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Capt William Cooley
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Birth: Mar. 17, 1736
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Apr. 14, 1825
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA

Born 1736 MAR 17 Simsbury, Hartford, CT
Died 1825 Apr 17 Granville (GVRD)
Burial 1825 Apr Main Road Cemetery Granville, MA
Age 90yrs

Father Daniel Cooley III 1711-1782
Mother Frances McIntire 1717-1807

Married 1759 Nov 27
Sarah Mather
Born 1737 Nov 24 Windsor, CT
Died 1822 Dec 2 Granville, MA (GVRD)
Burial 1822 Dec Main Road Cemetery

Children with Sarah Mather& Children

1. Sarah Cooley TILLOTSON
Born 1762 Jan 16
Died 1825 May 29
Married 1780 Apr 6
Abel Tillotson

2. William Cooley
Born 1763 Dec 19
Died 1845
Loanna Barber

3. Triphosa Cooley THRALL
Born 1766 May 8
Died 1841
Married 1784 Apr
James Thrall

4. Dorothy Mather Cooley Tibbals GRAVES
Born 1768 Apr 22
Died 1842
First Married 1792 Oct 9
John Tibbals
Second Marriage
Enoch Graves

5. Abigail Cooley
Born 1769 May 3
Died 1770 Apr 3
age 11 mos.
Abigial Cooley 1770 - 1770 GVRD
died Camp Distemper

6. Timothy Mather Cooley
Born 1772 Mar 13
Died 1859
Content Chapman

7. Alexander Cooley
Born 1775 May 2
Died 1777 Sep 15
1yr 5 mos,
died camp distemper GRVD

8. James
Born 1779 Dec 29
Vital records 1780 Dec 27

9. Abigail Cooley
Born 1775
Died 1776
died camp distemper GVRD

10.James Cooley
Born 1779
Died 1851
Almira Parsons

11. Abby Cooley WRIGHT
Born 1781 Aug 7
Died 1819
Married 1804 Nov 14
Spencer Wright


Capain William Cooley, veteran of the American Revolution, Continental Line.

"William Cooley possessed a robust and vigorous constitution, an enterprising spirit, ans a mind of uncommon stability and perserverance. Gentle in his manner, frank and independent in his character, and for habits of industry and economy in the management of his affairs during his protracted life, no man was more remarkable. ... He built a shop near the house for the shoemaking business, and in process of time he erected shops for a tannery and prosecuted both branches in business in additon to the oversight of an extensive farm. His business was good and with every turn of his hand seemed to be attended with prosperity and wealth flowed in from every quarter. He was a favorite amoung his townsmen, and held the offices of Assessor, Selectman and Representative, and other places of trust, and though of limited education, discharged the various duties to the acceptance of his constituents.
In April, 1776, he was chosen Captain of the Militia Company which was then regared as one of the first offices in the gift of the town. This was in 'times that tried men's souls, being the commencement of the war with Great Britain. Capt. William Cooley went into two campaigns, one at Ticonderoga, the other at White Plains. Age 42 during one of severe winters he took cold which terminated in a permanent, chronic asthma which made him an invalid for life. Though in feeble health, his spirits were unbroken, and his courage unabated.
The last years of his life, being deprived of his sight, her retired from all active business. His was a truly happy and tranquel old age. His last sickness was short. His deathbed was not triumphant, but peaceful. On the 14th April 1825, he departed this life in his ninetieth year. He was a Deacon in the church twenty-seven years.

William and his wife Sarah Mather are buried in Main Road Cemetery with their two daughters named Abigail and their baby son Alexander.

