Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday December 30, 1972
John W. Cooper, 92, died Friday at Major Hospital.  Born in Jackson township January 18, 1880, son of  William & Elizabeth (Slagle) Cooper.  Married May 5, 1901  Mary Caroline Maxwell, who died March 5, 1959.
Mr. Cooper was a retired farmer and poultry buyer.  Member of Mt. Auburn Christian church, and Modern Woodmen Lodge.
Surviving:  son  Maurice F. Cooper; 5 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren.  Twelve brothers and sisters preceded in death
Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed and summarized by Barb Huff for Marty

The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday March 5, 1959
Funeral Saturday For Hendricks Township Native.
Mrs. Mary Caroline Cooper, 72 died early this morning.  Born Hendricks township May 3, 1882, daughter of  George L. & Martha (Scott) Maxwell.  Married  John W. Cooper  May 5, 1901.
Surviving besides the husband is one son  Maurice Cooper; 5 grandchildren, and one sister  Mrs. Ora Chappell  of Springfield, Ohio.
She was a member of Mt. Auburn Christian church. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed and summarized by Barb Huff for Marty

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, November 4, 1932
Page 4, column 4
Editer's Note: The following obituary is printed at the request of  Mrs. Emma Cooper, of Robinson, Illinois, widow of  Isaac Newton Cooper, who was a resident of this county for a number of years.
          Isaac Newton Cooper was born September 26, 1851 in Shelby county, Indiana, and departed this life at his home in Robinson, Illinois, October 17, 1932, being aged 81 years and 20 days.
          His parents were Jonathan W. and Susannah Robertson Cooper, and they were also the parents of  F. J. Cooper, who came to Robinson in 1872, and resided here until his death in 1915.
          Mr. Cooper's mother died when he was eight days old, and he was taken by his mother's uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wheeler, and provided a home.
          In 1854 the father, Jonathan Cooper, married  Priscilla Wheeler, and to this union were born ten children, only one of whom surviving, Mrs. Susan Chamness, who resides near Martinsville.  Those who have preceded her in death are Joseph W. Cooper,  Mary S. Cooper,  Martha E. Umstot,  Nancy J. Everingham Arsella  or better known as  Della Ferguson,  Nette Dickinson,  Rachel Cooper,  Thomas W., and  Edward Cooper.
          In 1872 the Cooper family moved from Clark to Crawford county, and in 1882 came to Robinson, Illinois.  Jonathan and Priscilla Cooper, and two of their daughters, Mrs. Nancy Everingham and Rachel, were four of the charter members at the organization of the Robinson Baptist church.
          The subject of our sketch was married in 1874 to Mary Elvina Bishop.  She died the following year, leaving a daughter who only lived a few months.  In 1878 Mr. Cooper was married to Katherine Everingham.  To this union were born three children,  John,  May  and  Fount, all who have been summoned to their eternal home.
          Mr. & Mrs. Cooper resided most of their years in and near Shelbyville, Indiana, and for over a half a century enjoyed their married life.  In September, 1927, she joined her children in their heavenly home.  A short time later Mr. Cooper came to Robinson to reside, and in the fall of 1928 was married to  Mrs. Emma Cooper.  For four years this couple have ministered to each other's comfort, and no one ever received more tender care than was given by Aunt Emma to Uncle Newt in his long illness.  When 18 years of age Mr. Cooper united with the Baptist church at Shelbyville and as long as his strength would permit was an active worker in the Master's Kingdom.  For many years he was superintendent of the Sunday school.  When he removed to Robinson he united with the Baptist church here and was honored with the office of senior deacon.

  Boetcker's Picturesque Shelbyville, 1909

[Buried Forest Hill Cemetery].
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Indianapolis  Star
Friday, September 24, 1915
Page 4   Column 6
          SHELBYVILLE -- Word has been received here of the death of  John Cooper,  41 years old, at Reno, Nev.  He was a soldier in the Spanish-American war.  He went West a short time ago after contracting tuberculosis.  He is survived by a brother and a sister,  Thomas Cooper  and  Mrs. George Phillips,  both of this city.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Tuesday, April 2, 1907
Page 1 column 7
Aged and Well-Known Resident of This City
Passed Away at Two O'clock A.M.
Had Been Prominent in Public Affairs of County
For Many Years --- Held Offices
          Quietly and peacefully, so gradually that in fact the watchers at the bedside scarcely knew when the dissolution came, the Hon. Edmund Cooper passed away this morning at two o'clock at his home on south Harrison street. For several days his death had been expected. The slow, insidious decay of senility had at last over- come the rugged iron constitution that had weathered the attacks of many seasons.  The Hon. Mr. Cooper, one of our best known citizens, was just entering his eighty-ninth year.  He was born in Bottertapp(sic) county, Virginia, March 19, 1819. He was the son of  Edmund and Mary Cooper, natives of Virginia and Pennsylvania, respectfully.  Shortly after the birth of the child which had developed into the man who now lies dead in this city, the family moved to Indiana, settling in Washington county.  Living but a short time in that locality, they moved to Hendricks county, near where Edmund Cooper grew to manhood.  He was reared on a farm and early chose agriculture as his life-work. At this he was eminently successful.  His early educational advantages were limited, as were those of the great majority of the children of that time.  For the lack of early training Mr. Cooper, however, never suffered, as he was a careful and intelligent observer, and his love for reading fully compensated for any disadvantages under which he labored in his early days.  During the last six years he has been blind, but in spite of this disability he was at the time of his death one of the best posted men in the county on current news and general topics of the day.  He received several newspapers daily and to him each day his loving wife read the contents of the printed page which his eyes could no longer scan.  In 1847, Mr. Cooper came to Shelby county and settled in Noble township.  After two years of residence here he removed to Iowa, but returned to Noble township in 1850.  His public record is a clean and honorable one.  Beginning his career as a justice of the peace, he was later elected county commissioner, which office he held for two terms.  In 1880 he was chosen to represent Shelby county in the General Assembly and while a member of that body discharged his duties in a manner creditable to himself and satisfactory to his constituency.  He has been a lifelong democrat, and was ever ready to land a helping hand in the battles for political supremacy.  On his return from Iowa he engaged in farming again.  In 1875 he retired from active life and moved to Shelbyville, where he has since resided.
          He has been married twice.  His marriage to Miss Margaret Vanpelt  was solemnized in 1848.  To them were born several children, three of whom survive.  These are  Squire J. Cooper and  W. J. Cooper, of Des Moines, Iowa, and  Mrs. Laura M. Thompson, of this city.  Eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren trace their lineage to Mr. Cooper.  His first wife died in 1874 and 1876 he was married to Miss Harriet E. Stockton.  This second companion of his sorrows and his joys survives to mourn his death.  Short funeral services will be held at eleven o'clock, the Rev. G. Jensen officiating.  At one o'clock Friday afternoon services will be held at the Waldron M. E. church by the Rev. Robert J. Watts.  Interment will be in the Vanpelt cemetery in Noble township.  D. B. Wilson & Son are in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Wednesday January 30, 1907
Page 1 column 7
          William Cooper died at his home in Mt. Auburn this afternoon at one o'clock, from a complication of diseases, at the age of sixty-six years.
          Mr. Cooper had been ill for some time and his death was not unexpected.  The deceased was an old soldier, and in politics a staunch democrat.
          He is survived by a widow and seven children.
[Buried Mt. Auburn Cemetery]
Contributed by Barb Huff

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