|Birth: ||Dec. 8, 1824|
|Death: ||May 24, 1912|
Rev. Thomas Benton Conner COOPER was the son of George COOPER Sr. & Nancy CONNER, and the husband of Carrie Abigail STOW.
Rev. Thomas Benton COOPER of Dover, Georgia, was born in Montgomery County and studied at Paris Hill Academy. He received a B.A. from Mercer University in 1849 and a M.A. in 1851. He was licensed to preach in 1846 at the Penfield Church, and ordained in 1852 in the Savannah Church. He pastored at Wades, Waynesville, Brunswick, Monticello, Little Ogeechee and Newington. He was Professor of Belles Lettres at Georgia Female College in 1858, and President of Marietta Female College during 1862-1863. He has been a contributor to the Christian Index and the Religious Herald.
From History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia, Volume II Pages 141-142 (1881):
Born, reared and educated in Georgia, Rev. T. B. COOPER has led a life of usefulness and Christian dignity. As a writer, preacher, college professor, college president, and an agent for missions, he has sustained himself well, and is universally respected for his qualities of head and heart. He was born December 26th, 1824 in Montgomery county, and in boyhood had the advantage of tuition under such instructors as P. H. Mell, Milton F. Bacon and Wilson C. Cooper [his elder brother, the Rev. Wilson Conner COOPER]. He took regular courses in literary and theological departments of Mercer University, and received the customary degrees in both; in the first in 1849, and in the last in 1851. Converted and baptized at Wade's church in 1845, he was ordained at Savannah, February 9th, 1852, and since then, together with employment in various other departments of useful labor, he has served as pastor the Waynesville, Brunswick (where he organized the church and secured the building of the house of worship), Wade's and Little Ogeechee churches, in this State. He filled the chair of Belles Lettres in the Georgia Female College, at Madison, from 1857 until relinquishment of that postion in 1860, to become President and proprietor of the Marietta Female College; and in 1863 was made Professor in the female department of Washington Association High School, at Linton, Georgia.
Being solitcited to assume the agency for Foreign Missions in Georgia, he did so from 1866 to 1871 performed effective work in the interest of our Richmond Board. He is now pastor of the Little Ogeechee church, Screven county, of which he took charge January, 1876, and frequently sends an able article to one or the other or our religious papers. He is a strong and weighty writer, and deals telling blows when battling for truth and uprightness, against error and evil.
In personal appearance he is of medium size, light complexion, gray eyes and hair, with a dignified and reserved manner. He married on the 20th of May, 1856, at Penfield, Georgia, Miss Carrie A. Stow, but his only two children - both boys - died within one week, in Athens, Georgia, 1862, at the ages of three and five years, of diptheria.
Rev. COOPER pastored churches at Wades, Waynesville, Brunswick, Monticello, Little Ogeechee and Newington.
George Washington Cooper (1783 - 1862)
Nancy Ann Conner Cooper (1792 - 1872)
Carrie A. Cooper (1838 - 1897)
Lurene Howard Cooper Mell (1819 - 1861)*
George Washington Cooper (1821 - 1877)*
William Cooper (1823 - 1868)*
Thomas Benton Cooper (1824 - 1912)
John Randolph Cooper (1834 - 1901)*
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Record added: Apr 28, 2008
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