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John Linzapher Cooper

Male 1807 - 1895  (87 years)

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  • Name John Linzapher Cooper 
    Born 20 Nov 1807  Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    1840 Census Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1850 Census 11 Oct 1850  Civil District No. 9, Bedford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died May 1895 
    Person ID I2004  Our Genealogy
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2014 

    Father Robert Cooper,   b. 1784, Carter County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1833  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Rebecca McTuturf,   b. 1784, Carter County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1862  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 31 Jul 1806  Carter County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F1025  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Frances Green "Fannie" Lindsey,   b. 28 Jun 1813, Granville Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1874, probably Bedford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 15 May 1834  Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
     1. Caleb Lindsey Cooper,   b. Abt 1837, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Adelaide Rebecca Cooper,   b. Abt 1838, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1876, probably Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years)
     3. John Summerfield Cooper,   b. Nov 1846, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Temperance Elizabeth "Tempie" Cooper,   b. Abt 1851, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Robert Browning Cooper,   b. Abt 1857, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F1021  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Sarah W. Jamison,   b. Abt 1819, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Dec 1875  [1
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F1024  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • [painter.FTW]

      Page No. 2
      Civil Dist No 9, County of Bedford, State of Tennessee
      18 July 1870 by Wm T Tune
      P.O. Shelbyville Tennessee
      line 12, 10/10 COOPER J L 62 MW Farmer 20,000/2000 Tennessee
      COOPER Fannie 56 FW Keeping House N Carolina
      COOPER Tempy 18 FW At Home Tennessee
      COOPER Robt B 13 MW at Home Tennessee
      OGILVI Jemima 35 FM House Work Tennessee cannot r/w
      OGILVI Dolly 15 FM works out Tennessee cannot write
      OGILVI Hettie 11 FM Works in House Tennessee
      OGILVI George 10 MM works on farm Tennessee
      OGILVI Susan 6 FM at Home Tennessee
      OGILVI HEnry 3 MM at home Tennessee

      From photocopy in possession of Mary Painter Cooper

      A Biographical Sketch of the Abraham Cooper Family
      by John L. Cooper, December 1886

      The father of Abraham Cooper came from England and settled CulpepperCounty,
      Virginia, most probably between the dates 1750 and 1760. He had fivesons,
      among whom was Abraham, the direct ancestor of our branch of the family.The
      names of the other four sons are unknown or not remembered. One of thesefour
      sons went from Virginia to South Carolina, one to Georgia, another to
      Kentucky, and the fourth remained in Virginia. It is most likely that the
      brother who settled in South Carolina was the founder of that branch ofthe
      Cooper family of which Hon. Edmund Cooper of Shelbyville, Tennessee, andHon.
      William F. Cooper of Nashville, Tennessee, are representatives, as their
      immediate ancestors came from South Carolina.

      The Hon. Mark Cooper of Georgia, who was long a prominent politician ofthat
      State, was in all probability a son, or grandson, of the brother whosettled
      in that State.

      The Rev. D. B. Cooper, a prominent member of the Kentucky Conference ofthe M.
      E. Church South, may be a descendant of the brother who settled inKentucky.
      These statements concerning the South Carolina, Georgia and KentuckyCoopers
      are not positive, but are suggestions which, at some future time, may aidin
      bringing out a fuller history of the Cooper family.

      Abraham Cooper, our ancestor, married Miss Browning in Virginia about theyear
      1775. They removed from Virginia to Tennessee soon afterward and settledin
      Carter County, where they brought up a family of five sons and twodaughters,
      viz.: John, James, William, Robert, Charles, Sarah, and Jane. The agesof the
      sons come in the order they are written. Sarah was the third child andJane
      the fifth. Abraham Cooper, with his family, removed from Carter Countyand
      settled in Smith County on the Caney Fork River about three miles above
      Carthage. This removal was about the year 1805. Abraham Cooper's wifehad
      died at their home in Carter County before this time. His son, RobertCooper,
      did not come to Smith County until two years later, 1807. John L.Cooper, the
      eldest child of Robert Cooper, was born prematurely upon this journey.About
      the year 1812, Abraham Cooper, with his daughters Sarah and Jane and three
      sons, William, Robert, and Charles, came from Smith County and settled in
      Bedford County. In 1820 Abraham's son, James, came to Bedford, leavingonly
      one member of the family, the eldest son, John, in Smith County, where he
      lived and died.

