I’m not related to any member of this family.
1940 is the last available census at this time.
Facts you should know about the early census records -
All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.
NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]
1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.
Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"
1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members
1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++
1850 - Can't locate Julia
Name: Julia Ann Cooley
Age in 1860: 26
Birth Year: abt 1834
Home in 1860: Marion, Boone, Indiana
Post Office: Northfield
William F Cooley 28, ILL - farmer
Julia Ann Cooley 26, IND
Landis B Cooley 6, IND
James M Cooley 4, IND
Sarah E Cooley 1, IND
William D Cooley 1m, IND
Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
about William F Cooley
State Filed: Indiana
filed invalid status - Aug. 14, 1900
Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941
Name: Anna Isenbarger
Spouse Name: William F Cooley
Marriage Date: Mar 1880
Marriage County: Clinton
death record -
Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1879-1903
Name: Wm F Cooley
State of Cemetery: Kansas
Date of Death: 10 Aug 1901
Julia Ann Orchard
Birth abt 1834 in Indiana
Death 24 Nov 1873 in Indiana ???????????
How can Wilbur Story Cooley be born in 1875 when Julia died 2 yrs earlier.
1880 - living next to his father - William
Name: Story W. Cooley
Birth Year: abt 1873
Home in 1880: Perry, Clinton, Indiana
Relation to Head of House: Brother-in-law
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Kentucky
Mother's Birthplace: Indiana
Occupation: At Home
John M. Ross 23, IND
Eliza B. Ross 21, IND
Dellie M. Ross 2, IND
James C. Ross 8m, Sept. '79 IND
Story W. Cooley 7, IND - b/inlaw 
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Indiana did not issue death certs at that time.
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