John Cooley of Fayette County, PA
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Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia
of Fayette County, Pennsylvania
editorially managed by John M. Gresham
assisted in the compilation by Samuel T. Wiley, A Citizen of the County
Compiled and Published by John M. Gresham & Co. Chicago: 1889
JOHN COOLEY is a son of Jonathan Colley and Jane Passmore Cooley, and was
born in Tyrone township, Fayette county, Penna, August 22, 1816.
William Cooley, paternal
grandfather, was of Irish extraction and at the time of the Revolutionary
War was a resident of Maryland, and followed wagoning. He was married to
Elizabeth Firmin. Their children were: John Cooley, Jonathan Cooley
(father), Matthew Cooley, Isaac Cooley, and Frederick Cooley.
Jonathan Cooley, father, was born in 1777 and died in 1817. He was a
"forgeman" and came from Maryland to Fayette county in 1803. He was married
October 31, 1805, to Miss Jane Passmore. Their children were: Matthew
Cooley, born August 11, 1806; Nancy Cooley, born April 22, 1811; Mary P
Cooley, born March 1, 1808; William Cooley, born January 9, 1814; Elizabeth
F Cooley, born July 6, 1809; John Cooley, born August 22, 1816.
John Cooley was educated in the subscription schools and learned the trade
of a carpenter, and later that of cabinet maker. He was married March 20,
1839, to Miss Maria Louisa Bryant of Connellsville. Their children were:
Eliza J Cooley, born January 17, 1840; Isabella Cooley, born September 18,
1841; Wallace H Cooley, born May 1, 1843; Amanda Cooley, born January 30,
1845; Henry L Cooley, born July 16, 1847.
Wallace Cooley (son) enlisted in 1861 in Company I, Twenty fifth Ohio
Volunteers, was in the battles of Cheat Mountain, Second Bull Run, and
Chancellorsville. He was badly wounded in the battle at the latter
John Cooley married for his second wife August 12, 1852, Mary Ann Baker of
Butler county. Unto their union were born seven children: Samuel Cooley,
born May 2, 1853; Matthew Cooley, born January 22, 1855; Maria L Cooley,
born December 19, 1856; Frances D Cooley, born November 12, 1858; John B
Cooley, born October 30, 1860; Harriet D Cooley, born March 9, 1863; and
Rachel Cooley, born May 11, 1865.
Mr Cooley after his first marriage located at Connellsville and engaged in
the cabinet making business which he continues at the present time. He is a
good workman, a peaceable and respected citizen, and a regular attendant at
the services of the Methodist Episcopal church.
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