52 Ancestors: #29 Sarah Ann TREADWAY 1828-bet. 1900-1910

“The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”

This is entry #29 in Amy Johnson Crow’s Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

#29 Sarah Ann TREADWAY 1828-aft. 1900

My 3rd great-grandmother married in 1851.1 In the marriage records of Meigs County, Ohio John COOLEY, the name of the groom, and Sarah A. TREADWELL, the name of the bride, were entered by the same person who made all other entries on the page.

“The State of Ohio Meigs County, ss. This is to certify that on the 9th day of September A. D. 1851 I joined in marriage John Cooley & Sarah Ann Treadwell by virtue of a license for that purpose (signed) H. S. Lawrence J.P.”

All entries on the page included the annotation “A true copy” except for this one. Does the original scrap of paper still exist? All entries for 1851 are in the same handwriting. I skipped back through the “Marriage records 1819-1852 vol 1” database at FamilySearch, 50 images at a time, and discovered that the entire volume appears to have been written by the same person, most likely at the same time. This would mean that the register was made at a later date. Is it a copy of the original register of marriage records and/or a collection of entries compiled from loose-leaf papers found in the courthouse?

Did the clerk who copied the Justice of the Peace’s information make a mistake? Did H. S. Lawrence, J.P., make the error in his records? In all records produced after this event, Sarah Ann’s maiden name was spelled TREADWAY.

TREADWELL or TREADWAY, that is the question!

• Daughter Ida’s 1870 birth record has as mother Sarah Jane TREADWAY, not Sarah Ann TREADWAY.2
• Son Calvin and daughter Sally’s death records have TREADWAY for the mother’s maiden name.3,4
• Finally, an unknown great-granddaughter of granddaughter Lorena Ellen CLONCH (md. 1st James Noyce SMITH, 2nd John TOMSHACK) has the family bible in which Sarah Ann is listed as TREADWAY. [For more than 10 years I haven’t been able to find out who the great-granddaughter of Lorena Ellen CLONCH is or where this statement came from. Maybe she will see this and get in touch.]

Why am I worried about one record that may have the name wrong? I wonder if the Justice of the Peace and the clerk gave the correct name on the marriage record and records produced later were in error.

To further complicate things, I don’t know who Sarah’s parents were. She has not been located in the 1850 census taken before her marriage. I’ve tried all combinations of Treadway, Treadwell, and even Tracewell. In later census records, she was listed as being born in Virginia and West Virginia. Her parents’ places of birth are also seen as Virginia or West Virginia in the census years this information is included. It is very likely that she/they was/were born in an area of Virginia that became part of West Virginia in 1863.

Opening a Little Door in a Brick Wall

As previously discussed in 52 Ancestors: #28 John COOLEY, Sarah was seen in the 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900 censuses with her husband John COOLEY.5,6,7,8

I dug a bit deeper into the 1900 census this week and made a wonderful discovery!

1900censuscooley
1900 U.S. Federal Census > WV > Fayette > Falls > Belva

1900 U.S. Federal Census
Fayette County, West Virginia
Falls District, Belva Precinct
Enumerated on the 29th day of June 1900
HH #358-358
Cowley, John head W M Oct 1827 72 married 45 yrs MS MS MS day laborer
_____, Sarah wife W F Apr 1828 71 married 45 yrs mother of 12, 0 living WV WV WV
Wilson, George boarder W M Oct 1849 (sic) 50 widowed WV WV WV day laborer
_____, Jenett granddaughter W F Apr 1891 9 single WV WV WV

In my story about Sarah’s husband John, I wrote:

At first, the census listing for 1900 was overlooked as the surname was misspelled and John and his parents’ places of birth were seen as Mississippi instead of Missouri. A marriage record for John’s youngest daughter Minnie O. COOLEY helped to make the connection. Minnie married George WILSON (1849-aft. 1900) on 8 March 1900. She did not live long enough to be enumerated on the 1900 census but her widowed husband and a daughter from a previous relationship are seen living with John and Sarah COOLEY (misspelled Cowley) in Belva.

It bothered me that George WILSON was listed as widowed and a boarder in 1900 as he had married the COOLEY’s daughter Minnie three months before the census was enumerated.9 Shouldn’t he be seen as a son-in-law?

When I first found the marriage record for George WILSON and Minnie O. COOLEY I noticed that “mail Geo. Wilson” was written on the register under Remarks. When was it mailed in? Could the license have been dated 8 March 1900 but the marriage took place later, after the census?

