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Jayson Cooper (#47606473)
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Bio Photo My name is Jayson Cooper. I recently lost a very close family member. Just before he died began my interest in genealogy. It began when I realized that never again would I hear my grandfather or my grandmother tell me of how things used to be. I would never again hear how my great grandmother would refuse rides because she was "in a hurry." Never would I again hear how my great grandparents travelled the country by wagon. Never again would I hear these stories from my grandparents.

You never know when your last day to tell a story will be. You should make sure that your stories are documented. I had always planned to record my grandfather's stories in his own words. I will not have that chance now. I may never know what brought my great great grandparents from Arkansas to Texas, but my grandchildren shall know the stories of how I ended up here.

Find a grave is a great service, and is becoming a great resource for the study of one's family. Utilize it's resources, and if you find yourself in a cemetary look to see if you can find a grave that may be requested, that is the only way that this continues to work.

Some of the names that I am researching are,

Ashley, Bearden, Brennan, Brickner, Coffman, Cooper, Green, Hines, McLain, Michener, Smith, Titus, and Underwood.
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Joshua Smith
RE: Re: Moses Smith
You are in luck! In about the 1960's my great uncle traveled to Delta County Texas in the area where his father said he grew up. He talked to some people in town who recommended he contact the Texas State Historical Commission. He returned to Los Angeles, and wrote letters back and forth with the representative for Delta County. Long story short, there is a Texas State historical marker in Delta County Texas, and Moses is actually on it, along with his Smith relatives.

"Tall, strong men who helped to carve Delta County out of Texas frontier. Benjamin, Charles, Gilford and Mira J. Smith came to Texas from Arkansas before or during the 1840s. They obtained from heirs title to the Moses Williams land grant, patented 1849, and surveyed by Major George W. Stell. After 1853 several generations of the Smith family lived here. The brothers were each 6 feet, 4 inches or taller and weighed over 250 pounds. they cut logs and built their cabins with puncheon (split-log) floors, riven-board roofs and homemade furniture. Instead of nails, wooden pegs were used; instead of glass windows, board shutters. Chimneys were of black clay mud plastered over sticks. Bear meat was the main food, obtained by hunting with flintlock rifles in such dangerous places as Jernigan Thicket, 2 miles west. Charles Smith kept bees, and was known as Honey. Mira J. Smith was a key man in settling of Delta County, because he was an early blacksmith. His first son, Moses, became a tanner; the second son, Henry, a blacksmith. The women of the four families carded cotton and wool, and spun, wove and sewed clothing. Young Moses Smith also made men's buckskin suits. Grant has produced over $1,000,000 worth of cotton.

Marker sponsored by Lina M. and Melvin W. Smith, Margueritta and Ernest O. Smith"

I have started a website to collection information and share my research so everyone can have free access. www.PioneerSmithBrothers.com BTW Moses was most likely named after his grandfather, Moses Williams, who died in Texas in the 1830's. The Smith family lived on the land that Moses Williams left. It's in modern day Delta County.

I discovered Moses Smith's father's Will and headstones this week, but he only lists two or three of his children by name specifically in the Will. But the rest of his children, including Moses, are in census records. If you want to be 100% on this match for your family, find the closest Smith relative you can find to Moses, and purchase an Ancestry DNA test. So far, I have a 2nd great grandchild of Gilford Smith, a 3rd great grandchild of Jeremiah Smith (through Moses Smith's brother Henry Smith), the 1st great grandson of Charles Henry Smith (my 3rd great grandfather), and the 2nd great granddaughter of Charles Henry Smith. If you can find an aunt or uncle that is a 1st or 2nd great grandchild, he/she should probably at least match the DNA tester for Moses Smith's brother, Henry.

But if it helps, there is only one Moses Smith in census records born in Texas between 1840 and 1844. (Texas was wasn't heavily populated when it was a Republic). It's actually pretty neat to have family born in the Republic of Texas. Moses' father, Jeremiah Smith, was born in Arkansas Territory abt 20 years before Arkansas became a state. (These Smiths were really Pioneers)

Send me an email, joshandlacey@hotmail.com
If it's easier for you, email me your phone number and I will call you, it's up to you.

