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1.1. Michael Hugh COOLEY 1.2. Lonnie Rae COOLEY
2ND GENERATION
2. Allison Claude COOLEY 3. Billie Dell HOGUE
3RD GENERATION
4. McCabe COOLEY 5. Marie Henrietta HENNEQUIN 6. Hugh Wallace HOGUE 7. Birdie Nina MCDOWELL
4TH GENERATION
8. Joseph William COOLEY 9. Araminta D JOHNSON 10. Louis Francois HENNEQUIN 11. Marguerite STEWARD 12. Robert Irwin HOGUE 13. Nancy Joanna FOSTER 14. William Ellis MCDOWELL 15. Euphemia Ruth ASHENHURST
5TH GENERATION
16. Greenbury COOLEY 17. Amelia Mohler PETTIT 18. Wesley Phillip JOHNSON 19. Susan Isabel FISK 20. Louis HENNEQUIN 21. Maria Theresa DRAVIGNEY 22. John Joseph STEWARD 23. Fanny LAURENT 24. John HOGUE 25. Ann R SIMPSON 26. John A FOSTER 27. Martha Jane STRUTHERS 28. William Erwin MCDOWELL 29. Maria HART 30. Oliver Taylor ASHENHURST 31. Sara Eva SOUTHERN
6TH GENERATION
32. David COOLEY 33. Laurinda AIKEN 34. Joseph PETTET 35. Elizabeth MOHLER 36. Elijah JOHNSON 37. Anna Jane FOSTER 38. Edward Curtis FISK 39. Arminta D WOOD 40. Xavier HANNEQUIN 41. Marie Magdeleine BELOT 42. Pierre Joseph DRAVIGNEY 43. Marie Thérèse GILBERT 44. Joseph STEWARD 46. Jean Baptiste LAURENT 47. Jeaninne Henriette VANDERMEULEN 48. James HOGUE 49. Margaret IRWIN 50. Isaac SIMPSON 51. Elizabeth RICHARDSON 52. Samuel FOSTER 53. Nancy ____ 54. James STRUTHERS 55. Elizabeth SAVILLE 56. John MCDOWELL 57. Anna CURRY 58. Joseph HART Sr 59. Susan PICKENS 60. Oliver ASHENHURST 61. Euphemia BISHOP 62. Charles William SOUTHERN 63. Ruth Ruema HOOVER
7TH GENERATION
64. John COOLEY 65. Sela WRIGHT 66. William AKINS 67. Rebecca MCCLINTICK 73. Ruth ____ ? 76. John R FISK 77. Mahala KEMP 78. John WOOD 79. Charity CORSON 85. Jeanne Claude DRAVIGNEY 86. Josph GILBERT 87. Agathe LANGARD 102. Matthew RICHARDSON 103. Ann STOCKTON 104. James Couples FOSTER 105. Jane MORROW 108. William STRUTHERS 109. Janet LINDSAY 110. Robert SAVILLE 111. Deborah ____ 112. John MCDOWELL 113. Jane ERWIN 116. Edward HART 117. Nancy Ann STOUT 118. John PICKENS 120. William ASHENHURST 121. Nancy ASHENHURST 122. Peter BISHOP 123. Eleanor ____ 124. John SOUTHERN 125. Elizabeth DUNCAN 126. John HOOVER? 127. unknown
8TH GENERATION
128. Edward COOLEY 129. Martha RAPER 130. William WRIGHT 131. Martha MORGAN 132. William EAKIN 133. Mary WALLACE 134. John MCCLINTICK 135. Mary Jane MCDOWELL 152. Richard FISK 154. William KEMP 155. Sukey DAMANT 158. Eli CORSON 159. Christianna THOMPSON 206. Richard Witham STOCKTON 207. Mary Ann HATFIELD 210. Samuel ? MORROW ? 218. James LINDSAY 219. Margaret WATSON 220. Samuel SAVILLE 221. Ann BOOTH 224. John MCDOWELL 225. Esther HARRISON 226. William ERWIN 227. Mary ERWIN 232. John HART Signer 233. Deborah SCUDDER 234. St Leger Codd STOUT 235. Susannah SIMPSON 248. William SOUTHERN 249. Magdelaine FORD 250. Charles DUNCAN 251. Margaret KIRK 252->255. unknown
9TH GENERATION
