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McLean County, Illinois
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JACOB COOPER, one of the honored pioneers of McLean County, after a life of industry has now retired from active labor, and is enjoying a competency at his pleasant home in the village of Danvers. Mr. Cooper was born in Hardin County, Va., Jan. 12, 1828, and is the son of John and Eve (Sites) Cooper, both natives of Virginia. After their marriage they removed to Greene County, Ohio, in 1838, where they spent the remainder of their lives upon a farm, the father dying in about 1846, and the mother in 1853. Their family consisted of eight children, as follows: John married Miss Rachel Clemons, and is now deceased; Susan, Mrs. Thomas, lives in Ohio; Elizabeth married Mathias Sparr, and they removed to Indiana; both are now deceased. Samuel married Miss Mary Fudge, and Kane married Miss Goris; Amos took to wife Miss Sarah A. Maxwell; Margaret E. is unmarried; one child died at the age of three years.

The subject of our sketch was united in marriage with Miss Mary J. Pierce, Oct. 16, 1848. Mrs. Cooper was born Aug. 22, 1829, in Greene County, Ohio, and is the daughter of William and Margaret (Davids) Pierce, both natives of Ohio, whence her father removed to Indiana in 1832, and died there in 1838. He was a blacksmith. His widow remained there one year after his death, and then returned to Ohio, where the wife of our subject was reared to womanhood, remaining with her mother until she was married. The following year Mr. and Mrs. Cooper came to this county, and our subject purchased forty acres of land in Allin and Danvers Townships. To this he subsequently added until he has now 270 acres about six miles southwest of Danvers, under a fine state of cultivation, with a handsome and substantial farm dwelling, two good barns and machine shed, and all other necessary out-buildings. Here he successfully carried on his agricultural operations until 1885, and then, selling off his cattle and other stock, purchased two lots and a house in the village and prepared to establish a permanent home. He improved and renovated the old house, and has now a fine two-story residence which, with its surroundings, makes a comfortable and attractive home. Mr. and Mrs. C. are members in good standing of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with which they have been connected since 1878. Mr. C. has been an Elder in his church for some years, and most of their children belong to the same. The parents of both Mr. and Mrs. C. were identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics our subject is a stanch Republican, and in all respects a useful and valued member of society.

The household circle of Mr. and Mrs. Cooper was completed by the birth of five children, the record of whom is as follows: Charles W. married Miss Martha Dehart, of Iowa; Margaret E. became the wife of Emmett Williams, who died on the 17th of December, 1883; Louisa B. is single and at home; Parrazaid A. is also unmarried, and residing at home; Henry F. was married to Miss Jane M. Haynes on the 30th of December, 1885. These children were carefully trained and educated, and have become good citizens and valued members of the community.

To the parents of Mrs. Cooper were born the following children: James C., who married Mrs. Parthena Mitchell; Elizabeth A., Mrs. William Mitchell; Parrazaid A., who married Michael Cook; John A., who married Miss Nancy Mitchell, Mary J., wife of our subject, and Isabella A., a half-sister of the others, who married George Waney, and died in 1883.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 489. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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