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Benjamin Cooley

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Longmeadow, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Cooley and Joan Cooley
Husband of Sarah E Colton Cooley
Father of Bethia Chapin; Obediah Cooley; Eliakim Cooley; Daniel Cooley; Sarah Morgan and 4 others
Brother of Phoebe Cooley; Jonathan Coley; Joseph Coley and Joyce Coley

Occupation: Weaver, Pioneer, Settler of Springfield MA, Master Weaver
Managed by: Private User
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About Benjamin Cooley

Important to note the following with respect to extensive research on the origins of Benjamin Cooley:

If anyone has concrete evidence, we would be happy to hear more about it.

Thanks, David Cooley President, Cooley Family Association of America


Benjamin is buried in the Springfield Cemetery in Springfield Massachusetts. The original burial grounds where at the river front behind the Old First Church. In 1849 to make way for the railroad 2024 bodies were moved to the cemetery on the hill. They were placed in a mass grave. The main entrance to the cemetery is on Maple St. but the graves are at the Pine Street entrance. Most of this information is found in the Cooley genealogy book by Mortimer E. Cooley published in 1941.

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from Genealogy of Early Settlers in Trenton and Ewing :

At what period Benjamin Cooley (1), the earliest known American ancestor of Dr. Eli F. Cooley, emigrated to this country, is not known. He was born 1620 '; was a resident of Springfield, Mass., which was settled in 1636, of which town he was one of the three selectmen, in 1646. He afterward moved across the river Connecticut to Longmeadow, of which he was one of the earliest settlers. He was one of the committee to lay out the town of Suffield, in 1670. He was a man of wealth, and left large landed estates in Springfield and Longmeadow, besides other property. He died 1684, six days before his wife, Sarah, by whom he had issue : Bethia, born January, 1644, married Henry Chapin ; Obadiah (2), born 1647 ; Eliakim (3), born 1649 ; Daniel (our line) (4), born 1651 ; Sarah, born 1654 ; Benjamin, born 1656 ; Mary, born 1659 ; and Joseph, born 1662, married and died, leaving children. The Cooleys of East and West Springfield, Longmeadow, and Hartford, are of this family.

Few dividends slipped away from Benjamin Cooley,

except as he made exchanges for property more useful and

convenient to him. In 1647 he was taxed for 40 1/2 acres,

while the inventory of his estate in 1684 included 527 acres

exclusive of the "land that Obadiah Cooley occupieth." This

latter tract, at Main and York streets in Springfield,

comprised perhaps ten acres, giving as a total, 537 acres

acquired during Benjamin Cooley's forty years as an

inhabitant of Springfield.


Source: found at Genforum, for Benj. & Sarah Cooley of Springfield, MA

Posted by: Jo Ann Sherwood Date: August 30, 1999 at 07:36:18

In Reply to: Benj. & Sarah Cooley of Springfield, MA by Skip Cooley of 720

Dear Skip: I enjoyed your articles on the dress codes. In return I thought you might like a copy of the Indian deed "selling" Springfield.

February 4, 1678. The indians above named viz Wawapana and Wawaba and Wecombo the true and proper owners of all the lands abovementioned did set and by sale forever pass away all the land above mentioned to Mr. Elizaber Holyoke, George Colton, Benjamin Cooley, Samuel Marshfield and Anthony Dorchester for the use and behoofe of the town of Springfield the bargain being meade in my presence and as I remember it was in the year 1674 or thereabout I was offered in treaty about it which at last came to a conclusion to be as abovementioned the payment also for the land as above expressed passing through my hands to the indians which they gladly accepted and did willingly own the sale to me after this deed was they comeing particulary one at a tyme to me to subscribe it when I told them they must came altogether the want of which was the onely obstruction for they often severally acknowledged the sale and the writing to be according to their minde and meaning also testifying their readiness to come all together and subscribe which as they promised no doubt they would have done but that the indian wars happening in the year 1675 they with other indians we drove away before which time they made the abovesaid purchase and sale and I do declare they did come personally and owne and acknowledge the conveyhance and sale of the land abovementioned as aboveexpressed. This then done and by ye Indians Wequanquan and Wawapaw and Wecomobo owned and acknowledged. John Pynchon, Attestant. This entred these records for the county of Hampshire July 12 1679 as attested. John Holyoke (Source: Hampshire County Massachusetts Deeds, Book AB, page 24, Film 844486.

