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Dillard Cooper
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Birth: Sep. 10, 1814
Death: 1896

Honoring Goliad Survivor

Members of the Sons of the Republic of Texas dedicated the grave of Dillard Cooper Saturday at the Llano City Cemetery. Cooper was a survivor of the Goliad massacre during Texas war for independence.

Dillard Cooper/Surviror of Goliad
born in South Carolina
Lived in Tenn. & Alabama before coming to Texas with Capt. John Shackelford (ALABAMA RED ROVERS)

After Texas independence, he lived in Hays County and subsequently settled on a tract of land on the east bank of Cummins Creek in Colorado County, granted to him by the Republic of Texas. The 1860 census described him as a farmer with a personal estate of $3,500. His account of the Goliad Massacre was published in the "Columbus Citizen" on July 30, 1870.

From Rangers and Pioneers of Texas by A.J. Sowell 1884 as reprinted from the American Sketch Book 1881. According to James T. DeShields in Tall Men With Long Rifles,DILLARD COOPER died in extreme poverty in the 1890's in Llano, TX stating "during his latter years the pitiful pension of $150.00 a year, provided by the great and opulent state of Texas, barely sufficed to buy food and medicines for the aged hero and his faithful wife. Napoleon was not far wrong when he said 'Republics are ungrateful.'"

Dillard Cooper wrote of his escape with 3 other members of THE ALABAMA RED ROVERS.Captain Shackelford's Company.

"On the morning of the 27th of March, 1836, about daylight, we were awakened by the guards, and marched out in front of the fort......"

After the death of his first wife, Lucinda, DILLARD COOPER married a widow, Mrs. Elizabeth E. Gholson, in October 1878;They moved to land in Northwest Llano and Southwest San Saba counties. After Elizabeth's death, he married Amanda Talk in Llano County on July 19, 1883.

November 2008 the Texas Historical Commission placed a marker on Dillard Cooper's grave

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Can you please correct the error about Dillard living in Hays County. He had a grandson who was born there and lived there by the name of Samuel Dillard Cooper and went by the name Dillard Cooper. Samuel Dillard Cooper was the son of Albert Newton Cooper. The State of Texas has it incorrect on Dillard's historical marker and so does other people who have not done their research. I sure wish we could get this corrected. Thank you
Kathleen Burns
16 JUNE 2011 
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  Amanda Talk Henry (1858 - 1935)*
*Calculated relationship
Llano City Cemetery
Llano County
Texas, USA
Created by: Donna Goble
Record added: Mar 22, 2008
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