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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
SILAS B. COOLEY
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES.
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 727
SILAS B. COOLEY. Among the prominent
farmers residing in the northeast part of the town of Somers, Tolland
county, near the Massachusetts State line, is Silas B. Cooley, who
can trace his ancestry back to (I) Earl Cooley, who came to America
from Denmark, whither he had gone from England because of the persecution
that he and others were compelled to undergo on account of their
religious belief. An earl in England, by title, he was known by that
name in America. The Blue Book
of England states that the Cooley family
(II) Benjamin Cooley appears to have been one of the first settlers in that part of Springfield called Long Meadow, and there he married his wife, Sarah, and both died about 1684.
(III) Eliakim Cooley, the third child of Benjamin, was born in 1648, married Hannah Tibbals in 1679, had three children, and both died in 1711.
(IV) Eliakim Cooley (2), son of Eliakim, was born in 1681, married Griswold Beckwith, of Lyme, Conn., in 1706; she died in 1754, and he in 1758; they had eleven children.
(V) Capt. Luke Cooley, son of the above, was born in 1718, and in 1739 married Elizabeth Colton, a daughter of Thomas Colton, of Long Meadow, Mass. Capt. Cooley died Jan. 1, 1777, and his wife Aug. 8 of the same year. The house erected by Capt. Luke Cooley stood about forty rods east of the old Cooley homestead, now standing in North Somers. The children of these worthy ancestors were: Solomon; Lois, who married Nathan Sikes, of Monson; Eunice, who married John Billings, of Somers; Joanna, who married Levi Brace; Nathan, who lived in Somers; Elizabeth, who died young; Lovice, who married Ensign John Russell, of Somers; Lucy, who married Stephen Jones; Luke; and Dinah, who married Aaron Howard.
(VI) Luke Cooley, son of Capt. Luke,
was born about 1753, in the house erected by his father. When a young
man, in 1772, he built the old Cooley homestead, now standing in
North Somers, very near the Massachusetts State line, and was a large
land owner and prominent man. He died Aug. 16, 1801. His first wife
was named Phebe; she died April 27, 1783, the mother of three children,
Lula, Luke and Weston. He married Margaret Marsh, a daughter of Rev.
Jonathan Marsh, of New Hartford, Conn., for his second wife. She
died Dec. 26, 1819, aged sixty-seven, and is buried in Greenwich,
Mass. Two children were born to the second marriage: Jonathan Marsh,
the grandfather of our subject; and Harriet, who married John Warren,
and lived in Boston, where she died, leaving two children, Franklin,
who married his cousin,
(VII) Jonathan Marsh Cooley was
born Aug. 9, 1789, in the family homestead, and remained on the
home farm all his life, becoming a man of ample means and large
landed possessions. His death occurred Oct. 11, 1857. July 24,
1808, he married Naomi Hills, who was born Sept. 3, 1792, a daughter
of Jacob and Naomi Hills, the former of whom was born Dec. 25,
1765, and died Sept. 12, 1848, while his wife was born in 1770
and died April 11, 1848. Jonathan M. Cooley was fife major in
the local militia for many years. Since his death the old fife
has been preserved by the family and is owned and cherished by
his grandson, Silas B. Cooley. The children born to Jonathan M.
Cooley and his wife were: Jonathan Luke, born Jan. 22, 1809; Caius
Marius, born Sept. 25, 1811, who married Louise Bodfish, June 6,
1838, was a farmer by occupation, and lived near Springfield, Mass.,
where he died Aug. 7, 1846, leaving three sons; Naomi Elvira, born
Oct. 27, 1812, who
(VIII) Jonathan Luke Cooley was born
in North Somers, where his early life was spent. For several years
when a young man he worked on the home farm and later bought a farm
near (now inside) the city limits of Springfield, Mass.; there he
continued farming for some six years, when he disposed of it and
removed to Ludlow, Mass. There he bought another farm which he continued
to operate for about nine years, and later lived on rented farms
in Wilbraham and Hampden. In 1855 he bought of Deacon David Cady
a farm in the northeast part of Somers, the one now occupied by our
subject, where he followed farming for the rest of his life, dying
there Nov. 25, 1862; he was buried in Center cemetery at Somers.
