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William Cooper

Male 1843 - 1888  (45 years)


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  • Name William Cooper 
    Nickname Billy 
    Born 7 Jan 1843  Steuben, Marshall, Illinois, Unites States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 1 Nov 1861 

    • U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865
      Name: William Cooper
      Residence: Illinois
      Enlistment Date: 1 Nov 1861
      Rank at enlistment: Private
      State Served: Illinois
      Survived the War?: Yes
      Service Record: Enlisted in Company I, Illinois 11th Infantry Regiment on 01 Nov 1861.Mustered out on 14 Jul 1865.Transferred to on 14 Jul 1865.
      Death Date: 13 Jun 1888
      Sources: Illinois: Roster of Officers and Enlisted MenGAR Dept of Illinois: Death Rolls [1]
    Injury 15 Feb 1862  Fort Donelson National Cemetery, Dover, Stewart, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Fort Donelson
      Other Names: None

      Location: Stewart County

      Campaign: Federal Penetration up the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers (1862)

      Date(s): February 11-16, 1862

      Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Flag-Officer A.H. Foote [US]; Brig. Gen. John B. Floyd, Brig. Gen. Gideon Pillow, and Brig. Gen. Simon B. Buckner [CS]

      Forces Engaged: Army in the Field [US]; Fort Donelson Garrison [CS]

      Estimated Casualties: 17,398 total (US 2,331; CS 15,067)

      Description: After capturing Fort Henry on February 6, 1862, Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant advanced cross-country to invest Fort Donelson. On February 16, 1862, after the failure of their all-out attack aimed at breaking through Grant?s investment lines, the fort?s 12,000-man garrison surrendered unconditionally. This was a major victory for Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and a catastrophe for the South. It ensured that Kentucky would stay in the Union and opened up Tennessee for a Northern advance along the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. Grant received a promotion to major general for his victory and attained stature in the Western Theater, earning the nom de guerre ?Unconditional Surrender.?

      Result(s): Union victory

      CWSAC Reference #: TN002

      Preservation Priority: I.1 (Class A)

      National Park Unit: Fort Donelson NB
    Diary 16 Feb 1862 p21
    Diary 16 Feb 1862 p21
    Diary of Erastus R McKinney, brother in law to William and Jeremiah Cooper. Recording of the wounding of William "Billy" and Death of "Jerry" Jeremiah Cooper at the battle at Fort Donelson, Tennessee
    Diary 15 Feb 1862 -p20
    Diary 15 Feb 1862 -p20
    Diary of Erastus R McKinney, brother in law to William and Jeremiah Cooper. Recording of the wounding of William "Billy" and Death of "Jerry" Jeremiah Cooper at the battle at Fort Donelson, Tennessee
    Letter to father Alvah McKinney by Erastus R McKinney 18 Feb 1862 about 'Jerry' Jeremiah death and 'Billy' William Cooper's injuries and other boys from Lacon.
    Letter to father Alvah McKinney by Erastus R McKinney 18 Feb 1862 about "Jerry" Jeremiah death and "Billy" William Cooper's injuries and other boys from Lacon.
    Diary 17 Feb 1862-p22.pdf
    Diary 17 Feb 1862-p22.pdf
    Fort Donelson Battlefield.jpg
    Fort Donelson Battlefield.jpg
    Pension 1883  Lacon, Marshall, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    List of persons in Lacon, Marshall, Illinois receiving pensions 
    Lacon Marshall co Illinois 1883 Pension.pdf
    Lacon Marshall co Illinois 1883 Pension.pdf
    Died 13 Jun 1888  Lacon, Marshall, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 14 Jun 1888  Lacon, Marshall, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • William H. Cooper Obituary from: Lacon Home Journal Harold Thursday, June 14, 1888

      A Soldiers Gone

      Wm. Cooper, whom we chronicled as rapidly improving from his recent illness died suddenly Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. He had been feeling so much better that on Tuesday he walked over to Sparland, but the trip was too much for him and he was taken sick there. There being no way of riding home soon, he walked back through the hot sun, reaching home thoroughly exhausted. His old heart trouble grew worse throughout the day and night and he passed away the following morning at 5 a.m.
      Mr. Cooper was born in Steuben, Marshal County, February 7, 1843 and he has lived in this vicinity, except when absent during the war.

