How can I find my Cooper ancestor -- I have little information about him
Have been looking for this man's parents for several years. Here is what we know about him:
A.J. Cooper - probably Andrew Jackson Cooper
Probably born 1820-1825
Born in Tennessee, per his two children's later census records
No record of him on any census, any state
Married Mary Jane Morrow probably late 1850s in Cherokee County, Alabama
Had three children: Margaret born 1858-1861 possibly in Georgia
Andrew Jackson Cooper son - born 1861-1863 in Tennessee (possibly Hamilton County)
Sarah - daughter - born late in 1864
The only record we have of A.J. Cooper is a brief Civil War record - joined (probably conscripted) 154th Tennessee (Senior) Regiment Nov. 15, 1864 at Missionary Ridge.
Survived that battle, overwintered in Dalton, Ga. with the Army of Tennessee. Probably killed in May of 1864, likely at Battle of Resaca but this is a theory.
Widow waited almost exactly 7 years to remarry; this may indicate that she didn't know if he was alive or dead after the war
Story in the family is that she "came back to NW Georgia" with the children after he was killed in war. She may have been living in Tennessee (Hamilton County perhaps) where he may have had family.
My question: What avenues of research might we pursue to find who his parents were, since we don't know what county he was born in. Hamilton County seems likely as it is just over the state line from where his wife's family lived in Cherokee County, Ala. and where they lived after the war.
No wills exist in Hamilton Cty. Tenn. for possible parents of AJ.
Thanks for any ideas or advice as to how we can find the family of A.J. Cooper.