Williemine Cooper, age 2-3 (circa 1891)

This darling little doll, the oldest daughter of James Edgar and Nelia Cooper, was born in Trigg County, KY, in November, 1888—five years before Edd Huelett Cooper. She had naturally curly hair and dark eyes. Tragically, she was only 21 when she passed away after giving birth to her precious Dorothy. (Nelia, Dorothy's grandmother, raised her as her own. The family then moved to Arkansas.)

Caption and photo courtesy of Ruth Douglas Thomas