256. John COOLEY 257. poss Sarah MATTHEWS 258. Thomas RAPER 259. Martha HAM 260. Richard WRIGHT Sr103 261. Ann 262. James MORGAN 263. Mary DAVIS 316. Jacob CORSON Jr 317. Charity STILLWELL 318. Benajah TOMSON 319. Prudence ELDREDGE 412. Samuel STOCKTON 413. Rachel STOUT 414. Joseph HATFIELD 415. Phoebe CLARK 442. Robert BOOTH 443. Ann GASTON 452. John ERWIN 453. Jane WILLIAMS 454. Francis ERWIN 455. Jane CURRY 464. Capt Edward HART 465. Martha FURMAN 466. Richard Betts SCUDDER Jr 467. Hannah STILLWELL 468. James STOUT 469. Mary Ann CODD 496. John SOUTHERN ? 497. Margaret KIDD ? 500. Charles DUNCAN 502. John KIRK Sr 503. Margaret BROOKS 504->517. unknown
10TH GENERATION
518->823. unknown 632. Jacob CORSON Sr 633. Naomi 634. Nicholas STILLWELL 635. Sara HAND 824. Richard STOCKTON 825. Susannah WITHAM 826. Col Joseph STOUT 827. Ruth BRYMSON 828. Abraham HATFIELD 829. Phoebe OGDEN 829. John CLARK 904. Edward ERWIN 905. Frances FRANCIS 908. see 904 909. see 905 910. William CURRY 911. Sally YOUNG 928. John HART 2nd 929. Mary HUNT 930. Josiah FURMAN 2nd 931. Sarah STRICKLAND 932. Richard Betts SCUDDER Sr 933. Hannah REEDER 936. see 826 937. see 827 938. Capt St Leger CODD 939. Mary HANSON 1000. John DUNCAN 1001. Dinah BRADFORD 940->1035. unknown
11TH GENERATION
1036->1263. unknown 1264. Jan CARSTENSEN 1265. Maria Elias DAAS 1268. John STILLWELL Jr 1270. George HAND 1648. Richard STOCKTON 1649. Abigail ____ 1650. Robert WITHAM 1651. Ann HOAG 1652. Jonathan STOUT 1653. Anne BOLLEN 1654. Daniel BRYMSON 1655. Frances GREENLAND 1856. John HART 1st 1857. Mary ____ 1858. Ralph HUNT 1859. Elizabeth JESSUP 1860. Josiah FURMAN 1st 1862. Edmund STRICKLAND 1863. Hannah ____ 1864. John SCUDDER Jr 1865. Joanna BETTS 1866. John REEDER 2nd 1867. Hannah BURROUGHS 1876. Col St Leger CODD 115 1877. Anna BENNETT 115 1878. Col Hans HANSON 1879. Martha Kelts WOODARD 2002. John BRADFORD 2003. Mary MARR 1880->2071. unknown
12TH GENERATION
2072->2079. unknown 2528. Carsten JANSEN 2529. Barbara 2530. Elias DAAS 2536. John STILLWELL 2537. Elizabeth PERRIN 2540. Thomas HAND 2541. Katherine STUBBS 3296. John STOCKTON 3296. Eleanor CLAYTON 3304. Richard STOUT 3305. Penelope VAN PRINCIS 3306. Capt James BOLLEN 3307. Anne VAUQUELLIN 3308. William BRINSDON 3309. Margaret ____ 3310. Dr Henry GREENLAND 3311. Mary BAREFOOT 3312. Thomas HATFIELD 3313. Anna 3314. Cornelius MELYN 3316. John OGDEN 3317. Jane BOND 3718. Edward JESSUP 3719. Elizabeth BRIDGES 3720. John FURMAN 3728. John SCUDDER Sr 3729. Mary KING 3730. Capt Richard BETTS 3731. Joanna CHAMBERLAYNE 3732. John REEDER 1st 3733. Hannah THORPE 3734. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 3735. Hannah WAY 3752. Col William CODD 115 3753. Lady Mary ST LEGER 115 3754. Gov Richard BENNETT 3755. Mary Ann LONGWORTH113 106 3756. Andrew HANSON 3757. Annika ____ 4006. John MARR Sr 3758->4143. unknown
13TH GENERATION
4144->4159. unknown 5072. William STILLWELL 5073. Hannah 5074. Daniel PERRIN 5075. Elizabeth 5080. John HAND 5081. Elizabeth GRANSDEN 6592. John STOCKTON 6593. Eleanor CLAYTON 6608. John STOUT 6609. Elizabeth BEE 6614. Robert VAUQUELLIN 6615. Jeanette 6622. Walter BAREFOOT 6632. Richard OGDEN 6633. Elizabeth HUNTINGTON 7456. Thomas SCUDDER 7457. Elizabeth LOWERS 7458. William KING 7459. Dorothy HAYNES 7460. John BETTES 7461. Mary BIGGS 7462. Rev Robert CHAMBERLAYNE 7463. Elizabeth STOUGHTON 7466. William THORPE 7467. Garthered BLITHE 7468. John BURROUGHS 7469. Johanna JESSUP 7470. James WAY 7504. William CODD 7505. Hester LAMPORD 7506. Sir Warham ST LEGER115 7507. Dame Mary HAYWARD115 7508. Thomas BENNETT 7509. Anstie Tomson SPICER 7512. John HANSON 8012. Daniel MARR 7511->8287. unknown
