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Mary "Polly" Adkins Cooper
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Birth: 1814
Death: 1868

Daughter of Katie Stigill and Benjamin Adkins.
1st wife of Harmon Solomon Cooper

COOPER FAMILY Harmon Jr. and Polly Adkins Cooper were parents of 15 children. The descendants of this couple who found their new homes in Kansas were John George, who married Mary Martha Griffith, grandparents of Carl T. Cooper and Dorothy Cooper Hunt of Belle Plaine; Telitha Leanne Cooper, who married Andrew Phipps, grandparents of Mrs. I.C.(LOLA) Lane and the late Ray, Grover and Charles Phipps and Mrs. Roy (EDNA) Hatfield; Lucinda Cooper, who married Calvin Koger, grandparents of Scott Nye, Verna Nye Camien, and the late Cullen Nye. After the death of his first wife, Harmon Cooper Jr. married Martha Pyles and they had six children. The Cooper homestead was near Mt. Pisgah, Kentucky, not far from Monticello in Wayne County, Kentucky. A daughter of one of the last children still owns the farm (In 1984). The men fought in the Civil War. John George Cooper fought on the side of the north. When we visited the old homestead it was pointed out to us the spot where his parents buried their food to keep the soldiers from getting it. The horses were hidden in the timber to keep the army from stealing them, but the lives of the children were threatened so they revealed where the horses were hidden. The beautiful bluegrass covered hills of Kentucky seemed to be a fitting place for John George and Mary Martha Griffith, of Tennessee, to be married and settle down to raise their family. Sometime later many of the families decided to find a place to move to that was as near like Kentucky as possible. John G. and Martha took their small children and journeyed in a caravan of covered wagons to Iowa. My father said they traveled far enough north that they were close to Lake Michigan. He said he remembered seeing steamers on the lake and they looked like tea kettles, to a small boy. Since they were this far north, the Big Mississippi wasn't too difficult to cross. As they traveled on their journey, the children would run along behind the covered wagons with their old dog. The cold winters of Iowa were too severe for these people of southern Kentucky so their stay was terminated and they returned to those beautiful hills of Kentucly. In the summer of 1875 they decided to come to Kansas as Martha's brothers Yewell and Hugh Griffith were already settled in this fertile valley. So it was another long trip by covered wagon to Kansas. The first night they spent in this immediate area was two miles north and a half west of the highway north of Belle Plaine about where the old railroad applespur used to be. Then they located six miles west and one-half mile south of Belle Plaine on the east side of the road. The little red garage -that used to be their home. Submitted to 1884-1984 B.P.,KS. 100 Years of Memories by Dorothy Cooper Hunt. Compiled by Vicky Sue Blankenship. This is for Cathy Kessinger who works so hard on her family history.
- Vicky Blankenship 
 
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 Parents:
  Benjamin Adkins (1770 - 1839)
 
 Spouse:
  Harmon S. Cooper (1811 - 1886)
 
 Children:
  Telitha Leanne Cooper Phipps (1831 - 1902)*
  John George Cooper (1841 - ____)*
  Benjamin Turner Cooper (1843 - 1930)*
  Alfred Cooper (1863 - 1944)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sarah Adkins Young (____ - 1822)*
  Morris Adkins (1802 - 1885)*
  Mary Adkins Cooper (1814 - 1868)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Harmon Cooper Cemetery
Wayne County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Cathy Kessinger
Record added: Mar 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35040446
Mary Polly <i>Adkins</i> Cooper
Added by: Anna Schultheis Bertram
 
 
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- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Apr. 7, 2013
This cemetery is also known as the Harmon Cooper Cemetery. It is on the South side of Hwy. 92 East in the Mt. Pisgah community, up on a hill above the creek.
- Anna Schultheis Bertram
 Added: Sep. 2, 2009
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- Cathy Kessinger
 Added: Jun. 14, 2009
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