Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Francis "Henry" Cooper



Francis (Henry) (F.H.) Cooper was born December 25, 1851 in Toronto, Canada to William and Mary Larsh Cooper. Henry married Caroline (Carrie) Dumaux on August 6, 1877 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Carrie was born June 6, 1860 in Canada to Francis and Eliza Dumaux. Carrie came to the United States in 1869 when she was nine years old with her parents.


Henry (F.H.) and Carrie had the following children:


  1. Carry Cooper was born in January 1882 and died May 24, 1886 at the age of 3 years old due to drowning in Kochville Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  2. Birdie M. Cooper was born July 26, 1884 in Lakefield Township.

  3. Myrtle Mable Cooper was born March 12, 1886 and married Arthur Emanuel Crosby.

  4. Evelyn Cooper was born October 27, 1888 and married Henry Schwingel on February 20, 1911. Evelyn died July 17, 1930 and is buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.

  5. Carry L. Cooper was born April 19, 1890 in Lakefield Township and died November 24, 1890 in Lakefield Township.

  6. Ester E. Cooper was born December 30, 1891 in Lakefield Township.

  7. Percy Cooper was born June 10, 1893 and died April 17, 1948 in California.

  8. Wesley Cooper was born in December 16, 1894 and died April 6, 1895 in Lakefield Township.

  9. Hartley Cooper was born July 1897 in Lakefield Township.

  10. Ellen C. Cooper was born February 17, 1899 in Lakefield Township and married Ralph Euler.

  11. Leonteen Fay Cooper was born May 6, 1904 in Lakefield Township and married Robert DeMerrill.

  12. Vernard Judson Cooper was born February 24, 1906 in Lakefield Township and died at the age of 21 days old on March 15, 1906 in Lakefield Township. He is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


Henry (F.H.) and Carrie were among the earliest pioneers who established themselves in Lakefield Township. In 1896, they owned and operated a 100 acre farm in Section 10 on the corner of Merrill and Roosevelt Roads. This property, which was originally owned by Carrie's father, Francis Dumaux, was part of his homestead property granted to him on August 10, 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant. In 1916, they owned this 100 acres in addition to two 40 acre parcels of land in Section 10 on Merrill Road.


Henry (F.H.) served Lakefield Township as a fence viewer in 1907, elected Justice Full Term April 2, 1888, and Overseer of Highways District #6, April 7, 1890. Caroline was prominent in church work having been an active member of the Methodist Church in Lakefield Township. She was also a member of the Lakefield Gleaners.


Henry (F.H.) died on December 24, 1924 and Carrie died December 12, 1924. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


SOURCES: Henry and Carrie Dumaux Cooper's marriage record; Francis death record; Lakefield Cemetery; 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Maps; Lakefield Township Records; Caroline Dumax Coopers obituary; Evelyn Coopers birth, death and marriage records; Percy Cooper's birth records; Ellen Cooper's birth record; Carry L. birth and death records; Birdie M. Cooper's birth records; Ester Cooper's birth record; Hartley Cooper's birth record; Wesley Cooper's birth and death record; Percy Hartley birth and death records; and Vernard Judson Cooper's death records.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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