Biography of Sampson Cooper
Marion County, IA Biographies





Sampson Cooper, deceased, was for many years a well known and representative farmer of Union township and when he passed away, when about seventy one years of age, his death was deeply deplored by many of his friends and neighbors. He was born in North Carolina on the 12th of December, 1835, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Cooper. His parents, however, died when he was but a small boy and he always had to make his own way in the v orld from that time forward. He cast his lot with Iowa's pioneer settlers at an early period in the development and progress of the state. His attention was given to farm work until after the outbreak of the Civil war, when his patriotic spirit was aroused and prompted his enlistment for service at the front. He joined Company E, Sixth Iowa Infantry, and was honorably discharged at Springfield, Missouri, on account of ill health, after which he returned to his home.

It was on the 8th of December, 1862, that Mr. Cooper was united in marriage to Miss Lydia M. Goodwin, a native of Indiana and a daughter of Vinson and Elizabeth (Empson) Goodwin. The father came to Iowa in 1850 and developed the farm in Union township, on which Mr. and Mrs. Cooper lived. Mr. Goodwin remained in Marion county to the time of his death, being classed with its representative citizens and progressive farmers. Here he reared his family, which numbered five children, two of whom are yet living. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Cooper were born six children, the eldest, who died in infancy; Mary E., also deceased; W. V.; G. G., a resident of Nebraska; Carl W., who has departed this life; and Cora, the wife of Clark Stewart, of Buxton, Iowa.

Mr. Cooper followed the occupation of farming and brought his land under a high state of cultivation, while annually he gathered good harvests as a reward for the care and labor which he bestowed upon the fields. He passed away on the 28th of August, 1906. Mrs. Cooper owns one hundred acres of land in Union township and a fine residence in Hamilton. She has a wide acquaintance in this county and her circle of friends is almost coextensive therewith. She and her husband traveled life's journey together for almost forty five years and his death came as an irreparable loss to his family.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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