I dug deeper and found that George WILSON was not 50 years old as seen on the marriage and census entries. He was 12 years older, born about 1838 to John G. J. and Delilah WILSON of Wood County. This was the county where Sarah and John had lived when their first child was born. Could there be another connection?

What to do? Whenever I’m at an impasse I look at the children. Sarah’s daughter Minnie O. was the mother of two illegitimate daughters.

The youngest was Ellen COOLEY whose 1894 birth record included the name of her father E. E. BAKER.10 Since she was not given the father’s surname I assume that her parents were not married. I found no trace of her after this.

The older daughter was Nettie COOLEY who was seen as Jenett in 1900 with her COOLEY grandparents. No birth record was found for her. Does the line on the census for the surname indicate a repeat of the head of the household’s surname or of the person enumerated just above her? Could George WILSON have been her father?

I followed Nettie through her marriage to Carl Iven GLENN in 1917 (no parents listed) and her death in 1926 (mother Minnie COOLEY, father not known).11,12 In the 1920 census Carl and Nettie were seen with her daughter Freda COOLEY age 8 and a brother-in-law (of the head of household) Charles E. HAYES age 8.13 As I had already laid Minnie to rest in 1900 I did not even consider that the HAYES boy could be Nettie’s brother. Then I wondered if Nettie’s father might be a HAYES but without documentation, this was only speculation.

Not considering ALL possibilities had been a big mistake! I checked the births in Mason County for the parents of Charles E. HAYES. Luckily Mason has a birth register that is typewritten and in alphabetical order – many children were recorded without their given names. In 1911 I found a male child born on 25 January 1911 to Ben and Minnie HAYSE (sic).14

A quick search of the marriage records and I had Benjamin Sterrett HAYES Jr. age 60 marrying Minnie O. WILSON age 37 on 19 October 1910, three months before the birth of the child.15 A search for Benjamin HAYES in the 1910 census clinched it! Minnie, his housekeeper, and her children Nettie and Ellen are in Benjamin’s household and listed with the BAKER surname.16 Why BAKER on the census when she used WILSON a few months later when she married? Where are Ben and Minnie in 1920? Why was Charles seen with his sister Nettie in 1920?

I knew that Nettie died in 1926 and that her widower had remarried.17,18 A search for Charles E. HAYES in the 1930 and 1940 censuses did not turn up any results. At FamilySearch using the parents’ names to search, I found Charles’ death certificate. He died in 1927, six months after his sister Nettie (both of tuberculosis), the informant was her widower Carl GLENN.19 Could this mean that Nettie raised her brother and her husband had taken over when she died?

Time to check Find A Grave, one of the last places I look for information. I should have tried there first as several of my questions were answered.

Find A Grave, Angela Harkins (#46845221) WV Mason Hambrick Cemetery Minnie O. Hayes, used with permission.

Angela Harkins (Find A Grave contributor #46845221) had photos of grave markers and information on Minnie20 and her daughter Ellen21 who married in 191222 and in 191523, had a son in 191624, and died a few days later. Her mother Minnie O. COOLEY died in 1919. There were no death records for either lady. However, the mystery of Minnie O. COOLEY’s whereabouts and death have now been solved.

Sarah’s Children

And now the information on the children of my third great-grandparents Sarah and John is more complete (47 grandchildren):

• Ch 1: Calvin COOLEY (1853-1912) was born on 10 October 1853 in Parkersburg, Wood County, (West) Virginia.25 Calvin married Mary MacNeal CAMDEN (1855-1931) on 14 November 1872 in Cooper Township, Mason County, West Virginia.26 They had 10 children. Calvin died on 10 June 1912 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.27 His widow never remarried.

• Ch 2: Melissa F. “Lucy” COOLEY (1855-1898) was born about 1855 in Cedarville, Ohio.28 Melissa married Henry Hartman BIRD (1833-1900) on 19 March 1871 in Meigs County, Ohio.29 Henry was a widower with 4 children. Melissa and Henry had 10 children. She died on 23 March 1898 in Bashan, Meigs County, Ohio.30 Her widower is not known to have remarried.

• Ch 3: Harrison COOLEY (1859-1870) was born about 1859 in Missouri.31 Harrison died before the 1870 census.

