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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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SPENCER COOPER, proprietor of Cooper’s Crusher and Mining Operator, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1841. At the age of twenty, he enlisted in Company D, Thirty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Remained in active service until 1864, having re-enlisted as a veteran, in his company and regiment. He was then transferred to the navy, with which he remained until the end of the war, when he was honorably discharged in July, 1865. In December, 1865, he located near Kansas City where he carried on the lumber business until 1867, when he engaged in the manufacture of it near Lawrence, Kan. After a few years, he retired from this business and took up farm and stock-raising in Sedgwick County, Kan., which he carried on successfully until 1876, when he engaged in mining operations, and has been very successfully connected with it since. In 1866, he married Miss Margery A. Thatcher, in Parkville, Mo. She was born in Butler County, Ohio. They have a family of four sons and one daughter-Edwin, William, John, Jessie and Carrie. Mr. Cooper developed the mineral wealth of what is known as Cooper Hollow, and has been active in the general development of the industrial life of this locality. He is an active member of the Knights of Pythias society, and a member of Frank Blair Post, Grand Army of the Republic.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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