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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
History of Tompkins, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga 1879
Page 327- J. J. Cooper & Elizabeth Frank Biography
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Town of Catlin  - Chapter 51
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Catlin Homestead of Elizabeth Frank and J. J. Cooper
J. J. Cooper of Caltin
Elizabeth Frank of Catlin



was born at Southgate, England, Feb. 19, 1820, and came to America with his parents when but twelve years of age, in the "Princess Royal," an English vessel. His father first settled on Long Island, in the neighborhood of Patchogue, but subsequently removed to the town of Catlin; but the son J. J., went to Ithaca, where he learned the saddler’s and harness-maker’s trade of A. A. Standard. Soon after attaining his majority, on account of his health, he abandoned his trade, and returned to his father’s home and farm, where he assisted in agricultural labors until he became strong and robust. Then, in connection with his brother William, he "took up" a lot of wild land, which they cleared and improved. The country was then a wilderness, and the only houses were those built of logs, with huge fireplaces, that consumed wood by the cord. Coal and kerosene were unknown, and there was not a railroad in this part of the States. He afterwards sold to his brother, and purchased of Jacob Backer, Dec. 12, 1853, the farm on which he now resides.

He was married, Jan. 18, 1855, to Miss Elizabeth Frank, at Moreland, Schuyler (then Chemung) Co. Their children are as follows: Fred. B., born March 18, 1859; John R., born Feb. 15, 1861; Carrie Belle, born Feb. 5, 1869; and Fannie A., born Sept. 29, 1875.

Mr. Cooper is of the Democratic school of politics. In 1854 he was postmaster at Catlin Centre. In 1865 he was elected town clerk, and again in 1875. He has been a very successful farmer. A view of his residence, with portraits of himself and wife, may be seen on another page.

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