S: Charlene Ann Cooling... A walk with my ancestors
FC: Charlene Ann Cooling | A walk with my Ancestors
1: Table of Contents Growing up ................................................................................. 1 - 3 Parents Charles N. Cooling and Marian B. Jones............................. 4 - 9 Paternal Grandparents Charles W. Cooling and Mary E. Arrants ...........................10 - 11 Paternal Great Grandparents Zachary Cooling and Josephine Loveless ...........................12 - 13 Cooling........................................................................................14 - 16 Purner.........................................................................................17 Maternal Grandparents Earl E. Jones and Bessie V. Stubbs......................................18 - 19 Jones..........................................................................................20 - 21 William G. Etherington ............................................................22 - 23 Etherington, Davis, MacGregory, and Fouch...........................24 - 25 Stubbs and Boulden...................................................................26 - 27 Notes..........................................................................................28 - 31 | Volume 1, 2012
2: "Other things may change us but we start and end with family" Anthony Brandt
4: Charlene, Barbara, and Patty Dawkins ready for the prom | Sisters Charlene and Barbara on the banks of the C & D Canal | Charlene and Barbara with baby brother, Charles in Wilmington, DE
5: Charles with children, Charlene, Charles, & Barbara | Charlene, Charles, & Barbara | Charles, Barbara, & Charlene | Barbara and Charlene | Charles, Marian, & Uncle Phil Charlene, Charles, & Barbara
7: My Parents Charles Nelson Cooling and Marian Boulden Jones | Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.
9: My parents... were set up on a blind date by my father's brother, Walter and his wife Hilda. They were married in November of 1938. We lived with my Grandmother Jones, in Wilmington, DE, until I was four years old. Then we moved to Chesapeake City. First to a house on Biddle Street. Then to a house on Canal Street. there were other houses in between but both passed away in their home at 300 Lock Street, Chesapeake City. (Corner of Lock and Cecil on the north side of Chesapeake City). My father was very handsome with dark hair and eyes. My mother was jealous of him if another woman ever looked at him, but he had eyes only for my mother. I remember one day I was in the car with my mother and we passed my father in his truck. It looked like a woman was sitting next to him. Mom turned the car around and followed him home. It was our Chesapeake Bay Retriever sitting next to him. I had to laugh. I think mom was embarrassed. They loved animals and as they got older they would always have at least 4 or 5 dogs in the house with them. During the summer of 1965 my father built an inground swimming pool at their house on Lock Street In the summer we would have large picnics and crab feasts just about every weekend with all our family and friends. We were a very close family and we loved being together.
10: My Dad... Born to Mary and Charles Cooling on August 17, 1916, weighed 12lbs. They named him Charles Nelson Cooling. When he was younger he was very "hard to handle". My Grandmother would put dresses on him just to keep him home, but nothing really stopped him from going downtown or out to the canal. My father always loved the water. He made sure Barbara, Charles and I knew how to swim, since we lived so close to the canal. He would stand with us on the drop off and then push us off. That is how we learned to swim. Dad loved to hunt and fish. He would catch rock fish as big as me. Later on in life he bought a fishing boat which he called the Marian B after my mother. I loved my Dad dearly. He was a wonderful father. If he and mom got into an argument my mother would ask me who I would go with and I always said Dad. He always played games with us and went to all my games when I was in school. Everyone loved him! He would make things out of wood and he gave them to everyone. He was always kind. On day my mother was working and I cooked his dinner. I thought you had to just brown it. He took one bite and blood ran down his chin. All he said was "Honey, I think this needs cooking a little longer." I do not every remember him hollering at me. If I did something wrong I would rather my mother beat me than tell my father. She would end up telling him at dinner and he would look so disappointed, but I can't ever remember him raising his voice to me. When I got married John and I would always call my father to fix things. That is how John learned to fix things, from my father. He was always there for us. When ever he answered the telephone he would say "Sheriff's Office". He loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren very much and made each one of them fell like they were his favorite. When he passed a way it left a very big hole in my heart. he didn't look like my father because he had lost so much weight because of the cancer. His funeral was packed. There wasn't even any room left to stand. Everyone said it was the saddest funeral they had ever been to. He had touched so many lives and he is still deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
11: My Mother... Was born to Bessie Stubbs and Earl Jones on February 15, 1918. She grew up in Wilmington, DE with her younger brother Earl. When she as older her mother took in another child named Phil. Phil was eventually adopted and he and my mother became very close. My mother was married at an early age to a man named Charles Sayers. But my grandmother was not happy about this, so she told my mother if she would divorce this man then she would send her to school to become a beautician. Thankfully my mother took her up on this offer, because a few years later she meant my father. My mother was a very hard worker and she often held down two jobs. When my parents moved to the house at 300 Lock Street she opened up her own shop in her home and she called it "Marian's Beauty Salon".
