Name: David Cooley154
Born: 15 Aug 1815
Place: near Salem, Washington County, Indiana
Died: 25 Jul 1865
Place: St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri
Place: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis MO
Married: 9 Dec 1838
Place: Clark County, Indiana121
The following is found in the article "The Descendants of John Cooley and
Selah Wright" published serially by the Quarterly Bulletin of The Cooley
Family Association of America (October 1943 to January 1948). It was
compiled by Mary D. Stoops. This transcription was provided by Dennis A
David Cooley was born in 1815 in Salem, Indiana; died July 25, 1865, at
camp in St. Louis, Missouri, during the Civil War; buried at Jefferson
Barracks, in St. Louis, Missouri; married (1) in 1839 Laurinda Aiken. It
must have been outside of Washington County, Indiana, because no record
could be found of their marriage in that county. Laurinda Aiken may have
had relatives at Carlyle, Indiana. The 1850 Census says she was 29 years
old and born in Indiana. She died April 19, 1855, soon after moving to
Missouri. She was buried in a home made box, being carried across a field
to her grave. A stone stands near by with the date of her death upon it,
and not far away stands a single pine tree. A fence was built around the
plot some years ago by her great-grandson, the Rev. Oliver Edward Cooley.
The plot was about two miles from the farm of Jacob Cooley, Laurinda's
David and Laurinda Cooley lived four miles south of Salem and purchased
land in Salem from William Roberts. In 1849 they left Salem and went by
prairie schooner to Appanoose County, Iowa, settling near where a stucco
school house now stands on what is now Highway 60, about five miles north of
Cincinnati, Iowa. In the early 1850's David carried the mail on horseback
between Centerville and Cincinnati, Iowa. Like other Cooleys he was a large
man. In the Spring of 1855 they moved across into Missouri, locating in the
southwest portion of Putnam County, near what is now known as Busby
Cemetery. The 1850 Census lists David as a farmer in Jackson Township,
Washington County, Indiana, gives his age as 34, born in Indiana. Early in
the Civil War David Cooley, at the age of 47, followed his two sons,
Thompson and Dill, into the Union Army. He was a private in Company C, 42nd
Missouri Volunteers (from: the National Archives, Washington, D. C. - letter
dated May 8, 1942). David Cooley's number was MC 104 104.
David Cooley married (2) January 18, 1856, in Sullivan County, Missouri,
Elizabeth Pring. She married (2) April 17, 1866, Peter W. Duree.
David Cooley enrolled into the 42nd Missouri Infantry Volunteers at
Unionville, Missouri on 11 August 1864. The Adjutant General's Office
reported that for "the months of March and April 1865, he is reported
'absent sick at Macon Mo since Oct 19 1864.'" Several affidavits are found
in the pension awarded to his widow. The signature for the following page
was cut off in the photocopy. The context suggests that it was written by
David's commanding officer, presumably Captain Josiah
Unionville Mo. Aug 16th 1865
I certify on honor that David Cooley, deceased, was a private in my company
[C] of the 42nd
Infantry Missouri Volunteers, that he was discharged at United States
Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky, on or about the 28th day of June 1865; that
when our said Regiment was in transit from Nashville, Tennessee to St Louis
Missouri, I found the said David Cooley at New Albany, Indiana, apparently
very nearly dead, on the 1st day of July, and he had to be carried to the
Rail Road depot to be transfered with his company to St Louis; and that, on
arriving at the latter place, he was conveyed to the United States Hospital
at Benton Barracks, Mo from which place, in my opinion, he could not have
been removed to his home alive and where, I learn from reliable persons, he
died on the [blank] day of July 1865, of disease which I certify was
contracted in military Service of the United States and in the line of duty.
Family of David Cooley
David Cooley and his first wife, Laurinda Aiken, had
the following children.
||He married Mary Lewis in Putnam Co MO. Find A Grave #76673978.
||He died during his Civil War service. No children.
||Married Amelia Mohler Pettit.
|Lucinda E Cooley
||She married twice: Walter William Ackroyd and ___
Shaffer. Findagrave #23816816.
David had two children with his second wife, Elizabeth (Norman) Pring.
She had previously been married to James Emerson Pring. After David's death
she married Peter Walls Duree. She dies in 1881 and his buried at the Duree
cemetery in Mercer County, Missouri.
||He was born 5 Feb 1860
||She was born 7 Dec 1863. She married Avington V Duree and
died in Beckham County, Oklahoma. She was known as Belle. Findagrave
1852 Iowa State Census, Appanoose County
Cooley, A. W. 3 2
Cooley, David 4 2
Cooley, Edward 6 4
Cooley, Fountain 2 2
Cooley, Lewis 3 4
Cooley, Thomas 2 1
The following chart shows the relationships between the Cooleys listed on
the above census, those present being in caps. David's father, John, was
still in Indiana. The senior Edward died there in 1822.
John THOMAS EDWARD
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DAVID LEWIS FOUNTAIN AARON WOOD COOLEY
David's body wasn't returned to Putnam county. He is buried at Jefferson
Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, MO. According to Find A Grave
Memorial #36801223, his grave is at section 45, site 1494. His son, Dill
Cooley, is at section 26, site 5839.
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