|Birth: ||1858, Austria|
|Death: ||Sep. 23, 1902|
Abraham and Fannie Cooperman immigrated to the United States from Austria in 1882. They took up residence in one of New York City's five boroughs. From the history of Jewish immigrants, we believe they probably settled in what is called Manhattan's Lower East Side. They resided in New York City long enough for the birth of sons Maurice (born December, 1885) and David (born June, 1887). They relocated to Leadville (Lake County) Colorado sometime in 1887 or 1888. The Leadville City Directory for 1889 has a listing for Abe Cooperman, tailor at 111 E. 5th Street, and it continued to be listed at that location through 1891. The 1892 city directory listing was Cooperman, Abe., tailor, 105 E. 6th. The tailor shop business had been relocated.
Abraham received his final Naturalization Document on the 8th of March, 1894 in the Lake County Courthouse at Leadville (the family has a copy of this Document in their Genealogy Notebook).
A listing for the Cooperman family is in the 1900 U. S. Census for Leadville (Lake County) Colorado (see V 01.-11, ED-46, Sheet #13, Lines 63 through 70). Data enumerated for the family shows it now included sons Maurice (age 14), David (age 13), Samuel (age 10), Leonard (age 7) and daughter Nettie (age 5). Also enumerated at their residence address was a 55-year-old lodger named Celia Swanson who came from Sweden in 1872. The data shows that Fannie and Abraham had been married for 17 years, U. S. citizens for 17 years and in the United States for 17 years. The data indicates a possibility that their marriage took place after arrival in the United States. Abraham's occupation was listed as tailor, and their home at 112 West 4th Street in Leadville was free and clear of any mortgage.
Abraham died on Sept. 25, 1902 of meningitis, leaving Fannie with five children to care for. The Leadville Herald Democrat newspaper of September 25, 1902 included an article stating that Abraham had been a tailor in Leadville for the past sixteen years. The article also stated that Abraham had purchased a $1000.00 life insurance policy from United Moderns (a fraternal organization) to provide for his family in case of his death. The United Moderns Order refused to pay the death claim, stating Abraham was ineligible because he was not a member. We do not know how that matter was resolved.
Abraham was buried in Leadville's Evergreen Cemetery -Block B, Lot 1, Plot 1 of the Old Jewish Section. The couple's sixth child was stillborn on August 29, 1899. This child is buried next to Abraham under a common duplex grave monument. A Herald Democrat obituary stated Abraham was 41 years old at time of death, however the 1900 U. S. Census shows he was born during April, 1858 in Austria. If the census data were correct, he would have been 44 years old at the time of his death.
Obviously, Abraham was a good husband and parent, who worked hard to provide for his family. It is sad that he died at such a young age.
Birth dates and locations for the Cooperman children are as follows:
Maurice Cooperman born December 13, 1885 at New York City
David Cooperman born May 27, 1887 at New York City
Samuel Cooperman born June ??, 1889 at Leadville
Leonard Cooperman born June 24, 1893 at Leadville
Nettie Cooperman born November 22, 1894 at Leadville
stillborn Cooperman infant, August 29, 1899 at Leadville
Leonard Cooperman born November, 1913 and died January 19, 1914 at Leadville
Louis Cooperman born July 12, 1914 at Leadville
Louise Cooperman born July 12, 1914 at Leadville
David S. Cooperman born June, 1915 at Leadville
Elizabeth Cooperman born August 1915 at Leadville
The obit says:
"Abraham, a tailor at Leadville for sixteen years, died of meningitis, leaving his widow with five children to care for. The couple's sixth child was stillborn on August 29, 1899. This child is buried next to Abraham under a common duplex grave monument."
44 years old.
Hebrew Cemetery of Leadville
Plot: Block B -- Lot 1-- Grave 1.
Created by: Michael Harrington
Record added: Mar 16, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18469976