The annual George Bell and Sallie Mayfield Cooper family reunion is to be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in the recreation hall of Gum Branch Baptist Church. From Louisville take the highway 25 bypass toward Starkville, take a left (north) on the Sturgis/Louisville road. Gum Branch Church is about 8 miles on the right. From Sturgis take the Louisville/Sturgis road south. Gum Branch Church is about six miles on the left. If you are coming by way of Webster or Ackerman, you must know the way and like dirt roads.
George Bell and Sally Mayfield Cooper appear in the 1840 census of Winston County, Mississippi. They had 12 or so children but only the ones that lived to be adults are mentioned here. They and most of their children are buried in the Popular Flat Baptist Church Cemetery.
Patience P. Cooper (August 22, 1824 – November 26, 1877) married to Josiah Hudson MCCULLY on March 13, 1845. Josiah Hudson McCully (August 13, 1813 – October 20, 1895).
Nancy Jane Cooper (born in 1826), married William R. Kellum on September 12, 1844.
Adam Mayfield Cooper (May 26, 1828 – June 27, 1899), married Amanda Coleman (December 6, 1830 –June 11, 1908) daughter of Griffin R. COLEMAN and Susannah Cockrell) on September 29, 1853, in Winston County, Mississippi.
John L. Cooper (1833 -1865), joined Confederate Army in 1862 with Brother Adam, wounded at Franklin, TN in 1864 and died in yankee prison in January or February of 1865.
Mary Ann Cooper (1834 – ) married John H. Prestidge on November 26, 1851.
Sarah L. (Sallie) Cooper (June 26, 1837 – March 13, 1919) married Moses Wylie COLEMAN, son of Griffin R. and Susannah Cockrell Coleman, on April 9, 1868.
Margaret Elizabeth (Rab) Cooper (August 1, 1838 – October 10, 1913), married Joseph S. McCully (September 11, 1839 – March 8, 1921) on July 25, 1868.
Martha Jennie Cooper (June 10, 1839 – April 9, 1903) married George R. Stark, son of James Stark and Lettie E. Rowland, (December 3, 1844 – August 3, 1904) on August 19, 1870.
William J. Cooper was born in 1841 in SC. He died on July 1, 1862, while serving in the Confederate Army.
Francis Caroline Cooper, dwarf ( February 22, 1847 – 1930?) burned to death.
The doors will be open at 10 am, pot luck dinner will be served at one pm. Please bring relatives, friends, items of interest.