14TH GENERATION
8288->8319. unknown 10144. Nicholas STILLWELL 10145. Ann 10148. Pierre PERRIN 10149. Andrienne JUBRIL 10160. John HAND 10161. Joan SIMMONS 10162. Henry GRANSDEN 13624. Edward OGDEN 13624. Margaret WILSON 14912. Henry SCUDDER 14913. ____ LOWERS 14914. John LOWERS 14920. Alexander BETTES 14921. Joan LARKYN 14926. Rev Thomas STOUGHTON 14927. Katherine 14936. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 14938. John JESSUP 14939. Joanna KERRICH 15012. Sir Anthony ST LEGER 115 15013. Mary SCOTT 115 15014. Sir Rowland HAYWARD 115 15015. Katherine SMYTHE 15016. Robert BENNETT 15017. Elizabeth EDNEY 15024. Col. John HANSON 15025. Frances PRICHARD 15026->16575. unknown
15TH GENERATION
16576->20289. unknown 20298. Jean JUBRIL 20299. Juvine LOMBARD 20326. William GRANSDEN 20327. Ann 26528. William OGDEN 26529. Abigail GOODSALL 26530. Richard WILSON 26531. Margaret 29792. William de STIRKELAUNDE 29840. Robert BETTS 29876. Francis JESSOP 29877. Frances WHITE 30024. Sir Warham ST LEGER 115 30025. Lady Ursula NEVILLE 107 115 30026. Sir Thomas SCOTT 115 30027. Elizabeth BAKER 115 30028. George HAYWARD 30029. Margaret WITHBROKE 30030. Sir Thomas SMYTHE 30031. Alice JUDDE 30032. John BENNETT 30033. Margery 30034. John EDNYE 30048. Thomas HANSON 30049. Janet G GLEDHILL 30050. John PRICHARD 30051->33151. unknown
16TH GENERATION
33152->33279. unknown 53056. Richard OGDEN 53057. Mabel de HOOGAN 53058. Henry GOODSALL 59584. William de STIRKELAUNDE 59752. Richard JESSOP 59753. Ann SWIFT 59754. Alexander WHITE 59755. Eleanor SMITH 60048. Sir Anthony St LEGER 111 60049. Agnes WARHAM 112 60050. George NEVILLE 60051. Lady Mary STAFFORD 60052. Sir Reginald SCOTT 115 60053. Emiline KEMP 115 60054. Sir John BAKER 115 60055. Elizabeth DINLEY 115 60056. John HAYWARD 60060. John SMYTHE 60061. Joan BROUNCKER 60062. Andrew JUDDE 60057. Agnes GLOVER 60096. John HANSON 60097. Agnes SAVILE 60098. John GLEDHILL 60099->66303. unknown
17TH GENERATION
66304->66559. unknown 106112. Robert OGDEN 106113. Joan 106114. Johannes de HOOGAN 119504. William JESSOP 119505. Emotte CHARLESWORTH 119506. Robert SWIFT 119508. Thomas WHITE 119510. William SMITH 119511. Katherine PORTER 120096. Ralph St LEGER 120097. Anne HART 120098. Heughe WARHAM 112 120099. Mary Ann COLLES 120100. George NEVILLE 120101. Margaret FENNE 120102. Edward STAFFORD 120103. Eleanor PERCY 120104. Sir John SCOTT 115 120105. Anne (Amy) PYMPE 115 120106. Sir William KEMP 111 115 120107. Elynor BROWNE 111 115 120108. Richard BAKER 120109. Elizabeth DYNELEY 120110. Thomas DINLEY 115 120112. William HAYWARD 120113. Agnes BALLY 120122. Robert BROUNCKER 120192. John HANSON 120193. Catherine BROOKE 120194. John SAVILE Esq. 120195. Margery GLEDHILL 120196->132607. unknown
18TH GENERATION
