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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
for about a year at Johnson's island, when
he was exchanged and returned to service.
buring his entire term of service he enjoyed
only two short furloughs and was killed at
Raymond in battle near Jackson, Mississippi,
in 1863. Colonel John C. Brown, late Governor
of Tennessee, in speaking of him, says:
'" No braver man was in the service than lhe."
He was leading his men on to victory, having
himself just taken two prisoners, and the
company many more, when he was shot in the
breast by the enemy, and only lived about
two hours. They were led into ambush and
were hating a hand to hand encounter. Two
of his company, who saw him fall, ran to his
relief, one on either side, and both were instantly
killed, falling each way dead over
him. His age, at death, was thirty-five years.
During life he attended the Presbyterian
Church, in which faith he was reared, although
he was not a member of the church. His
father, grandfather of our subject, Robert 0.
Cooper, served as County Clerk for Lewis
county. for over twenty years. He had a
remarkable memory, and was one of the best
read men in the State. He had ten sons and
five grandsons in the Confederate army, of
whom five of the former lost their lives in
the service, four of the others returned home
wounded, and only one of the ten escaped
unhurt. In addition to the ten sons in the
army, Mr. Cooper had one son physically
unable to go into the army, and three daughters,
and reared his fourteen children to maturity.
This honored gentleman died at the
age of ninety-four. The maiden name of
his wife was Cooper, but she was no connection,
a native of Iowa, of Irish extraction,
her grandparents being natives of Ireland,
'who settled in South Carolina on coming to
this country. Our subject's mother, Louise
Clementine was one of four daughters born
to Robert 0. Smith, while her father was a
nephew of Robert 0. Cooper, our subject's
grandfather. The mother was reared by her
maternal grandfather, who was d Baptist in
religion. Owing to her training she inclined
to the same faith and was noted for her sweet
and kind disposition, being one of the .most
amiable of women. So strong was the attachment
between her husband and herself that she
never recovered from the shock of his death,
although she survived him until 1867, when
she died. She possessed many of the sweet
and loving attributes of the wife, mother and
neighbor, aud so strongly were her acquaintances
impressed by this fact that they were
all her friends.
Our subject is the oldest of five children,
two of whom were twins that died in infancy,
those living, being: Mary Belle, wife of W.
S. Leake, of Georgetown: Robert T. Cooper,
who married Miss Corinna Taylor, and is the
collector in the First National Bank, and our
subject. The last was educated in his native
State, and after finishing he engaged
as clerk in the Chancery's Clerk's office for
about two years, during which time he did a
great deal of writing necessary in such a
capacity. He then came to Texas, January,
1876, and taught school in Williamson county
for seven months, being very successful. In
spite of his success in the work, he felt that
lie was better suited for other things, so engaged
as clerk at Round Rock for Captain
J. C. S. Marrow. He came to Georgetown
in 1877, and in April of that year started his
paper, The Williamson County Sun, to which
he gave the present name. Since that time
he has been the editor and publisher with the
exception of the year 1891-'92. This paper
has a circulation of 1,500, and has been the
official paper of the county and city for many
years. The success of the paper has been
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