• Ch 4: Tabitha Ann “Tobitha” COOLEY (1861-1913) was born on 11 February 1861 in Ohio.32 Tobitha married Alexander CLONCH (1842-1910) on 19 August 1880 in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio.33 Tobitha and Alex were the parents of 9 children. She was widowed in 1910 and died on 16 December 1913.34

• Ch 5: Sarah Ann “Sallie” COOLEY (1865-1939) was born on 25 June 1865 in West Virginia.35 Sallie married Joseph Riley WAUGH (1860-1921) on 14 March 1882 in Gallia County, Ohio.36 Sallie and Joseph had 10 children. She was widowed in the 1920s and died on 7 December 1939 in Standard, Kanawha County, West Virginia.37

• Ch 6: Robert Ulysses S. Grant COOLEY (1868-1882) was born about 1868 in Arbuckle District, Mason County, West Virginia. Robert died on 2 November 1882 in Arbuckle District, Mason County, West Virginia.38

• Ch 7: Ida COOLEY (1870- ) was born on 5 April 1870 in Letart Township, Meigs County, Ohio.39 No record has been found for her after the 1880 census. It is not known if she ever married or had children. She is the next mystery child who needs to be solved.

• Ch 8: Minnie O. COOLEY (1873-1919) was born on 3 May 1873 in Arbuckle District, Mason County, West Virginia. Minnie had two illegitimate daughters, one with E. E. BAKER.  Minnie married(1) George WILSON (1838-1900?) on 8 March 1900 in Dixie, Fayette County, West Virginia. She married(2) Benjamin Sterrett HAYES (1850-aft. 1911) on 19 Oct 1910 in Mason County, West Virginia. They had one son. Minnie died on 21 December 1919.

• Ch 9: Timothy COOLEY (1876-1913) was born on 6 June 1876 in Hannan District, Mason County, West Virginia.40 Timothy married Lilly E. CROOKSHANK (1879-1961) on 19 September 1897 in Clay County, West Virginia.41 They were the parents of five children. Timothy died in December 1912 or 1913 (not confirmed).42 His widow remarried, had two children with her 2nd husband, divorced, married again, divorced, and went back to using the COOLEY name until her death.

Sarah Ann TREADWAY died sometime after the 1900 census. No death record has been found for her or her husband John COOLEY. They were in their early 70s when the 1900 census was enumerated and it is likely that they died before the 1910 census. However, as there is still the possibility that they were missed in 1910 and died before 1920, I continue to list their death as after the 1900 census.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about how I go about solving these little problems in my family tree. I didn’t mean for this to turn into a research lesson. What would you have done differently? Your comments may help me with Sarah’s daughter Ida COOLEY.

This Post was Updated on 17 July 2022:Missing source citations were added, images were scaled, and some corrections were made to the text and format.

© 2014-2022, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.


