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McCLAIN CEMETERY, (near Maury line) LEWIS COUNTY TENNESSEE



Added to FAG by: Sandra 5/27/2006. Sent here by MB 26 Dec 2009.
Photo from "Hugh Cooper Fishing Creek S.C. and His descendants" by Lillian Word Roberts.
COOPER, Col. Robert Melville, 29 Dec 1790 Chester Co., So. Carolina - 9 Nov. 1878 Maury Co.,
 Tn. (mar. Catherine Cooper, 29 Mar. 1816, Maury Co., Tn.; fifteen children (12 boys and 3 daughters).
 Robert Melville was Private in Capt. Bird S. Hurt's Company, 1st Regiment Tennessee Militia (Col. 
William Metcalf) Smith's Brigade, Carroll's Division, Gen Andrew Jackson's Army from Nov. 13, 1814 
to May 13, 1815, and according to his own statement participated in the Battle of New Orleans on 
Jan. 8, 1815. On June 6, 1817, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel and commandant of the 51st 
Regiment of the State Militia of Tennessee. Robert Melville Cooper was the12th child of Capt. 
Robert (Rev. War Soldier)& Jane Hamilton Cooper, grandson of Hugh Cooper (1720 - 1798) Fishing 
Creek, So. Carolina; Robert Melville Cooper is noted for identifying the remains of Meriwether Lewis, 
by the nails he forged for the casket. His brother was Hugh Cooper II - Teressa Patton Cooper 
Hunt (Mama Clain great grandmother- Fountain Delmar Hunt (Mama Clain's granddaddy) - 
Nancy Elizabeth Hunt Kennedy (Mama Clain's Mother) - Allie Mai Kennedy McClain So this makes 
Robert Melville Cooper a 5th great Uncle. Robert Melville's son, Wm. McAdams Cooper (Papa 
Turley's great grandfather) - Mary Melvina Cooper Kilpatrick(Papa Turley's grandmother) - 
Amelia Velina Elizabeth Kilpatrick McClain (Papa Turley's mother)- John Turley McClain-Robert 
M. McClain, thus our 5th Great Grandfather. Matthew Delmare Cooper, brother of Robert 
Melville Cooper, is buried at Zion Cemetery, in Maury Co., Tn. Matthew D. Cooper was a wealthy 
man with slaves and homes in Maury Co., and New Orleans. His son Col Duncan Brown Cooper 
was said to have shot U.S. Senator Edward Ward Carmack, who is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, 
in Columbia, Maury Co., Tn. 
Photos by Mary Bob McClain Richardson 6/14/05. updated 26 Dec 2009.