by
Governor Fletcher supervisor of registration, and also in 1866, by
Surgeon-General Richardson, enrolling surgeon for the Missouri militia.

After the war he returned to Lexington, but removed to Kansas City, now the
Metropolis of the West, in the winter of 1867, where he at once entered into
a large practice. In 1869 he was appointed United States pension surgeon, a
position he still holds, so that he has almost constantly held public
offices since the outbreak of the war.

He was the originator of the medical school in Kansas City, and for three
years held the chair of surgery. Imitating the example of some of the
most eminent European surgeons, where the custom is quite prevalent and
sanctioned by the profession, in 1874 he established a private hospital
for the reception of patients from a distance, where special attention is
given to the treatment of deformities and the surgical diseases of women.

Dr. Cooley has been a member of the Odd Fellows society for many years. In
1859, when acting as a representative to the Grand Lodge, he was elected
Grand Marshal and immediately after commissioned District Deputy Grand
Master for District No. 7. His parents were Baptists, but he is a member
of the Christian Church. In politics he is a Republican.

On the 16th of May, 1848, he was married to Miss Ellen P. Chinn, daughter of
Dr. Joseph G. Chinn, of Lexington, Missouri, now of Lexington, Kentucky
his native State. His mother was one of the celebrated Graves family of
Kentucky. They had three children, two daughters and one son. The eldest
daughter is married to Dr. J. F. Williams, now of Winfield, Kansas. Mrs.
Cooley died in January, 1863. In August, 1864, Dr. Cooley married Mary F.
Wernwag, daughter of Judge Thomas D. Wernwag, formerly of Kentucky. His
wife's family, on her mother's side, are descended from the Custis and
Williams families of Virginia. To them has been born one daughter, now ten
years of age.

Dr. Cooley is tall and dignified in appearance, somewhat reserved, but
courteous and gentlemanly in manners. He is a renowned surgeon, and has
performed successfully many of the most important operations known in the
profession. His clearness of perception, accuracy of diagnosis and boldness
of operation have won for him many admirers. In 1869 he removed the entire
clavicle for a malignant growth, and the patient is to-day in good health
and able to perform the arduous duties of his calling. This was the first
time the operation was performed in the state and the seventh on record in
the United States. He has also performed many difficult and important
operations in ovariotomy, which entitle him to rank among our best
surgeons. In his social relations he is very pleasant and agreeable, an
entertaining companion, a warm friend and always ready to aid in every good

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Birth: 1817
Death: 1911

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Family links:
Mary F Wernuke Cooley (1844 - 1920)*

*Calculated relationship


1817 -- 1911

Note: Sturdy boxy gray granite replacement marker, probably set prior to 1986 survey of gravestones; very good condition. (23 Aug 2011)

Union Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section E Lot 11

Created by: J F-B
Record added: Aug 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75424227

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Name: F. Cooley
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1880
Event Place: Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 53
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Physician
Race (Original):
Ethnicity: American
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Birthplace: Missouri, United States
Birth Date: 1827
Spouse's Name: Mary F. Cooley
Spouse's Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Page: 211
Page Letter: D
Entry Number: 1384
Affiliate Film Number: T9-0692
GS Film number: 1254692
Digital Folder Number: 004241893
Image Number: 00426
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Self F. Cooley M 53 Missouri, United States
Wife Mary F. Cooley F 36 Kentucky, United States
Son Frank H. Cooley M 18 Missouri, United States
Daughter Maud Cooley F 13 Missouri, United States
Daughter Helene Cooley F 2 Missouri, United States
Other Minnie Eames F 23 Indiana, United States
Other C. Baker F 21 Missouri, United States
Other Alice Walsh F 20 Canada
Other Julia Conn F 24 Missouri, United States
Other Ella Epps F 26 Missouri, United States

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The Kansas City Star
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Vol 21, Issue 152, p3
Thu 16 Feb 1911

The Veteran Kansas City Surgeon Had
Practiced Abroad.

