Rowena Bell Cooper

20 June 1879–21 February 1939 (Age 59)
Osbornville, Wilkes, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Rowena Bell

When Rowena Bell Cooper was born on 20 June 1879, in Osbornville, Wilkes, North Carolina, United States, her father, William Marius Cooper, was 34 and her mother, Arminda Jennings Campbell, was 33. She married Charles Edmond Orr I on 15 October 1902, in Iredell, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Somers Township, Wilkes, North Carolina, United States in 1880 and Brevard, Transylvania, North Carolina, United States for about 20 years. She died on 21 February 1939, in Florence, Florence, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Gillespie Evergreen Cemetery, Brevard, Transylvania, North Carolina, United States.

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Charles Edmond Orr I
Rowena Bell Cooper
Marriage: 15 October 1902
Rowena Cooper Orr
Charles Edmond Orr II
Rufus Cooper Orr

Spouse and Children

    Charles Edmond Orr I



15 October 1902
Iredell, North Carolina, United States


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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 2

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 3

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 17

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.

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)

  • Rowena B Cooper in household of William M Cooper, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Rowena C Orr in household of Charles E Orr, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Roena C Orr in household of Charles E Orr, "United States Census, 1920"

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