Robert Cooke Harper Genealogy
REV. ROBERT COOKE HARPER4 (William3,
Robert Cooke Harper (1824-1899) attended subscription school for about ten
months as there were no public schools at that time. He was licensed to exhort
Sept. 3, 1849 and permitted to preach funerals in private homes, school houses
and in the woods at grove meetings. He was licensed to preach the Gospel Sept.
16, 1852 by Dr. Amos Wilson at Salem Chapel in the Athens circuit, Marietta
District of the Ohio conference, ordained deacon Sept. 4, 1859 by Bishop Thos.
A. Morris and an elder in 1864. He served as a circuit preacher in Ohio, Va.,
Ky., Ind., Ill. and Mo., traveling on an average of 43 miles per week for 42
years. He was a great reader of the Bible and in 1896 he had read it through 144
times or an average of twice each year for his entire life.
Politically he said that "he was first a Whig, next a 'Know-nothing' and now
(July 24, 1896) and evermore a Republican!"
He married June 20th, 1844 Catherine Six (b. June 9, 1822 and d. June 3, 1866).
She was a daughter of George and Catherine Six of Athens County, Ohio.
Rev. Robert Cooke Harper d. the 31st of March 1899. Their children were:
Leo Harper 1845-1845.
Vinton Harper 1848-1850.
Isadore F. Harper b. Jan. 22, 1850.
Henderson Harper 1852-1852.
Sarepta F.Harper b. Mar. 21, 1854.
Mary E. Harper b. Dec. 24, 1856.
William W. Harper b. 1860, d. 1898 unm.
Robert Cooke Harper m. 2nd Apr. 4, 1867 Maria Amanda Caldwell and had