12: Charles Wesley Cooling and Mary E. Arrants | Capt. Charles W. Cooling owned a power barge with his brother Capt. Edwin N. Cooling and a cousin in-law John Futty. the power barge was named "Josephine" for the mother of the Cooling Brothers. It was built in 1923 at Solomons Island by the Davis Brothers. It was sold and delivered to Staten Island, NY in 1930. In 1930 Charles went to work for Archie Dupont on the yacht Ortha. The yacht was confiscated during World War II. | Charles Wesley, Charles Nelson, and Roland Cooling
13: My Grandparents, Charles Wesley Cooling and Mary Elizabeth Arrants lived on Biddle Street about one half mile outside of Chesapeake City. The back of their house faced the C&D Canal. It was white with enclosed porches on the front and back. I remember playing on the front porch many times when it was raining. I can't remember a lot about my Grandfather because I was only five when he passed away. What little I remember was that he was a captain on a yacht. I remember sitting on his lap while he sat in his chair in front of his radio. I believe he smoked a pipe. I also remember him being very kind. My Grandmother lived until I was twenty nine. She was also very kind, but you had better listen when she told you not to do something. I remember once she told my siblings Barbara and Charles and my cousins Spin and Toby not to go down to the canal but they went anyway. She broke a switch off a tree and switched their legs on the way back up to the house. When we were young we would spend the night with her and she had a big feather bed upstairs where I slept. I liked to jump up and down on it. She also had a glass cabinet in the dinning room with games and books which she would let us play with The family gathered at her house all the time. She did not like smoking and drinking so the men would go next door to my aunts house to have a drink and a smoke. Mommom would have snapper soup, iced tea, and my favorite thing, her famous apple dumplings. I really enjoyed those times because of all the laughter She was eighty eight when she passed away.
14: Zachary Taylor Cooling Sr. and Josephine M. Loveless | Captain Zachary Taylor Cooling Sr.
15: Cecil Whig, Elkton, 1883: Cecil Co., MD Saturday, September 15, 1883 Run Over by a Locomotive. A Chesapeake City Lad Killed in Baltimore. Willie Cooling, a lad of fourteen years of age, son of Captain Zachariah Cooling, of Chesapeake City, in this county, was killed by being run over by a locomotive in Baltimore on Monday last. He went to Baltimore with his mother and sisters the previous to remain over till the Oriole, stopping at the house of Dr. Jas. Dickinson, on the corner of Baltimore and Pine streets. On Monday morning he was sent on an errand to the house of an aunt on Conway Street, and on the way back he stopped at Camden Station to watch the arrival of car-loads of people flocking in to see the great show; and while crossing a track was knocked down and run over by a shifting engine, crushing his right arm and left leg in a terrible manner. He was taken up and carried to the University Hospital and card for by the physicians there; but he was too badly injured to survive, and at 3 o'clock in the afternoon he died in the presence of his agonized mother. His father arrived upon the schooner Caridora (which he commands) a day later, expecting to meet his family and spend two or three days there seeing the sights of the Oriole, but instead was greeted with the terrible news of his son's death. The case is a sad one, and the afflicted parents have the deepest sympathy of the community in which they live.
16: Captain William T. Cooling Sr. and Hanna Jarvis William T Cooling Sr., Grandson of Thomas Cooling moved from Charlestown, MD to Chesapeake City, MD. William's first wife was Sarah Calvert. They had four children together before her death. William then married a widow from Baltimore, Hanna Jarvis Thomas, on October 7, 1845. William and Hanna had two sons, Zachary Taylor and Charles Wesley. Prior to marrying William Cooling, Hanna had married Edmund Thomas on July 9, 1924. In the 1850 Census Hanna Cooling, age 45, is listed as living in Baltimore with George Thomas, age 22, whom is believed to be her son from her first marriage. Also listed as residing in the household is Rachael Thomas, age 22, whom is assumed to be Georges wife and their son Edwin, age 1 month. In the 1870 Census residing with William and Hanna is a black woman by the name of Aramenta Mumford, age 50. We are assuming she is their housekeeper. Captain William T. Cooling died on April 29, 1881 while he was giving a prayer at the Methodist Church in Chesapeake City.
