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James Ellis Cooper
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Birth: Apr. 30, 1833
Cold Stream
Hampshire County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 1918
Miami County
Kansas, USA

J E. COOPER, farmer, Section 7, Township 16, Range 25, P.O. Loulsburg, was born in Hampshire County, VA. in 1833. His father being proprietor of a large tannery, he learned the trade of tanner and currier. He then spent several years in travel in Various States. In the fall of 1865 he moved to Ohio and from there to Kansas in the spring of 1868. He located in Miami County, in Township I 6, Range 14, Wea, where he was engaged in farming. In 1876, he purchased the east haIf of Section 7, TownshIp 16, Range 25, 320 acres. The following year he removed to this tract, then in its natural and unimproved condition. Mr. Cooper, at this writing,1883, has, by industry and good management madeit one of the best improved farms in the county. The never-failing springs and brooks on the southern portion of this farm are of immense advantage in stock growing~

History of Kansas, A. T. Andreas, 1883

He helped organize the first telephone company in Miami Co., Kansas and put up the first barbed wire fence in Miami Co., Kansas.


Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Cooper Celebrate Their Golden Wedding Anniversary Monday

Delightful, indeed on the Fiftieth or Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Cooper, which was celebrated Monday.

Golden seems the more appropriated in this instance, for a full half century here this couple enjoyed that happy companionship, devotedness and love, which alone may be found in the homes where only sunshine dweleth. Fifty years of happy married life have been spent by this aged couple, and Monday, at their beautiful home two and one half miles north of Louisburg, they celebrated their anniversary in feasting and receiving the congratulations of their friends and relatives.

It was a scene not long to be forgotton. Surrounded by their children, grandchildren, great grandchilden and friends, some of whom they had known for nearly the full half century of their wedded relationship, Mr. nd Mrs. Cooper could look back on years that had been well spent. They could look to days of hardships, when side by side they battled for the competeice which had come to them that they may enjoy the Golden Sunset of their lives in the peace and quiet of that home which they builded together with willing hands and loving hearts.

Fifty Golden years of wedded life, and Mr. and Mrs. Cooper, Monday, were able to look upon a grown family of sons and daughters. A family who respect their father and mother in the days of their old age. A family of men and women, progressive men and women, who are doing something in the word and are of some consequence in the neighborhood in which they reside. A family to be proud of.

For half a century have Mr. and Mrs. Cooper loved, known and obeyed as they plighed their vows at the sacred altor of love, fully fifty years ago. Yet, today, as the accompanying likeness them, they are both well perserved and it will be many years yet, at least we hope so before their sun shall finally set.

Of this couple a great deal might be said, but it is not necessary. They are quite unassuming people. Dearest christians, both commuicants of the M. E. Church, South, at Bucyrus. They are noted for their -----tality, their sunny nature, upright lives and steadfastness of purpose. They are old residents of Louisburg and Miami County. Side by side, hand in hand, Mr. and Mrs. Cooper have lived to see Louisburg spring from a mere village to a town of some pretentions, to witness Miami Co. become one of the foremost counties in the state and to behold Kansas become the greatest state in the union.

Mr. Cooper was born in Hampshire county, now West Virginia, April 30, 1833. With his parents several years later moved to Hilland county, Ohio. Mrs. Cooper was born in Jefferson county, now West Virginia, August 7, 1841. In 1842 with her parents moved to Hampshire county, where she was married to James E. Cooper just fifty years ago Monday. They moved to Kansas and settled in this township in the fall of 1865, on a farm south of Bucyrus, where they lived until 1877, when they moved to their present home. Six children, five of whom are living, came to this union. W. H. oldest being 48 years of age, lives on a farm near Spring Hill with his wife and family of nine children. Mrs. Emma Whitaker, first daughter, lives near Bucyrus on a farm with her husband and family of three boys and three girls. The second daughter, Miss Anna, died when sixteen years old. Mrs. Blanche Dearing, with her family of two children and husband, lives at Holdensville, Oklahoma, where Mr. Dearing is in the grocery business. E. R. second son, lives on the farm with his father and mother. He is married and is the proud father of five boys. J. D. the youngest son is thirty-three years of age and is in the grocery business at Wichita. He was married to Miss Racheal Houston seven years ago. They, too, are the parents of a son.

Mr. and Mrs. Cooper obtained their education in Virginia, on the 'slab benches'. He is in good health and does considerable work on the farm. He was one of a family of five, of whom but one brother, A. M. Cooper, of Bucyrus, is living. Mrs. Cooper is one of a family of eight, of whom six are living: D. H. Heflebower, of Bucyrus, D. F. Heflebower, of the city of Wichita, Bush Heflebower, now at Fort Collins, Mrs. J. C. Lovett, of Bucyrus, and Mrs. T. C. Rainehart who lives at Lexington, Mo.

All children were present at the anniversary except Mrs. Dearing, who was unable to be present on account of sickness of her daughter, Miss Lela.

Mr. and Mrs. Cooper are the proud parents of twenty four grandchildren and one great granddaughter, Madelin Crawford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Crawford.

Owen Whitaker, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Whitaker, is the oldest grandchild. He is 27 years of age.

At the anniversary feast there was much good cheer.

From the Louisburg, Kansas paper.
Family links: 
  Jacob Cooper (1799 - 1875)
  Anna Park Cooper (1805 - 1895)
  Mary Elizabeth Heflebower Cooper (1841 - 1921)
  William Herbert Cooper (1861 - 1946)*
  Emma T Cooper Whitaker (1862 - 1955)*
  Annie Laura Cooper (1864 - 1880)*
  Edwin R Cooper (1872 - 1965)*
  James Donald Cooper (1876 - 1967)*
  Evan Park Cooper (1828 - 1911)*
  Martha Ann Cooper McDonald (1832 - 1908)*
  James Ellis Cooper (1833 - 1918)
  Asa Morgan Cooper (1836 - 1910)*
  Lycurgus Cicero Cooper (1844 - 1908)*
*Calculated relationship
Louisburg Cemetery
Miami County
Kansas, USA
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Record added: Sep 07, 2008
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James Ellis Cooper
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