|Birth: ||Apr., 1846|
|Death: ||Dec. 27, 1938|
Los Angeles County
Mary was born at the Coomshead dairy farm in Ivybridge, Devon, England. The Crocker family owned this prosperous dairy farm outright. She was the youngest of the Crocker children.
Mary sailed to Canada alone when she was 16 years old to join two of her brothers who had come to Canada from England. She met and married Samuel Cooper in about 1864 in New London, Ontario, Canada. She opened a creamery shop at 900 Dundas St. where she sold the foods she knew about, among them her "Devonshire Cream" which she was known for. She later would market her foods in California after the fiance of her oldest daughter sent word, "Sell everything! Come to Los Angeles!".
Mary and her husband Sam, moved from Canada to Southern California in about 1887 with their children. They first settled in Norwalk, but as a result of one of the land busts in the area and "sour grass", they traded their property for a parcel on Mission Street in Lincoln Heights. That later became the site of one of the first motor courts in the area when automobiles were beginning to replace horse and buggy. The Lockwood Auto Court prospered for many years there. It was also the area where many members of the Cooper and Crocker family came to live at different times.
In about 1888 the family also obtained a 160 acre parcel of land in Calabasas. That became known as the Cooper Ranch, and much has been written about the Cooper family, and connecting families, and their early history in that area.
Mary had a shop in Santa Paula, Ventura county, where her daughter Alice had married Edward Long who was a baker in that town. Again Mary marketed her popular Devonshire Cream, and other dairy products, for a time there. Over many years she spread her time between Lincoln Heights, Calabasas, and Santa Paula. Towards the end of her life she remained at Lincoln Heights where family members took care of her until her death.
Alice Elizabeth J. (Cooper) Long
Matthew James Cooper
Mary Louisa Cooper (1870-1874-Canada)
Samuel John Cooper
Jane Margaret "Jennie" (Cooper) Farnum Berger Ritter
Mary Fannie (Cooper) Lockwood Rycraft
Samuel Cooper (1837 - 1901)*
Alice Elizabeth J Cooper Long (1865 - 1893)*
Matthew James Cooper (1867 - 1933)*
Samuel John Cooper (1871 - 1956)*
William Cooper (1874 - 1941)*
Jane Margaret Cooper Ritter (1877 - 1962)*
Charles Cooper (1879 - 1914)*
Mary Fannie Cooper Rycraft (1883 - 1968)*
Angelus Rosedale Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Plot: Section J
Maintained by: Thomas Lamar Farnum Jr
Originally Created by: TLS
Record added: Oct 14, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118704422