  1. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016,” database with images, FamilySearch, citing digital images of originals housed at the county courthouses in Ohio, Meigs, Marriage records 1819-1852 vol 1, image 270 of 277, page 451 (stamped), 3rd entry, John Cooley and Sarah Ann Treadwell, 9 Sep 1851. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-91QD-F3?cc=1614804&wc=ZRM1-N38%3A121348301%2C121348302 : accessed 25 October 2011). 
  2. “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch, citing county courthouses, Ohio, Microfilm 313460, Meigs > Birth registers 1867-1882 vol 1 > image 104 of 345, Ida Cooley, 05 Apr 1870; citing pg 67-68 no 1515. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6DH9-MCD?cc=1932106&wc=Q6QM-SLY%3A227591901%2C227596401 : accessed 09 Jul 2014). 
  3. “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” index with images, FamilySearch, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, citing digital images of originals housed at the Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio, Film 1953420, DGS 4021197, Deaths, file no. 30701-33500, 1912 > 30701-33500 > image 2094 of 3222. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DTV3-YCW?cc=1307272&wc=MD9X-K29%3A287600801%2C294473601 : accessed 7 January 2008). 
  4. West Virginia Vital Research Records Project (database and images), West Virginia Division of Culture and History citing county records in county courthouses, West Virginia (A collaborative venture between the West Virginia State Archives and the Genealogical Society of Utah to place vital records online via the West Virginia Archives and History Web site accessible at https://archive.wvculture.org/vrr), West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999, FHL microfilm 1983475, image 1056, Certificate of Death 16029, Sallie Waugh, died 7 Dec 1939, born 25 Jun 1865. (http://images.wvculture.org/1983475/0001056.gif : accessed 16 January 2007). 
  5. 1860 U.S. Federal Census (index and images), Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7667/), citing Eighth Census of the United States, 1860 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls, Roll: M653_628, Family History Library Film: 803628, Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington P.O., page 60, sheet 274 (handwritten), lines 13-17, household 523-582, John Cooley (accessed 26 June 2013). 
  6. 1870 U.S. Federal Census (index and images), Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7163/), citing Ninth Census of the United States, 1870 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls, M593_1242, Ohio, Meigs County, Olive Township, page 42, sheet 121A (stamped), lines 26-33, household 319-304, John Cooley (accessed 26 June 2013). 
  7. 1880 U.S. Federal Census (index and images), Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6742/), citing Tenth Census of the United States, 1880 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls, Roll: 1408, West Virginia, Mason County, Arbuckle, enumeration district: 91, sheet 210A (stamped), page 21, lines 1-10, household 200, John Cooley (accessed 26 June 2013). 
  8. 1900 U.S. Federal Census (index and images), Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/), citing Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., NARA microfilm publication T623, 1854 rolls, FHL microfilm 1241757, West Virginia, Fayette County, Falls District Belva Precinct, enumeration district 11, sheet 16B, lines 60-63, household 358-358, John Cowley (sic), (accessed 26 June 2013). 
  9. WVCulture.org, West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 584765, image 392, Fayette County Register of Marriages, line 7, 8 Mar 1900, George Wilson and Minnie O Cooley. (http://images.wvculture.org/584765/00392.jpg : accessed 15 June 2009). 
  10. Ibid., West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, FHL microfilm 1855008, image 42, Mason County Register of Births, page 342-343 (stamped, double-page spread), entry number 27, Ellen Cooley, 1 July 1894. (http://images.wvculture.org/1855008/00042.jpg : accessed 11 July 2022). 
  11. Ibid., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 567397, image 271, Mason County Marriage Record, page 434 (stamped), Carl Iven Glenn and Nettie Cooley, 22 July 1917. (http://images.wvculture.org/567397/00271.jpg : accessed 15 June 2009). 
  12. Ibid., West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999, FHL microfilm 1953326, image 1962, Certificate of Death 10926, Nettie K. Glenn, 27 Aug 1926. (http://images.wvculture.org/1953326/0001962.gif : accessed 15 June 2009). 
  13. 1920 U.S. Federal Census (index and images), Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061/), citing Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls, Roll: T625_1962; West Virginia, Mason County, Archuckle, enumeration district 72, sheet 2A, lines 19-22, household 25-25, Carl Glenn (accessed 15 June 2009). 
  14. WVCulture.org, West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, FHL microfilm 1855008, image 780, Mason County Register of Births, page 74 (stamped, double-page spread), entry 5, not named Hayse (sic, Hayes), born 25 Jan 1911. (http://images.wvculture.org/1855008/00780.jpg : accessed 21 July 2014). 
  15. Ibid., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 567396, image 141, Mason County Marriage Record, page 179 (stamped), Benjamin S. Hayes and Minnie O. Wilson, 19 Oct 1910. (http://images.wvculture.org/567396/00141.jpg : accessed 7 February 2020). 
  16. 1910 U.S. Federal Census (index and images), Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884/), citing Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls, Roll: T624_1689; FHL microfilm: 1375702, West Virginia, Mason County, Arbuckle district, enumeration district 95, sheet 3B, lines 92-97, household 57-57, B S Hayes (accessed 14 July 2022). The official enumeration day of the 1910 census was 15 April 1910. 
  17. WVCulture.org, West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999, FHL microfilm 1953326, image 1962, Certificate of Death 10926, Nettie K. Glenn, 27 Aug 1926. (http://images.wvculture.org/1953326/0001962.gif : accessed 15 June 2009). 
  18. Ibid., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 494264, image 363, Mason County Marriage Record, page 63 (stamped), line 7, Carl Glenn and Macel Craze, 25 Jan 1929. (http://images.wvculture.org/494264/00363.jpg : accessed 14 July 2022). 
  19. Ibid., West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999, FHL microfilm 1953329, image 2002, Certificate of Death 1963, Charles Elmer Hayes, 17 Feb 1927. (http://images.wvculture.org/1953329/0002002.gif : accessed 20 July 2014). 
  20. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14766046/minnie-o-hayes : accessed 14 July 2022), memorial page for Minnie O Cooley Hayes (3 May 1873–21 Dec 1919), Find a Grave Memorial ID 14766046, citing Hambrick Cemetery, Mason County, West Virginia, USA; Maintained by Angela Harkins (contributor 46845221). 
