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Eli Franklin Cooper

Male 1859 - 1938  (79 years)


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  • Name Eli Franklin Cooper 
    Born 7 Feb 1859  Irwinville, Irwin, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 2E1ABC1215CA11D782E700047586F39BD3D7 
    Died 11 Dec 1938  Mesa, Maricopa, Az Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 13 Dec 1938  Mesa, Maricopa, Az Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I63  Linder-Hood
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2018 

    Father Eli Cooper,   b. 31 Aug 1825, Montgomery Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1909, Altoona, Lake Co., FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Martha Elizabeth Mcewen,   b. 15 Jun 1827, Monroe Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1908, Seneca, Lake Co., FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 5 Jan 1845  Randolph Co., Ga. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 52D3E47201F88D4B89B67AF5B03EBE05AB7A 
    Family ID F67  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Martha Annie Telitha Elizabeth "Lizzie" Pattison,   b. 7 Jul 1873, Blakley, Early, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1964, Mesa, Maricopa, Az Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 14 Sep 1892  Seneca, Lake, FL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 2BEF643DAFB87A43B10C1A80BB3CD2ABAA64 
    Children 
     1. Mentie Emma Cooper,   b. 21 Jun 1893, Seneca, Lake, Florida, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1936, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     2. Libbie Elsie Cooper,   b. 1 Sep 1901, Seneca, Lake, FL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1969, Cedar City, Iron, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     3. Clara Catherine Cooper,   b. 4 Jul 1909, Mesa, Maricopa, Az Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1981, Kingman, Mohave, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     4. Nellie May Cooper
    Last Modified 21 May 2018 03:52:48 
    Family ID F20  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mirinda Caroline Murray,   b. 26 Nov 1866, Houston CO, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1890  (Age 23 years) 
    Married 9 Nov 1882  Messina, Orange, Florida, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 79BDC604A012844D82E89DDEB77B864161D4 
    Children 
     1. James Eli Cooper,   b. 22 Aug 1883, Seneca, Lake, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1918, Quitman, Brooks, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     2. Elbert Cleveland Cooper,   b. 17 Sep 1884, Seneca Lake, Fla. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1886, Seneca Lake, Fl Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     3. Thomas Jefferson Cooper,   b. 13 Dec 1888, Seneca, Lake, Florida, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1936, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    Last Modified 21 May 2018 03:52:48 
    Family ID F68  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Dec 1938 - Mesa, Maricopa, Az Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 13 Dec 1938 - Mesa, Maricopa, Az Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Eli Franklin Cooper's Bible & Family History Records
      in possession of Nellie May Cooper Rogers
      748 South Horne St., Mesa, Arizona 85204


      1900 US Census Seneca, Lake Co., Florida
      https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M367-FZP
      R W Patterson Head M Nov 1848 52 Married 3yrs GA GA GA
      Georgie S Patterson Wife F Dec 1861 39 Married 3yrs 10 7 FL GA GA
      Aldon C Patterson Son M Aug 1898 2 Single FL GA FL
      Walter A Patterson Son M Nov 1899 6m Single FL GA FL
      Guy O Tucker Stepson M Mar 1882 18 Single FL GA FL
      Effie E Tucker Stepdau F Apr 1888 12 Single FL GA FL
      Eva L Tucker Stepdau F Jul 1890 10 Single FL GA FL
      May E Tucker Stapdau F May 1891 8 Single FL GA FL
      Joseph R Tucker Stepdau M Jul 1894 6 Single FL GA FL

      Next door

      1900 US Census Seneca, Lake Co., Florida
      https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M367-F89
      Eli F Cooper Head M Feb 1859 41 Married 8yrs GA AL GA
      T E. Cooper Wife F Jul 1873 20 Married 8yrs GA GA AL
      James E Cooper Son M Aug 1883 16 Single FL GA GA
      Thomas J Cooper Son M Dec 1888 11 Single FL GA GA
      Mentie Cooper Dau F Jun 1893 6 Single FL GA GA

      Next door

      1900 US Census Seneca, Lake Co., Florida
      https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M367-F8W
      Eli Cooper Head M Aug 1826 73 Married 54yrs AL SC SC
      Elizabeth Cooper Wife F Jun 1828 71 Married 54yrs GA GA NC
      Lowry Frank A Boarder M Apr 1865 35 Single NC NC NC

      Read the notes of Telitha Elizabeth Pattison
      for some of Eli Franklin's history.

