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Biographical Sketch of Captian Jonathan E. Cooper

Captian Jonathan E. Cooper

Captian Jonathan E. Cooper - was born new New Castle, Henry County, Kentucky, January 5, 1807. His father was Jonathan Cooper, a native of Maryland, and one of the early settlers of Kentucky, who, with Daniel Boone, frequently hunted the Indians. He also was a soldier of the Revolutionary War.

He mved form Kentucky to Illinois in 1835, and settled on a farm four miles southwest of Jerseyville, where he lived until his death, which occurred, August, 1845, at the ripe old age of 89 years. His wife survived him nine years, dying in 1854. Captain Cooper received his education in the schools of his native state. He remained at home with he father until he reached the age of 23 years, when, in November, 1829, after a horse-back trip of 13 days, landed within the present limits of Jersey County He spent the first winter here in Illinois, clerking in the store of his uncle, Linsey N. English of Carrollton, Ill. The next year he worked on a farm. At the breaking out of the Black Hawk War he enlisted in Capt. Carlin's (afterwards, Gov. Carlin) company, was selected as orderly sergeant and served one year under Capt. Carlin.

The next year, 1832, he served in Capt. Patterson's company, and a portion of hte year was detailed as quartermaster. He took part in the battles of Prairie duChien and Mississippi, and after peace was declared, received an honorable discharge. He was commissioned Captain of State Militia by Gov. Reynolds in 1832.

May 19, 1836, he was married to Mrs. Miriam F. Turner, (nee French), daughter of Nicholas and Anna French. She was born in Rockingham County, New Hampshire,in 1798. She was one of the best women that ever came to this country. She died in June, 1873. They reared two children to manhood and womanhood - Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, a Presbyterian Minister, and Miss Mary Spangle, who married Nicholas Massey, and who died in 1900, in Colorado.

December 3, 1879, he was married to Mrs. Sarah Johnson, who survived him sixteen weeks, dying February 19, 1896. Religiously, Capt. Cooper and wife were Baptists and united with that church at Kane, Greene County, in 1839. They transferred their membership to Jerseyville Baptist Church when it organized, Sept. 5, 1841, and were among its charter members unto their death. At the organization of this church he was ordained deacon and remained so to his death.

Deacon Cooper was a noble hearted man and strict integrity marked all his dealings. He took great interest in chronicling events of the early history of Jersey County, and was the best historian in the county. During his last days he became very helpless, losing his speech entirely for two and one-half years, besides through the disease of "creeping paralysis" he became almost helpless. During all this time he was very patient and good natured. He died Oct. 5, 1895, at the ripe age of 88 years old and 9 months.

Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]