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Elizabeth A (Avery) Cooley (1876 - 1912)

Elizabeth A (Eliza) "Lizzie" Cooley formerly Avery
Born in Westchester, New York, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died at about age 36 in Keyport, Monmouth, New Jersey, United Statesmap
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Elizabeth Avery was born in New York State, probably in Cortlandt, one of 6 known children born to Thomas Nash Avery and Eliza J. Carrroll. Two of her siblings died young - Thomas and George Avery. (Her obituary records her name as Elizabeth A., but other records show her middle name was Nash.)

She came to Matawan with her parents as a young child and on Jul 24, 1896 married Dr. Herbert Sutherland Cooley a prominent physician who had a practice in Keyport. Dr. Cooley was born in Pawling, Dutchess Co, New York He attended Peekskill Military Academy and studied law at Columbia College, NY before he decided to enter the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia. Before his graduation, he married Elizabeth. He built a combination house & office on Front Street on the banks of the Raritan Bay where he practiced medicine for over 50 years.

Elizabeth and Dr. Cooley would become parents to two known children --

  • Catherine T. Sutherland Cooley (1898-1971), Mrs. Henry J. Fitzell
  • Carol E. Cooley (1899-1994), Mrs. Johannes O. F. Helle

Elizabeth died in 1912 at age 37 from "acute indigestion" which today is known a coronary thrombosis. Her obituary appeared in the Dec 9, 1912 edition of the New York Times, and this was reported in the Dec 11, 1912 edition of the Red Bank Register:

NEWS FROM KEYPORT MRS. ELIZABETH A COOLEY DIES SUDDENLY OF ACUTE INDIGESTION SHE WAS TAKEN ILL WHILE USHERING AT A LECTURE AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Mrs. Elizabeth A. Cooley, wife of Dr. H. S. Cooley of this place, died Friday morning of acute indigestion age 37 years. Mrs. Cooley was taken ill Thursday... and never regained consciousness...Dr. Cooley was on a gunning trip with Dr. W. T. Walling of this place at Oxford, NC when his wife died and did not arrive here until Saturday night. Besides her husband, Mrs. Cooley is survived by two daughters, Catherine and Carol. She also leaves a brother, J. D. Avery, of Cliffwood, two sisters, Mrs. Charles Carman of Matawan and Mrs. F. Daine of Peekskill NY. She was a member of Calvary Church. Funeral held from her late home.

Dr. Herbert S. Cooley never remarried and raised their two girls on his own. He died in Bronxville, NY in 1954 while visiting his daughter Catherine and was buried here in Rose Hill.


Rose Hill Cemetery Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA Memorial ID 193355201


  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 July 2017), Elizabeth A Cooley in household of Dr. H I Cooley, Keyport, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 77, sheet 3A, family 49, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 901; FHL microfilm 1,374,914.
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 20 November 2019), memorial page for Elizabeth A. “Lizzie” Avery Cooley (1876–6 Dec 1912), Find A Grave: Memorial #193355201, citing Rose Hill Cemetery, Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by pbfries (contributor 46951237) .

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