132608->132608. unknown 239020. Thomas SMITH 239021. Margaret CLARKE 239022. Augustine PORTER 240192. Ralph ST LEGER 240193. Anne PROPHET 240194. Sir Edward HART 240196. Robert WARHAM 240197. Elizabeth ____ 240198. Geoffrey COLLES 240200->240207. Royal Lineage 107 240208. Sir William SCOTT 115 240209. Sybil LEWKNOR 115 240210. Reginald DE PYMPE 115 240211. Elizabeth PASHLEY 115 240212. Sir Thomas KEMP 111 115 240213. Emelyn CHICHE 111 115 240214. Robert BROWNE 111 240215. Mary MALLETT 115 240218. Thomas DYNELEY 240224. William HAYWARD 240225. Elizabeth BROCKTON 240226. William BALLY 240384. John HANSON 240385. Cicely RAVENSHAW 240386. John BROOKE 240390. John GLEDHILL 240391->265215. unknown
19TH GENERATION
265216->266241. unknown 480384. Ralph ST LEGER 480385. Margaret TYRREL 480400->480415. Royal Lineage 107 480416. Sir John SCOTT 480417. Agnes BEAUFITZ 480418. John LEWKNOR 115 480420. Sir William DE PYMPE 115 480421. Elizabeth WHETEHILL 480422. Sir John PASHELY 115 480423. Lowys GOWER 115 480424. Thomas KEMP 111 480425. Beathris LEUKENER 111 480426. Sir Valentine CHICHE 480427. Philippa CHICHELEY 480428. Sir Thomas BROWNE 111 115 480429. Alianor DE ARUNDEL 115 480430. William MALLETT 115 480448. William HAYWARD 480449. Jane WILCOCKES 480450. William BROCKTON 480768. John HANSON 480769. Cicely DE WINDEBANKE 480770. John RAVENSHAW 480826. Vincent CHICHELE 115 480827->530431. unknown
20TH GENERATION
530432->960767. unknown 960768. John ST LEGER 960769. Margery DONNETT 960824->960829. Royal Lineage 107 960830. Sir Walter D'EVEREAUX 107 960831. Elizabeth MERBURY 107 960832. William SCOTT 960833. Isabella HERBERT 960834. William DE BEAUFITZ 960842. Sir Richard WHETEHILL 960844. Sir John PASHLEY 115 960845. Elizabeth WYDVILLE 115 960846. Sir Thomas GOWER 115 960848. Sir John KEMP 111 960850. Sir Thomas LEUKENER 111 960851. ____ HOO 111 960854. Robert CHICHELEY 960858. Sir Thomas DE ARUNDEL 115 960859. Joan MOYNE 115 960896. John HAYWARD 960897. Margery WEVER 961536. John HANSON 961537. Alice WOODHOUSE 961538->1060863. unknown
21TH GENERATION
1060864->1921537. unknown 1921538. James DONNETT 1921648->1921661. Royal Lineage 107 1921662. John MERBURY 107 1921666. Vincent HERBERT 115 1921688. Sir Robert PASHELY 115 1921689. Philippa CERGEAUX 115 1921690. Sir Richard WYDVILLE 115 1921691. Elizabeth LYONS 1921696. Raulf KEMP 111 1921702. Sir Thomas HOO 111 1921716. John DE ARUNDEL 1921717. Elizabeth DESPENSER 115 107 1921792. James HAYWARD 1923072. Henry DE RASTRICK 1923074. Henry DE WOODHOUSE 1923075->2121727. unknown
22ND GENERATION
2121728->3843075. unknown 3843076->3843327. Royal Lineage 107 3843328->3843375. unknown 3813382. Sir Thomas TUNSTALL 3843376. Robert PASHLEY 115 3843377. Anne HOWARD 115 3843378. Sir Richard CERGEAUX 115 3843379. Philippa FITZALAN 115 3843382. Sir John LYONS 3843432. John FITZALAN 3843433. Alianor MALTRAVERS 107 115 3843436->3846143. unknown 3846144. John DE RASTRICK 3846148. Alexander DE WOODHOUSE 3846149. Beatrice TOOTHILL 3846150->4243455. unknown
23RD GENERATION
4243456->7686151. unknown 7686152->7686655. Royal Lineage 107 7637760. Sir William PARR 7637761. Elizabeth de ROS 7686754. John HOWARD 115 7686756. Richard CERGEAUX 115 7686757. Margaret SENESCHAL 115 7686758. Edmund FITZALAN 115 7686759. Sibyl DE MONTEGU 115 7686864->7686865. Royal Lineage 107 7686866. Sir John MALTAVERS 107 7386867->8486910. unknown
 
