Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Alexander Sisson Cooper, Jr. (1891-1933)

Alexander Sisson COOPER, Jr. is the ninth child of eleven of Alexander Sisson COOPER and Laura Jane BOYD. See blog on his father with listing of all children of this couple

He was born on 24 Mar 1891 at 74 Harold Cross Cottages, Dublin, Ireland. He was baptized in the Parish of St. Peter according to his birth and baptism records.

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, "Civil Records," database with images, ( : accessed 21 February 2017), image, birth registration of Alexander Sisson Cooper, Jr.  (24 March 1891, 74 Artisans Dwellings, County of Dublin, city of South Dublin), citing Group Registration ID 10337480; registration filed 18 April 1903 by Rich. Tho. Hearns, in South Dublin Registration District, unidentified register, folio 613, “First page,” stamped no. 01891537, entry152.

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, "Church Records," database with images, ( : accessed 21 February 2017), image, baptism registration of Alexander Sisson Cooper, Jr. (26 April 1891,, County of Dublin, city of South Dublin, parish of Saint Peter), citing Record Identifier DU-CI-BA-210268, Image Filename d-45-2-18-125; page 125, entry 997.

Are 74 Harolds Cottages the same place as Harolds Dwellings?
I find him as a 10 year old with his family at 139 Ranelagh Road in the area of Rathmines and Rathgar East on Sunday, 31 March 1901.

1901 Census of Ireland, County Dublin, North Dublin, District Electoral Division (DED) Rathmines & Rather East, unpaginated, Ranelaugh, household no. 139, Alexander Cooper; digital image, National Archives of Ireland, Census of Ireland 1901/1911 ( : accessed 21 February 2017).
Four years later, Alex encounters a grim; yet, delightful adventure as he kisses his mother goodbye for the last time as he leaves for Liverpool to board the Etruria with his father, for America. Here is a look at the New York Passenger List for 13-21 May 1905. Line 26 states he is 11 years old, in reality he is 14.

"New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital image, ( : accessed 21 Feb 2017), Image 515 of 545, Line 26, Alexander, Jr. entry; citing List Number 4 of National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, Roll 576; Ship Etruria out of Liverpool, Tho. Potter master, arrived New York on 21 May 1905.

I find this picture of young Alex less than a year later with his Uncle John Edgar Edmonds (who married Alexander Sr.’s older sister, Mary Elizabeth Cooper) and his cousins. The Edmonds family are who the father and son were meeting in America as listed above.

In the U.S. 1910 (5th day of April) Census, 19 year old Alex (Line 22) is found with his father as borders with the Pinkerton family in Manhattan, on West 4th St.

1910 United States Census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district (ED) 162, Sheet 1-A, Family #7, Alex S. Cooper [John H. Pinkerton] household; digital image, ( : accessed 12 January 2017); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T624, Roll 1006.

In 1917, when the U.S. is involved in WW1, young Alex enlists on 24 May in New York City. He is mustered with the National Guard Service on 25 July with the 7th Infantry Regiment. He serves overseas from May 1918 to Mar 1919. He is discharged on 2 Apr 1919. 

New York State Archives; Albany, New York; Abstracts of National Guard Service in World War I, 1917-1919; Series: 13721; Box: 6; Volume: 18. : accessed 21 Feb 2017.
He returns home and by 1920 he is living in Brooklyn working as a ship fetter in the shipyard. The 1920 US Census states he was Naturalized in 1918. He is living with his elder sister, Laura Jane Cooper DAWES. Laura Jane, known as ‘Jinny’ to family came to the US in 1908. Refer to her biography blog post. 

He grows into a fine young man who marries May (Mary) Elizabeth HARVEY in 1923. I find the couple together in the 1925 New York State Census still in Brooklyn. 

Alex with May around 1925. 
By 1930, Alex works as a manager in a Bookbinding Company living on 61st St. still in Brooklyn.

By the 1940 US Census, May Cooper is listed as a widow and living with her parents. For 1935, it states the “Same Place” for her position.

I find Alex’s obituary in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle dated 18 Jan 1931. He died on 16 Jan 1931, of health complications. He is buried in Vahalia Cemetery on 19 Jan 1931.

Alexander S. Cooper, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 18 January 1931, page 17, column 4. on : Accessed 28 May 2015.

I recently found Alex's death certificate through 
Cause of death is unknown; yet, diagnosis with entrance to hospital was influenza and contributed with Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis. This document states he is buried at Ocean View Cemetery, which is also known as Valhalia Burial Park, according to FindAGrave. He is not listed on this site as of yet. Only 32% of the grave sites are photographed here. 

I will have to request a photo of his plot. Is his wife, May or Mary buried with him? Aunt May died in 1982. This is another genealogy goal to hunt down.

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