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Cooper / Swarthout / Higgins, of NY, MI, ILL, KS
Posted by: Bonnie Silsbee (ID *****5586) Date: January 07, 2004 at 17:18:25
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I was doing more census search and found the following also on the
1880 US Census but for Penn, Cass Co. MI, pg. 265

Higgins, Amos,self, mar'd, M, wht., age 53, b. OH, laborer, f.b.OH, mb. OH
Higgins, Harriet M.,wife, mar'd.,F, wht., age 46, b.NY, keeping house, fb.NY, mb.NY
Higgins, Henry C., son, S,M,wht.,age 16, b. MI, laborer, fb. OH, Mb. NY
Higgins, Bessie M., dau., S, F, wht., age 7, b. MI, at home, fb. OH, mb. NY

1870 US Census for LaSalle Co., Deer Park, ILL

Higgins, Amos C., head, age 47, M, wht., ferryman, b. OH
Higgins, Harriet M., age 36, F, wht.., keeping house, b. NY
Higgins, Henry C., age 6, M, wht., at home, b. MI
Higgins,Martha J., age 9 months, F, wht., at home, b. ILL
(she wasn't on the 1880, so must have died before that)
Cooper, E.B. (this is Elizabeth), age 54, F, wht. lives with daughter, b. NY
Cooper, Jas V. (this is James), age 19, M, wht., at home, b. MI

Here is where it get confusing, where is Asahel and their daughter Myrtle A. Cooper? She was on the 1880 ILL census and born in MI in 1866, so Asahel had to be alive yet around 1865 and died before 1880 census which shows his wife as a widow. I found Asahel and Elizabeth with 8 children on the 1850 NY census but can't find Asahel on the 1860 or 1870. I don't have dates of death for them or where they are buried.

I have more info on James V. Cooper and his first marriage and child's info.
James V. Cooper, b. Apr.9, 1860 in Buchanan, Berrien Co., MI, d. Apr. 19, 1935 in Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI
1St marriage on August 1, 1885 in Cass Co. MI, to Minnie D. Easton, b. Sept?, 1864 MI and d. Dec. 16. 1886 in Dowagic, Cass. Co., MI (due to problems with child delivery). Minnie's parents are George Easton & Rebecca Sara (aka Sara Rebecca) Rutter, her siblings are Andrew Clyde (aka Clyde Andrew) Easton, b. 1871 MI, d. Nov. 1, 1921 & Rollan G. Easton, b. 1846 Dowagic, Cass Co., MI , d. Apr. 16, 1934.

James V. & Minnie D. Cooper had one child Ivy (aka Iva) Jane Cooper, b. Nov. 29, 1886 in Dowagic, Cass Co., MI. d. May 17, 1985 in St. Petersburg, Pinellas Co. FL. Ivy was married to Clayton Edward Waring, b. July 6, 1884 in Walton, Delaware Co. NY, d. Feb. 1, 1966 in St. Petersburg, Pinellas Co., FL. Ivy & Clayton did not have any children. I don't have a marriage date for them yet, but know they were married before 1935 and were living around Fulton, NY at that thime. Then Onidea Lake, Sylvan Beach, NY around 1951. Clayton's parents are Geroge A. Waring & Sarah Jennie Bennett, both b. in NY, he has 4 siblings, George Earl Waring, Jessie H. Waring, Grace M. Waring, & Flora Rebecca Waring, all were b. in NY.

James V. Cooper's 2nd marriage was to Lynda C. Powers and they had 6 children and have found all of them on MI census.

I have more info on the Higgins families. James V. Cooper's oldest sister, Harriet M. Cooper of Dowgiac, MI age 26, was married to Amos C. Higgins of Penn Twp., MI age 34, Feb. 3, 1861 in Cass Co. MI. (there children are listed on the above census info)

Their son Henry C. Higgins shows up on the 1900 Census for Calhoun Co., Battle Creek City, MI

Higgins, Henry C. ,b. Feb. 1864, age 36, m,7yrs, b. MI, fb. OH, mb. NY, occ.-R.R.brakeman
Higgins, May, b. Nov. 1871, age 28,m7yrs. b. ILL, fb. ILL, mb. ILL
Higgins, Ethel R., dau., b. Feb. 1894, age 6, b. KS, fb. MI, mb. ILL
Higgins, Floyd B., son, b. Feb. 1896, age 4, b. KS, fb. MI, mb. ILL

On the 1910 census for Cherokee Co., Crawford Twp., Kansas shows the following info for Henry & May Higgins children.

