Notes for William E Cooley (c1858-)
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Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Fri Jul 16 17:20:20 2010
Milo Cooley's son, Wm E, would have been old enough to be this man. I'm
not saying it's him but it is worth looking into. We know that Milo's son,
Robert, got into a lot of trouble. http://www.westernkyhistory.org/christian/obit/p/phippen.html
Charles Phippen and Son Killed Near Dover, by William Cooley
Clarksville, Tenn., Dec. 8. -
News was brought here today of the murder of Charles Phippen and son, 18
years of age, at their home near Dover, yesterday, by William Cooley.
The full particulars could not be obtained. It appears that trouble among
neighbors has grown out of the Goode cattle dealing affair. Phippen and
son were accused of some connection with goods, who was charged with
extensive cattle stealing and selling beef during the summer and fall, who
skipped his bond and was lately recaptured.
Phippen and son in all events were arrested on some charge and had been to
Dover to give bond for appearance in court. Phippen owned the old Stacker
farm near Dover and had just returned home when William Cooley, John
McCauley, and other parties were passing the house on the road.
What these parties had to do with the matter the reporter has been unable
to learn. However, Phippen commenced quarreling, cursing McCauley, who
dismounted to fight Phippen. Some one called Cooleys attention to young
Phippen, who had his gun presented and that instant Cooley fired, one shot
killing young Phippen and then discharged the second barrel at the old
man, killing him.
Hopkinsville New Era