      He was a soldier, and the adjutant general's report show his record was an honorable one, serving his country nearly five years. His family bear evidence that he was a kind and loving husband. What better record can a man leave behind him? None. November 1, 1861 when dark clouds of war and treason hung over the country like a pall, Comrade Cooper enlisted in Capt. Shaw's Company L 11th Ill., Inft. For 3 month's service. At the end of that time, the regiment veteranized for three years service. His commanders bear evidence that he did his duty cheerfully and was a brave soldier. At the end of three years he was transferred to Co. K, 8th Reg't, and was on duty in the south until honorably discharged May 4, 1866, being in actual service 4 years, 6 months and 4 days. He was wounded a number of times, being crippled in one arm, and his system was so shattered by exposure that he has never seen a well day since being mustered out. His pension was a miserable pittance $2 per month.

      In August 1866 he married Miss Delilah Warfield. Unto them were born six children, five of whom are now living, the youngest being 10 years of age.

      Since the war Mr. Cooper has been engaged in various ways, for the last four years being watchman at the Woolen Mill.

      The Funeral took place this afternoon at 2 p.m. The Rev. Price read a selection from the Bible, invoking God's blessing, and the G.A.R. took charge of the remains, laying them tenderly away, to await the last reveille.
      [2]
    Age 45 years 
    Buried 14 Jun 1888  Lacon Cemetery, Lacon, Marshall, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Pvt William Cooper

      Birth: Jan. 7, 1843
      Marshall County
      Illinois, USA
      Death: Jun., 1888
      Marshall County
      Illinois, USA

      William H. Cooper was born January 7, 1843 in Steuben Township, Marshal County, Illinois. He was the son of Fredrick Cooper and Sarah Downing Cooper. He married Delia (Delilah) Warfield in Illinois, August of 1866.

      The had the following children: Arletta (1868-1933), William (1872-?), Corra Bell (1874-1953), Fredrick (1877-1957 and Mabel (1879-1858)

      Civil War Service:
      Name: William Cooper
      Residence: Lacon, Illinois
      Enlistment Date: 1 Nov 1861
      Side Served: Union State Served: Illinois
      Death Date: 13 Jun 1888
      Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 1 November 1861.
      Enlisted in Company I, 11th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 1 Nov 1861.
      Transferred out of Company I, 11th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 14 Jul 1865.
      Transferred into Company K, 8th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 14 Jul 1865.




      Family links:
      Spouse:
      Deliah (Delila) Warfield Cooper (1849 - 1933)*

      Children:
      Cora Bell Cooper Gienow (1874 - 1953)*
      Mabel M Cooper (1879 - 1958)*


      Inscription:
      government marker

      Note: Co I, 11th IL Infantry - service dates: 11/1861 - 1865

      Burial:
      Lacon Cemetery
      Lacon
      Marshall County
      Illinois, USA
      Plot: sec ab


      photo of headstone and obituary (which I copied under obituary on this site: [2]
    William Cooper 1843-1988 HS
    William Cooper 1843-1988 HS
    Plot: sec ab
    Notes 
    • !SOURCE: Records of Dora May Abbott Love.
    Person ID I4091  Our Family
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2014 

    Father Frederick Jeremiah Cooper,   b. Abt 1802,   d. 1843  (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Ancestors Sarah Downing,   b. 1805, , Pike, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1852  (Age 48 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 8 Mar 1827  , Pike, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Family 1850  Lacon, Marshall, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1850 United States Federal Census
      Name: Sarah Cooper
      Age: 45
      Birth Year: abt 1805
      Birthplace: Ohio
      Home in 1850: Marshall, Illinois
      Gender: Female
      Family Number: 8
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Abram Cooper 22
      Sarah Cooper 45
      William Cooper 9
      Jeremiah Cooper 10
      Isaac Cooper 17
      Elizabeth Cooper 14
      Cynthia Ann Cooper 11
      Jacob Cooper 12
      [3]
    Family ID F600  Group Sheet

