John Louis Kopp and
Emilie Amelia Orth of Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Emilie
was the daughter of Honesdale residents Heinrich Wilhelm
Orth and Anna Margaretha Petri of Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany,
he born in Niedau and she in Steinfurth. The photo
was taken 8 February 1880, christening day of their second
child, Charlotte Caroline Kopp, seated in mother's lap.
Seated in the father's lap is their first child, my grandfather,
John Andrew Kopp.
1872 until 1890, John Louis was a Honesdale tombstone
and monument maker, during those years making many of
the cemetery stones located in the Wayne County area.
He and his eventual partner, Luther Peck, had their
tombstone business located on the spot where the Honesdale
Police Station now stands.
1890 John and Luther dissolved their partnership, whereupon
John left Honesdale and moved his family across the
river to Cochecton, New York. In Cochecton, he
continued to make tombstones until his death.
John and Emilie
came to have seven children, one dying in infancy.
The remaining six (one boy, five girls) grew up in Cochecton,
all becoming teachers at the Cochecton schoolhouse.
Photo, taken in
Cochecton, is also of John Louis Kopp, a few years before
his death in 1921