      This John Cooper in early life, while yet in Carter County, married a Miss
      Moffitt and brought up a family of two sons and five daughters. His son,
      Abram, married a Miss Hale. His son, Bluford, removed to West Tennesseeand,
      while hunting, was thrown from his horse and killed. This was thesupposition
      concerning his death. He married in West Tennessee. The oldest daughterof
      John Cooper, Lavina, married a Mr. Jones. Jane, the second daughter, wasthe
      second wife of William Sharp of Bedford County. Sarah, the thirddaughter,
      married Green Moore of Bedford County, who was a brother of Col. John A.
      Moore, long a well-known citizen of this county. The fourth daughter,Letha,
      married John Sharp, the son of William Sharp, her sister's husband. Thomas
      Sharp and his sister, Mrs. T. F. Bates of Shelbyville, are children ofJane
      Cooper Sharp. I have lost sight of the fifth daughter and do not remember
      whether she ever married or not.

      James Cooper, familiarly called "Uncle Jimmy", the second son of Abraham
      Cooper, while a young man in Carter County, Tennessee, married Elizabeth
      Bogart. As has been stated, he settled in Bedford County in 1820. His
      children were all born in Smith County, the eldest of whom at this time(1820)
      had reached manhood and womanhood. His eldest child, Polly, married John
      Tune, and was the mother of a large family of sons and daughters. Ofthese,
      John B. Tune, K. L. Tune, Mrs. Mat Williams, and Mrs. Mary Boman, residein
      Bedford County. The second daughter, Sally, married Dennis Springer. They
      had several children, all of whom went to Hickman and Dickson Counties.The
      third daughter, Jane, married Alsea, otherwise known as "York," Harris and
      died without children. The fourth daughter, Elizabeth, married PriceColdwell
      Steele. The fifth daughter, Catherine, married Carlos D. Steele. Thesixth
      daughter, Malinda, married Caswell Puckett of Rutherford County. OfElizabeth
      Steele's children, only four survive: Rev. Marion Steele of Arkansas, Hon.
      John W. Steele, Miss Fanny Steele, and Mrs. T. N. McCord of BedfordCounty.
      Of Catherine Steele's children, only two remain: Capt. B. P. Steele of
      Tullahoma, and John Bell Steele of Arkansas. Mrs. Puckett left threesons and
      five daughters, all living in Rutherford County.

      Washington Bogart Cooper, the oldest son of James Cooper, is an artist by
      profession. He has long been a resident of Nashville, Tennessee, and isnow
      about eighty-four years of age. He married in 1839 Miss Ann Litton, anative
      of Dublin, Ireland. They have three children: James Litton, Kate Litton,and
      Joe Litton.

      Jonathan J., the second son of James Cooper, married Mary Ann Young, a
      Kentuckian by birth and a schoolmistress. In 1860 he removed from Bedford
      County to Arkansas, first to Benton County and then to White County,where he
      died. His widow and two daughters reside in Fayetteville, Arkansas,while the
      three sons, as I am informed, are in Benton County, Arkansas.

      William Browning, the third son of James Cooper, is also an artist of
      distinction and resides in Nashville. His wife was first a Miss Berkeleyof
      Williamson County, then Mrs. Reddy, then Mrs. Breckenridge, and as Mrs.Cooper
      is the mother of two children: John L. and Mrs. Slaughter of Louisville,
      Kentucky. The two brothers, Washington B. and William B., are the only
      survivors of James Cooper's family.