  21. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53901654/ellen-e-gearhart : accessed 14 July 2022), memorial page for Ellen E Cooley Baker Gearhart (1 Jul 1894–15 Jan 1916), Find a Grave Memorial ID 53901654, citing Harmony Cemetery, Southside, Mason County, West Virginia, USA; Maintained by Angela Harkins (contributor 46845221). 
  22. WVCulture.org, West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 567396, image 284, Mason County Marriage Record, page 465 (stamped), N C Hudson and Ellen E Baker, 13 Jan 1912. (http://images.wvculture.org/567396/00284.jpg : accessed 14 July 2022). 
  23. Ibid., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 567397, image 83, Mason County Marriage Record, page 59 (stamped), J S Gearheart and Ellen E Baker, 11 Dec 1915. (http://images.wvculture.org/567397/00083.jpg : accessed 14 July 2022). 
  24. Ibid., West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, FHL microfilm 567386, image 445, Mason County Register of Births, page #285, entry 4, unnamed male Gearhart child, 6 Jan 1916. (http://images.wvculture.org/567386/00445.jpg : accessed 15 July 2022). 
  25. Ibid., West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, FHL microfilm 580538, image 7, Wood County Register of Births, page 8 (stamped) (double-page spread), line 100 (4th line) Calvin Cooley, 10 Oct 18, parents John and Sarah Cooley, father’s occupation: sawyer. (http://images.wvculture.org/580538/00007.jpg : accessed 9 July 2014). 
  26. Ibid., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 567390, image 420, Mason County marriage license, certificate, and return, page 289 (stamped) Calvin Cooley and Mary M Camden married 14 Nov 1872. (http://images.wvculture.org/567390/00420.jpg : accessed 11 June 2009). 
  27. “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch, citing microfilm of original records in the county courthouses, Franklin, Death certificates, 1912, image 1501 of 3294. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6QCS-9GX?cc=2128172&wc=7DZ2-PQM%3A1296032501%2C1296743402 : accessed 3 July 2022). 
  28. Ibid., Meigs, Death records, 1867-1897, vol 1, image 297 of 373,  line 170 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-695Q-M1C?cc=2128172&wc=7DZ2-GYK%3A1296112677%2C1296112678 : 30 September 2014). 
  29. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016,” FHL microfilm 313455, Meigs, Marriage records 1869-1873 vol 5, image 138 of 330, page 222, reference certificate number 446, Henry H Bird and Melissa F Cooley, license dated 18 March 1871, married 19 March 1871. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939K-BJSM-3Q?cc=1614804&wc=Q6SP-7YZ%3A121348301%2C121535001 : accessed 17 March 2019). 
  30. “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” Meigs, Death records, 1867-1897, vol 1, image 297 of 373, page 3 (stamped, double-page spread), line 170, Melissa F. Bird, 23 Mar 1898, died in Bashan, born in Cedarville, O., age at death 43 yrs 1 month 9 days, heart disease. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-695Q-M1C?cc=2128172&wc=7DZ2-GYK%3A1296112677%2C1296112678 : accessed 2 April 2022). 
  31. 1860 census listing for the Cooley family in Missouri. 
  32. Clonch Family Cemetery, Mount Olive, Fayette County, West Virginia (photos of gravemarkers taken by Heather Manley-Duncan), gravemarker of Alex Clonch Mar 2, 1842 – June 3, 1910 and Tobitha Cooley His Wife Feb 11, 1861 – Dec. 16, 1913, photographed 31 May 2014. 
  33. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016,” FHL Film 317653 > Gallia > Marriage records 1862-1874 vol 3 > image 19 of 276, page 23 (stamped), entry 7, Alexander Clonch and Mary Ellen Lemaster married 10 November 1863 in Gallia County, Ohio. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9RMD-SV3N?cc=1614804&wc=M94Q-V7T%3A390869322 : accessed 18 December 2013). 
  34. “United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933,” index and images, FamilySearch, NARA, RG 15, M850, citing microfilm of original records in The National Archives, Washington, District of Columbia., Roll 418, Film 1634453, DGS 4694973, Clinebell, William L. – Clore, Nancy J. > image 579-582 of 681, Alexander Clonch and Tabitha Clonch. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-17556-56413-13?cc=1832324&wc=M9WY-MC3:881461769 : accessed 13 Nov 2013). 
  35. WVCulture.org, West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999, FHL microfilm 1983475, image 1056, Certificate of Death 16029, Sallie Waugh, died 7 Dec 1939, born 25 Jun 1865. (http://images.wvculture.org/1983475/0001056.gif : accessed 16 January 2007). 
  36. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016,” FHL microfilm 317655, Gallia, Marriage records 1878-1884 vol 5, image 226 of 352, page 357, certificate number 1066, Joseph R. Waugh and Sarah Ann Cooley, 14 Mar 1882. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9RMD-SVWQ?cc=1614804&wc=ZRH8-JWL%3A121350101%2C121595201 : accessed 9 Jul 2014). 
  37. WVCulture.org, Certificate of Death 16029, Sallie Waugh. 
  38. Ibid., West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999, FHL microfilm 567384, image 250, Mason County Register of Deaths, 1882, page 553-554 (stamped, double-page spread), line 5, Robert U.S.G. Cooley, 2 Nov 1882, age at death 14 yrs 8 months, born and died Arbuckle District. “.” (http://images.wvculture.org/567384/00250.jpg : accessed 25 May 2011). 
  39. Meigs County, Ohio, Birth register, page 67-68, no 1515, 5 April 1870, Ida Cooley. 
  40. WVCulture.org, West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, FHL microfilm 1855007, image 573, Mason County Register of Deaths, page 581-582 (stamped, double-page spread), line 27, 6 Jun 1876, Timothy, Hannan District, parents John and Sarah Ann Cooley. (http://images.wvculture.org/1855007/00573.jpg : accessed 2 April 2022). 
  41. Ibid., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 567443, image 360, Clay County marriage license, certificate, and return, page 264 (stamped), Timothy Cooley and Lilly E. Cruikshank 19 Sep 1897. (http://images.wvculture.org/567443/00360.jpg : accessed 3 July 2022). 
  42. “West Virginia, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1724-1985,” database with images, Ancestry, citing original data: West Virginia County, District and Probate Courts., Clerk of the County Court; Probate Place: Roane, West Virginia, Bonds, Vol 3-4, 1916-1928, page 484. (https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/9087/images/007615578_00904?pId=83028 : accessed 3 July 2022). B.C. Cruikshank was appointed guardian of 5 children, infants being the heirs at law of Timothy Cooley, deceased, 14 September 1916. No record of death has been found for Timothy Cooley. 

Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

9 thoughts on “52 Ancestors: #29 Sarah Ann TREADWAY 1828-bet. 1900-1910”

  1. I find your posts amazing knowing you are writing from abroad! You pay close attention to detail as some other genealogical bloggers do– so important in this detective work we do! Very interesting! We all have our styles, and I like yours very much? I find it educational as well as interesting! Thanks for the gifts!

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  2. Helen thank you so much for the compliment. I really appreciate hearing from people who read my posts and positive input is always the best! I think that my being abroad may be a plus as I can’t just get up and go to the courthouse or wherever to do the research. This forces me to be more creative in my research. I’m enjoying the writing.
    P.S. No problem with the typo! Got me an extra comment! 🙂

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  3. I don’t think I’d do anything different. But I feel your pain over that “boarder” vs “son-in-law” entry. I’ve seen young nieces and nephews regarded as “boarders” and think, Man, that’s cold! I wonder if they actually paid a little rent for room and board.

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    1. To me, boarder or renter does sound like they were paying to live in there. However with my Cooleys I know that they were elderly and it was no longer easy for Mr. Cooley to work long hours as he did when he was young. It’s hard to imagine what their lives were really like when they didn’t leave much of a paper trail. Thank you Wendy for stopping by.

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The Serrapede and Muro Families-From Agropoli to America

Blackthorn Genealogy

tales of ancestral adventure, genealogical pursuit, and greater belonging

Many Branches, One Tree

...Understanding our roots helps us grow

Roots Revealed

Viewing African American History Through a Genealogical Lens

Decluttering the Stuff

Our Journey in Decluttering the Stuff so we can Live a Decluttered Life

Genealogy Bites

Little bites of genealogy.

Past Presence

A site for genealogists and family historians

Finding Progenitors

Ask Questions........Share Stories

Caroline's Chronicles

My family & other oddities

DNAsleuth

incorporating DNA in genealogy research

Opening Doors in Brick Walls

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell

This Is Us

The Browns & The Moores, A Few Gauffreaus & Gustins

noisybrain

As my life goes by, the past gets closer and the future further away.

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