Alexander Cooper


ALEXANDER COOPER, an old and highly respected citizen of Knox township, of which he is a native, was born April 1, 1818. His grandfather, Henry Cooper, a native of Maryland, came to Ohio in the days of border warefare, and , making his home in Knox township, amid the forests, acquired a famous name for the heroic deeds he performed in defense of his home and those of his neighbors against the incursions of the red men. He died about 1848, leaving a family which at one time included five children. All of these are now deceased. One of his sons, John Cooper, the father of Alexander, became one of the prosperous farmers of Knox township. He was married about 1816 to Elizabeth Van Tilbury, by whom he had nine children, five of whom are living. His wife died about 1856, but he survived her for twenty years. Alexander Cooper, the subject of this mention, took up the occupation of his forefathers and has all his life been a successful farmer. He also gave much attention to boating on the river, making voyages between Empire and New Orleans. In 1850 he was married to Cassandra, daughter of Ephraim Cooper, of Knox township. To this union have been born five children: Henry, John H., Ida J., Plummer and Emma, the latter of whom is deceased. Mrs. Cooper is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he is a firm supporter. Politically, he is a staunch republican. His long life in this township, and the intimate connection of his family with its history from the first settlement, renders him a notable figure among its present worthy citizens.

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