BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Colbert County, Alabama
William Cooper was a lawyer in Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama. He was born January 11, 1802, in Brunswick County, Virginia. His family moved to Nashville from Virginia in 1807 and later to Alabama.
Cooper was admitted to the bar in 1823 and practiced first at Russellville. In 1828 he moved to Tuscumbia, Alabama where he continued his practice of law. He represented the Choctaws in negotiating the Treaty of Pontotoc with the Federal government, served as bank commissioner from 1845-1847, and was a member of the Alabama Secession Convention.
William Cooper was also a planter of Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Ala., and Magnolia Plantation, Coahoma County, Miss. He traveled frequently between his home at Tuscumbia, Ala., and his plantation in Coahoma County, Miss.
William Cooper home in Tuscumbia, 2010 by photographer Carol Highsmith (Library of Congress)
He married, first, on November 12, 1824, Susan Henderson McCullock (died 1834). They had three children:
- Langston Cooper, died young;
- James Parke Cooper;
- Jane Foster Cooper (married James Pettit).
He and his second wife, Elizabeth Blocker, whom he married in 1836, had five children:
- John William Cooper;
- Susan Henderson Cooper (married W. A. Nelson);
- Sarah A. Cooper (married John Goodwin);
- Mollie R.Cooper (married Ben Winter);
- Julie Francis Cooper (married E. R. Rather).
Cooper married his third wife, Mrs. Julia Plummber Blocker, December 27, 1869. They had no children.
William Cooper died August 16, 1887 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Tuscumbia.
- William Cooper Diaries and Photograph MSS. 0357., 1864-1887, (W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama)
- Guide to the William Cooper Diaries, 1862-1886, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)
- Find a Grave memorial #68228815
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