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Joseph Thomas Cooley was a descendant of John Cooley of Stokes County, North Carolina:

John Cooley (c1740-c1811) | Joseph Cooley (1767-1826) m2 Kaziah Casey | John Cooley (1793-1844) m Elizabeth White | William Cooley (1818-1891) m1 Elizabeth Jane Fields | Joseph Thomas Cooley (1842-1924 MO) m Rhoda Jane Rice

A handwritten copy of this has long been in circulation. However, there is one important difference. The transcriber of that copy appears to have changed the words "My grandfather Cooley was a full blooded Englishman" to "My grandfather Cooley was a full blooded Dutchman." I think this was done to support Dale Walker's "Dutch Theory." In response to my Genforum query about its original publication, I received this reply from Crystal Dutzel:

The autobiography was published in the Moberly Monitor newspaper. My Grandmother, Elva Beach, had a copy that I saw and read years ago but I'm not sure what happened to it after her death. I am sorry but I do not know what year it was published.

Crystal has since found her grandmother's copy. Most of the following is as transcribed and posted on Internet mailing lists by Susie Denes. I transcribed the "Editor's Note" from the scanned copy I received from Crystal in January, 2011. Judging from what that says, this is a reprint from a much earlier date, possibly contemporaneous to Joseph.


Moberly Monitor-Index & Evening Democrat, Sun., Oct. 22, 1978—3G

Great-Great Uncle Of Archie Cooley Was POW

(Editor's Note: Archie Cooley, 716 North Morley, the the great-great nephew of Joseph Cooley, who was a prisoner of war during the Civil War. Cooley said that when he was a child he visited Joseph Cooley, who loved at Excello then. The Moberlyan has provided The Monitor-Index with the following story, prepared by the late Joseph Cooley, about his life and times of the 1800s.)

By Joseph Cooley

I was born in Randolph County, Missouri, about half way between Huntsville and the early settlement, known as Darksville. My father was William Cooley. My mother was Elizabeth Jane Fields, a native of Kentucky, but I do not remember the country from which she came, nor can I remember hearing her mention any town that might indicate the part of Kentucky in which the family had lived. She was an orphan and was brought to Missouri when she was two years old.

William Cooley, my father, was born August 19, 1818 in the town of Old Franklin. He was the son of John Cooley, and his wife Elizabeth White. My grandmother Elizabeth White Cooley was a sister to Thomas White and she had another and as I remember his name, it was Fant or Tant White. Sheriff James W. White of Macon County was a cousin to my father, William Cooley. My grandmother Elizabeth White Cooley is buried in the Mark Teter graveyard about 5 miles west of Jacksonville, Missouri.

My grandfather, John Cooley ran the salt works at Burton Station in Howard County; he died there and is buried there in a near by cemetery.

Captain Crawley who was a lawyer at Keytesville told me that my great-grandfather Cooley was named Jesse Cooley, but if he told me the name of my great-grandmother I cannot remember it.