    Family DeLila Warfield,   b. 1 Jul 1849, Tipp City, Miani, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1933, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 14 Aug 1866  , Marshall, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage License-Marshall Co Illinois for Cooper Children
    Marriage License-Marshall Co Illinois for Cooper Children
    Correspondence from County Clerk Herb Roth to John Albert Love 1945
    Residence Family 1870  Bell Plain, Marshall, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1870 United States Federal Census
      Name: William Cooper
      Age in 1870: 27
      Birth Year: abt 1843
      Birthplace: Illinois
      Home in 1870: Bell Plain, Marshall, Illinois
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Washburn
      Value of real estate:
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Jeremiah Favorite 43
      Susan Favorite 30
      Martha Favorite 16
      Joseph Favorite 10
      Walter Favorite 8
      May Favorite 4
      William Favorite 23
      William Cooper 27
      Delilah Cooper 22
      Arlittie Cooper 1
      Draizie Favorite 1
      [4]
    Residence Family 1880  Lacon, Marshall, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1880 United States Federal Census
      Name: William Cooper
      Age: 39
      Birth Year: abt 1841
      Birthplace: Illinois
      Home in 1880: Lacon, Marshall, Illinois
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name: Dalilah Cooper
      Neighbors:
      Occupation: Laborer

      Name Age
      William Cooper 39
      Dalilah Cooper 33
      Arlettie Cooper 12
      William Cooper 8
      Cora Bell Cooper 6
      Fred Cooper 3
      Mabel M. Cooper 9m
      [5]
    Residence Family 1900  Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1900 United States Federal Census
      Name: Delila Cooper
      Age: 51
      Birth Date: Jul 1848
      Birthplace: Ohio
      Home in 1900: Peoria Ward 6, Peoria, Illinois
      Race: White
      Gender: Female
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Marital Status: Widowed
      Father's Birthplace: Germany
      Mother's Birthplace: Germany
      Mother: number of living children:4
      Mother: How many children: 6
      Occupation:
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Delila Cooper 51
      Cora B Cooper 25
      Maple M Cooper 20
      [6]
    Children 
    Family1. Arletta Letta Cooper,   b. 1868, , Marshall, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2014 
    Family ID F1076  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsInjury - 15 Feb 1862 - Fort Donelson National Cemetery, Dover, Stewart, Tennessee, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence Family - 1870 - Bell Plain, Marshall, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 14 Jun 1888 - Lacon Cemetery, Lacon, Marshall, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence Family - 1900 - Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
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    2. [S100] Find A Grave, Maintained by: George & Sue Neal Originally Created by: The Ancestor Hunter Record added: May 15, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 69883488 (Reliability: 3), 10 Apr 2014.

    3. [S61] Ancestry.Com, Generations Network, Inc, (Ancestry.com.[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.), Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Marshall, Illinois; Roll: M432_120; Page: 127A; Image: 96. (Reliability: 3), 10 Apr 2014.

    4. [S61] Ancestry.Com, Generations Network, Inc, (Ancestry.com.[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.), Year: 1870; Census Place: Bell Plain, Marshall, Illinois; Roll: M593_254; Page: 278A; Image: 21; Family History Library Film: 545753. (Reliability: 3), 10 Apr 2014.

    5. [S61] Ancestry.Com, Generations Network, Inc, (Ancestry.com.[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.), Year: 1880; Census Place: Lacon, Marshall, Illinois; Roll: 235; Family History Film: 1254235; Page: 413C; Enumeration District: 151; Image: 0206. (Reliability: 3), 10 Apr 2014.

    6. [S61] Ancestry.Com, Generations Network, Inc, (Ancestry.com.[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.), 1900; Census Place: Peoria Ward 6, Peoria, Illinois; Roll: 334; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0112; FHL microfilm: 1240334. (Reliability: 3), 10 Apr 2014.