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  Sarah "Sally" Cooley Mystery
 
 

"...Eber and Diantha's youngest, Eli Judson, had married Sarah (Sally) Cooley. That brings up a family mystery: Who were Sally Cooley's parents and where and when was she born?

Some Census reports show her birthplace as Vermont, others as New Hampshire. Many years later, perhaps around 1895, her son Eber wrote a rambling account clearly giving her birthdate as February 14,1797 instead of the generally reported 1801 and apparently saying that her parents had fallen overboard to their deaths in Lake Champlain when Sally was four years old. According to this version, Sally had been brought up by cousins. In her old age, Sally Cooley Bradley said her parents left her with a cousin when they went west where she did not know what happened to them.

All in all, a tempting little family puzzle which is probably a hundred years or more beyond solving."

        (From Eber Bradley (1761-1841) and Some Relatives by Myron Bradley, page 20.)

The image below shows Eli Judson Bradley (1803-1885) and Sarah "Sally" Cooley (1797?-1891) More info on this image see "Mystery Daguerreotype"


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