Dr. Franklin Cooley died yesterday afternoon at the home of his daughter Mrs. H. E. Reynolds, 4042 Charlotte Street. He was 90 years old. He was born at Cooley Lake in Clay County and came to Kansas City in 1868 from Lexington, Missouri. He was one of the older surgeons of the state and had studied and practiced in the hospitals of London, Parris and Edinburg.

At the beginning of the Civil War he was appointed surgeon of the Tenth Regiment Missouri Volunteers, and when that regiment was consolidated with other commands, he was made brigadier general in the Seventh Missouri Calvary. In 1863 he became a curator of the University of Missouri. President Grant appointed him examining pension surgeon for Kansas City in 1869, which office he held for 16 years. He was the founder of the first medical college in Kansas City, and three years held the chair of surgery.

A widow and three daughters survive. The daughters are: Mrs. Alice Williams of Duluth, Mrs. Oscar G. Robertson of Kansas City and Mrs. Reynolds. Funeral services will be at the Reynolds home, but the time has not been fixed.

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Zadoc Casey's father came from County Tyrone, Ireland, settled in North
Carolina before the Revolution, and was a soldier under Marion and Sumpter.
Zadoc Casey was bom in Georgia, March 7, 1796; was brought up in Sumner
County, Tennessee, where the family removed while he was quite young; was
married in Tennessee, Aug. 31, 1815, to Rachel King. They have had seven
children. While his oldest child was an infant, Gov. Casey removed with
his family to Illinois, in 1817, and settled in Jefferson County, near the
present town of Mount Vernon, of which he was the founder, where his family
was reared; and here he lived, died, and was buried. Gov. Casey was
elected to the house of representatives of the third general assembly, to
represent the counties of Jefferson and Hamilton, in 1822-4, the first
representative either of said counties had in the general assembly. Two
years later, Marion County having in 1823 been organized and added to the
district, in 1824-6 lie represented the enlarged district. In 1826-30, he
was in the State senate representing the district comprising Jefferson,
Hamilton, Marion, and Clay counties. In August, 1830, he was elected
lieutenant-governor at the same election with John Reynolds as governor. He
resigned this position in 1833, to accept a seat as one of three members
which Illinois was allowed in the Federal congress after the census of 1830;
and served five successive terms in congress, being reelected at every
election until the district was changed in 1842. He was a prominent member
of congress and was chairman of the committee on public lands, and the State
of Illinois is indebted to him for the land-grant which enabled them to
build the Illinois-and-Michigan Canal. He also made the first report to
congress in favor of a grant to aid in the construction of the
Illinois-Central Railroad. Senator Douglas, in a correspondence with Judge
Breese in 1851, gave to Gov. Casey the credit of the first official
recognition of the importance of the road in a report made in 1837, to the
house of representatives of the national congress, while chairman of the
committee on public lands.

Gov. Casey was elected to 16th general assembly in 1848, and was speaker of
the house; he was reelected to the house again in 1850-2, as a colleague of
Gen. Haynie, representing Jefferson and Marion counties. In 1860, he was
elected as state senator from the 20th district, composed of the counties of
Jefferson, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, Marion, Clay, and Richland, and was
holding this position at the time of his death, Sept. 4, 1862.

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And from another source:

ZADOC CASEY'S father was an Irish emigrant before the Revolutionary war. He
came to North Carolina and fought under Marion and Sumter in the conflict in
the Southern States. Zadoc was born in 1796, married in 1815, came to
Illinois in 1817, and settled at Mount Vernon in Jefferson County in that
year. He is credited with the founding of that thriving city. He was the
ancestor of a large number of people. He held many public offices and was
highly esteemed by the people. He favored slavery. He was elected
lieutenant-governor, in 1830, when John Reynolds came into office as
governor. He was later elected to Congress and secured the gift of land to
construct the Illinois and Michigan Canal, and also helped to secure the
grant to build the Illinois Central Railroad. He was a member of the
Constitutional Convention of 1847. He was considered a public-spirited
citizen and a man of considerable wealth for those days.