Joshua Smith
(My 2nd great grandfather is Moses Smith's 1st cousin)
Added by Joshua Smith on Feb 02, 2016 8:52 AM
Joshua Smith
Moses Smith
I noticed that you manage Moses Smith's (1842-1926) grave. Are you related to him? If so, how? I'm researching his family, and trying to hunt down old photos. I've also located both his father's, and mother's grave and will need to update it.

Joshua Smith
(Moses is the first cousin of my 2nd Great Grandfather, Ransom Smith 1862-1934)
Added by Joshua Smith on Feb 01, 2016 5:05 AM
dderosa
RE: RE WR Tilson III
Can you put me in touch with WR Tilson III's daughter? My direct email address is listed with my findagrave bio.
Added by dderosa on Dec 09, 2014 6:19 PM
dderosa
RE WR Tilson III
Not a direct descendant, but interest to know if any of documents possibly include early family photos, especially of euphemia elizabeth Groseclose dotson, WRT_III's several times grandmother, b.1837 VA...
Added by dderosa on Dec 09, 2014 1:02 PM
Laquieda Tovar
RE: Carl Ashley
Glad to get your message. Connections are very much more important in recent years.
Looked for you on facebook.....did not find by name and city. Surprised how many Jayson Coopers there are...even some women! Have not tried to find myself but maybe you would have luck doing so.
Under Lucki Tovar or Laquieda Tovar and I live in Gilbert AZ.
Hope we get to talk soon. Lucki
Added by Laquieda Tovar on Jan 18, 2014 3:59 PM
Laquieda Tovar
Carl Ashley
It would seem that you are son of my cousin.
My mother was Laura and she was Carl's youngest
sister. I knew your uncles better than the two girls ....Roger spent some time with us in CA
many years ago. I have only seen them a few times since the 60s. Let's correspond. I am on FB.
Most people call me Lucki.
Added by Laquieda Tovar on Jan 15, 2014 2:35 PM
Shelia Dean Bobo (Shadow Stalker)
Sarah Underwood
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Added by Shelia Dean Bobo (Shadow ... on Jul 03, 2013 3:08 PM
Sue
RE: Charles Anderson Cooper
Jayson,
One of these days I really need to get on Facebook, but as of now I am not. My kids will be home from college on Christmas break soon - maybe I'll have them visit your FB page for me. Best contact for me is email: esbjstutz@aol.com. Here is a link to my family tree page for Charles Anderson Cooper: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/33379917/person/18445121631 Charles A. Cooper would be our common ancestor (by marriage for both of us, it appears). He was Olive's 1st husband. Her 2nd husband was my grandfather Charles Vale. My grandmother died when my dad (John Vale) was young. Olive became his step-mom. Charles Calvin Cooper would have been my dad's (9 yr older) step-brother. The only photos I have of Olive are a family photo when she was a young girl, and her wedding photo to my grandfather. I'd love to see the photo you have of her, as well as photos you have for Charles A. Cooper and any of the other children. I'm just trying to piece my dad's step-family together. He rarely talked about them, and when he did he didn't say much. Interesting you have a photo of Charles A. with last wife "Hazel"...I found marriage record for Charles Anderson Cooper and Theresa Davis m. 10 Sept, 1960 in Whitman Co., WA. Was he married 3 times? Check out my family tree pages. You can see the documents and very few photos I have of these folks. If you have trouble accessing anything, let me know.
Thanks!
Sue

Added by Sue on Dec 08, 2012 8:59 PM
Sue
Charles Anderson Cooper
Jayson,
First, let me say I love the way your name is spelled. My son's name is Jason. My husband's middle name is Jay. We seriously considered spelling my son's name with a "y", but eventually caved to the pressure of the common spelling. I like it with a "y". :o)
OK - to business: Is is OK with you if I post your pic of the memorial program for Charles Anderson Cooper to my Ancestry.com family tree? Charles Cooper married Olive Herrick. Olive married 2nd to my grandfather Charles Vale.
Also, if you are related to Charles and Olive Cooper I'd be interested in exchanging info, though I confess I do not know too much about Olive outside of her connection to my Vale family.
Thanks,
Sue #47166098
Added by Sue on Dec 08, 2012 4:25 PM
Renita Cooper-Allen
Cooper
Did any of your Coopers come from South Carolina? I might have some information that would be helpful if they did.
Added by Renita Cooper-Allen on Jun 25, 2012 7:12 PM
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