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Rev. Larkin Warner Cooper was born May 22, 1813 in Kentucky, and died August 17, 1891 in Appleton City, St. Clair Co., MO.  He married (1) Hester Ann Roe Vaughn July 07, 1836 in Nicholasville, Jessamine Co., Kentucky, daughter of William Vaughn and Sarah Spindle.  She was born May 07, 1815 in Kentucky, and died April 07, 1881 in Chalk Level, St. Clair Co., MO.  He married (2) Sarah Narcissa Brown August 28, 1884 in Lineville, Wayne Co., IA, daughter of James Brown and Eliza Sullivan.  She was born September 05, 1844 in Mercer, Mercer Co., MO, and died January 09, 1899 in Silver Lake, Shawnee, KS.


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

Juanita has his license to preach - "The license of L.W. Cooper as a local preacher in the M.E. Church is hereby renewed.  Done by Quarterly Meeting Conference of the Mt. Pleasant Circuit, Bloomington District, Illinois Conference.  Hurley's Grove, September 3, 1853.  S. Shinn, P.C., President pro tem." 

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.

Pastor at Bloomington.


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

Larkin Cooper and Sarah Brown -  August 28, 1884, Lineville, Wayne Co., IA (unverified if this is our Larkin)


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.

Children of Larkin Cooper and Sarah Brown are:
Larkin W. Cooper


Born Bet. 1884 - 1891; died 1926.  He married Minnie Elizabeth McCutcheon; born January 05, 1888 in Floyd Co., IN; died August 10, 1955.

Louisa W. Cooper


Born 1881; died 1881.


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


Served Illinois  Enlisted C Co. 68th Inf Reg. IL

Mustered Out at Camp Butler, Springfield, IL on 26 September 1862 

Larkin   Cooper
Enlist DateEnlist PlaceEnlist RankEnlist Age
30 May 1862  Priv  

Source: Illinois: Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men



Teays Chapel Cemetery, Henry Co., MO


Appleton City Journal, August 20, 1891 - St. Clair Co., Missouri


"Death of Rev. Cooper"

Last Sunday Rev. L.W. Cooper, a superannuated minister of the Missouri Conference of the M.E. Church (South), died at his residence 4 miles west of town.

The deceased was born in Kentucky May 22d, 1813.  Early in life he graduated in medicine.  Transylvania University, of Lexington, KY., honored him with a diploma.  Believing that he was called of God to enter the ministry he leaves the medical profession and enters upon the duties of an ambassador of Christ, determined to give his life to the work.

In 1851 he moved to Illinois, from there he came to Missouri in '54.  Two years ago he retired from active service, after having filled some prominent places in his church.  He then purchased the home where he died.  Fifteen years of his ministry were spent in the presiding eldership of the St. Joseph District.  A son is now presiding elder in the church of his father's choice.

Rev. Cooper was an educated man, being familiar with several languages.  He was a lover of books; his library valued at $700 he presented to his son in the ministry.  As a preacher he was strong in power and thought.

The funeral took place Monday morning, the services being conducted by Rev. W.F. Jones, of Appleton City M.E. Church.  The interment was at Teays Chapel, a church that he had himself served as pastor.  There in that quiet grave yard after nearly 80 years of clouds and sunshine, his body was laid to rest; while the spirit had winged its flight to the God of whom he spoke in glowing and loving terms in his dying hour.