Tag Archives: Harness

William Cooper

William Cooper
b. 14 February 1832, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana
d. 1907, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas

m/3. about 1869, Kentucky
Elizabeth (Murphey) Harness
b. 18 April 1846, Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky
d. 11 January 1911, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas

Children with Elizabeth (Murphey) Harness:
• Charles E. (1870-1935)
• Orah E. (b. ca. 1872)
• Elvira Jane (1873-1947)
• William, Jr. (b. ca. 1880)
• Anna B. (1884-1942)
• Ira (1887-1962)
• twin girls (b. ca. 1889-died shortly aft. birth)

William, a farmer, took his family by covered wagon from Indiana to Kansas, arriving in Neosho Falls on Christmas Day 1883. The wagon was drawn by two pair of oxen, of which Buck and Bright were his favorite pair. Horses were not used to pull such wagons because they required too much food, and mules were often too difficult to handle.

Submitted by:
Mary F. Peek McBride
Huntsville AL

William Townsend

William Townsend
b. 14 February 1832, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana
d. 1907, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas

m. about 1869, Kentucky
Elizabeth (Murphy) Harness
b. 18 April 1846, Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky
d. 11 January 1911, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas

Children with Elizabeth (Murphy) Harness:

  • Charles E. (1870-1935)
  • Orah E. (b. ca. 1872)
  • Elvira Jane (1873-1947)
  • William Cooper, Jr. (b. ca. 1880)
  • Anna B. (1884-1942)
  • Ira (1887-1962)

William and Elizabeth had twin girls, born about 1889, who died soon after birth. William Cooper, a farmer, took his family by covered wagon from Indiana to Kansas, arriving in Neosho Falls on Christmas Day 1883. The wagon was drawn by two pair of oxen, of which Buck and Bright were his favorite pair. Horses were not used to pull such wagons because they required too much food, and mules were often too difficult to handle.

Submitted by:
Mary F. Peek McBride
Huntsville AL

Charles E Cooper

Charles E Cooper
b. 17 March 1870, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, to William and Elizabeth (Harness) Cooper
d. 11 September 1935, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas

m. 7 October 1908, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas
Virtie Ann Rains
b. 3 April 1882, Dallas County, Missouri
d. 4 January 1931, Woodson County, Kansas

Children with Virtie Ann Rains:

  • Flossie Florence (b. 1911) married Walter Sherman Peek
  • Fred Elven (b. 1914)
  • Carl Doren

Charles emigrated from Howard County, Indiana, to Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas, in 1882. He walked behind the covered wagon driving livestock when his family migrated to Kansas. Although his father owned two sets of oxen, the boy’s favorites were Buck and Bright. His daughter, Flossie Florence, said that her father had told her that when his shoes wore out from all the walking, his parents had to wrap his feet in burlap sacks to keep them from freezing. The family arrived in Neosho Falls, Kansas, on Christmas Day, 1883.

Submitted by:
Mary F. Peek McBride
Huntsville AL