Biographical Sketch of Jeremiah C. Cooper

Jeremiah C. Cooper, farmer; P. O. Hutton; was born in Franklin Co., N. C., April 25, 1786, being now 93 years of age, hale and hearty; he remained with his parents up to the age of 21, working upon farms in the neighborhood, when he purchased a farm in Randolph Co., N. C., and lived there until 1841, when he came to Coles Co., and on April 22 of same year purchased the farm on Sec. 24, upon which he has ever since resided. While living in Randolph Co. he was elected Sergeant of the 18t Regt. of North Carolina Militia, and was promoted to Orderly Sergeant of the regiment, then Ensign or 2d Lieutenant, and then elected Captain, and from that to Colonel, which position he however would not accept on account of the expense attached to it; be was Justice of the Peace for fifteen years (appointed by both branches of the State Legislature), and retained the same up to his removal to Coles Co. in 1841. He has been married three times; his first wife was Miss McDelaney Wakehaster, whom he married April 15, 1809; she died in May, 1846; they had ten children; five boys-Jesse, born April 23, 1813; John, Sept. 6, 1818; Larkin, June 3, 1820; Frank, June 11, 1826; Henry L., Dec. 25, 1828; and five girls, four living – Fanny, born Feb. 7, 1810; Neety, Dec. 18, 1823; Mary, Aug. 30, 1831; Susan, born in 1816, and one that died in infancy; he married his second wife, Miss Tabitha Hulen (widow of Darius Whipple), February, 1847; she died Dee. 16, 1853; they had four children, three living – Eveline, born Dec. 20, 1847; Bird M., June 6, 1851; Alexander, June 22, 1853; one died, Jeremiah T., born May 15, 1849, died Aug. 21, 1878; he married his third wife, Miss Mary M. Marrs (widow of Isaac Flinn,) Sept. 1, 1857; she died Feb. 5, 1875; they had one child, Hezekiah, born June 17, 1858, died March 30, 1871.



Chapman Brothers Portrait and biographical album of Coles County, Illinois Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887.

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