J. B. COOPER, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Sweetwater; was born in Portage Co., Ohio, Dec. 14, 1809; third son and fifth child of Michael and Mary (Glasgow) Cooper, who were the parents of nine children; the father was a native of Kent Co., Md., and the mother of Westmoreland Co., Penn.; they were married in 1797; in 1838, the parents came to Illinois and settled on Rock River in which is now known as Carroll Co.; in the summer of 1851, the father died; this was the same year our subject came to Illinois; he had passed is youth and early manhood in Licking Co., Ohio, assisting his father on the farm. He was married to Miss Eliza Pence, a native of Licking Co., in 1837; from this union there were three children - William, David and George; Mrs. Cooper died in the fall of 1853; Mr. Cooper was married March 27, 1854, to Miss Emily Goff; the Goffs were early settlers of this county and date their history back to its first settlement; from this union there are twelve children - Harvey E., Charles B., John E., Laura J., Eliza E., Sarah M., Robert F., Thomas H., Louis C., Ida F., Lorena and Lydia N. Mr. Cooper owns 316 acres of land, 286 of which are well improved and which he has made by his own exertions. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church; they have a nice home, pleasant family and are among Menard County's most respected citizens.