17: Vitals: Various Articles from the Cecil Whig, Elkton, 1881: Cecil Co., MD *****Saturday, May 7, 1881***** Death While at Prayer. The community of Chesapeake City were shocked, on Friday evening of last week, by the announcement of the death of Capt. William Cooling, an aged and respected citizen of that place, while engaged, in the prayer at the Methodist Church. Captain Cooling was an old man, eighty-three years of age, but apparently hearty and active for one so old. Upon the evening named, he was in his usual health, and after eating a hearty supper went to prayer meeting at the Methodist Church, as was his custom, he being a member of that church. During the progress of the meeting he was called to lead in prayer. In the midst of the prayer he was noticed to falter for a moment and then ceased and by the time those near by reached him he was dead. Heart disease is supposed to be the immediate cause of his death. His remains were interred on Tuesday afternoon, at 1 o'clock. Chesapeake City Items. Died Very Suddenly. On last Friday night, Captain William Cooling died very suddenly in the M.E. Church. He was one of our oldest citizens, being 83 years of age, and at the time of his death was attending the usual Friday night prayer meeting. Being called upon to lead in prayer, he, in his usual fervent way of praying, so familiar with the church-going people, knelt down and began. He appeared to be in good health, his voice being full and strong; but when about midway his prayer, after the words "May we feel that this is the house of God and the gate of Heaven to our souls," which were the last words he spoke, his soul immediately took its flight to the realms of peace and eternal rest, and there is no doubt but that the gates were wide open to receive the soul of this good and faithful servant. Our Father Cooling was known and loved by all who knew him; and while the church and the community will miss him, all are fully satisfied that he has gone to receive the reward which is promised to all true servants of the Most High. Truly such a scene as this brings men to ponder and think of the sentence, "In the midst of life we are in death," and to make preparation for that time which is surely approaching to all living, and it is hoped that living will be benefited and encouraged by the Christian example and death of this dear old saint. It has been this wish, often expressed, that he might die in the house of the Lord with the harness on, and that wish has been fully realized. His funeral was preached on Tuesday, at 1 o'clock P.M., in the M.E. Church, by Rev. Mr. Cochran, minister in charge, assisted by Revs. Westervelt and Hammersley. The interment took place at Bethel cemetery, all the business places being closed during the passage of the funeral cortege.
18: It is believed that the Coolings come from Ireland in the county of Wicklowe, near the border of County Wexford. In the early 1700's the British continued to break up the Irish clans by sending some members of each clan to England for manual labor. Perhaps this is how Thomas Cooling was shipped out of Surrey, England in 1715 aboard the convict ship "Tryal". His crime? He tarred, feathered and severely beat a British tax collector. Thomas was given the choice of either seven years in jail (goal), going to Australia, or going to one of the colonies. He chose Charlestown, MD. (Information obtained from Walter "Toby" Cooling February 4, 2008)
19: John and Anna are buried at Hart United Methodist Church in North East, MD | John Arrants and Anna Purner 1897
20: My Maternal Grandparnts... Earl Etherington Jones and Bessie Virginia Stubbs were married on July 11, 1917 in Wilmington, DE. They were 2nd cousins. Earl's Grandfather, Henry Boulden and Bessie's Grandfather, James Boulden were brothers. Shorty before Earl and Bessie were married, Earl enlisted in the Army where he served time during WWI. After the war my grandfather worked as a trolley driver. Earl died at the young age of 28. Most people believed he suffered from "Shell Shock". When I was very young we lived with my Grandmother in Wilmington. She passed away on November 29, 1964 from fluid around her heart. Both Earl and Bessie are buried in the Methodist Cemetery in Cecilton, MD.
22: The Jones In the earlier days the Jones lived in and around Cecilton, MD. In the 1880 Census Daniel Jones is listed as a Farmer. In the obituary of his father-in-law, William Etherington, he is listed as Daniel Jones, Esq. According to history, Esq was a title used for gentlemen of a "higher social standing". Daniel Jones along with his wife, Virginia Davis Etherington are buried in the Methodist Cemetery in Cecilton, MD. The picture to the right was taken in 1915 of the William G. Etherington house. This house was passed to Daniel Jones and his wife, Virginia, from her father. Daniel and Virginia's son William married Bessie Bennett Boulden (cousin to Fannie Boulden, Bessie Stubbs' mother). Bessie Boulden Jones past away at the age of 40. William moved to 1619 W. 8th Street, Wilmington, DE. He worked for the Diamond Ice Company as a wagon driver. In October of 1923 William was killed when a trolley struck his vehicle. | 1619 W. 8th Street, Wilmington, DE Home of both Earl and William Jones at the time of their deaths.