His death was caused by an accident, his team running away and throwing
him to the ground. He was an upright and
On Jan. 29, 1835, Mr. Cooley was married
by Rev. R.R. Dennis, to Sarah S. Kibbe, who was born Sept. 18, 1815,
and died Feb. 26, 1887. She was a native of Somers, a daughter of
Silas and Sally (Watrous) Kibbe, and a granddaughter of Daniel Kibbe,
the Revolutionary soldier. The children of this marriage were: Silas
B., born March 1, 1836; Irene S., born Jan. 17, 1838, who was married
March 12, 1874, to John Watson Prentice, a carpenter residing in
Somers, and who died March 30, 1894; Lorett N., born July 21, 1839,
who married March 25, 1864, to Merrick Langdon, a carpenter, lived
in Springfield, Mass., and died April 18, 1890; Redelia A., born
Sept. 1, 1841, the wife of Merritt A. Davis, of Somers; Luvann E.,
born July 30, 1844, who was married April 28, 1864, to Cyrus Kibbe,
a carpenter, and resided in Springfield, until her death, Oct. 10,
1885; Rocelia A., born July 3, 1846, who was married Aug. 19, 1869,
to Frank Pease, a farmer, and
(IX) Silas B. Cooley was born in Springfield, Mass., and attended the common schools of Ludlow, North Wilbraham and Hampden, Mass. He was nineteen years old when his parents moved to Somers, and he there engaged in farm work, a part of the time for the community of Enfield Shakers, and he also worked in a brick yard. At the age of twenty-four, he went to Pennsylvania as agent for the Hovey Silk Company, of Mansfield, Conn., and with a team, he peddled sewing silk, traveling through the coal regions, for two years following this business very successfully. After his return to his home he was employed for a few months at the U.S. Armory at Springfield, when his father died and he returned home. In the course of time Mr. Cooley bought the interests of the other heirs in the estate, has improved and added to the property and now has a farm of 125 acres, where he is prospering in general farming and dairying.
On Dec. 15, 1864, Mr. Cooley
was married to Jane P. Hunt, of Somers, who was born in Monson,
Mass., March 24, 1842, a daughter of Simon S. and Persis (Chaffee)
Hunt and a sister of Deacon Comfort C. Hunt. Mrs. Cooley died Aug.
13, 1882. Three children were born of this union: (1) Mattie J.,
born Feb. 26, 1866, attended the district schools and the Somers
high school, and taught school for several years in Stafford and
Somers; she married Everett Fletcher, a farmer in Stafford, and
their children are Edna, Eunice, Helen, Celia, Eva and Marjorie.
(2) Burtie D., born Jan. 28, 1868, was educated in the district
schools and the Somers high school and chose farming for his life
work; he is associated with his brother-in-law, Everett Fletcher,
and they together own the farm known as the Alden Davis homestead,
of about 110 acres, where they carry on general farming. They have
also bought additional timber land. Mr. Cooley politically is a
Republican. (3) Benton
Stephen Cooley Jones, father of Mrs.
Cooley, was born in Ludlow, a son of Stephen and Cathrin (Bliss)
Jones, farming people of that town. He passed his life there, and
died in July, 1896, in his seventy-seventh year, on the farm where
he was born. His wife, Mary Hubbard, was the daughter of Warren Hubbard
of Ludlow, who was a farmer who passed his life in his native town.
She died April 5, 1902, in her eighty-first year. Both were members
of the Methodist Church in Ludlow. They had five children born to
them: (1) Amanda married Danford Sikes, of Ludlow. (2) Albert E.,
lives in St. Paul, Minn., where he is in the meat business. He married
(first) Ida Meeder, of Springfield, Mass., and had two children,
Albert and Grace Lilian. He married (second) Miss E. Lilian Gove,
of St. Paul, Minn., and by this marriage he has three children: Frederick
Harold, Myrtie and Ruth. (3) Elizabeth Luella is Mrs. Silas B. Cooley.
(4) Ida married Frank Pease, of Monson, a farmer of that town, and
they have one child, Lillian. (5) William M., youngest child of Stephen
C. Jones, Jr., resides in Springfield,
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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