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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Clarence S. Cooper,6 South 43 West

Clarence cash-claimed a quarter in 14 and 15, 5 1/2 South, 43W in 1910.
James L. Cooper married Malissa A Ferguson December 27, 1871 in La Salle County, Illiniois.
Clarence S. Cooper is in 1880 Livingston County, Illinois, with parents James 40 and Angeline 26. Melvina is 7, Ray William is 6, Charles D. is 5, and Clarence is 3.

J.L. Cooper has a tombstone in Burt Township, Kossuth County, Iowa, # 24807042.

In 1885 Kossuth County, Iowa, Angeline M. Cooper is a washerwoman, 29, born in Michigan, married but no spouse. Clarence S. is 8 and Laura A. is 1.
In 1900 Algona, Kossuth County, A.M. Cooper born Mar 1855 in Michigan, widowed, five children - all living - is a housekeeper. Laura Cooper, June 1883 Iowa, is at school.
Angeline M. Cooper is a housekeeper in 1905 Algona, Iowa, 50, born in Michigan.
In 1910 Algona, Angeline is widowed, seven children, five stil living, "own income"


Malissa Angeline probably was the daughter of Charles Ferguson 1819-1879 and Amy Allen - 1814-1899
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Galen Eastman Ferguson was born at Coopersville, Mich. on July 23, 1853 and died at his home in Creighton, Nebraska May 20, 1914. He was sixty years and 10 months of age. He was first married in 1878 and there was born to this union seven children, five of which have departed this life. In 1890 he was married at Neligh, Nebr. to the present Mrs. Ferguson. They came to Creighton, February, 1901, where he has made his home since. He had been failing in health for a long time. About March 1st he was overtaken by this last sickness being confined to his bed for more than seven months. Early in life he united with the Christian church. Later about 1894 he united with the Wesleyan Methodist Church. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and two daughters, Mrs. Mickleson of Lynch and Mrs. Charles Noyer of Creighton. There also remains two sisters, Mrs. Peterson of Lynch and Mrs. Cooper of Algona, Iowa. ...The Creighton Liberal 28 May 1914

In 1920 Malissa Cooper, 66, is with son Charles- a truck farmer - 43 in Jasper County, Illinois.

Clarence S. Cooper's tombstone in Boyd County, Nebraska # 51631751 says
"CO. E - 2 NEB.INF. - SP.AM.WAR "
"Cooper, Clarence S - died April 29,1929 - married Eliza Alford - buried Alford Cem"
"Cooper, Eliza Alford Collins - born Nov 16,1887 - died Sept 24,1977 - dau of William Alford and Eleanor - married Harvey L Collins and Clarence S Cooper - buried Alford Cem - had three children 1st and two children 2nd - Archie LeRoy, Hazel Eleanor,Lloyd Alford, Lucine, Lucille"

In 1900 Clarence is in Cedar County, Nebraska, born January 1877 in Illinois, a laborer, living with August, a shoemaker, and Agnes Forester.

In 1910 Custer County, Nebraska, Clarence is farming, 33, married to Lillian, 27 Iowa. They hava "servant" Herman T. Borchart, 60 widowed, born in Germany (possibly Lillian's father?)
In 1920 Boyd County, Nebraska, Clarence and Lillian are farming, with Louise A. 9 and Anna Laura 7.
Ray W. Cooper (must be a brother) is also in Boyd County in 1920, 46, born in Illinois, a plasterer, a nephew of Mary J. Peterson, 70, born in MIchigan., widowed.
In 1937 Ray was living on North 16th street in Omaha, sending a letter to Mrs. H.A. Doland of Colfax, Iowa.
Laura sent a postcard in 1921 from Pasadena California to Mrs. Mary Peterson of Lynch, Nebraska.

Melvina E. Cooper was born August 9, 1872 at Freedom, La Salle County to James L. Cooper and Angeline Ferguson.
Bessie E. (Johnson) Henninger died June 25, 1947, daughter of Monroe Johnson, born at Ellisville Illinois, and Melvina Cooper, born at Danville Illinois, had Melvina Sept 10, 1888 at Champaign Illinois.
This is probably not Clarence's sister - she would have been too young for the 1884 marriage to Monroe Johnson.
Charles might have been married in 1930 Jasper County, Illinois, with Jessie - both 54 and Jessie's daughters Eloise Hamilton 16 and Velma Hamilton 14. Jessie's husband Willlliam A. Hamilton , 1870-1925 is buried atTodd Cemetery, Jasper County.



Mary J. Ferguson, daughter of Charles and Amy Ferguson, was born February 1849 in Wright, Ottawa, Michigan. She was the third in a family of six children. Between 1855-1860 her family moved from Michigan to Davenport, Scott, Iowa. By 1870 the family had moved again to Serena, LaSalle, Illinois. Mary also moved to Serena and was living next door to her parents and a few houses from relatives of her future husband, Alva. Mary and Alva M Peterson were married on Aug 7, 1872 in Serena. They had one daughter, Amy Elizabeth, born Jun 11, 1874 in Serena. After Amy was born they headed west. In 1880 they were living in Liberty, Montgomery, Kansas with Alva's mom. By 1885 they had traveled to Verdigris, Antelope, Nebraska. Mary outlived her husband who died in 1893 in Bush, Boyd, Nebraska. A pension claim was filed in Feb 1894. In 1900 Mary was living in Lynch, Boyd, Nebraska with Francis and Lydia Zike, relatives of Mary's future son-in-law. By 1904 she owned her own land in Bush. In 1910 she was living in Lynch, Boyd, Nebraska with her daughter Amy and her family where she was still living in 1920. Residing with them in 1920 was Mary's nephew, Ray W. Cooper, son of Mary's sister, Malissa Angeline Ferguson Cooper. Mary died after 1920 probably in Lynch.

Herman J. Borchardt, 71, is in Custer County in 1920, a railroad laborer.

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