The Cooper family is of noble English decent. The name derives from
the trade of making and repairing barrels, casks, etc.
It will take time before we locate all the ancestors that will complete the link back to England but we will
someday. As of this date, we have solid links going back to Washington A. Cooper who was born in
Georgia around 1798. The census dates vary so the exact date is unknown. Hopefully, with continued
research, we will discover the exact date of his birth and his parent's names.
In the 1850 Federal Census, for Holmes County, Florida, it is written that Washington was a Millwright.
The fact that Washington was a Millwright might be the reason that he and his son's family moved, in the
mid 1800s, to the Milton area of Florida because of the booming timber industry in that area. We do know
that John Jordan Cooper and some of his sons had some involvement in the timber industry. The fact that
their land surrounded part of a basin off the Blackwater River would have made it easy for them to enter logs
into the water and float them up or down river to the nearest mill for processing.
Although some of the family members have moved to different parts of the country, the majority
of our family still lives in west Florida where our ancestor, John Jordan Cooper, put down roots a 152 years
ago. Since his time, when farming and logging was our family’s primary means of survival, our family
members have branched out into many professions: accountants, airline attendants, artist, carpenters,
entrepreneurs of many types, government employees, locomotive engineers, military, ministers, paramedical
professionals, physicians, plumbers, poets, preacher, priest, professional speakers, professors, taxidermist,
teachers, technicians, writers, and many more. To date, I have collected the names of over 1672 family
members and the number continues to grow.
It is my hope, that by compiling the genealogy of our family, through diligent research of documents, recording
the stories that have been past down and the annual Cooper Family reunion, we will honor our ancestors and keep
them alive in our hearts.