24: From | From the Cecil Whig, Elkton, 1886: Cecil Co., MD Saturday, May 1, 1886 Mr. Etherington's Death. William Gillespie Etherington, a prominent citizen of the First district, died at the residence of his son in law, Daniel E. Jones, Esq., near Cecilton, on Saturday last. Mr. Etherington was in his 78th year, and had been confined to his room about two weeks previous to his death. He was a widower for about 37 years, his wife having been a daughter of Colonel Joseph Davis, of Sassafras Neck. Mr. Etherington leaves three children, one son - Henry Etherington, who now resides in Philadelphia and two daughters, one Virginia E., the wife of Daniel E. Jones, Esq., and the other Augusta, the wife of Thomas Garrett, of Bloomington, Illinois. Mr. Etherington was from boyhood a consistent and useful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and universally esteemed for his high character and personal integrity. His remains were interred in the M. E. Cemetery at Cecilton on Tuesday, the Rev. E. C. Atkins, of Cecilton M. E. Church, conducting the services being assisted at the grave by the Rev. Mr. Walke, of the Protestant Episcopal church.
25: My Ancestors | William Gillespie Etherington Was a landowner in Cecilton, MD. He married Ann Elizabeth Davis on January 27, 1835. He built the house to the left around 1850 - 1853. Tax assessments at that time listed him responsible for 267 acre farm with frame house and barn valued at $17,500. Prior to the Civil War he owned several slaves. His slaves, Abraham Annison, age 18 and Abraham Spencer, age 21 joined the Union Army's 19th U.S. Colored Infantry, which he received compensation for from the "Civil War Slave Compensation Claims." William married Ann Elizabeth Davis on January 27, 1835. Ann was 33 years old when she passed away.
29: Boulden and Stubbs | **See Richard Boulden next page. | From the Cecil Whig, Elkton, 1888: Cecil Co., MD Saturday, February 4, 1888 STUBBS-Boulden. - On February 1st, at the residence of the bride's parents, in Chesapeake City, by Rev. E. H. Nelson, Mr. William A. Stubbs and Miss Fannie G. Boulden
30: Notes | Coolings: In a publication about the Civil War Service of Stephen S. Cooling the following was mentioned: Stephen S. Cooling, Wilmington, DE., son of John and Rebecca (Severson) Cooling, was born in Cecil County, Md., February 22, 1837. His father's ancestors were English and his mother's Swedish. Tradition says that the Cooling family settled in Maryland at an early date, and some members of it have always resided in Cecil County. William Cooling, an uncle of Stephen S., was a well-known sea captain, and died in Chesapeake City, Cecil County, about 1872, at the age of eighty nine years. | Davis: William Davis (1658 - 1724) - Bondsmen for estate of William Davis Sr. 7 June 1724, 160 pounds were Angell Davis, Thomas Mercer and Robert Thompson. - 14 May 1723 Depositions taken regarding the bounds of St. Augustine's Manor in Cecil County. William Davis Sr. of Cecil Co., planter, age ca. 65, said that about 30 years ago he went to Col. Pearce's house to his daughter's wedding who had married Thomas Church. Abstracts of Chancery Court Records of Maryland 1669-1782. - 1705 Henry Hendrickson and Johanna sold William Davis, planter for 11,000# tobacco the tract the Sevill, being part of Leavill on BAck Creek near the head of said creek on the sassafras River. containing 100 acres. Witnessed by Edward Larramore, E his mark and Richard Thompson. Signed by Henry Hendrickson, HH his mark and Johanah Hendrickson, + her mark. June 1705. It was to go to William's heirs on the body of Angell.
