Cooney married Wauneta Opal Jackson (1911 - 1991) on February 23, 1928 in Carrollton, Carroll, Kentucky. Wauneta was 16 and Cooney was 18. Indiana law required a person to be 18 to be married without parental consent. So, they eloped and drove across the Milton-Madison Bridge to be in Kentucky where the law allowed marriage at 16 without parental consent. They were second cousins once removed via their common ancestors, his great-grandparents and her 2-great grandparents, James E. Griffin and Mary Ann Griffin.
Cooney married Hazel E. Kinman (~1916 - ~1993) on June 22, 1968 in Madison, Jefferson, Indiana.
Cooney died on May 12, 1971 in Madison aged 61. He is buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Canaan, Indiana.
Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA test results on Family Tree DNA. Marc Griffin, FTDNA kit # 101863, and his 7th cousin 2x removed, John Thomas Griffin, FTDNA kit # 48099, match at a Genetic Distance of 6 on 111 markers, thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their most recent common ancestor (MRCA) who is William Griffin, the 8x great grandfather of Marc Griffin and 6x great grandfather of John Thomas Griffin. DNA test taker Marc Griffin is the grandson of Gerald Griffin, the son of Joseph Griffin, the 5x great grandson of the common ancestor William Griffin.
↑ Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 1971; Roll: 07
↑ Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 15 October 2020), memorial page for Gerald “Coonie” Griffin (1909–1971), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8349532, citing Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Canaan, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
↑ FamilyTreeDNA Griffin Y-Chromosome DNA surname project , Griffi(th)(n)(s)(ng) DNA Surname Project 
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