I don't know why Reuben wasn't mentioned in Edward's 1822 will. Perhaps he had already been given a legacy, or else was out of favor with the old man.Reuben & Martha were present at the 5 Dec. 1822 estate sale, listed among the buyers.I do have pretty good proof of his lineage, from a side angle.When Edward's daughter Joanna Cooley died in 1863, she owned 44 acres in Bartholomew Co., land she had bought in 1846.Our Probate Record Book F1, p. 40, dated 9 Jan. 1866, lists the heirs of Joanna Cooley, and includes Reuben Cooley's heirs:Joseph Cooley (our line); Emanuel and Mary (Cooley) Burget; and Evan and Martha (Cooley) Elkins.Also included were Joanna's brothers Stephen and (your) John; the heirs of her late sister Elizabeth (Cooley) Brewer; two sons of her late brother Thomas; and "unknown heirs."The land was sold 17 July 1866, Deed Book S, p. 257, for $350.I suppose the "unknown heirs" were the ones they couldn't track down, & must not have gotten their shares.
I don't have burial places for your John & Selah Cooley.Mt. Healthy is most likely but Laughlin is also a possiblity.John's son Noah buried a small child in 1843 up at Laughlin Cemetery on the hill behind Waymansville.Joseph Cooley was buried up there in 1867, and Reuben & Martha are likely on the hill also.
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