Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday--Thomas Craig Cooper

     Thomas Craig Cooper, my maternal granduncle, son of William Shearer Cooper and Margaret Kirk Cooper, was born on October 15, 1886 in North Buffalo Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.

     He married my maternal grandaunt, Dorothy Marie Stark, daughter of Charles and Wilhelmine Catherine Schwarz Stark on June 12, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Cooper’s had two daughters, Dorothy Wilma and Lois Margaret. Dorothy, known as Dottie, was a huge help to me in putting together the Stark side of the family tree.

World War I Draft Registration

     Tom was employed as the chief clerk with the Crucible Steel Company in Pittsburgh. The family lived in Bellevue, Pennsylvania. Sometime after 1920, the Cooper’s relocated to New York. In 1926 they were on a return trip to Pittsburgh from a family vacation in Chicago, Illinois when Tom became sick. He was rushed to St. John’s Hospital in Pittsburgh where he died on August 27, 1926 at the age of 39.

     Thomas is buried at Mt. Royal Memorial Park Cemetery, Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, along with his parents and brother.

     Following his death, Dorothy and the children returned to the Pittsburgh area, moving into a home on Marie Avenue in Avalon along with her mother, Wilhelmine Stark.


     This blog was written in 2009 and so much additional information has become available in the fourteen years since.  I have also noticed that I never wrote about my maternal grand aunt.  This needs to be corrected.  It is sufficient to leave this blog as it is and prepare a blog about their marriage and the life of Dorothy following the early death of her husband.

Updated:  September 29, 2023

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1 comment:

  1. We can always use a little help in our research can't we. Lucky for you there was some help available.