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Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Sun Jan 4 02:32:48 2009


My notes say that James died in 1835 but I think he may have been confused with James Alvin Cooley as, evidently, he was still alive in 1840:

1840 > MISSOURI > RANDOLPH > NO TWP LISTED
Series: M704 Roll: 229 Page: 283

James Cooley 0000001 000001

Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Mon Jan 5 00:38:53 2009


I don't know that this is the right James. I could be Joseph's or Daniel's James. All three were about the same age. In any event, this man had no children living with him. Nor does the James of 1840.

1830 > MISSOURI > RANDOLPH > NO TWP LISTED
Series: M19 Roll: 73 Page: 324

James Cooley 000001 00001


Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Mon Jan 5 00:41:11 2009


Note that the 1830 James is living near Randolph White.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Wed May 12 23:58:44 2010


I think this is the same James described for 1850 TN in this Sep 2009 email from Jim Cooley:

--quote--
the 1850 Dickson TN Census with James, 56 ,(NC) and Martha, 49,
(VA) with son Willow, 13, and daughter Polly, 10. They were living a few
doors down from the Lewis family, including Mary Lewis,10, who married my
GG gf E.C. (aka Ervin/Irvin) in 1858, same county.
--endquote--

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Thu May 13 00:25:43 2010


Current theory as stated in my posted response at genforum to Jim Cooley...

--quote--
Name: Michael Cooley
Added on Date: 5/12/10
Message Number: 4069

I'm reviewing our emails. It all makes sense. I think you're on the right track. The widower John H Cooley commits suicide in Howard co MO in 1846. The childless couple, James Cooley and Martha Bearden (1830 and 1840 census) of neighboring Randolph county, gain custody and move to Dickinson co TN, appearing in the 1850 census there.

Proof might be found in the court records of Howard co MO for c1846-1850 and in the deeds for Randolph co MO and Dickinson co TN for the same years.

It all fits nicely...and backed up by your DNA:

John Cooley (c1840-c1811)
James Cooley (1772-1821) m Elizabeth
John H Cooley (1812-1846) m Eliza Locke
E C Cooley

And then we have the adoptive parents:

John Cooley (c1840-c1811)
Perrin Cooley Sr (1769-1840) m Sarah
James Cooley (1797-1950+) poss m Martha Bearden
adopted E C Cooley

I think it's an excellent theory and ties up every detail nicely, down to the confusion over EC's parents' names. Personally, I'm convinced.

--endquote--

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Tue May 18 11:38:21 2010


This came from Mark Price, Randolph (MO) County Recorder. The fact that James sold land a few months after the suicide of his cousin, John H Cooley), aids the theory that he is the James who is found in Dickson county TN, 1850 census.

--quote--
Subject: RE: James Cooley deeds, c1840s
From: "Mark Price"
Date: Tue, May 18, 2010 8:45 am

I SEARCHED THIS MORNING AND FOUND THAT JAMES COOLEY SOLD TO A WALTER TUCKER ON 4-19-1844 IN BOOK E PAGE 179 PROPERTY IS LOCATED IN SECTION 32-52-14 AND ALSO JAMES COOLEY TO ROBERT SMITH ON 11-25-1846 IN BOOK F PAGE 323 LOCATED IN SECTION 31 AND 32- 54-14.
--endquote--

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Tue Jun 15 22:08:28 2010


The following notes were moved over from another file. It's a long story. There may be some unintended duplication...

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Tue Jun 15 22:09:10 2010


Originally posted Fri Sep 4 00:34:07 2009

This may be James's widow living in the household of Oat Storey...

1860 > TENNESSEE > DICKSON > DANIELSVILLE P O
Series: M653 Roll: 1247 Page: 203

Oat Storey 24 m TN farm hand
Mary A Storey 18 f MO
Martha Cooley 53 f GA domestic lady
M C Cooley 21 m MO farm hand
Wm E Cooley 2 m TN
R W Cooley 9/12 TN

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Tue Jun 15 22:10:07 2010


Originally posted Fri Sep 18 00:48:42 2009

1850 > TENNESSEE > DICKSON > MIDDLE DIST

Series: M432 Roll: 876 Page: 142

James Cooley 56 m NC
Martha Cooley 49 f VA
Willows Cooley 13 m MO
Polly Cooley 10 f MO

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Tue Jun 15 22:10:42 2010


Originally posted Sat Nov 7 22:28:12 2009

Per an email received from Jim Cooley in Nov 2009: "Willow and E.C.'s sister, Elizabeth, married John Calvin Bailey."


Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Tue Jun 15 22:11:13 2010


Originally posted Sat Nov 7 22:30:15 2009

Note that Polly was born in MO c1840. It's likely, then, that James moved to TN after that year.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Tue Jun 15 22:12:57 2010


Originally posted Tue Nov 10 19:59:24 2009

Some of us are beginning to explore an idea that James Cooley was the James of Randolph county who shows on the 1830 and 1840 census (childless) and, therefore, a first cousin of John H Cooley, who may have been the same man who committed suicide in 1846. The children attributed to James may, then, have been John's. Stronger evidence is needed but all the pieces are fitting nicely.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Tue Jun 15 22:15:14 2010


The above notes were moved from 1243198701

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Tue Jun 15 23:11:57 2010


St Charles co marriages. This *could* be James and his sister...

Cooly, Betsy to Massie, Thomas, 28 Jul 1815
Cooly, James to Massey, Polly, 16 Dec 1817


Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Tue Aug 2 13:38:45 2011


Another possibility here is that James was really John and the other are those found together on the 1860 Dickson census.

1850 > TENNESSEE > DICKSON > MIDDLE DIST
Series: M432 Roll: 876 Page: 142

James Cooley 56 m NC...................John Cooley?
Martha Cooley 49 f VA..................Martha Bearden Cooley?
Willows Cooley 13 m MO.................Milo Cooley?
Polly Cooley 10 f MO...................May Ann (Cooley) Storey?

Milo's is rarely found, if ever, spelled correctly in the census records.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Fri Mar 15 23:50:26 2013

See notes for nephew John (m Bearden) for info on estate records.



Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Sun Mar 31 18:25:19 2013

Email received May 18, 2010:

> I SEARCHED THIS MORNING AND FOUND THAT JAMES COOLEY SOLD TO A WALTER
> TUCKER ON 4-19-1844 IN BOOK E PAGE 179 PROPERTY IS LOCATED IN SECTION
> 32-52-14 AND ALSO JAMES COOLEY TO ROBERT SMITH ON 11-25-1846 IN BOOK F
> PAGE 323 LOCATED IN SECTION 31 AND 32- 54-14. IF YOU WOULD LIKE COPIES
> OF THESE YOU CAN SEND $4.00 DOLLARS AND A SELF ADDRESS ENVELOPE TO:
> Recorder of deeds
> 110 south main
> Suite B
> Huntsville, MO. 65259