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The Moore Odyssey--Index
THE COOLEY FAMILY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND
Parents: William & Nancy Cooley
Born 1802 DarlingtonCo, South Carolina
Married Abel Merrell
abt 1818 in WayneCo, Mississippi
Died 1873 in JasperCo, Mississippi
Parents: John A. & Rachel Cooley
Born abt 1780 DarlingtonCo, South Carolina
Died between 1847-1849
Married *Nancy in South
Died 13 Feb 1857 JasperCo, Mississippi
m. Abel Merrell
m. Reddick Rogers
Harbard (1806-abt 1858)
m. Esther Sumrall
Mary Saphrona (1808-1869)
m. John Bounds
Nelson (1810-abt 1859)
m. Susannah Hailes
William C. (1812-abt 1860)
m. Mary Davis
|Daniel (1818-bef 1859)
m. Eliza Wilcox
Little Berry (1801-1902)
m. 1. Milly A. Arrington
2. Louvenia Arrington
Martha (b. 1824)
m. Benjamin F. Lee
Ira Cooley (1805-1928)
m. Bathsheba Arrington
Middleton (1826-abt 1870)
m. Ellen Arrington
John E. (1828-1906)
m. Mary Travis
*Nancy's surname appears in some
records as Bounds, an idea which began with a granddaughter's reference to "Grannie
Bounds" and likely buttressed by the multiple Bounds-Cooley relationships.
Cooley family is listed in DarlingtonCo, SC census.
abt 1811: William
Cooley moved from SC to AnsonCo, NC.
According to History of CalcasieuPr, LA, pg. 226: William Cooley and family moved to MS.
In 1817 WayneCo existed and north was Choctaw Lands. In 1829, WayneCo was extended north
into Indian lands. In 1833, Jasper and ClarkeCo were formed from the north part of Wayne
on the east and JonesCo on the west.
sources say William was listed in JasperCo, MS census of 1820.
Cooley died according to History of CalcasieuPr.
1859: From the 8
Jan Eastern Clarion, vol. XXII, No. XIII: State of Mississippi, Jasper County.
In probate court, January Term, 1859. To
Eliza Merrell and Abel Merrell, her husband; Hearbert Cooly; Elizabeth Rogers and Reddick
Rogers, her husband; Nelson Cooley, William Cooley, Ira Cooley, Middleton Cooley, L.B.
Cooley, Benjamin F. Lee, Nancy Warren, and George Warren, her husband; Polly Bounds and
John Bounds, her husband; and Eliza Cooley, Julia Cooley, William Cooley, Madison Cooley,
Adaline Cooley, Lavina Cooley, Berry Benton Cooley and Ira Cooley and all other persons
interested in the settlement of the estate of Nancy Cooley late of said county, deceased.
In next March Term of Probate Court of Jasper County.
Parents: John & Martha Cooley
Born about 1745
Died before 1795 in DarlingtonCo, South Carolina
|Lydia (abt. 1770-aft 1841)
m. William Garland
John (abt 1775-abt 1815)
Allen (abt 1780-aft 1850)
m. Rebecca Andrews
(abt 1780-bef 1850)
m. Nancy Bounds
|Kinchen (abt 1780-bef 1859)
m. 1. Elizabeth Higgins
2. Lucy Shepherd
m. Easler Kilpatrick
m. William Parnell
The origin of John Cooley is uncertain.
He may have been born in HalifaxCo, NC according to Mrs. Pearl Tippit Cooley and
Family Tree Makers' World Family Tree Vol 2, Trees # 2710 & 0902 & 2707.
Thirty nine COOLEYs are listed in the Patriot Index who served in the Revolutionary War.
Twenty one were from MA, five from NY, five from VT, four from CN, and one each from NH,
MD, VA and NC. The one from NC was James Cooley b. 16 Apr 1758, d. abt 1834, m. Penelope.
From VA was John Cooley who was too young to be John Cooleys father of SC. James Cooley of
NC could be a brother of John Cooley of SC.
1781: John Cooley
served 116 days in Captain Johnson's Militia Company and in Capt. Frederick Wommack's
Militia Company in 1781. He was paid fifteen pounds, eleven shillings and several pence
(Claim 56, no. 47, Book R, Stub Indents, SC Archives).
1793: Last Will
and Testament of John A. Cooley. 2 Dec: Will vol. 15C, 1793-1797, pg. 311-313,
Probate Court, DarlingtonCo, SC:
In the name of God, Amen. I, John Cooley,
of the County of Darlington in the state of South Carolina, planter, being very sick and
weak but of perfect mind and memory and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die,
do make and ordain this, and no other but this, my last Will and Testament. That is to
say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty
God who gave it, and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian
like manner at the discretion of my Executor, nothing doubting but a the General
Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the might power of God, and as thouching
such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise
and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, which is to say: First, I lend
and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Rachel, all my moveable estate, during her natural
life; excepting one negro child named Rhode, which I give to my youngest daughter, Salley,
forever. And after the death of my wife, I Will that all such moveable estate be equally
divided amongst all my children. Item. I Will that my wife pay to each of my children one
Shilling Sterling in cash within six months after my death. Item. Give and bequeath all my
land to my four sons, viz. John, Allen, William and Kinchen, to be equally divided by men
of their own choosing, allowing John's lot to be where he now lives, and I do hereby
utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments, Wills,
Legacies and I do appoint my loving wife, Rachel, Executrix of this my last Will and
Testament. Ratifying Rachel Cooley, Executrix. Ratifying, sllowing and confirming this and
no other but this to be my last Will and Testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and Seal this Second Day of December in the year of our Lord 1793. Signed, sealed,
published, pronounced by the said John Cooley as his last Will and Testament in the
presense of us who in his presence and in presense of each other have herunto subscribed
our names: Lewis Strickley, Samule Mixon, Frederick Bell, John Cooley (seal).
1795: Will proved
DarlingtonCo, December, Intermediate Court. Lewis Strickley testified.
No proof of Rachel Cooley's
surname has been found. She may have been a second wife of John. She may have married a
Trull (or Trule) after his death. It has been speculated that she may have been a Kinchen
since she gave a child that name. Two Kinchen's are found in the Patriot Index, both in
NC. William Kinchen b. 1736 d. abt. 1832 m. Sarah. John Dawson Kinchen b. 1740 d. 1793 m.
Elizabeth Marshall. The two may have been Rachel's brothers.
Died in 1767 in Halifax, HalifaxCo, North
Child: John A. Cooley (abt 1745-bef 1795)
Mrs. Pearl Tippit Cooley and Family Tree
Makers' World Family Tree Vol 2, Trees # 2710 & 0902 & 2707 relates that a John
Cooley m. Martha?, died in 1767 and left a will with heirs John Cooley. This heir who is
believed to be John A. Cooley. William Garland who married John A. Cooley's
daughter, Lydia Cooley, was from HalifaxCo, NC which suggest the families overlapped in
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