New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - Jehu Patterson Cooper

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New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - Jehu Patterson Cooper

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Jehu Patterson Cooper of Middletown township died last Thursday, aged seventy years. Death was caused by neuralgia of the heart. Mr. Cooper had been in failing health for some time past, but was stricken with neuralgia of the heart the Monday before his death.

Mr. Cooper was the son of Rebecca Patterson and James Cooper and was born at New York. He was a grandson of Judge Jehu Patterson, who was president of the New Jersey council, now known as the legislature, and also judge of the court of common pleas. In 1841 the family moved to New Jersey, Jehu P. Cooper being a young lad at that time. James Cooper began farming in Middletown township on the Cooper property, across Cooper’s bridge, and Jehu Cooper made his home at that place ever since. In 1858 he married Miss Katherine Keer Pringle of Brooklyn. She died about ten years ago.

Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cooper, seven of whom survive. They are James Cooper, Jr., Margaret P. Cooper, John P. Cooper, Minnie K. Cooper, Elizabeth P. Cooper, Frank C. Cooper and Alexander D. Cooper. Mr. Cooper also leaves three sisters and a brother. They are Miss Annie Cooper of Red Bank, Dr. James E. Cooper of Shrewsbury, Mrs. Frank Chadwick of Asbury Park and Mrs. Catherine Murray, widow of Hon. George C. Murray of New York.

In politics Mr. Cooper was an active Democrat. In 1855 he was elected township clerk of Middletown township and he held that office for eighteen years. He served two terms as township committeeman and for ten years was freeholder from Middletown township. He was a prominent figure at township primaries and at state and county conventions.

Mr. Cooper was a very active church member, having been a member of the Middletown Baptist church for thirty years. He was the oldest member of the Mystic Brotherhood lodge of Free masons of Red Bank. He had held every office in this lodge and for a number of years was Master of the order. He was a member of the Hiram chapter, Royal arch Masons, and had held all the offices in this lodge. He was high Priest of the lodge for many years. He was at one time a member of the Grand Chapter holding the position of Grand Scribe.

Mr. Cooper’s funeral was held on Monday afternoon at his late home. The sermon was preached by Rev. S. H. Thompson, pastor of the Red Bank Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. William B. Matteson, pastor of the Red Bank Baptist church; Rev. Robert MacKellar rector of Trinity church of Red Bank, and Rev. W. H. J. Parker, pastor of the Middletown Baptist church. The body was buried in Fair View cemetery.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, June 20, 1900

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