      The third son of Abraham Cooper was William H., who married Sarah Jamisonof
      Dixon Springs, Smith County. They reared five daughters and one son. The
      oldest daughter, Betsy, as the second wife of John Woods of BedfordCounty.
      Her five children are all dead except Jesse. She died in August 1883. The
      second daughter, Clarissa, died while young. The third daughter, Jane,
      married Robert Brooks of Giles County, a first cousin to Bishop Paine ofthe
      Southern Methodist Church. Brooks removed from Giles County to Yalobusha
      County, Mississippi, where he reared his family. The fourth daughter,Mary,
      died unmarried at Mrs. Woods'. The fifth daughter, Nancy, married Mr.Dodson
      of Mississippi and is the only surviving member of the family. Thomas
      Jamison, the only son, married in Giles County, went to Leake County,
      Mississippi, settled there and died in 1882. He left some children, allof
      whom live in Mississippi.

      Robert Cooper, the fourth son of Abraham Cooper, married Rebecca McInturfin
      Carter County, Tennessee. They were both born in Carter County in 1784.They
      had nine children: eight sons and one daughter, the daughter having diedwhen
      six months old. All the sons grew to manhood except Abram, who died atthree
      years of age.

      John Linzapher Cooper, the oldest son of Robert Cooper, was born November20,
      1807, as has been stated, upon the trip from Carter to Smith County, and
      therefore cannot claim any county as the place of his nativity, but hasbeen a
      citizen of Bedford County since 1812. He was married May 15, 1834, toFrances
      G. Lindsey of Rutherford County. She was the daughter of Caleb andTemperance
      House Lindsey and was born June 28, 1813, in Granville County, NorthCarolina.
      They were the parents of five children: Caleb Lindsey, Adelaide Rebecca,John
      Summerfield, Temperance Elizabeth, and Robert Browning. Caleb L. marriedMiss
      Isabella Smith of Rutherford County, November 14, 1860. They had nochildren.
      Adelaide R. was married August 17, 1858, to Rev. J. S. Malone of theSouthern
      Methodist Church and died December 24, 1876, leaving no children. JohnS. was
      married October 15, 1879, to Miss Anna Hess, a daughter of Dr. Nelson I.Hess,
      long a prominent physician of Trenton, Tennessee. They have two children:
      Arthur F. and Gussie Lee. Frances Green, the wife of John L. Cooper, and
      mother of his children, died March 25, 1874. He married Sarah W. Jamisonof
      Rutherford County in December 1875.

      The second son of Robert Cooper was Abner James. He was born in 1810 anddied
      in ë28 or ë29. William Browning was the third son. He was born in 1812and
      died of dropsy in 1834. The fourth son, Abram, died in childhood.

      The fifth son, Charles Dickson, was born in 1814 and died in Tallahatchie
      County, Mississippi in 1862. He first married Elizabeth Lindsey, asister of
      his brother John's wife, in June 1835. She died in June 1840. He next
      married Elizabeth Rogers of Bedford County, and after her death he married
      Mrs. Crenshaw of Mississippi who survived him, but who is now dead.Elizabeth
      Lindsey left three children: William H., Sally T. E., and Wise A. Cooper.
      William H. became a surgeon of distinction in the Confederate Army anddied
      unmarried July 10, 1866. Sally T. E. married Lewis Sims of RutherfordCounty
      and died in October 1881, leaving one child, Bessie Sims. Wise A Cooper
      married in September 1866 Miss Senie Shaw of Gibson County, Tennessee.They
      have a large family of children and now reside in Fort Smith, Arkansas.The
      second wife of C. D. Cooper left a son, John F., whose whereabouts are

      Bedford Campbell was the sixth son of Robert Cooper. He was born about1816.
      I am not positive as to dates, not having a record. His first wife was
      Elizabeth Tinnin. She died, leaving three children, and he then marriedher
      sister, Laura Tinnin. He and his wife are both living near Bloomfield,
      Missouri. His oldest son, William, was a Confederate soldier and waskilled
      at Tupelo, Mississippi. Robert, the second son, received a wound in thesame
      battle, from the effects of which he died a year or so afterward.