My grandfather Cooley was a full blooded Englishman and when he first came to this part of the country, he settled near the present site of Kansas City, at Cooley's Lake and from there he moved back to Boonville, Missouri or rather Old Franklin. I do not know exactly when my grandfather Cooley moved to Old Franklin, but he was living there in 1818, when his son William Cooley, my father was born August 19, 1818.

I was born August 4, 1843 in Randolph County, Missouri. Of course, I remember incidents prior to the time that I was six years of age, but beginning at the time I was six years old in the year of 1848 I have a very vivid recollection of things that happened. In the year of 1848 my father and mother moved to Kirksville, Missouri, or rather to Adair County and lived about six miles south of where Kirksville now stand. It was here that I went to my first school; my teacher was a Miss Baity or Beatty. I do not remember who owned the land on which we lived at that time, but know that it did not belong to my father.

In the Spring of 1849, we moved to Milan, Missouri. My mother's brother Uncle Samuel Fields lived there. It was the year of the gold fever in California and my uncle wanted to go. He had my father move over there and help him wind up his business and run the mill and the post office. He had been running the post office there in Milan. Father ran the post office in the house in which he lived. I can well remember the seals on the letters. That was the day before the postage stamp was introduced. Stamps looked very strange to us when the first ones came into use and it was quite a while before folks became reconciled to the innovation. In those days all the letters were sealed with wax; in fact they had no envelopes as they do now.

We lived at Milan one year and moved back to Kirksville in 1850, and lived there during the years of 1850, 1851, 1852, and until November 1853. We lived on the farm of Dr. Good, a quarter of a mile north of where the present court house stands. It was while we lived here that I earned the first money of my life. I worked in the field all day dropping corn by hand for a man, while he covered with a hoe. When night came he gave me a dime. I was very much elated over the possession of so much money and as soon as I could getaway that evening I went down to the store which was only a quarter of a mile away to spend my earnings of the day. Of course the store kept open in the evenings while the neighbors came in to learn the news, buy their few necessities and a smoke and exchange yarns. After much deliberation I spent my earnings of that day, the first money I had ever earned, for a Jew's Harp.

The first plowing that I ever did in my life was in a field between where we lived and the present site of the court house in Kirksville. In the fall of 1853 that the surveyors made their first survey for the line of the North Missouri railroad. They came right through our corn field, running from south to north. My father thought we would stop the survey through our field but he soon learned it was no use. The surveyors cut several rows of corn right through our field and threw it to the side.

When we first moved to that place there was no court house in Adair County. I can well remember seeing the first one built, it was in 1853 and as I was a boy I was around there a great deal when they were working on it; it was a large frame building. I think this court house burned during the civil war.

We lived in a small house on Dr. Good's place, and I can well remember a few of the folks who lived near. They were Dr. Good, Ben Horton, Mrs. James and her children Whitley Foster.

One thing that I remember that now seems strange to me was that as a boy I frequently went fishing on Foster's Prairie, there were holes of water over this prairie and we caught a good many fish, of course they were small. It puzzles me now to think how the fish got in those water holes on the prairie, however, I can remember how many of them got out.

My uncle, Tom Cooley, married Ben Horton's sister. He hauled goods from Edina to Dirdsville when he was not fishing and my father often helped him. I do know my father helped haul from there to Kirksville.

In November 1853 my father moved his family from Kirksville, Missouri to Dalton, we lived on the Bowling Green Prairie -- in the fall of 1853 my father bought land, paying $4.50 an acre for it, the price that all land around there was selling. There was one hundred acres of Prairie and thirty six acres of timber in the place.

At the time that we moved from Kirksville, Missouri to Bowling Green Prairie in Chariton County, the trip was made in three days. The first day the fire was on the prairie and in the field, we fought fire nearly all day, that night we stayed north of Bloomington. The second night we stayed at my grandmother Cooley's a mile east of the Chrisman School house, she was very ill at the time and died within a few days, that is my only recollection of her, the only time that I can remember seeing her. The third day we reached our destination in Chariton County and moved in with Uncle Joe Cooley.

Joseph Cooley had a large two room log house with a hall between the rooms, commonly called a double log house. We had plenty of room as he had only six in his family and father had nine, we lived there with Uncle Joe until the next spring. Uncle Joe moved to his farm and Uncle Tom Cooley moved in with us. My father went to making rails, and us boys gathered the corn and stripped tobacco, then my father built a house on the land he bought, we moved in, broke the sod and cut and made cottonwood rails to fence our 100 acre farm.

