John Cooper gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. about 1800 in England
D. January 2, 1860 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL
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  • Wife 1: Ann Cooper born in England; Ann died April 12, 1850 (See section pertaining to Ann Cooper buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Wife 2: Eliza Millard born about 1812 in Vermont; married (1) John Cooper March 28, 1851 in Lake County, IL; married (2) Abina Jones on July 20, 1860 in Lake County, IL; Eliza died November 29, 1878 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Eliza (Millard) Cooper buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children of John Cooper and Ann Cooper:
    1. Martha Cooper
    2. Elizabeth Cooper
    3. Charles Cooper
    4. Thomas Cooper born about 1831 in England
    5. Henry Cooper born about 1833 in England
    6. William J. Cooper born about 1840 in Illinois
    7. George J. Cooper born about 1843 in Illinois; George died November 18, 1863 in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY; buried in Cave Hill National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, KY; According to the “Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Detail Report”, Illinois State Archives:

“Name: Cooper, George J; Rank: Pvt; Company: B; Unit: 96 IL US Inf; Residence: Avon, Lake Co, IL; Age 19; Height: 5′ 6 1/2; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Fair; Marital Status: Single; Occupation: farmer; Nativity: IL; Joined When: Aug 9, 1862; Joined Where: Avon, IL; Joined by Whom: Salisbury; Period: 3 Yrs; Muster In: Sep 5, 1862; Muster in Where: Rockford, IL; Remarks: Died Nov 18, 1863 in Hospital in Louisville KY”

According to “The Past and Present of Lake County, IL”. Chicago: Wm Le Baron & Co. 1877. page 477:

“Cooper, George J. e. Aug. 9, 1862, died at Louisville, Ky., Nov. 10, 1863”

According to “Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Lake County”. Hon. Charles A. Partridge. Chicago. 1902., page 651:

“Died of Disease.

   Avon. – Oscar V. Douglas unassigned: Edward Craig, 12th Ill. Cavalry; John S. Ward, 37th Ill.; Alonza Miltimore, 39th Ill.; James Brown, George J. Cooper, Alfred Collins and James O’Connell, 96th Ill; Charles O. Hendee, 134th Ill.; James Trulock, 144th Ill.; Byron W. Doolittle, 153d Ill.”

According to the U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962:

“Interment in the Cave Hill, Louisville, Ky National Cemetery; To – The Quartermaster General, Washington, D. C.; Name: Cooper, George J; Rank: Pvt; Company: B; Regiment or Vessel: Number: 96, State: Ill, Arm: Inf; Date of Death: Nov 18 1863; Grave No.: 2185; Remarks: Original place of burial Louisville, Ky” 

8. John J. Cooper born May 1846 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL; lived with James and Dorothy Kapple in Avon Township in 1860; Civil War Veteran (2/6/1865 – 9/21/1865) married Celia Ann Baxter, daughter of Warren F. Baxter and Maria Baxter; by 1900 John and Celia lived in White River, Prairie County, AR; According to the Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Detail Report:

“Name: Cooper, John J; Rank: Pvt; Company: H; Unit: 153 IL US Inf; Residence: Avon, Lake, IL; Age: 18; Height: 5′ 8; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Light; Marital Status: (blank); Occupation: Farmer; Nativity: Avon, IL; Joined When: Feb 6, 1865; Joined Where: Avon, IL; Joined by Whom: E B Messer; Period: 1 Yr; Muster in: Feb 11, 1865; Muster in Where: Chicago, IL; Muster out: Sep 21, 1865; Muster out Where: Memphis, TN; Muster out by Whom: Lt Brown”

9. Albert Cooper born about 1850 in Illinois (NOTE: based on Albert not being listed on John’s probate records, he may have been deceased before 1860)

Additional Information:

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for the Town of Fremont, Lake County, IL the household members were:

“John Cooper, age 50, occupation: farmer, born in England; Thomas Cooper, age 19, occupation: farmer, born in England, Henry Cooper, age 17, occupation: farmer, born in England; William Cooper, age 10, born in Illinois; George Cooper, age 5, born in Illinois; John Cooper, age 3, born in Illinois; Albert Cooper, age 2/12, born in Illinois”

According to the Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920:

“Name: John Cooper; Gender: Male; Marriage Date: 28 Mar 1851; Marriage Place: Lake, Illinois, USA; Spouse Name: Eliza Millard; Spouse Gender: Female”

According to the Waukegan Weekly Gazette (Waukegan IL) Saturday, January 7, 1860, page 2:


In Avon, Lake Co., on Monday, the 2d inst., suddenly, of Disease of the Heart, John Cooper, Esq., proprietor of the “Lake House,” ag d 59 years.”

(NOTE: According to the “History of Lake County, Illinois” by John J. Halsey, page 126 an August 1851 letter was written by Nathan C. Geer, the editor of the Gazette and states:  “The Lake House, kept by friend Lusk, near the Lake, east of Hainesville, a pleasant place to stop at and feel at home.”)

(NOTE: According to the Waukegan Weekly Gazette (Waukegan IL) Saturday, January 24, 1852, page 3:  “Tavern Stand for Sale – The Subscriber offers for sale the Tavern Stand known as the “Lake House.” pleasantly situated, 11 miles from Waukegan, on the Lake & McHenry Plank Road, together with the ground attached.  For terms of sale, &c., apply to the Subscriber, 168 Lake st., Chicago, or to C. C. Parks, Esq, Waukegan     FRANCIS CLERK.  Chicago, Jan. 10th, 1852   3m15″)

According to the Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999:

No. 535 – County Court. Lake County, Ill. – In Probate. In the matter of the estate of “John Cooper” deceased.  “James Kapple” Administrator.
   “Petition of Eliza Cooper in the matter of the Estate of John Cooper deceased, for Letters of Administration To the Hon. John S. (illegible), Judge of the County Court of Lake County.
   The Petition of the undersigned Eliza Cooper respectfully represents that John Cooper late of Avon deceased, died at Avon in Lake County, Illinois on or about the Second day of January A.D. 1860 leaving property and effects in this County Lake leaving no last Will and Testament as far as known to and believed by this petitioner.  that said deceased left him surviving Eliza Cooper his widow and, Martha _____, Elizabeth Cooper, Charles Cooper, Thomas Cooper, Henry Cooper, William J. Cooper, George J. Cooper & John J. Cooper his children.
   Your petitioner being widow of said deceased, therefore prays that Letters of Administration when the estate of the said John Cooper deceased may be granted.  James Kapple, Waukegan, February 9, 1860
          Eliza Cooper (signed)
Lake County.             }               ss.
          Eliza Cooper
being duly sworn, deposes and says that the facts averred in the above petition are true according to the best of her knowledge, information and belief.
Sworn to and subscribed before me Jas C}
(illegible) Clerk of the County Court          }
of Lake County, this 9th                                }
day of February A. D. 1860                         }          Eliza Cooper (signed)
Jas C Biddlecorn, Clerk.

According to the Waukegan Weekly Gazette (Waukegan IL) Saturday, February 25, 1860, page 4:


PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given, that the Subscriber, Administrator of the Estate of John Cooper, deceased, will attend the County Court of Lake County, at a term thereof, to be holden at the Court House in Waukgan, in said County, on the third Monday of April next, 1860, when and where all persons having claims against said Estate, are notified and requested to present the same to said Court for Adjudication.
        JAMES KAPPLE, Administrator.
   Waukegan, Feb. 9, 1860