      Robert Caldwell was the seventh son. He was born about 1820 and is still
      living, unmarried.

      Thomas Price was the eighth and youngest son. He was born in 1827 anddied
      February 3, 1877. He married Lucretia W. Rogers, and they had sevenchildren,
      all sons. Their names were: Samuel Morgan, Robert Linzapher, William,John
      Harris, Thomas Oliver, George Franklin, and Rob. All are dead but JohnH.,
      who is a resident of Nashville.

      Robert Cooper, the son of Abraham, died suddenly of heart disease in June1833
      and is buried at the old home in Rutherford County, Tennessee. His wife,
      Rebecca, died in December 1862.

      Charles Cooper was the fifth son of Abraham Cooper. He married SarahBrooks
      of Bedford County and died in 1822, leaving three sons and five daughters.
      John B., the oldest of these, first married Miss Sivley of Alabama, andafter
      her death he married Miss Jane McGuffin of Middletown, Rutherford County.
      They reared a family of children, one of whom, Mrs. James L. Goodrum,resides
      in Bedford County. John B. died at his home in Alabama in ë82 or ë83.

      Abram was the second son of Charles Cooper. His first wife was MissMartha
      Sample of Bedford County. His second wife was a lady of Giles County,
      Tennessee. They removed to Crawley's Ridge, Arkansas, where he died.

      William Franklin was the third son of Charles Cooper. His first wife wasMary
      Morton, who left him three children: Sarah (Mrs. Claxton), Mary (Mrs.Hunter),
      and W. C. Cooper of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. His second wife was MissMcCrory.
      His third wife was Miss Hunter of Marshall County, who was the mother offour
      children: Sue (Mrs. Claxton), John T., Virgil E., and Maggie Cooper. Frank
      Cooper, as he was called, was killed instantly by the accidentaldischarge of
      a soldier's gun in camp near Shelbyville, Tennessee, in March 1862. Hehad
      gone to the camp to visit his son, W. C. Cooper, who was one of the most
      daring of Confederate soldiers.

      Charles Cooper's oldest daughter was Maria B. who is still living in
      Nashville, Tennessee. She was born in 1814 and was married while young to
      Learner Knott, who died in 1871. They were the parents of elevenchildren,
      only three of whom survive: Mrs. R. D. Reed, and Mrs. Landon Hollowell of
      Nashville, and W. C. Knott. Their oldest son, Rufus, was a Confederate
      soldier and was killed at the Battle of Shiloh in 1862.

      Matilda was Charles Cooper's second daughter. She was married whileyoung to
      Anderson J. Goodrum of Williamson County, Tennessee. They made theirhome in
      Bedford County, where they brought up a large family of sons anddaughters,
      all of whom are living except the oldest son, Charles, who was killed by
      lightening at his home in Kentucky. The second son, James L., was agallant
      Confederate soldier and left a leg on the field of Chickamauga. He hasthree
      times filled the office of Trustee of Bedford County.

      Malinda and Adeline were the third and fourth daughters of Charles Cooper.
      They married brothers, William and Sam Phillips, and removed toIllinois. I
      know nothing of their families.

      Elizabeth was the fifth daughter of Charles Cooper and was born after her
      father's death. She married William Holt, and they reside near Wartrace,
      Tennessee. They have several children.

      The oldest daughter of Abraham Cooper was Sarah. She married RichardCoop of
      Bedford County. In 1821 they removed to Gibson County and settled nearEaton.
      I remember the names of only the four oldest children: Jane, William,
      Elizabeth, and Henderson, and I also remember Mrs. Hays, anotherdaughter, who
      once visited us. Richard Coop and his wife both died in West Tennessee.