31: Thomas Davis (1698 - 1763) - Maryland Colonial Wills - Thomas Davis, Cecil Co. 12.96 pounds 9 May 1764. Executor: Rebeccah Davis, William Davis. - Thomas Davis also possessed the tracts Sewell, Frisby's Prime Choice, Frisby's Farm which were divised to his son Thomas, according to a deed from Thomas to Alexander Lunan of Philadelphia, merchant 5 September 1767. - Thomas Davis in debt books paid rent on Mary's jointure, Cockatrice, Frisby's Farm, Frisby's Prime Choice, King's Delight, Rattlesnake Neck and Tully's Lot. | William Davis (1742 - 1791) - 30 October 1788 William DAvis sold to John Cooper negro boy named Benjamin for 50 pounds. - 15 June 1768 Henry Hendrickson to William Davis and Joseph Davis, farmers. 61 pounds Md. Money. Part of Cockatrice. Between main branch of Back Creek and 100 acres of said tract. - 3 April 1773, Joseph Davis to William Davis, 120 pounds Md. Money, part of Cockatrice, RattleSnake Neck, and King's Delight. Beginning at a black oak at Kimbar's Landing and running north 54 degrees east 120 perches, up with the division line, then south 25 d east 36 perches, then south 60 d west 46 perches, where it intersects a prong of Back Creek at the place where Joseph Davis intends to make a dam, and then with the channel to the point of beginning, 20 acres + or - Rec. 12 August 1773, Joseph Davis and wife, Ann. Wit. Henry Ward Pearce and William Ward - April 1773. deeds William Davis to Joseph Davis and Joseph Davis to William Davis for five shillings dividing land left to them by their father Thomas Davis which included part of the Level (Sewell?), part of Cockatrice, all RattleSnake Neck, all King's Delight, All Mary's Jointure and Tully's Lott, 254 acres, 132 to each.
32: Notes Continued | Fouch Hugh Fouch (? - 1702) - In November 1670 "in a sloope of Rowland Williams he did Transport . . . at his own proper cost and charge from the collony of Virginia" thirteen persons, of whom eight were himself and his wife Rosamond and six unmarried daughters, all the names being entered by some scribe as Forth rather than Fouch, as follows: "Hugh Forth & Rosamond his wife, Joane Forth, Allice Forth, Rosamond Forth, Angell Forth, Mary Forth, Ann Forth." - The bounds of a tract left by Huch Fouch Sen. to his daughter Ailas, Rosa and Angell and his son in law John Benington on Omelia Creek on the Bohemia River are described in Cecil 2:73,74. Rec 18 July 1705. 250 acres bordering James MacGregory's land. - Death July 1702 in Omelia Creek, Cecil Co., MD MacGregory Hugh MacGregory (1650 - 1703) - Hugh Macgregory and Elizabeth, his wife, patented the tract Macgregor's Delight on Little Bohemia River, 240 acres, and sold it 17 January 1690 to Jacob Archer. - Hugh was son of James Macgregor who patented land 30 September 1667 on south side Bohemia River near Bryant's or Omelia's Creek, then in Baltimore Co, later in Cecil. Deed was for 500 acres but he later sold 250 to Hugh Fouch. - 12 March 1678/9 Hugh Macgregory of Cecil, planter, sold to Jonas Maddocks for 3000# tobacco part of Mulberry Moore on Omely Cr., adjoins tract formerly taken up by Thomas Hostick or Bostick and now in pos of Hugh Fouch, 175 acres. Joseph MacGregory (1686 - 1740) - Joseph MacGregory of Salem Town in East Jersey, gentleman, is mentioned in a deed to Thomas Davis and Rebecca, his wife and daughter of Joseph, dated 20 May 1740 for all his property in Cecil County, unspecified.
33: Boulden William Boulden III (1670 - 1741) - William Boulden III was a prominent member of the Cecil County community of Maryland during the early 1700's. Farming large parcels of land and engaged in the tobacco trade. He was a staunch member of the Established Church as was his father, both of them being Vestrymen and leaders in the parish. William Married Thomasin Nash, daughter of Richard Nash and Anne Wheeler, and they had six sons and two daughters. According to the records of Saint Stephens Church in Cecil County the names and birth dates were Richard, December 5, 1693; Elizabeth, July 3, 1696; Mary, January, 1698; twins William and Alexander, June 29, 1704; Thomas, January 15, 1706; James, September 4, 1712; and Samuel, January 7, 1714. Thomas Boulden (abt 1570 - ?) The first of the Boulden in this country was Thomas Boulden, who was born about 1570 in England. Possibly his parents were Thomas and Elinor Aston Boulding who were married in Warwickshire, England. Thomas Boulden came to Elizabeth City, Virginia on the ship, "The Swan" in 1610. He became a planter and is believe to have married the sister of Pochahantas. It is assumed that one of their children was William Boulden. William lived for a time in Gloucester County, Virginia, and later in Maryland. William and his family moved to Baltimore County, Maryland that part which was later to become Cecil County.
34: If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. Thich Nhat Hanh