Among the late solid residents of New Jasper Township, Greene County, Mr. Cooper usually was found at his headquarters, where he had two hundred and seventy-two acres of choice land which under his careful management had undergone a thorough course of cultivation and is now the source of a comfortable income.  Without perhaps being the hero of any thrilling event, Mr. Cooper had signalized himself as an honest man and a good citizen, voted the straight Republican ticket and was one of the pillars of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  To this church his estimable wife and their children also belong.  The family is highly respected in  the community,  being numbered among its most reliable elements.

A native of Hardy County, now West Virginia, the subject of this notice was born April 29, 1829, and came with  his parents to Greene County when a lad of nine years of age.  His father, John Cooper, rented a tract of land three miles east of the present site of Xenia and lived upon this five years.  He then removed one mile further east, locating on the Janaston Pike and occupied himself as a tiller of the soil until his death.  The mother bore the maiden name of Sites.  She passed away in 1850.  Their family consisted of seven children.

Samuel Cooper resided in Xenia and Jasper Townships since coming to Greene County, and occupied himself altogether with agricultural pursuits.  He was married November 4, 1852, at the farm, ever since his home, to Miss Mary, daughter of the late George Fudge, who was likewise a pioneer settler of this county, locating in Jasper Township where he spent the remainder of his days. Mr. Fudge was born in Rockbridge County, Va., whence he removed first to Warren County, this State, and subsequently to Greene County.  Mrs. Cooper was born in Warren County, January 15, 1830.  To Mr. and Mrs. Cooper there have been born eight children, four of whom died young. The survivors are John M.; Sarah E., the wife of C. Whitmer; Nancy E., Mrs. John R. Sutton; and Clara L., the wife of Lewis B. Stingley.

Our subject and his good wife commenced their wedded life on the farm where they have since lived and which was formerly the property of Mrs. Cooper's father.  This fact increased its value to them and it is to be hoped that the old homestead will long remain in the possession of the family. The Coopers have formed no unimportant factor in the growth and development of the county and are fully worthy of representation in a work of this kind. Samuel Cooper died April 12,1890, mourned by all who knew him.

 

 Portrait and Biographical Album of Clark and Greene Counties, Chapman Bros., Chicago, published 1890