DNA is sorting the Cooleys out
Two interesting DNA tests came through this week. One is for a descendant of the Abraham Cooley who is said to have immigrated to NY from England sometime prior to 1780. He lived in Surry County NC in the 1780s, then went to VA. DNA has shown his descendant to be a match to descendants of Ensign Benjamin Cooley. This does not mean he himself was a descendant--he could have come from a collateral line that immigrated separately--but the possibility that he was from Benjamin and was born in NY or nearby should be explored carefully by genealogists trying to sort out his line.
On the same day, results for a descendant of Reuben Ransom Cooley were posted. They also show probable Benjamin relatedness. Reuben was born in Ohio in 1805 and moved early on to Indiana. He is last found on the census records in that state in 1870.
The results for both testers were moved to group CF02 and can be found at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Cooley/default.aspx?section=yresultshttp://www.familytreedna.com/public/Cooley/default.aspx?section=yresults