Lewis Cooper and family

Lewis (or Louis) Cooper, the father of my paternal grandmother Dora Ella Cooper, was born January 1859 in Russia.

Lewis Cooper 1937-1939

Lewis Cooper 1937/1939

Dora Ella Cooper (1937/1939)

Dora Ella Cooper (1937/1939)

He emigrated to the United States in 1881 and was naturalized. His wife was Dena (or Americanized Dinah) Marks. Dena had also been born in Russia in February 1858. They were married about 1878. Their parents had all been born in Russia. They had 8 children, 6 of whom were still living when the census was enumerated on 1 June 1900.

Look here for addresses in 1920, 1930 and 1940; and jobs for 1920, 1930 and 1940 are at this link.
Their children living in 1900 were:

Name Born Job 1900 Job 1910
Jacob W. Jan 1879 clothing clerk salesman
Dora Ella Sep 1880 none none
Annie Oct 1881 none bookkeepeer, dept store
Harry Mar 1882 clothing clerk salesman, dept store
Ada Mar 1886 at school none
Essie Apr 1889 at school saleswoman, furniture office

In 1900, Lewis was a furniture dealer and he could read, write and speak English as could Dena (Dinah). The children who were living in the household at 418 Front Street in Nashville had all been born in Tennessee, probably Nashville. Lewis was a grocer in 1910.

In 1920, Lewis (65) and Dena (62) Cooper were living with Simon and Dora Cooper Ghertner at 1702 Ashwood in Nashville; I found no information for 1920 about any other chidren than Dora .By 1930, Dena had passed away and Lewis was living with his unmarried daughters Annie, Ada and Essie. Lewis was a furniture merchant in 1930 and the daughters all worked Annie as a bookkeeper, Ada as a saleslady and Essie was a file clerk.

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Ada Cooper, 1963

Ada Cooper, 1963


By 1930, Dena had passed away and Lewis was living with his unmarried daughters Annie, Ada and Essie.Lewis owned the $ 8500 house and the address was near the 1800 block of Ashwood.

In 1940, Lewis (86), Annie, Ada and Essie (and Harry had moved in with them) resided at 1919 Blair Boulevard in Nashville.

  Name   Born    Job 1920    Job 1930 Job 1940
  Lewis   Jan 1859    Furniture Merchant    Furniture Merchant    none
  Dena   Feb 1858    ?    deceased   deceased
  Jacob W.   Sep 1880    ?   ?
  Ada   Mar 1886    ?    bookkeeper   saleswoman
  Annie   Oct 1881    ?    saleslady   ofc clerk
  Harry   Mar 1882    ?   ?   agent
  Essie   Apr 1889    ?   file clerk   ofc clerk
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