Docia Dempsey Cooper

24 March 1890–26 January 1983 (Age 92)
Salley, Aiken, South Carolina, United States

The Life of Docia Dempsey

When Docia Dempsey Cooper was born on 24 March 1890, in Salley, Aiken, South Carolina, United States, her father, Benjamin Jordan Cooper, was 34 and her mother, Ada Rachel Johnson, was 21. She married Grover Richardson Harsey on 14 October 1906, in Swansea, Lexington, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Rocky Mount, Nash, North Carolina, United States in 1930 and West Columbia, Lexington, South Carolina, United States in 1979. She died on 26 January 1983, in Abilene, Taylor, Texas, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Swansea, Lexington, South Carolina, United States.

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Grover Richardson Harsey
Docia Dempsey Cooper
Marriage: 14 October 1906
Mills Richardson Harsey
Lola Pansy Harsey
Tony Anderson Harsey
Florence Leone Harsey
Margaret Leila 'Nita' Harsey
Jordan McNeal Harsey
Samuel Edward Harsey
Freeman Larsen Harsey
Grover Herman Harsey

Spouse and Children

    Grover Richardson Harsey



14 October 1906
Swansea, Lexington, South Carolina, United States


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World Events (8)

1894 · Texas Files Lawsuit Against Standard Oil Company

Age 4

Under the direction of Governor Jim Hogg, Texas filed a lawsuit against John D. Rockefeller for violating state monopoly laws. Hogg argued that Standard Oil Company and Water-Piece Oil Company of Missouri were engaged in illegal practices like price fixing, rebates, and consolidation. Rockefeller was indicted, but never tried in a court of law; other employees of his company were convicted as guilty.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 26

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a maker and repairer of wooden vessels such as barrels, tubs, buckets, casks, and vats, from Middle English couper, cowper (apparently from Middle Dutch kūper, a derivative of kūp ‘tub’, ‘container’, which was borrowed independently into English as coop). The prevalence of the surname, its cognates, and equivalents bears witness to the fact that this was one of the chief specialist trades in the Middle Ages throughout Europe. In America, the English name has absorbed some cases of like-sounding cognates and words with similar meaning in other European languages, for example Dutch Kuiper .2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized form of Kupfer and Kupper ( see Kuper ).3 Dutch: occupational name for a buyer or merchant, Middle Dutch coper.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Dashia Horsey in household of George R Horsey, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Dashia Harsey in household of Grover R Harsey, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Docie D Harsey in household of Grover R Harsey, "United States Census, 1930"

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