Sketch of his life written by his son, Rev. Timothy Mather Cooley

CAPTAIN WILLIAM COOLEY (17 Mar 1736, Springfield - 14 Apr 1825, Granville) COOLEY, William, Captain. Mass. Militia; wounded at White Plains Oct. 28, 1776; died 1825. - from Hist. Reg. of Officers of the Continental Army COOLEY, William, Captain. 9th and 5th Co., Col. John Moseley's (3rd Hampshire Co.) Regt. (In May 1776 a return was made of a military company in Granville, belonging to the 5th Regt. of Mass. Militia, of which Moseley of Westfield was Colonel. This company was commanded by Capt. William Cooley, Edmund Barlow was first Lieutenant, Samuel Bancroft, Jr., second Lieutenant, Richard Dickinson, Josel Strong and Samuel Williams, Sergeants; Joel Bancroft, John Cooley, Thomas Gilbert and James Coe, Corporals. The company numbered 73 men with 73 guns, 2 bayonets, 4 swords, 680 flints, and 5 1/2 lbs of powder. The strength and flower of the town were under enlistment. (quoted from Vol. II, page 62, Hist. of Western Mass., by Josiah Holland). List of Officers of Mass. Militia. Ordered in Council Apr. 26, 1776, that commission be issued; reported commissioned same day. Captain of detachment from 3rd Hampshire Regt. commanded by Lt. Col. Timothy Richardson; marched Oct.21, 1776, by order Gen. Schuyler, to reinforce army at Ticonderoga; also Col. John Moseley's Regt., engaged Sept. 23, 1776, disch. Nov. 16, 1776; same regt., July 9-Oct. 12, 1777, when company marched towards Bennington on an alarm; roll sworn to at Granville. Mass. Soldiers and Sailors. COOLEY, William, Captain. A description of his Detachment for 2 mos. 3 days, return of, in which a number of his men were from Blandford. Blandford Soldiers and Sailors. - from Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of The Revolutionary War, Volume 2, page 382 (V) Captain William son of Daniel (3) and Frances (McKintree) Cooley, was born March 17, 1736; died April 14, 1825. He settled in Granville, Massachusetts where he organized a military company for service in the revolutionary war. His commission as captain, issued April 26, 1776, signed by Perez Morton, secretary, assigns him to the Fifth Company, Third Regiment, Hampshire county militia, John Moseley, colonel.

November 27, 1759, he married Sarah Mather,
born November 26, 1734,
died December 2, 1822,
daughter of Timothy Mather, of Windsor, Connecticut, and a descendant of Rev. Richard Mather (see forward).

The children of this union were:
I. Sarah, born 1762;
2 William, 1763;
3 Abigail, May 3,1765;
4 Triphena, May 8, 1767;
5 Dorothy, April 22, 1768;
6 Timothy Mather DD;
7 Alexander, May 2, l775;
8 James, December 2, 1779.
- from Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to The Families of the State of New York, Volume 4, edited by William Richard Cutter, William Frederick Adams, page 2182


Connecticut, Hale Collection of Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629-1934
Name: Deacon William Cooley
Birth Date: abt 1736
Death Date: 1825
Death Place: Granville, Massachusetts
Age at Death: 89

William Cooley in the Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
Name: William Cooley
Event Type: Death
Birth Date: abt 1735
Death Date: 14 Apr 1825
Death Place: Granville, Massachusetts
Death Age: 90

William Cooley in the North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000
Name: William Cooley
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 1736
Birth Place: Granville, Mass
Death Date: 1825
Death Place: Granville, Mass
Spouse: Sarah Mather
Child: Triphosia Cooley

William Cooley in the Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots
Name: William Cooley
Cemetery: Old Cem
Location: Granville Centre MA 47
Family links: 
  Daniel Cooley (1711 - 1782)
  Frances McIntyre Cooley (1717 - 1807)
  Sarah Mather Cooley (1737 - 1822)*
  Abigail Cooley (____ - 1776)*
  Sarah Cooley Tillotson (1762 - 1825)*
  Dorothy Cooley Graves (1768 - 1842)*
  Abigail Cooley (1769 - 1770)*
  Timothy Mather Cooley (1772 - 1859)*
  Alexander Cooley (1775 - 1777)*
  James Cooley (1780 - 1851)*
  Abby Cooley Wright (1781 - 1819)*
  William Cooley (1736 - 1825)
  John Cooley (1737 - 1828)*
  Clark Cooley (1739 - 1813)*
  Noah Cooley (1744 - 1830)*
  Thomas Cooley (1747 - 1826)**
  Esther Cooley Strickland (1748 - 1828)*
  Esther Cooley (1749 - 1828)*
  Daniel Cooley (1754 - 1821)*
  Daniel Cooley (1754 - 1821)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: 24 row Marble
Main Road Cemetery
Granville Center
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Maintained by: M Cooley
Originally Created by: Beckie Cross
Record added: Aug 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57121238
Capt William Cooley
Added by: Beckie Cross
Capt William Cooley
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