Notes for Cornelius Cooley (1814-1843) m Dorothy Cooley


Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Fri Aug 22 13:21:49 2008

From: Rick Ernst
Subject: More Cooley arrests
To: "Sandra Stanton"

Sept Term 1841

William Cooley pg 80 Vol B
Assult with intent to Kill. Jury trial found him not

pg 63 State of Missouri vs William Cooley and Cornelius
Assault with intent
Grand Jury failed to return a bill of indictment against
Cornelius Cooley therefore he is discharged.
William was present in court and removed to custody of

pg 65 William was "Recognized"

pg 145 Cornelius Cooley indicted for betting. June 1842

pg 168 Cornelius Cooley ordered for alias summons and
continued. Sept 1842

pg 196 Cornelius Cooley Suit dismissed.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Thu Apr 2 18:32:39 2009

From a March 2008 email from Rick Ernst to Sandra Stanton:

Cornelius died in either late 1842 or early 1843, as he was indicted for Betting (along with Thomas Cooley) on June 13, 1842. An order for an alias summons was issued on Sept 26, 1842. On May 13, 1843 the suit was dismissed because the Circuit Attorney represented to the court that the defendant was dead.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Wed Jun 20 02:04:48 2012

Series: M704 Roll: 229 Page: 332

Cornelius Cooley 21001-00001

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Wed Jun 20 13:15:54 2012

After studying the letters of Arthur Kiergan ( ) and comparing it with the bio on Cornelius's son Mathias, we've concluded that "Dolly" White was his cousin Dorothy Cooley. (Dolly being a nickname for Dorothy, and White being confused with her mother Elizabeth White.) Kiergan's three named half-brothers, then, would have been Mathias's three older full brothers.

The question is, why did Mathias choose not to live with his mother and step father and go to Oregon with his cousins?

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Fri Jun 22 00:50:12 2012

From Mary Cooley, June 2012. Joseph and John would have been Dorothy's sons from her marriage to (Cornelius?) Cooley:

I just found the Kiergan family! This is what I found:

Brunswick, Chariton Co., MO
12 Nov 1850, pg 227 B
Family 498 (numbers VERY faded):
Benjamin Vergin, 30, male, farmer, Ten
Dorothy Vergin, 35, female, MO, cannot read or write
Joseph Vergin, 15, male, MO
John Vergin, 12, male, MO
Arthur Vergin, 3, male, MO

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Wed Sep 11 21:50:25 2013

This was written before Mary found the 1850 census...

From: Michael Cooley
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 01:49:48 -0700

I have a theory. :)

Consider the following:

Dolly is a nickname for Dorothy.

Arthur Kiergan wrote that his mother, Dorothy Cooley, had first married
the brother of Tink and Benjamin Cooley. He stated that his mother had
three sons from this first marriage. Here's the 1840 census for Cornelius:

Ray County
p 332 Cornelius Cooley, Fishing River Township

2 males 0-4
1 male 5-9
1 male 20-29
1 female 20-29

The bio for Mathias Cooley, son of Cornelius and "Dolly," says that he had
three brothers.

1830s - three sons born to Cornelius
1840+ - possibly another son born
1843 - Cornelius died
1848 - Arthur born

Ray county, where Cornelius lived, is next door to Carroll County where
Arthur was born. The whole family should be there in 1850 but I'm not
finding them.

Arthur said his older half brothers were:

Joseph died in CW in 1863
Michael murdered by Mormons in "Eutah"
John William accidentally killed at age 12

But why would Mathias not be known by Arthur? And why did Cornelius
request Mathias be adopted by the Wilsons, especially if he had three more
sons? He was off to Oregon in 1845, three years before Arthur was born.
Arthur might not have known anything about him, particularly if some kind
of family secret was involved. Perhaps this might explain why Don Cooley
and Rick Ernst couldn't find an autosomol match.

The 1840 census for Cornelius gives two sons 0-4. One would have been
Mathias. If there was a fourth son, he could have been born c1840-43.

That Dorothy Cooley (died 1851) could have been remembered as Dolly White
is not surprising, especially since her mother was Elizabeth White.

Am I way out there or does it make sense? I can't find these families in
1850, Carroll county where Arthur was born. They were either not
enumerated or were missed in the indexing. I'll later go through every