We raised corn and tobacco, put out about 8 acres of tobacco every year we lived there. We would get about $8.00 a hundred for the tobacco, and the corn brought from 10 cents to 25 cents per bushel. The ground was especially adapted to raising potatoes, one time we raised about 400 bushel, but had no market for them, sold them at ten cents a bushel and fed many to hogs, just threw the potatoes over the fence to the hogs.

We went to school at the Bluff School which was 2 miles across the prairie from our home. We did not get to go very regular as we had to strip tobacco and gather corn. We had good teachers, there was a Mr. Johnson and other teachers were Alfred Mann and M. J. Bebee.

We kept this up until 1860 when George James and myself got a job cutting cord wood and making rails, we started January 1, 1860 and worked 30 days and made $60.00 piece and it certainly made me feel big. That fall I joined the Baptist Church at Bluff Point. Our pastor was Rev. Thomas Allen, I was baptized by him in the Missouri River two miles south of Keytesville Landing. I think all the others who were baptized at that time are all dead.

Gen. Sterling Price was a close neighbor of ours. In the year of 1861 my brother John Samuel Cooley went into the Southern Army under General Price. In 1863 I was drafted in the Brunswick Militia under Col. William Moberly. I stayed in it 6 months, my pay was $25 per month. I was sent to Mexico, Missouri under Capt. John. I stayed there two weeks and came home.

My father paid me out and I was free again. In the year of 1863 I raised two acres of tobacco and got it out in time for on August 16, 1863 there came a killing frost. In 1864 we prized that tobacco very much and sent it to E. M. Samuel of St. Louis, we got $9.00 per hundred for the lugs and $27.00 per hundred for the good tobacco, the event cost me $4.00 -- I had 14 acres of corn and was offered $500.00 in green backs for it, but the militia got it all and I got nothing.

The first of September 1863, we got into a skirmish just below Brunswick, near the Warden School house there was a steamboat, the Federals and only six of us, but did not know it, we were talking with Mr. Pennington, he was in a two-horse wagon when our men got to shooting and his team ran off. The Federals went into Brunswick. They took the boat down the river and got to Glasgow where they were captured the next day by Price. Several companies crossed the Missouri River in a boat pulled by two horses. They aimed to get with Price that night but it took us most all day, he was fighting at Independence, we did not get into the fight until the next day then we got the worst of it, but we did not know it. Several men were killed.

We marched south by the way of Carthage, Missouri, then went 8 miles east of Fort Scott, Kansas and got into another fight, were fairly successful in that fight, lost a few men. Our commander was Gen John B. Clark of Fayette, Missouri. We marched in peace to Newtona but there the Federals came up again but Joe Shelby got his "dander up" and made them take back track. We went to Can Hill and crossed the Arkansas River at Bogies between Fort Smith and Fort Gibson. It took the army an entire day to cross the river, the Federals intended to get us while we were crossing the Arkansas, but Price made a forced march of over 60 miles in one day so beat them to it one day. We only had beef left for rations, no salt or bread, we kept this up for three days, got a little beef, we started out to hunt something more to eat. There were nine of us, my father led the crowd, got out off from the army. We swam the Arkansas and got up on the Ridge, went into camp. We got up the next morning wondering where to go, we saw a spy and started towards him and the Federals came over the hill. We only had two pistols for we were so weak that we could not carry our guns. They sent us on to Ft. Smith. We were sure weak and we had not had anything to eat for three days and nights but one hickory nut and one bunch of grapes.

We got to Fort Smith, Arkansas the 13th day of November 1864. We never saw a railroad or crossed a bridge. We crossed the Arkansas in a flat boat and when we landed in Ft. Smith we found 132 other prisoners there. They had several quarters of beef in the boat and I ate all of the tallow off one hind quarter. My father tried to get me to quit eating it, said it would kill me.

