Mortimer Cooley, The Cooley genealogy: the descendants of Ensign Benjamin Cooley
438 James Smedley Cooley
(Lyman, John II, I, Daniel III, II, I, Benjamin), s. Lyman and Eunice (Blake), No. 384, b. July 25, 1817, Canandaigua, N.Y., on the Lyman Cooley homestead; d. Dec. 20, 1888, Canandaigua, bur. there in the James S. Cooley lot, Woodlawn Cemetery; m. Mary Elizabeth Sackett, da. of Col. Augustine, Mar. 6, 1851, b. May 20, 1826, d. May 12, 1899, Canandaigua.
James S. Cooley was the founder of the Cooley Hardware Store in 1851, owned and managed by various members of the family for many years. The business originated under the name of J.S.Cooley & Co. Frank Gage was associated with the firm, but after a year or two retired, and his interest was sold to Nathaniel Nourse Cooley (No. 441), who in 1867 retired because of ill health, and James S. Cooley became the sole proprietor, until in 1878 his son, Augustine Sackett Cooley (no. 488), became a partner. In 1883 Albert Eugene Cooley (No. 482), nephew of James S. Cooley, became a partner, and about this time the firm became known as J.S.Cooley, Son & Co.
In December, 1888, the man to whose sagacity and enterprise the business success of the company was due departed this earth, esteemed by the community. Fortunately, the younger partners upon whose shoulders the business fell, were men fully equal to the enlarged responsibility, and it is no exaggeration to say that Messrs. A.S. and A.E. Cooley have more than maintained the reputation for fairmindedness begun by the founder of the business. The business now is recognized as one of the most successful and extensive enterprises of the kind in western New York. Not only do they keep an immense stock of light and heavy hardware, including all the latest novelties in tools and household appliances, but they also carry a large line of the most approved designs in stoves and ranges, with kerosene and gasoline stoves, etc. They also have a great assortment of farming implements, tinware, copper and ironware. They keep a large force engaged in manufacturing these because the name is everywhere recognized as a guarantee of material and workmanship. They are building up a wholesale and jobbing trade that promises to attain large proportions. It is such enterprises that insure the continued prosperity and growth of the village (Ontario County Times, Canandaigua, 1893).
James S. Cooley, after a business career extending over a period of nearly forty years, left a record without blot or blemish, and marked throughout by strictest integrity. He was an enterprising, public spirited citizen, honest and conscientious in all his dealings, a kind husband and father, an obliging neighbor, and one who was always ready to extend a helping hand to those in need. He was a member of the Congregational church, and was justly esteemed as one whose consistent Christian character was worthily exemplified in his every-day life (Ontario County Times, Canandaigua, Dec. 21, 1888).
1 Simon Sackett (160–; d. 1635) sailed from Bristol Dec. 1, 1630, on the ship Lyon; settled in Newtown, Mass. His wife's name was Isabel. Widow Sackett and her two sons migrated with Rev. Mr. Hooker to Hartford, Conn., in 1636, and she m. there (2) William Bloomfield.
2 John Sacket (1632–1719) of Newtown, Springfield and Westfield, Mass., was, so far as known, the first white child born in Newtown (now Cambridge). He m. (1) Nov. 23, 1659, Abigail Hannum (1640–1690), da. William and Honor (Copen) of Dorchester, Mass., Windsor, Conn., and Northampton, Mass.; he m. (2) Sarah, da. of John Stiles and widow of John Stewart of Springfield.
3 William Sacket (1662–1700), of Westfield; m. (1) Dec. 26, 1687, Sarah Crain, d. without issue; he m. (2) 1689, Hannah Graves, da. Isaac and Hannah (Church).
4 Jonathan Sacket (1696–1773) of Westfield, Mass., and Hebron and Kent (later Warren), Litchfield Co., Conn.; m. (1) Feb. 1722, Abigail Ashley, d. the same year; he m. (2) Jan. 28, 1725, Ann Filer, da. Zebulon and Experience (Strong).
5 Capt. Justus Sacket (1730–1815) of Kent (later Warren); m. 1757, Lydia Newcom (1738–1808), da. Benjamin and Hannah (Clark).
6 Homer Sacket (1765–1853) of Warren; m. Sarah Carter, da. Samuel and Bertha (Buell).
7 Col. Augustine Sackett (1789–18&mdash); m. Nov. 31[sic], 1814, Arze Starr (1793–1871), da. Pratt of Litchfield. Col. Augustine Sackett was b. Warren; rem. in 1812 to Canandaigua, where he was a prosperous farmer. His military title was the result of being commanding officer of the 11th N.Y. Inf. Regt.
8 Mary Elizabeth Sackett, b. May 20, 1826, Canandaigua; d. there May 12, 1899, bur. Woodlawn Cemetery, with her husband, James Smedley Cooley.
2 Children, b. Canandaigua:
i Harriet Maria, Jan. 2, 1852; d. Dec. 4, 1927, bur. Canandaigua with her parents; unm.
ii Augustine Sackett, July 14, 1856.
488 Augustine Sackett Cooley
(James Smedley, Lyman, John II, I, Daniel III, II, I, Benjamin), s. James Smedley and Elizabeth (Sackett), [sic: first name Mary was omitted] No. 438, b. July 14, 1856, Canandaigua, N.Y.; died at his home on Gibson Street, Nov. 9, 1920, bur. in the James S. Cooley lot, Woodlawn Cemetery. He m. Aug. 28, 1883, Canandaigua, Harriet Cornelia Reed, da. William Allen and Esther A. (Paddock), b. Oct. 24, 1860, Seneca Castle, N.Y. She makes her home with her son, Dr. James Allen Cooley.
Augustine S. Cooley lived his entire life in Canandaigua. Upon finishing his course at Canandaigua Academy, he engaged at once in the family hardware business, with which he was identified until his death, first as an assistant to his father, then as a partner, and then in patnership with his cousin, Albert Eugene Cooley (No. 482); and finally as the head of the firm which became A.S. Cooley & Co.
Mr. Cooley never held public office, but was a member of the village fire department for several years, one of the organizers of the Canandaigua Street Railroad Company, secretary of the Ontario County Agricultural Society, and a leader in the local mercantile world; and as a citizen, he earned an enviable reputation for enterprise and integrity. Of quiet and unassuming manner, he was a loyal friend and neighbor. He was a member of the Congregational church.
2 Children, b. Canandaigua, N.Y.:
i Lura Esther, June 27, 1884; m. June 21, 1909, William Bushnell Osborne, s. William Bushnell and Laura (McDonald), b. Nov. 25, 1884, Rochester, N.Y. He is a graduate of Williams (1907) and Yale Forest School (1909); is with the U.S. Forest Service, Portland, Ore. Lura Esther (Cooley) Osborne is a Vassar graduate (1906). 2 Children: Osborne: 1, William Bushnell III, Nov. 15, 1921; 2, Harriet Cooley, Dec. 9, 1926, Portland.
ii James Allen, Aug. 10, 1885; grad. Cornell medical College (M.D., 1908), spent two years in the Lincoln Hospital, New York, and four years in Sailors' Snug Hospital, Staten Island. He now practices in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is not married.
491 George Byron Cooley
He [George Byron Cooley] returned to Canandaigua in 1888 to continue his legal studies with H.M. Field. In September, 1889, in company with Albert B. Sackett, he established the reporting, typewriting and copying office in the Atwater block of Canandaigua with which he was affiliated for many years.
Cooley, Mortimer. The Cooley genealogy: the descendants of Ensign Benjamin Cooley, an early settler of Springfield and Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Tuttle, Rutland, Vt (1941). (Researched by Chris Sackett).