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HESTER ANN ROE VAUGHN  was born May 07, 1815 in Kentucky, and died April 07, 1881 in Chalk Level, St. Clair Co., MO. She married REV. LARKIN WARNER COOPER July 07, 1836 in Nicholasville, Jessamine Co., Kentucky, son of JOHN COOPER and NANCY LARKIN. He was born May 22, 1813 in Kentucky, and died August 17, 1891 in Appleton City, St. Clair Co., MO.


Larkin and Hester lived in Kentucky until 1850, moving to Bloomington, Whiteside Co., Illinois. 

They moved to a farm near Gallatin, Missouri (Daviess County) in 1854.  In 1863, they moved to Clay County Missouri near Barry - about 8 miles Northeast of Kansas City.  L.W. was in the Confederate Army by then.

In 1869, they moved to Henry County Missouri near Montrose.  They were members of the Teays Chapel Methodist Church and at death were buried in the Teays Chapel Cemetery.



Larkin Cooper and Hester Vaughn - July 07, 1836, Nicholasville, Jessamine Co., Kentucky


Children of Larkin Cooper and Hester Vaughn are:
Sarah Elizabeth Cooper


Born before 1845 in Nicholasville, KY.  She married John K. Truitt March 29, 1859 in Daviess Co., MO.

Amanda Malvinia Cooper


Born Bet. 1845 - 1847 in KY; died Bet. 1870 - 1872.  She married Thomas Mann January 25, 1866 in Clay Co., MO.

Rice Harris Cooper  

Born June 18, 1848 in Nicholasville, Jessamine Co., KY; died September 21, 1935 in Moberly, Randolph Co.,  MO.  He married (1) Mary F. Currell February 16, 1869 in Clay Co., MO; born September 09, 1850; died October 22, 1869 in Henry Co., MO.  He married (2) Willie Blanch Locke January 10, 1877 in Brunswick, Chariton Co.,  Missouri; born July 06, 1851 in Chariton Co., MO; died May 19, 1906 in Fayette, Howard Co., MO.

Mary Scroggin Cooper

Born June 19, 1851 in Bloomington, Whiteside Co., Illinois; died July 04, 1944 in Glidden, Carroll Co., IA.  She married Robert Henry Sapp November 16, 1873 in Montrose, Henry, MO; born January 04, 1850 in Kent, DE; died May 08, 1930 in Richland, Carroll, IA.

Martha West Cooper  

Born June 08, 1855 in Gallatin, Clay Co., Missouri; died April 18, 1937.  She married (1) Theo Wilson; born 1849; died 1937.  She married (2) Granville Baxter Rhodes.

Emma Wirt Cooper  

Born June 08, 1855 in Gallatin, Daviess County, Missouri; died February 21, 1945.  She married (1) William Edwin Short 1876; born about 1844 in Missouri; died February 18, 1884 in Osceola, St. Clair Co., MO.  She married (2) John Edwin Cole November 20, 1888 in St. Clair Co., Mo; born September 11, 1832 in Missouri; died May 25, 1914 in St. Clair Co., MO.

Baby Cooper

Born 1870 in Missouri.


1840 Federal Census  

Jessamine Co., KY TownshipMicrofilm Series Roll p. 219Dwelling

1850 Federal Census  

Jessamine Co., KY TownshipMicrofilm Series Roll p. 141Dwelling 451

1860 Federal Census  

Daviess Co., MO Gallatin TownshipMicrofilm Series Roll p. 551Dwelling 451

1870 Federal Census  

Henry Co., MissouriDeepwater TownshipMicrofilm Series Roll p. 247Dwelling 369

1880 Federal Census  

Henry Co., MissouriBear Creek TownshipMicrofilm Series Roll p. 28Dwelling 254



Teays Chapel Cemetery, Henry Co., MO


Cooper - My Mother, Hester A., wife of Rev. L.W. Cooper, died near Chalk Level, Mo., after a protracted illness, April 7, 1881, in the sixty-sixth year of her age. She was for a half-century a member of the Methodist Church, and was a devoted Christian of untiring fidelity. In her life the precepts and doctrines of Christ were beautifully illustrated. Of a meek and quiet spirit, ever sacrificing her own ease and comfort for the good of others, she lived without an enemy in the world, enjoying the esteem and love of all who knew her. The most prominent characteristic of her religious life was her unbounded faith in God. Amid the severest storms of sorrow and affliction she never doubted the promises of him who doeth all things well. Her death was peaceful, calm and triumphant. She bade her friends not to weep for her, but join her in praising him who had been the strength of her life, and upon whose stall she now leaned for support while passing through the valley and shadow of death. She was the mother of seven children, six of whom with her companion survive her. To us her name will ever be as sweet as perfume, while we shall cherish her memory with the tenderest affection. "Many daughters have done virtuously, but though excellest them all." R.H. Cooper