Jacob Cooper

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Jacob Cooper 485
(April 1726 – 1813)
Birth: April 1726, Albany, NY
Death: 1813
Parents: Obadiah Cooper 495
Cornelia Gardinier Cooper
Siblings: Anna Cooper Lansing (1714 – ?)
Jacob Cooper (April 1726 – 1813)
Elizabeth Cooper Lansing (August 1724 – 1783)
Abraham Cooper (February, 1728 – ?)
Obadiah Cooper (October 1720 – April 21, 1776)
Sara Cooper Van Benthuysen (October 1722 – ?)
Thomas Cooper (before 1718 – February 1801)
Partners: Josina Orchard Cooper 469
Children: Cornelia Cooper Hallenbeck (December 1748 – 23 February 1840)

Jacob Cooper was was born in April 1726. He was the son of Obadiah and Cornelia Gardinier Cooper. He grew up in a large family in the home of a soldier-turned-tailor on the Southside of Albany.

About 1747, he married Josina Orchard (Archer). By 1768, seven children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church where he was a regular baptism sponsor.

He was a baker who was appointed to service positions (constable and firemaster) beginning in 1748.[1] In 1763, his name appeared on a list of Albany freeholders. The next year, he witnessed the will of his Southside neighbor. In 1767, his first ward property was valued on the city assessment roll.[2]

As early as 1766, he was leasing a farm located west of Albany.[3] At that time, he also was a member of a Rensselaerswyck militia company.

In his fifties at the outbreak of hostilities in 1775, traditional resources have called him actively "antiTory." Identified in 1780 as "of the Helderbergs," he thwarted thieves who attempted to rob his house. The Albany Board met at his house on at least one occasion. Later, he was granted a land bounty right in conjunction with the Third Regiment of the Albany County militia.

By the end of the war, he had re-located permanently to the Bethlehem/New Scotland property. In 1790, his household was configured on the Watervliet census.

Jacob Cooper lived until 1813. His will passed probate in June. He had lived more than eighty-seven years.

  1. The Albany City Council [ a roster of officeholders, 1686-1800 ]
  2. Upstate New York in the 1760s: Tax Lists and Selected Militia Rolls of Old Albany County, 1760-1768, compiled by Florence Christoph
  3. Buy High Point, Don’t Let It be Sold Out by John Wolcott