My name is Jeff Clark. My great great great grandfather was William Grundy Cooley. I read a message you posted on the Milam County, TX message board asking about a William G. Cooley from Mississippi County, Missouri who was a judge. His first wife Ann Eliza was a McDonald. She had a sister named Elizabeth â€œBetseyâ€ McDonald who married Joseph Webster.
Iâ€™m very interested in comparing what information I already have with yours to see if we indeed have a match. Here is a link to my family tree on www.rootsweb.com
It should take you right to the information I have on William Grundy Cooley. http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&...
From what I know of William Grundy Cooley, he was born in Tennessee in 1805. By 1840 he was in Wolf Island Township, Scott County, Missouri. In the Census, heâ€™s listed as having 3 white males under 5, one white male between 20 and 30, one white male between 30 and 40 (presumably himself at 35), a white female between 5 and 10, another white female between 10 and 15, and a white female between 30 and 40 (presumably his first wife, Ann Eliza McDonald born May 15, 1806).
In the 1850 census Willam Grundy Cooleyâ€™s occupation was listed as farmer, but later, in 1860 heâ€™s listed as a Judge. Also in the 1850 Census, it lists some of his children:
1. William Cooley â€“ 13
2. John L. Cooley â€“ 11
3. A. W. Cooley â€“ 9 (male)
4. L. (Laetilia â€“ sheâ€™s listed again with him in 1860 at age 13) Cooley â€“ 3.
Comparing this to the 1840 Census means he still has 3 more children we still donâ€™t know about yet (a younger boy and two older girls).
Also living with them are:
1. Nancy P. Webster â€“ 14
2. E. J. Webster â€“ 11 (female).
3. E.E. Webster â€“ 9 (female).
These are the daughters of Elizabeth â€œBetseyâ€ McDonald (Ann Elizaâ€™s sister) and Joseph Webster. In Webster Cemetery, Mississippi County, Missouri there are markers that give the birth and death dates of Ann Eliza Cooley (d. March 24, 1851), Betsey McDonald wife of Joseph Webster (b. Nov. 20, 1808 d. May 5, 1843), and Joseph Webster (b. June 15, 1800 d. Aug. 15, 1844).
Also from Mississippi County, Missouri, Deed Record Book: Eliza Jane Webster and Elvira Elizabeth, minors. Estate #1743 Box #55 â€“ Guardian William G. Cooley, minor heirs of Joseph Webster deceased.
Betsey and Joseph also had another older daughter and son: William J. Webster and Mary E. Webster. I have no birthdates for them.
After the death of Ann Eliza, William Grundy Cooley married Julia Ann Caldwell on May 28, 1851 in Wolf Island Township, Missouri. Iâ€™m a descendent of their son Byron Bedford Lee Cooley. Julia Ann Caldwell was born May 22, 1836. Their children were:
1. Felix Albert Cooley - 1854
2. Cornelius Grundy Cooley - 1855
3. George Whitcomb Cooley - 1858
4. Julia Cooley - 1860
5. Clara Belle Cooley - 1862
6. Annabelle Cooley - 1863
7. Byron Bedford Lee Cooley - 1864
8. Robert D. Cooley - 1866
9. Clarence Edgar Cooley - 1868
10. Bolen Victor Cooley - 1872
11. Francis â€œFrankâ€ M. Cooley - 1873
At the time of the 1870 census, William Grundy Cooley and family were living in Obion County, Tennessee. He is listed as a farmer in the 1870 census. They picked up the family and moved to Milam County, Texas in 1876 because, according to my Grandmotherâ€™s recollection of family lore, the carpetbaggers had cleaned them out after the Civil War. They stayed in Milam County, Texas for several years until William Grundy Cooley died. The family moved back to Tennessee for a year and then moved back to Texas. William Grundy Cooley died sometime prior to 1880. My best guess would put his death in 1878.
My lineage is: Byron Bedford Lee Cooley to Julia Ruth Cooley to Dorothy Marie Shaw to Cheryl Ann McGinniss to Jeffrey Franklin Clark, 2nd. I have some other information from James C. Boggan, a descendent of Felix Albert Cooley. He gave me photocopies of more Deed Records listing William Grundy Cooley. Currently, weâ€™re both working on uncovering who William Grundy Cooleyâ€™s parents are. Distance makes this difficult - James lives in Texas and I live in Washington D.C.
I hope this information was helpful.
Ln. 44, Sht. 21, E.D. 106, Vol. 24, Milam County, TX. 1880 Census of the United States.
Cooley, W.G. Age 65, Male, White, Obion County, TN, page 226. 1870 Census of the United States.
1860 Census, Missouri, Mississippi County, Tywappity, page 505, William G. Cooley.
1850 Census, Missouri, Mississippi County, W.G. Cooly, Page 451, 57th District.
1840 Census, Missouri, W.G. Cooley, Scott County, page 066, Wolf ISL.