Cowell, Milton E., head, m,wht., 41 md1, 17yrs., b. ILL, fb. ILL,mb. ILL, occ.-farmer
Cowell, Birmie?(can't make out the letters), wife, f,wht.,36, md1, 17yrs., b. KS, fb. Eng., mb. PA
Cowell, Annie, dau. f,wht., 11, s, b. KS, fb. ILL, mb. KS
Cowell, Bernice, dau.,f,wht., 11, s, b. KS, fb. ILL, mb. KS
Higgins, Ethel, Neice, f,wht.,f,16, s, b. KS, fb. MI, mb. ILL
Higgins, Floyd, nephew, m,wht., 14,s, b. KS, fb. MI, mb. ILL
Higgins, Milton, nephew, m,wht., 9,s., b. MI, fb.MI, mb. ILL
Higgins, Mildred, neice, f,wht, 9,s, b. MI, fb, MI, mb. ILL
(Milton & Mildred were twins or born less than 1 yr. apart)
Cowell, Rhoda, mother, f, wht., 81 wd., b. ILL,fb. ILL, mb. ILL

I haven't found Henry or May Higgins on a 1910 Census yet , not sure why their kids are with her brother.

1920 census for Cherokee Co., Columbus, Kansas, there is a Henry Higgins, age 55, b. MI, wht., but I haven't been able to access it to see if this is the right one or who is on it with him.

1920 Census Berrien Co., Niles Twp., MI

Higgins, Floyd, boarder, m. wht., 24, s, b. KS, fb. US, mb. ILL, occ.-machinest on railroad
Higgins, Mildred, boarder, f, wht.,19, s, b. MI, fb. US, mb. ILL, occ-bookkeeper at grocery store

1930 Census Berrien Co., Niles City, Niles Twp.,MI

Higgins, Floyd B., head, m,wht., 34,m.at age 24, b. KS, fb. MI, mb. ILL, occ.-salesman for life ins.
Higgins, Katherine E., wife,f,wht., 33 m. at age 23, b. MI, fb. Germany, mb. in PA
Higgins, Barbara A., dau., f, wht., 8, s, b.MI, fb. KS, mb. MI
Higgins, Marion J., dau., f, wht. , 7,s, b.MI fb. KS, mb. MI

1930 Census Berrien Co., Niles City, 2nd Ward, MI

Higgins, Milton, head, m,w, 29, m. at age 22, b. MMI fb. MI, mb. ILL, 0cc-brick layer
Higgins, Martha, wife, f, w, 32, m. at age 25, b. CT, fb. Germany, mb. Germany,
Higgins, Dale, son, m, w, 6, b.ILL, fb. MI, mb. CT
Higgins, Frank, son, m, w, 4, b. Alberta Canada, fb. MI, mb. CT
Higgins, Floyd, son, m, w, 3, b. Alberta Canada, fb. MI, mb. CT
Higgins, Guy, son, m, w, 6 months, b. MI, fb. MI, mb. CT

I found Henry C. Higgins', wife May Cowell on a 1880 census with her family.

1880 Cunsus Staunton, Macoupin, ILL

Cowell, B.F., self, m., m, w,52, b. ILL, fb. TN, mb. ?, occ-carpenter
Cowell, Roda, wife, m., f, w, 51, b. ILL, dfb. TN, mb. ? Keeping house
Cowell, Milton, son, s, m,w,13, b. ILL, fb. ILL, mb. ILL
Cowell, May, dau., s, f, w, 9, b. ILL, fb. ILL, mb. ILL

If anyone has more info on Asahel, Ashil, Azil, Ashel, Asa, or Elizabeth, Elisabeth, Betsy, (Swarthout) Cooper,

I have the 1850 Census Gaines, Orleans Co., NY

Cooper, Asahel, 40, m, b. NY, blacksmith
Cooper, Betsey, 35, f, b. NY
Cooper, Stephen, 14, m, b. NY
Cooper, Harriet, 16, f, b. NY
Cooper, John, 11, m, b. NY
Cooper, Henry, 7, m, b. NY
Cooper, Elizabeth, 5, f, b. NY
Cooper, Orasmus, 4, m, b. NY
Cooper, Charles, 7mos., m, b. NY
Cooper, Hariett, 16, f, b. NY (not sure why listed 2 times and spelled with one r)

Then they move to MI and have James V. & Myrtle A. Cooper.
both born in MI. Then they live in ILL too.

I would appreciate any help in find them.
Bonnie Cooper Silsbee


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