All of our men got sick but we had been there only two days when the Federals hitched 40 of us to government wagon and sent us to the hills after a load of wood. We cut and loaded a cord and then pulled it back to our camp. We could buy a quarter of beef for 50 cents in green backs for a sack of flour and paid $1.50 for a pound of coffee boiled the coffee grounds twice. My father got sick. In a few days we got orders to march. The Arkansas River was low and we crossed it in a ferry boat, it struck a sand bar and we had to wade out. I carried my father on my back to the bank, I led him three or four miles, we went into camp. The next day father could walk without anyone leading him. We got within 6 miles of Ft. Gibson and met a commissary wagon from Fort Leavenworth with 1000 guards, nearly all Indians. We got out about 6 miles and found a cabin, went into camp there, that night there was a 9 inch snow.

The next morning Uncle Tom Cooley broke out with the small pox, they gave us a government wagon and five yoke of cattle to pull it. We started for Ft. Leavenworth. We had to stay a quarter of a mile behind the regiment. Myself and Andy Perkins drove the team, father waited on Uncle Tom Cooley for father had had the small pox in light form, commonly called variloids. In a day or so Uncle William Fields took the small pox. They were all put in our wagon. William Welch was the next one to take sick and then Uncle John Banta and Ely Sarton. We got to Harse River and Uncle Tom Cooley died, we dug a hole and put him in it, placed some large rock on the grave. We went on and it rained and sleeted all day, we had to haul two big logs under a wagon and make a fire. In a few days Uncle William Fields died, after he died we had to haul him all day and got within 15 miles of Ft. Scott. We dug a hole and wrapped him up in some blankets and threw some dirt on him. We went on to Ft. Scott and stayed all night. The next morning they kept my father and the sick there. I went on to Fort Leavenworth; Jesse Grau was the only one that got sick. He died in Fort Leavenworth, we got there Christmas Eve, 1864.

At Fort Leavenworth they kept us in one room about 135 of us, only part of us could lie down at a time. On January 1, 1865 we crossed the Missouri River and got in a passenger car to St. Joseph, Missouri, then they loaded us into a hog car to Macon, Missouri. We stayed there all night and the next morning we got in a passenger car for the Gratoit Prison in St. Louis, Missouri. Two weeks later my father, Ely Sarton, and Uncle John Bunta and myself went to trimming lamps and lanterns, I got fat. My mother sent me a box of things to eat; it was on the road for 30 days, part of it was spoiled. We gave part of it to the hungry friends.

We stayed in St. Louis until the first of April, then they loaded us on the top of a steam boat, and took us to Alton, Illinois. They kept us on the trot and we played ball and town ball, only had to work a little.

One man got a finger shot off trying to get out and two men tried to dig out but failed, that was planned by a man from this country. Two men got in coffin to be taken out, but they also failed. One was Joe Terry from Randolph County. I stayed there until the 11th of May and I was released. I went to the shops to get a job, but they could not handle me. I started up the road towards Jerseyville, Illinois, and tried to hire to the farmers, but they did not want a tramp. I came to an inn, and stayed all night, struck out towards Philadelphia and met a man going, a Mr. Stump of Alton. He asked me what I could do on a farm. I told him that I could do anything, but they had machines I did not know how to hitch to. That was Friday and he told me to grub timber until he got back, that was my first grubbing.

One Monday morning I hired to him for a dollar a day and board and washing. I got $2.75 a day for 9 days in the harvest, I worked until the 5th of July, and started to Jacksonville, Missouri. I stayed with Robert Skinner and then went to father's at the Goddard place, he gave me two acres of tobacco, and some corn, I could have made more in 20 days in Illinois.

On December 7, 1865 I married Rhoda Jane Rice, near Darksville, Missouri. We lived with father during the year of 1866 and then went to the Hall place near Darksville. In 1869 I went to the Roberts farm. In November 1869 I bought the Christal Farm near Cairo, Missouri. In 1870 I went into the organization of the Baptist Church at Pleasant Hill church. I was ordained a deacon. I raised corn and tobacco and run a coal bank. On October 8, 1877 I joined the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Cairo, Missouri and I still belong to the lodge.

On January 13, 1878 I sold my place and bought the White farm, moved there and stayed there five years and bought a farm near Eccles. I ran a farm and a coal mine. My wife died February 1, 1911. I stayed by myself and did my own cooking and housework for two years. In 1913 I married Sallie Coulter, in 1915 I moved to Excello, Missouri and I moved my church letter to the Mt. Salem Baptist Church.

I still cut my own wood and raise a large garden of fine vegetables and get around without any trouble at all.



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