      Florida
      By Nellie Cooper Rogers
      They were said to have arrived in Orange County (now Lake County) in
      December about 1860.
      When Eli Franklin was a baby his parents moved to Florida to improve
      their financial condition. They had heard of the citrus boom in Florida and
      had heard much about gathering "gold" from trees. When they reached Florida
      their draft animals gave out. They also found to get an orange grove one had
      to fill out papers and file them on the land with the government, clear it. When
      that was done, they had to then buy young orange trees at a high price, plant
      them and then wait several years before they began to yield. They were
      discouraged.

      My grandmother's (Martha) brothers, Jim and John McEwen had made the
      trip to Florida with them, but when they found it wasn't going to be very easy
      to get their "gold", they decided to return to where they came from (where that
      is, we do not really know). When their draft animals gave out, Eli and Martha
      could not go back nor could they go on. So, they took up land and cleared the
      land. That means they cut the trees down and they also had to cut and clear the
      undergrowth brush so they could build a house and sheds for the animals as
      well as to clear enough land to plant crops. Eli quickly built a small cabin of
      logs with a clay fireplace on which they cooked.

      Frontier Life
      By Nellie Cooper Rogers
      Like all the other frontier families, they raised their own food. Eli Franklin,
      their son, remembers that their food consisted of corn pone made from home
      ground corn. Corn pone is kind of like the cornbread we eat now, only it was
      made with more coarsely ground corn flour and therefore the bread was heavier.
      The family raised their own corn.
      They also grew turnips, cabbage, beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, "cow peas"
      (black eyed peas), turnips and other vegetables that were the main things they ate.
      They also found that the heart of the small palms that grew thick at the edge of the
      swamp made a delectable vegetable. It was called wild palm. The tender leaves, or
      the center of the palm was a white color. This was gathered and made into a
      delicious dish of what they called "Swamp Cabbage". It was fixed as we fix cabbage
      now with a nice piece of pork to season it. There also were wild berries from the
      woods and swamps that they gathered.
      The family often found wild honey in the woods, and they also made molasses
      or syrup from the juice of the sugar cane that they raised. For meat, they raised
      their own pigs and cows and chickens.
      They had whatever wild game the woods provide such as deer and bear and also
      wild turkey. Deer and bear could be found almost anywhere and were hunted most
      of the year. Hunting was one of the favorite pastimes of the men and everyman had
      his hunting hounds.
      The land that Eli and Martha lived on in Orange County, Florida was partly
      cultivated and part of it was open forest and scrub. Scrub was land upon which grew
      an undergrowth sometimes as high as a man's head. It was beautiful country with
      forest on every side, with cultivated spots here and there, but most of it was
      primitive forest. Eli's property was said to be near a lake, and there are so many
      lakes in Orange County, (now named Lake County) it is very probably true.

      The Mormon Missionaries
      by Ruth Hood Linder
      In Florida about 1900 two Mormon missionaries came to the door of Eli and Telitha Cooper's home during a rainstorm. They were soaked to the skin. Grandma had them come in and get by the fire to dry and get warm. They then began to teach her about the gospel. Later Telitha laid a pallet of bedding down on the floor for them to sleep on. A little later grandpa Eli came in from the woods where he had been chasing his cows to make sure they had not wandered off. Grandma Telitha was very excited about the gospel and began to tell him she knew it was true because it was like her mother had always taught her. Grandpa Eli said "Do you know who they are? They are MORMONS!" The Mormons during this time were hated and could even get shot in the south even in Florida. Grandma said, "I don't care who they are, I know what they are saying is true." The missionaries from this time forth began to give lessons to Telitha. Eli was in the room but did not participate. Then Telitha decided she was ready for baptism. She was taken to the river to be baptised but guess what? Eli was the first one into the water to be baptised!