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Benjamin Cooley(cool1)

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b. February 25, 1614/15 in St. Albans Parish, England or Tring Parish, Herfordshire, England [Jackie]

d. August 17, 1684 in Longmeadow, Hampden County, Massachusetts [CtColWars]

m. 1642, Sarah, bc. 1620 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, [Jackie]d. August 23, 1684 in Longmeadow, Hampden County, Massachusetts [CtColWars]

Issue: [Jackie]

Bethia Cooley, b. September 16, 1643 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts,d. December 9, 1711 in Cicopee, Hampden County, Massachusetts

m. December 5, 1664 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, Henry Chapin, b. January 25, 1630/1 in Paignton, Devonshire, England, d. August 16, 1718 in Chicopee, Hampden County, MA

Obadiah Cooley (cool11), b. January 27, 1646/7, d. September 3, 1690

Eliakim Cooley, b. January 8, 1648/9 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, d. December 1, 1711 buried in Springfield Cemetery, in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts

m. March 12, 1677/8 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, Hannah Tibbals, b. March 13, 1656/7 in Milford, New Haven, CT, d. December 16, 1711 buried in Springfield Cemetery, in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts

Daniel Cooley, b. May 2, 1651 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, d. February 9, 1726/7 in Sunderland, Franklin County,, Massachusetts, buried in Springfield Cemetery, in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts

m. December 10, 1860 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Woldot, b. August 19, 1662 Windsor, Hartford, CT, d. January 30, 1706/7 buried in Springfield Cemetery, in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts

Sarah Cooley, b. December 27, 1653 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, d. February 14, 1742/3

January 15, 1678/9 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, Jonathan Morgan, b. September 16, 1646 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, d. April 10, 1714 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts

Benjamin Cooley II, b. September 1, 1656 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, d. November 29, 1731 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts

m. February 7, 1694/5 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, Abigail Bagg, b. April 23, 1673 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, January 27, 1738/9 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts

Mary Cooley, b. June 22, 1659 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, d. December 6, 1720 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts

m. April 21, 1687 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, Thomas Terry, b. March 6, 1665 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, d. May 9, 1760 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts
information:
Thomas's father, Samuel Terry, was apprenticed in 1650 to Mary's father, Benjamin Cooley, for three years, to learn the trade of weaving linen.

Joseph Cooley, Lt., b. March 6, 1661/2 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, d. May 20, 1740 in Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut

m. January 22, 1683/4 in Saybrook, CT, Mary Griswold, b. February 28, 1662/3 in Windsor, Hareford County, CT, d. July 13, 1739 in Somers, Tolland County, CT

Information:

1647:
Benjamin was taxed for 40 1/2 acres. [Jackie]

October 15, 1650:
Samuel Terry was apprenticed to Benjamin Cooley to learn the linen weaving trade. Page 1 , Page 2 [CooleyGen]

1650/1:
On March 4, 1650/1, there died at Springfield, Joshua Parsons, infant son of Hugh Parsons and his wife, Mary Lewis. The available evidence indicates that the child succumbed to croup or some similar ailment, but the father was accused of witchcraft in connection with the death. He was examined before magistrate Pynchon and the testimony then given sheds such light on the homely affairs of the day. Page 1 , Page 2 [CooleyGen]

April 29, 1668:
"Benjamin Cooly being chosen ensigne to the Foote company at Sprinfield, so attested by Capt Pinchon, the Court approoves of him as ensign there." [CooleyGen]

1674:
Benjamin was one of the citizens of Springfield named as the proper owners of the Indian deed selling the land for the use of the Town of Springfield. [Jackie]

March 27, 1676:
"Presented by the Grandjury to the Courte at Northampton. ...some for wearing of silk and yt in a flonting manner & attire some for Long haire & other extravegancies, Contrary to honest Labor & Order & Demeanor not Becoming a Wilderness State at Least the Profession of Christianity & Religion." [Sarah, Benjamin's wife was among those presented to the grand jury. This occurrred at a time when the town was being attacked by indians and it suggests that in their haste to save their best from the flames on that day, these ladies doned their silk clothing.] [CooleyGen]

"Sumptuary laws restraining excess of apparel in some classes were common in England for centuries. Massachusetts enacted such a law in 1651, ordering that persons whose estates did not exceed L200 should not wear gold or silver lace, gold or silver buttons, bone lace above 2 s. per yard, or silk hoods or scarfs. Any persons wearing such articles might be assessed a tax on their property as if they actually had estates of L200. In other words, a person could not successfully plead for abatement of taxes if their attire indicated a position of affluence." [CooleyGen]

"During his forty years in Springfield, Benjamin Cooley acquired a competence far beyond the average, while yet retaining the good will of his fellows. At his coming he acquired forty acres of mediocre land. At his death he owned 524 acres of the choicest. He had houses and barns to meet his own needs and those of his eldest sons. Of livestock, gear and equipment and the merchandise of his trade he had a sufficiency. The debts he owed, amounting to L9-16s-6d were more than offset by the L15-15s-2d due to him. The inventory of his estate totaled over 1241 pounds sterling." [CooleyGen]


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