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Benjamin COOLEY


picture Benjamin COOLEY

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 25 Feb 1615 - St. Albans Paraish, England Or Tring Perish, Hertfordshire, Eng
          Death: 17 Aug 1684 - Longmeadow, Hampden, Massachusetts
 Cause of Death: 
          AFN #: 

Spouses and Children
1.  *Mrs. Sarah COOLEY (Abt 1620 - 23 Aug 1684)  1 
       Marriage: 1642 1
                1. Bethia COOLEY (1643-1711) 1
                2. Obadiah COOLEY (1647-1690) 1
                3. Eliakim I COOLEY (1649-1711) 1
                4. Daniel COOLEY (1651-1727) 1
                5. Sarah COOLEY (1653-1743) 1
                6. Benjamin II COOLEY (1656-1731) 1
                7. Mary COOLEY (1659-1720) 1
                8. Joseph , Lt. COOLEY (1661-1740) 1

Cooley, -. [This name also appears under the form of Chooley, Coley, Colley, Coolay,
Coolley, Coolloy, Cooly, Coulley.]

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He settled in Longmeadow, MA. The library in Longmeadow has a great resource of all the Cooleys descendeds,from Benjamin and Sarah. In the Longmeadow, MA there is a Cooley Street and markers on the historical homes, many of which were Cooleys. It's amazing that many of the families had 6 or more children. Benjamin was active in the town's government and lived a long life with his wife Sarah.


1. Torrey, C.A. "New England Marriages before 1700" pp.179.
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Meaning of Surname
Origin of the COOLEY Surname: Irish, English

Meaning of the Cooley Surname: ..."son of the servant of St. Mochuille"; descendant of little Cole, a pet form of Nicholas (Peoples Victory).

The following version of the meaning of the surname was received from Karen Ann Cooley:
Through researching my Cooley origins in Australia I have found that Cooley is of Irish origin. The meaning is probably "cow meadow" or "cow pasture". One of the origins of surnames was where a person lived. In Northern England and in Scotland a cow is often called a "coo" in the local dialect. Another surname origin was a person's appearance. An alternative derivation may be from Colley meaning "coaly, dark skinned or dark haired". Cooley is an Ulster variant of Colley.

Source: Duane Cooley:
Source: FTM Online,

The Cooley Genealogy, page 137

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.


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