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John Cogley - St. Clair Co., MI (bio)
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: August 18, 2000 at 16:22:03
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Biographical sketch of JOHN COGLEY from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.

This bio spans two (2) pages: 654-655


A dispute often arises in this country, especially during political campaigns, as to the relative prosperity of the farming communities of Canada and the United States. People may talk and discuss the matter, looking at it from different standpoints, and adducing statistics to strengthen their various positions, but it is doubtful if the real truth can ever be established. As an indication, however, it might be well to take the condition of a number of families living in the United States for forty or fifty years and the same number of families living in Canada for that period, and see which have made the greatest advancement. This, of course, is open to the objection that too much depends upon the families and not enough upon the opportunities. Admitted, and yet, a very fair illustration of the possibilities of the two countries is furnished in the case of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Cogley, who came from Canada to St. Clair county, Michigan, in 1855. John Cogley was born in Kilmore, in the county of Wexford, Ireland, in the year of 1836, and was the son of Patrick and Mary (Murphy) Cogley, who emigrated from Ireland in 1847, with their ten children, six sons and four daughters, and located on a farm near Belleville, Canada, where they resided for a period of eight years. In 1855 they came to St. Clair county, Michigan, where they resided until the death of the parents, some years ago, and where several of the younger members of the family still reside. John Cogley, who was about ten years of age when he came to America, received some education in the primary branches before leaving his native land, which was added to and enlarged upon during the eight years of residence in Canada. His good health and vigorous constitution, coupled with his activity and industry, made him a valuable assistant to his father and brother in the work of clearing and farming their land, both in Canada and in Michigan. The family secured five hundred acres of heavy timber in St. Clair county, and with the sturdy energy of the father and sons they were not many years in converting the tract into a large and fertile farm.

In February, 1865, John Cogley was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Kelly, daughter of John A. Kelly, who came to the United States many years ago and settled at Conner Creek, near Detroit. They were the parents of nine children. Mr. Kelly was a life-long Democrat, but never an aspirant for office. Mr. and Mrs. Cogley began housekeeping in a log house erected by him on a piece of land which he had purchased in the woods of Kenockee township, and with characteristic energy he proceeded to clear this land, and within a short time had a well-improved, productive farm. To him and his wife nine children were born, viz: John is a carpenter and farmer; James lives in this township; Margaret is the wife of William Cameron, a farmer of Kenockee township; William is a farmer, and married Lillie Mackey; Frank married Rosie Elair, is a moulder and lives in Detroit; Charles, Edward, George and Thomas are still at home. Each has received a good school education, is intelligent and capable and gives fair promise of being able to accomplish much in life.

In his time John Cogley has cleared not less than two hundred acres of land, much of this for himself. In the farm which he owns and occupies there are one hundred and sixty acres, and it is nearly all under cultivation. He raises grain, hay, vegetables and some fruit, and breeds and feeds cattle, horses and hogs, of the latter Chester White being his favorite. He also devotes some time to dealing in stock, buying, shipping and selling. In all that he has undertaken he has been very successful, and while by no means rich, or anxious to be considered so, he is possessed of an enviable financial standing. In politics he is a Democrat, but never could be prevailed upon to aspire for or hold office outside of a membership in the school board. In local affairs he always considers the man, and not the party. He is a member of the Catholic church, and all of his children have been brought up in that creed, and are substantial contributors to the support and propagation of the faith. With the equipment supplied him by nature in the way of brain, muscle and energy, he has accomplished much for himself, his family and the community. His ready intelligence, genial disposition and unselfish nature have won for him the admiration and respect of all.


PLEASE NOTE: I do not have any personal interest in researching the COGLEY surname or the St. Clair county, Michigan location. I am merely posting a select number of the biographical sketches found in the above-referenced book *upon specific written request* as a service to the genealogical community. Therefore, please do not contact me with regard to research interests in the above. Thank you.

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