Descendants of Cornelius Soper


Generation No. 1

1. CORNELIUS SOPER (TIMOTHY1) was born July 08, 1800 in Chenango County NY, and died July 11, 1884 in Ames, IA. He married HANNAH ( we do not know her last name ). His obit can be found

The known children of CORNELIUS SOPER and HANNAH are:
i. EUNICE SOPER, b. 1828, Ny.

ii. THOMAS K. SOPER, b. 1835, NY ; d. 1903, Chicago, Cook Co, IL. m Alzina Craft b 22 FEB 1835 NY ( dau of Samuel Craft and Mary Holmes)
iii. JANE SOPER, b. 1841, Chenago, NY. Married Mr Hill and Martin Ryerson.
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Cornelius Soper

He was a grocer and was born in New York. He married Hannah (?) born c1797) Census data indicates there were several children On the 1850 census Cornelius, Hannah and Eunice (c1828-)a daughter, are listed in Rochester, NY.

We knew he had another daughter at least because the news article said he visited a son in laws home before he disappeared. [we haven't seen the news article...Earl F. Soper saw it and wrote about it in the book 'New Soper Compendium'.

Article from the Rochester Democrat and Advertizer from April 15 1851

Anyway, Cornelius turned up in Ames, Story, Iowa. We knew his son Thomas K. Soper went there too. Thomas according to the 1880 census was born 1837. On the 1880 census it lists his wife as Alzinia 44 years born NY. Ella C. 22 years born in IA, John C. 17 years born IA, Bertha 12 born IA, Blanche 10 born IA and Frederick K. Soper 7 born IA. It lists his brother in law Martin 60 yrs as 'Ryesson' and nephew Stonewall 16. [It says Martin is married but doesn't list his wife.]

Father, Cornelius Soper is also in Ames, Story, Iowa and is 87 yrs, born NY and is divorced.

Generation No. 2

1. EUNICE SOPER  b 1828 in Greece, Monroe Co , NY.

2. JANE SOPER (CORNELIUS2, TIMOTHY1) was born 1841 in Greece, Monroe Co , NY NY. She married MARTIN RYERSON, son of PETER RYERSON and CATHERINE. He was born 1819 in NY.

Children of JANE SOPER and MARTIN RYERSON are:
i. STONEWALL JACKSON RYERSON, b. June 1861, New York; d. June 30, 1931, Chicago, IL.
ii. ARABELLA RYERSON, b. 1868, Springport, Cayuga Co, NY; d. November 05, 1947, Marshall, MO; m. WILLIAM BUCKINGHAM WELCH, May 22, 1884, Webster City, IA; b. February 13, 1850, Ypsilanti, MI; d. May 06, 1946, Marshall, MO.

W.B. Welch Saline County History article

W.B. Welch  -obit

Arabella Ryerson Welch obit

3. THOMAS K. SOPER b 1835 Greece, Monroe Co , NY m Alzina Craft Jan 6 1855 in Westfield, NY. The moved to Story Co Iowa and had 6 children : Ella ( m. J.P. Watson) , Charles, John Craft, Bertha ( m. Frank J Costello ) Blanche, Frederick K.

Alzina obit and death certificate here.

Thomas obit & funeral Card

More on Thomas (T. K.)  Soper - thanks to  Lorna Frechette

Generation No. 3

3. STONEWALL JACKSON4 RYERSON (JANE3 SOPER, CORNELIUS2, TIMOTHY1) was born June 1861 in New York, and died June 30, 1931 in Chicago, IL. He married MARGARET CHESNUT, daughter of BENJAMIN CHESNUT and CATHARINE BRIGMAN. She was born September 04, 1864 in Chillicothe, MO, and died August 01, 1947 in Chicago, IL.


i. LU LU5 RYERSON, b. March 27, 1887, Sioux City, Iowa  d. September 12, 1958, US Army Base Hospital Frankfurt Germany.
ii. CARL RYERSON, b. February 1890, MO; m. MUNCIE; b. 1897, IL.
iii. BLANCHE RYERSON, b. 1891, MO.
iv. PEARL RYERSON, b. August 1895, Woodbury, IA.

Soper line


Cornelius Soper (1748-c1825), married Jane DeGraff (1751-1835). Cornelius died in Dutchess County, New York, and Jane is buried in New Paltz, New York. Their children included: Timothy ( -1826); John (c1770-1864); Abraham (c1776-1854); Moses (c1781-1856): Hester (Lansing) (c1793- ); Mary (Sturgus) (c1795- ): and David Soper (1799-1873).


Timothy Soper ( -1826) did not choose to go to Grass Lake, Michigan with brother John or to Ulster County, New York, with brothers, Abraham, Moses, and David. Rather, he sought his fortune in Monroe County, New York. Timothy married Sarah Williams, in 1798, in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, New York. Their children included: CORNELIUS; David (1806-1861); a daughter, who married Russell Dickenson; Owen (c1805-1858); and Lucinda Soper (1817-1832). Both Timothy and Sarah died in 1826, a few months apart.


Cornelius married Hannah and we know of three children. Eunice, Jennie/Jane & Thomas K. Soper


Jennie/Jane Soper married Martin Ryerson

Thanks also to Jack and Nancy !


Are you researching the Soper family ? Are you interested in purchasing a limited edition of the New Soper Compendium published by Dr Earl and Dawn Soper ? Email Jack Soper for more info .

Questions, suggestions,  additions ? Email Nancy Cunningham