Notes for Reuben Cooley (1779-1859) m1 Mary Harris m2 Elizabeth Followell


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Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Sun Mar 4 10:42:09 2007


1880 > KENTUCKY > MARION > HAYSVILLE
Series: T9 Roll: 432 Page: 87

Reuben's widow, Elizabeth, age 74, her daughter (Trsia?) Cooley, age 33, and grand daughter Girtin (Clearer?), age 3, are living door next to her sons, Stephen and Cornelius.

Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Tue May 15 11:50:17 2007


I received the following from Mary Cooley in May 2007:

NC - Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868:
Groom: Reuben Cooly
Bride: Polly Harris
Bond #: 000137944
Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
ImageNum: 003409
County: Stokes
Record #: 01 059
Witness: Perrin Cooly

Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Thu May 17 22:46:03 2007


The following was posted to the John Cooley Mailing List (list.johncooley.net) by Sandra in Dec 2006:

1830 Kentucky, Washington County
Reuben Cooley
1 male 15 to 20
2 males 20 to 30
1 male 50-60
2 females 15 to 20
1 female 20 to 30
1 female 40 to 50

1840 Kentucky, Marion County
Reubin Cooley
1 male 60 to 70
1 female 15 to 20

Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Fri May 18 11:34:40 2007


Thanks to Sandy Stanton for pointing out "Chooley" in the census indexes.

That the following could be Ruben can only be regarded as a guess. Could the census taker have thought it was pronounced Khooley--a silent H. I certainly wouldn't understand the reasoning for that. I'd think our best chance of knowing for sure would be to look at a platt map, if one existed. The only other name on that page that I recognise as possibly being even remotely associated with the Cooleys is "Roler". Nevertheless, for the record, here's how I read this entry:

1820 > KENTUCKY > WASHINGTON > NO TWP LISTED
Series: M33 Roll: 29 Page: 44

Ruben Chooley 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1

I did a search for Chooley on HQ's census index. Perhaps there's a
couple of missing Cooleys here:

CHOOLEY ADDIE C 51 F W IN IN ELKHART 5-WD; ELKHART; CONCORD TWP 1920
CHOOLEY CLAIRE P 44 M W WI OR JACKSON 2-WD ASHLAND 1910
CHOOLEY KATHARINE 26 F W PA PA ADAMS MT PLEASANT TWP 1900
CHOOLEY SAMUEL S 63 M W OH CA LOS ANGELES LOS ANGELES 1920
CHOOLEY UNA 49 M W MO OR MULTNOMAH PORTLAND; 41-PCT 1920
CHOOLEY WM KY WASHINGTON NO TWP LISTED 1820

Apparently, a William Cooley married Martha Salley. See this page:
http://www.pseudoprime.com/genealogy/i862.html

Here are my readings for William and his Salley neighbors in 1820:

1820 > KENTUCKY > WASHINGTON > NO TWP LISTED
Series: M33 Roll: 29 Page: 49

Wm Chooley 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0
Susan Salley 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Nancy Salley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 ? 2
Phillip Salley 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1

The eldest male in William's household was 26-45 and the eldest female was
16-26. There seems little doubt that Nancy was the Salley matriarch.

Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Fri May 18 11:41:18 2007


My assumption when first seeing the 1850 entry for Rubin was that Elizabeth Cooley was a granddaughter of Reuben's. Nancy Smothers may well have been a daughter. For a long time, I supposed that the elder Elizabeth was also a daughter and that Stephen, Cornelius and Lucretia were grandchildren. I still haven't ruled it out but Stephen's death certificate can't be denied. However, it's possible that Reuben had two older sons (see the 1830 census) in addtition to George. One of them -could- have been another Reuben. There were probably some answers in the Marion county KY tax lists and other records but most of that was destroyed during the Civil War. We'll probably never know. However, regardless of the exact relationships we can be pretty sure that Reuben was the patriarch of the family.

This reading was sent to me by Mary Cooley in May 2007:

1850 census - Marion Co., KY, page 428, family 475; 15 Oct 1850,
Water Gastin, Asst. marshal:

Reuben COOLEY, 81, male, farmer, $2500, NC
Elizabeth COOLEY, 45, female, KY
Stephen L. COOLEY, 8, male, KY
Corneleus COOLEY, 6, male, KY
Lucretea J. COOLEY, 4, female, KY
Nancy SMOTHERS, 39, female, K
Joseph SMOTHERS, 10, male, KY
James SMOTHERS, 5, male, KY
Elizabeth COOLEY, 18, female, KY

Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Fri May 18 12:00:37 2007


Rubin Cooley's widow and family:

1860 > KENTUCKY > MARION > BRADFORDSVILLE P O
Series: M653 Roll: 385 Page: 685

Elizabeth Cooley 55 f Farming KY
William Folowell 28 m laborer KY
Sallie Folowell 30 f KY
John Folowell 8 m KY
Nathan Folowell 6 m KY
George Folowell 4 m KY
Harlin Folowell 15 m KY
Daniel Folowell 3 m KY
William Clarkston 25 m school teacher KY
Stephen Cooley 18 m laborer KY
Cornelius Cooley 16 m laborer KY
Lucretia Cooley 14 f KY

Next family:

Nancy Smothers 55 f farming KY
Sallie Smothers 25 f KY
Marion Smothers 3 m KY

Note that living near them are the families of Abreham (age 37) and Marcus (age 40) Folowell.

Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Fri May 18 12:09:52 2007


Post from Sandra Stanton to the John Cooley Mailing list (list.johncooley.net), May 2007:

--quote--
Stephen Cooley's death certicate states his father as Rubin Cooley born in England and his mother as Elizabeth Followell born in Marion Co, KY.

Lucretia Jane Cooley's death certicate states her father as Rubin Cooley, born KY and mother Betsey Followay born Marion Co, KY.
--endquote--


Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Fri Jun 1 15:54:06 2007


1810 > KENTUCKY > CASEY > NO TWP LISTED
Series: M252 Roll: 9 Page: 49

Reuben Cooley 10001 02010

Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Tue Aug 19 23:45:05 2008


Nancy Cooley married James Smothers Jr 16 Feb 1830, Washington Co KY, bk2 p205.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Sat Feb 23 16:32:48 2013

His widow and daughter...

name: Elizabeth Cooly
estimated birth year: 1806
gender: Female
age in 1870: 64y
color (white, black, mulatto, chinese, indian): White
birthplace: Kentucky
home in 1870: Kentucky, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Elizabeth Cooly F 64y Kentucky
Lucrecia Cooly F 24y Kentucky