Family Stories

Augustine Cooper and His Two Wives – Mahala Monica Bean and Matilda Coomes

Augustine Cooper and Mahala Monica Bean, daughter of Bennett Bean, were married February 12, 1827.  In the 1850 Washington County census, Augustine, 43, and Monica, 41, are listed with ten children – Bennett, 22; Charles N., 19; Richard R., 18; Alexander B., 16; Philip, 14; Sarah E., 13; James W., 10; Mary E., 8; Thomas H., 6; and John B., 4.  In 1860 only Bennett and Richard were not living with the family.

Monica Bean Cooper died September 20, 1862.  Two years after her death Augustine married again – this time to Matilda A. Coomes, June 20, 1864.

In the 1870 census Augustine is 64, Matilda, 34.  Their three small children are Augustine, 5; Mary, 3; and Joseph, 11/12.  Augustine Cooper died November 22nd of that year.  In the 1880 census Matilda is living with her three children in Nelson County, where she was raised as a child.  She died at the young age of 49.

According to the death certificate of son Joseph, who became Brother Cyril Cooper, C. F. X., Augustine Cooper and Matilda Coomes are listed as his parents.  Daughter Mary became Sister Mary Catherine Cooper and was a school teacher in Paducah.  Augustine Cooper and his wives left many descendants.

Augustine Cooper, born June 4, 1805, died November 22, 1870.  Monica, wife of A. Cooper, born August 8, 1807, died September 20, 1862.  St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.


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