Monday, January 18, 2016

Joseph Alexander Cooper..

Joseph Alexander Cooper.

Birth: Nov. 25, 1823, Whitley County, Kentucky.
Death: May 20, 1910, Stafford County, Kansas.

Civil War Union Brevet Major General. After serving in the Mexican War, he took part in politics as an anti-secessionist and when Tennessee seceded from the union, he moved to Kentucky and joined the Union as a Captain in the 1st Tennessee Infantry. After being in combat in some engagements in Tennessee, he was commissioned Colonel of the 6th Tennessee and took part in the Battles of Stone's River, Chickamauga and the Chattanooga Campaign. In 1864, he was promoted Brigadier General, commanded a brigade at the Battle a Jonesborough, at the Franklin and Nashville Campaigns and during the advance on Bentonville. For his service during the war, he was brevetted Major General of US Volunteers and left the Army in 1866. After the war, he was briefly in politics and was a Internal Revenue collector for ten years before moving to Kansas to engage in farming.

Parents: John Cooper (1780 - 1854), Hester Sage Cooper (1793 - 1878).

Wife: Mary J. Cooper.

Married 1877.

Children: William Riley Cooper (1847 - 1926),  George R., Daniel B., Carla L., .Jonathan L., Sally A. Cooper Adopted Daughter  Hattie Kindle.

Siblings: Ephraim Cooper (1817 - 1864).
Mahulda Lindsay (1819 - 1886).
Mahala Cooper Jackson  (1822 - 1891).
Joseph Alexander Cooper (1823 - 1910).
Sylvester Cooper (1826 - 1919).
William P. Cooper (1829 - 1903).
Fountain Cooper (1831 - 1904).
Lindsey Cooper (1833 - 1916).
M. L. Cooper (1835 - 1908).

Burial: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.

Mr. Cooper came to Stafford County Kansas in 1881, Settled in section 28 of Cleveland township,  He was a Farmer owning 160 acres, His post office address was St. John, Kansas. 

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