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)
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.
m. 8 February 1877, Austin, Travis County, Texas Alice Olive Townsend
b. 5 December 1852, Jackson Parish, Louisiana
d. 23 June 1908, Austin, Travis County, Texas
Children with Alice Olive Townsend:
W. J., Jr.
He lived in Jefferson and Dearborn counties in Indiana, before emigrating in 1852. He was mustered into the Confederate Army, Company G, 6th Texas Infantry Regiment, in 1861. He was wounded several times and was in a federal prison camp. He studied photography and sold slides for stereoscopic viewers.