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Julia Anna Carpenter Cooney
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Birth: Oct. 1, 1829
County Meath, Ireland
Death: Sep. 12, 1913
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA

Obituary of Mrs. Robert A. Cooney

Julia Anna Carpenter was born in County Meath Ireland October 1st 1829, and died September 12, 1913 at the age 83 years 10 months and 27 days.

She came to this country at the age of 14 years. On November 22, 1850 she was united in marriage to Robert A. Cooney at Chicago. The newly married couple at once came to their home in Harrison where they resided until Mr. Cooney's death which occured Jan. 9, 1892. Seven children were born into this home. Two daughters Ella and Mabel dying in infancy. Mrs. Anna Crowley died Oct. 25, 1899, Mrs. David Crowley and three sons Arthur, Oscar and Edward.

She leaves to mourn her loss these three sons Arthur of Harrison, Oscar of Rockford and Edward of Laona and one daughter Mrs. David Crowley of Durand with whom she made her home. Also there remains 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren besides a host of other relatives and friends. Grandma Cooney was a member of the United Brethren church and as long as health permitted she was an active member of this church. Like her husband she loved the house of God, she loved God. During the weary days of her final illness God was her refuge and strength and very present help in the time of trouble. Late Friday night grandma quietly passed away. She died in faith of the Fathers.

The funeral services were held at the Bethel church Sunday afternoon. Rev. Albert Bauman officiated. The body of grandma Cooney now lies at rest in the Bethel cemetery with that of her good husband and other dear ones who went before.


We wish to express our heart-felt thanks to all who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our beloved mother and grandmother.

Arthur P. Cooney and family
Oscar J. Cooney and family
Edward T. Cooney and family
David Crowley and family
Leonard Crowley and family
Robert W. Crowley and wife.

[Published in The Durand Gazette, Thursday, September 18, 1913]

Another Obituary for Julia Cooney:

Friends and relatives gathered at Bethel church Sunday afternoon to pay their last tribute of respect to the late Mrs. Julia Cooney. The service was conducted by a Durand pastor. A quartet rendered several of the old and familiar hymns, as "Asleep in Jesus" and "Nearer My God to Thee." The remains were laid at rest in the cemetery adjoining the church yard. The casket was covered with floral tokens. Flowers of all descriptions were greatly loved by the deceased and her home was never without them. Mrs. Cooney was born in County Meath, Ireland, 84 years ago. She came to this country with an aunt when 14 years of age, residing in Buffalo for a few years and then making the trip by boat on the great lakes, came to Chicago, where she had two uncles, Job and William Carpenter, early pioneers of the city. Here she lives until her marriage at the age of 22 to Robert A. Cooney, a schoolmate at her former home in Ireland. The wedding trip was made by wagon, and consisted of a journey from Chicago direct to Rockford and from there to the farm of the groom in the west part of Harrison. Few farms were taken up at that time and a building was an object of interest. The way lay across prairies and through timber land. They crossed the Pecatonica at the village of Harrison, which then had a saw mill, a store and a few houses. On their farm Mr. and Mrs. Cooney spent their married life and raised a family of seven children, four of whom survive. Mr. Cooney passed away over 21 years ago. Since that time Mrs. Cooney had made her home with her daughters, the late Mrs. Annie Crowley and Mrs. Julia Crowley. At the home of the latter she passed peacefuly away Friday, Sept. 12. The deceased was a woman of strong individuality. She was a great reader of good literature and fine conversationalist. Few were better posted on Bible history. Books, flowers, birds, children and a visit to or from friends afforded her great pleasure. She and her husband gave the land on which the Bethel church and cemetery stands. They always contributed largely to its support. Relatives and friends from Chicago, Freeport, Rockford, Rockton, Burritt, Durand, Laona, Shirland and Harrison attended the funeral services.

[Published in the Daily Register Gazette, Rockford, Illinois, September 20, 1913]

Family links: 
  Robert A. Cooney (1825 - 1892)*
  Mabel M. Cooney (____ - 1871)*
  Ella C. Cooney (____ - 1860)*
  Arthur P Cooney (1851 - 1919)*
  Anna Crowley (1854 - 1899)*
  Oscar J Cooney (1861 - 1934)*
  Julia Melissa Cooney Crowley (1864 - 1948)*
  Edward T. Cooney (1867 - 1917)*
*Calculated relationship
1829 - 1913
Bethel Cemetery
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Loren Carlson
Record added: Apr 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36005233
Julia Anna <i>Carpenter</i> Cooney
Added by: Loren Carlson
Julia Anna <i>Carpenter</i> Cooney
Added by: Loren Carlson
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