George Cooper's first wife - Jennette Cooper < death certificate.
COOPER, George Reed, now deceased, was for many years one of the leading attorneys of Hillsboro, and a man widely known and universally respected not only in Montgomery County, but throughout the state. He was born at Greencastle, Ind., July 25, 1855, a son of Jacob and Eliza (Robinson) Cooper, he was born on August 16, 1816 at Mayville, Ky., and she was born in 1820 in Kentucky. The paternal grandfather, Jacob R. Cooper was born in Loudoun County, Va., March 3, 1774. He was married to Sarah Hale Keuner, who was born June 26, 1782. The maternal grandparents, John and Sarah (Duncan) Robinson, lived at Greencastle, Ind. On November 7, 1844, Jacob Cooper and Eliza Robinson were married at Greencastle, Ind. There Jacob Cooper worked as a carpenter and farmer until 1858, when he settled on a farm near Coffeen, Montgomery County, Ill., where he died November 22, 1877. Politically he was a Republican and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His widow moved to Hillsboro, where she lived until her death August 2, 1892. These parents had the following children: Sarah M., who is Mrs. James M. Moore, a widow of Coffeen. Ill., who was born October 29, 1845; Mary Ann, who was born October 7, 1847, is Mrs. Darnell of Greencastle, Ind.; Louisa Jane, who was born July 1, 1849, was Mrs. Jacob Young, and died in July. 1873; William H., who was born April 14, 1851, lives at Atlanta, Ill., and was married January 8, 1874 to Catherine E. Campbell; George Reed; John R., who was born May 6, 1858. lives at Coffeen Ill., and was married October 5, 1887 to Ella D. Perry.
George Reed Cooper spent his boyhood on the home farm and attended the common schools and the Hillsboro Academy. For two years he taught school in Bond County and for seven years in Fillmore Township. Montgomery County, when he entered the law office of Rice, Miller & McDavid, in 1880, and for about two years read law and was in the office of Judge Edward Lane, and in 1882 he was admitted to the bar. During the following winter he again taught school, and then entered the office of Judge Lane, and a month later, without any solicitation on his part, he was elected city attorney of Hillsboro. In 1883 he formed a partnership with Judge Lane, and this association continued until 1910, when Mr. Cooper was obliged to retire on account of ill health, and he died July 11, 1915. He was twice elected city attorney, and he was chosen to fill a vacancy as county judge at the death of Judge Lewis Allen, in November, 1891, and was elected to that office for the full term in 1894. He was nominated to fill the vacancy as Supreme judge at the death of Judge Jesse J. Phillips. He was recognized as a very strong man both as a jurist and attorney, and of unimpeachable character. The Hillsboro National Bank was proud of the fact that it had him as a stockholder and a member of its board of directors. On June 10, 1886 Judge Cooper was married to Nettie Ireland, a daughter of Dr. H. M. and Sarah Ireland, of Columbia City, Ind. She died February 24, 1887. He was married (second) to Estelle S. Allen, on December 12, 1894. She was born at Sullivan, Ind., August 1, 1873, a daughter of Prof. A. P. and Rachel Josephine (Dodds) Allen, he was born January 15, 1829 at Greencastle, Ind., and died February 4, 1917, and she was born July 26, 1834, at New Lebanon, Ind. and died August 17, 1896, both at Erie, Kas. Professor Allen was educated in Greencastle and at DePamv University, and spent his life in educational work. From 1881 to 1886 he was superintendent of schools at Hillsboro, where Mrs. Cooper was educated. Mr. and Mrs. Cooper became the parents of the following children Josephine Estelle, Lane Reed, Mary, George R. Jr., and William Allen. Judge Cooper was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and for many years served his church as a trustee. He was a Mason, a Modern Woodman, a member of the Business Men's Club, and a Republican.
Taken From: Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Vol II - Montgomery County (1918)