      Jane was the second daughter of Abraham Cooper. She married JohnMontgomery
      of Rutherford County, Tennessee. They removed to Gibson County, incompany
      with Richard Coop's family, and settled in the same neighborhood. ThereJohn
      Montgomery died, and after his death his widow and children removed to

      John Cooper, the eldest son of Abraham, outlived all his brothers and died
      about 1840. I omitted to mention in the proper connection that hemarried the
      second time. I do not remember the lady's name. She had two children:
      Timothy Walton and a daughter who married a Walton. They both reside inSmith
      County, Tennessee.

      James Cooper, the second son of Abraham, died in 1832 in Bedford County,and
      is buried on what is known as the Steele Farm, where he had lived someyears.

      William, the third son of Abraham, died about 1818 at his home in the
      northeast part of Bedford County, three or four miles from Bell Buckle,and
      was buried there. His father, Abraham Cooper, was also buried there.

      Charles, the fifth son of Abraham, as stated, died in 1822 and was buriedon
      his home place five miles from Shelbyville on the Fairfield Pike.

      These statements are all made from memory and may be inaccurate in some
      respects, not having any record of family history by which to be governed.

      This December 8, 1886

      John Linzapher Cooper
      Bedford County, Tennessee

      The foregoing Biographical Sketch was dictated by my father, John L.Cooper,
      to my sister, Tempie E. Cooper, and reduced to writing by her. At thetime it
      was prepared my father was seventy-nine years of age and had becomenervous to
      such an extent that he could not write very well himself, and hiseyesight was
      not very good; but his mental faculties were well preserved.

      The manuscript written by my sister is fading badly, and I have had itcopied
      to preserve it.

      My father died in May 1895, aged about eighty-seven and one-half years.

      John S. Cooper
      Trenton, Tennessee
      May 9th, 1917

      Agnes M. Donnelly adonn4life@aol.com 2004-03-27 06:33:41
      When Sarah MADDOX died without a will in Rutherford County, TN, c. 1851,Jno. L. COOPER "a citizen of Rutherford County. . .your claim to theadministration and you having given bond and qualified by law and thecourt having ordered that letters of administration be issued to you"administered her estate. Sarah's maiden name was MOORE, and she was thedaughter of Thomas MOORE. Would you have any idea of the relationshipbetween Sarah MADDOX and John L. COOPER?

      www.familysearch.com, 1880 United States Census, J.L. COOPER Self M MaleW 72 TN Farmer TN TN, Sarah W. COOPER Wife M Female W 61 TN House KeeperNC NC, T.E. COOPER Dau S Female W 29 TN TN TN, R.B. COOPER Son S Male W23 TN Farmer TN TN, Winey SWAN Other W Female B 60 TN TN TN, Laura SWANOther S Female B 18 TN TN TN, Wm. SWAN Other S Male B 14 TN TN TN, ShoatSWAN Other S Male MU 11 TN TN TN, Source Information: Census PlaceDistrict 9, Bedford, Tennessee, Family History Library Film: 1255244, NAFilm Number: T9-1244, Page Number: 267C.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1427] Cooper, John L., "The Abraham Cooper Family," typescript copy in possession of Mary Painter Cooper, (1886).

    2. [S2255] 1850 Bedford Co., TN Census, Civil District No 9, [pg. 161], 11th Oct 1850 by JWortham, line 25, 31/31 John L. COOPER 42 M Farmer 3290 " [Tenn], Frances G. 37 f N C, Calib L 13 M Tenn attended school, Adilaid R 12 f " [Tenn] atte, nded school, John S 4 M " [Tenn].

    3. [S4289]

    4. [S4288] 1834 Rutherford County Tennessee Marriages, Transcribed by Martha Smotherman Mendez and Ed Waller.

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