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COOPER, DILLARD (ca. 1814–ca. 1896). Dillard Cooper, pioneer settler, was born in South Carolina about 1814. He and his wife, Lucinda, lived in Alabama and Tennessee before moving to Texas. Cooper traveled to Texas with Capt. John Shackelfordqv's Red Rovers. The company landed at Copano Bay in January 1836 and shortly thereafter was sent to join James W. Fannin's command. Cooper was slightly wounded at the battle of Coleto but escaped the Goliad Massacre. After Texas independence, he lived in Hays County and subsequently settled on a tract of land on the east bank of Cummins Creek in Colorado County, granted to him by the Republic of Texas. The 1860 census described him as a farmer with a personal estate of $3,500. His account of the Goliad Massacre was published in the Columbus Citizen on July 30, 1870.

Cooper and Lucinda were the parents of five children. After Lucinda's death Cooper married a widow, Mrs. Elizabeth E. Gholson, in October 1878, and they moved to land in northwest Llano and southwest San Saba counties. After Elizabeth's death, he married Amanda Talk in Llano County on July 19, 1883. He died around 1896 and was buried in the Llano City Cemetery. In November 2008 the Texas Historical Commission placed a marker on Dillard Cooper's grave.


Colorado County Historical Commission, Colorado County Chronicles from the Beginning to 1923 (2 vols., Austin: Nortex, 1986). Harbert Davenport, Notes from an Unfinished Study of Fannin and His Men (MS, Harbert Davenport Collection, Texas State Library, Austin; Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin). Carolyn R. Ericson and Frances T. Ingmire, comps., First Settlers of the Republic of Texas (2 vols., Nacogdoches, Texas: Ericson; St. Louis, Missouri: Ingmire, 1982; Printed first by Cruger and Wing, Austin, 1841). Ira T. Taylor, The Cavalcade of Jackson County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1938).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"COOPER, DILLARD," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 24, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.