The Cooley name is of Norman origin from Culey or Cuilly near Falaise, Normandy: while the family is English. At what date Benjamin Cooley b. 1620 (the earliest known American ancestor) emigrated to this country is not known. He was a resident of Springfield, Mass., in 1646; was one of the Selectmen, which office he held eighteen years: he moved across the Connecticutt river to Long Meadow (originally a part of Springfield) and then (1642) received his first allottment of land, upon a portion of which he settled and which he gave to his eldest son, Obadiah, and is in the possession of

his descendants at this time: he m. 1642 Sarah —, and d.

1684. His fourth son, Daniel b. 1651, also a Selectman, m. Elizabeth Walcott: the eldest son of this couple, Benjamin b. 1681 m. Margaret, dau. of Samuel and Sarah Bliss. Benjamin Cooley was in Major Hawks' Company in the Expedition to Canada, 1758. He and a son signed the Statement of Grievances in 1722, was assessor and Selectman: moved to Briarfield, where he died.


About Benjamin Cooley

The Cooley surname is Irish, and was first found in Ulster where they held a family seat from very ancient times. One of the earliest references to the name is spelled Cualnge, and appears in the 7th century when the great Celtic epic, Tain Bo Cualnge, or The Cattle-raid of Cooley (County Louth), was first written. A few hundred years later, in 1085, William the Norman conducted a census of 54, 813 landowners in Great Britain (as chronicled in Domesday Book), and among the lists is the name Culege (pronounced "Cooley" with the "g" being silent, as in Burleigh). After the introduction of "w" and "y" into the language, the name underwent many spelling variations, including: Cooley, Cooling, Cowley, Cully, Colly, McCooley, Coaley, Coolyng, Couley, Colley, McCowley, Cooleng, McCoolay, Coolay, Collay, Cullay, Cowleigh, Culleigh and many more. The coats of arms features an ermine shield a black chevron on which there are three gold leopards, faces jellopped. The Crest over the helmet displays another Leopard's face, jellopped. Our ancestor BENJAMIN COOLEY (1617 - 1684) was the village weaver of Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. He came to America in 1640, probably by way of Holland, as no British vessels from the time list him as a passenger. He married a woman named SARAH (Savage, Tremaine or Colton). Benjamin died on August 17, 1684 in a part of Springfield that is now called Longmeadow. His wife died a week later, on August 23. They had three daughters and five sons:

BETHIA COOLEY, born on 16 Sep 1643, in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. She married HENRY CHAPIN, SR.

OBADIAH COOPER, born on 27 Jan 1646/7 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

ELIAKIM COOPER, born on 08 Jan 1648/8 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

DANIEL COOPER, born 02 May 1651 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

SARAH COOPER, born 27 Feb1653/4 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. On 15 Jan 1679, she married BURT JONATHAN MORGAN. Family listed below.

BENJAMIN COOLEY II was born on 01 Sep 1656 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. He had no children (at least no males chronicled by any genealogists).

MARY COOLEY was born on 22 Jun 1659 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

JOSEPH COOLEY was born on 06 Mar, 1661/2 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts

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Benjamin Cooley's Timeline

February 25, 1615
Tring Perish, Hertfordshire, England
January 16, 1643
Age 28
Springfield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony

Bethiah Cooley in the Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
Name: Bethiah Cooley
Event Type: Birth
Birth Date: 16 Sep 1643
Birth Place: Springfield, Massachusetts
Father Name: Benjamin Cooley
Source Information Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).
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January 27, 1646
Age 31
Springfield, Hampshire County (Present Hampden County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
January 8, 1648
Age 33
Springfield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
May 22, 1651
Age 36
Springfield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
February 27, 1653
Age 38
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts