Andrew J. Cooper, full name James Andrew Jackson Cooper was my great grandfather. He was born in Leesburg, Virginia, on January 19, 1846. He had, possibly, two brothers who also served in Company A, 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry – Charles W. H. Cooper and John D. Cooper.
He moved his family to Washington, DC in the late 1880's where he eventually became President of Local 190 – carpenter's union.
He was accidently shot an killed on October 12, 1917, while entering Camp Ordway on his way to work.
I hope this information is helpful.
According to the United States Census of 1880 James Andrew Jackson Cooper, born 1846 in Virginia, lived in Washington, D.C. and worked as a carpenter. Residing with him were: Mary Head Cooper, wife, dressmaker, age 54 and born in Virginia; Robert Head Cooper, Son, age 26, a carpenter who was born in Virginia; James Cooper, Son, age 34, a Carpenter who was born in Virginia; Lillian Cooper, Daughter, age 22, living at home and born in Virginia.
COOPER, ANDREW J
PVT A 35TH BATTN VA CAV C S A
DATE OF DEATH: 10/12/1917
BURIED AT: SECTION CONFE SITE 170-A
COOPER, MARY E W/O ANDREW J
DATE OF DEATH: 02/17/1932
BURIED AT: SECTION CONF SITE 170-A
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