The Cooper Family

Enos M. COOPER was born about August 1818 in Madison County, Kentucky. On 11 January 1844 he married Rachel K. COOPER in Covington (Kenton County) Kentucky. Enos and Rachel’s son Benjamin Franklin COOPER was born on 22 August 1844 in Covington, (Kenton County) Kentucky. When Benjamin was about 10 or 12 years old (about 1855), Benjamin and his family moved to Cincinnati (Hamilton County) Ohio.

On 23 August 1862 Benjamin COOPER, his father Enos COOPER, and a boyhood friend John A. PITTS all enlisted in Company ’L’ of the 4th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. Enos COOPER was wounded in the right arm in battle at Middleton, Tennessee, on 22 May 1863. He was taken to the field hospital at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where typhoid fever set in and he died 25 June 1863, aged 44 years and 10 months. Enos was interred in the National Cemetery at Stone River, Tennessee. His widow, Rachel K. COOPER, applied for a widow’s pension and was granted $8.00 per month commencing 25 June 1863.

Neither Benjamin COOPER’s service record nor his pension record mention his being wounded in action. However, in answer to a question about permanent marks or scars, Benjamin lists: ’small scar left eye brow, also left side of mustache, also on thigh right leg, also on wrist of right arm, also on knee joint of left leg.’ Benjamin COOPER remained a private and was discharged on 24 June 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee.

After the war, Benjamin COOPER returned to Cincinnati, Ohio. He was married there on 22 July 1874 to Susan GRINDLE. Miss GRINDLE was born January 1841 in Ohio and her parents were both born in Pennsylvania. Two children, both boys, were born to this couple. In later life, Mr. COOPER was a Chief Inspector for the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company.

Susan GRINDLE COOPER died on 3 July 1904 at the age of 63 of cerebral apoplexy. Benjamin COOPER died on 1 November 1911 at the age of 67 of a cerebral hemorrhage. They are both buried in the Wesleyen Cemetery of Cincinnati.

Frank Pitts COOPER was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 9 November 1876, the son of Benjamin Franklin COOPER and Susan GRINDLE COOPER. He had been employed as a maintenance engineer for the Frigidaire Plant Division of General Motors of Dayton for 26 ½ years before retiring in 1951. He was a 50-year member of the Cincinnati Price Hill Lodge No 524, Free and Accepted Masons. Frank Pitts COOPER was granted two patents: #811,547 for Tubular Boilers (Feb. 1906) and #2,166,751 for a Mechanical Pencil (July 1939).

Anna Mae HARPHANT was born in Springfield, Ohio, on 2 October 1901, the daughter of William Alfred HARPHANT and Viola HUFFMAN HARPHANT. She lived with her family in Springfield until age 3 or 4 when the family moved to the Martin place just south of Springfield. Later, the family moved to the Brickle farm just north of Jamestown. She started her schooling at the Peacock School where her father attended when he was a little boy. Anna Mae HARPHANT COOPER was a member of the Clifton United Presbyterian Church, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Clifton Fire Department and the Order of the Eastern Star, Antioch Chapter 445, Yellow Springs.

On 3 March 1920, Frank Pitts COOPER and Anna Mae HARPHANT were married in Springfield, Ohio. They had five children. Frank Pitts COOPER died on 26 August 1966 of a cerebral thrombosis at the age of 89. Anna Mae HARPHANT COOPER died on 6 July 1979 at the age of 77. Both are buried in the Clifton Cemetery on the northwest corner of Clifton, Ohio.

Please check out my family tree and see if we are related. I have provided two views for you to peruse. The first is presented as a "Dynamic Family Tree". The other is in a linked sequence of Family Group Sheets.


Frank Pitts and Anna Mae Cooper, about 1920


Frank Pitts and Anna Mae Cooper, about 1945


Photo galleries

1994 Cooper family reunion in Clifton, Ohio

Pictures from the 1994 Cooper Family Reunion in
Clifton, Ohio...

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The set of linked family group sheets and the name index were created with a program written by Rob Jacob and called GedPage.

The dynamic family tree is created by a program written by Michael Horey and called DFTCom (Dynamic Family Tree Compiler)

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