The Cooper Family

[This section is a work in progress. There may be genealogical errors. It is not meant to be a complete Cooper Family Tree, rather portions relevant to the History of Rockleigh Borough. Corrections or clarifications are welcome: ewa1@columbia.edu]
Much of the Cooper Family has been provided courtesy of  Arthur Earl Hillier, a Cooper descendent.

     
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Albert Cooper House

 

1.      Claes Jansen (Van Purmarent) Cuyper (<1637 - 28 Nov 1688, Bergen Reformed Dutch Church, Jersey City, NJ) m. after 11 Nov 1656 (banns), NY Dutch Church, New Amsterdam, Annetje Van Vorst  (<1639-1725, Bergen Reformed Dutch Chyd. Jersey City), NJ) daughter of Cornelis Van Vorst. Claes was a cooper. In 1671 he obtained a NJ Patent for 640 acres at Nyack. He appears to have sold by 1684 a good portion, if not all, of his Nyack lands to Dowe Harmensen Tallman who is acknowledged first settler of the region.

Claes & Annetje had eleven children, the second of whom was Cornelis Claesen (1659-1731).

2ii.         Cornelius Claesen Cuyper/Kuyper (Bap. 21 Mar 1659, New York Dutch Church., New Amsterdam - 5 Mar 1731, Upper Nyack, Orange Co. - now Rockland Co.,- NY) came to the Rockland area about 1686 where he apprenticed as a waterman out of Upper Nyack. By age 21 he was a captain of a sloop carrying freight on the Hudson. He settled in Upper Nyack on lands he inherited from his father and became one of the leading men in Orange County.  He m. 11 Dec 1681 at Flatbush RDC, Brooklyn, NY, Aeltie Teunissen Bogert (Bap. 8 Sep 1661, Brooklyn Reformed Dutch Church - aft 18 Nov 1731) daughter of Teunis Gybertsen Bogaert of Wallabout. In 1716 Cornelis purchased 256 acres in South Kinderkamack (now Oradell) from Jean Demarest which, when he died intestate, came to his son Derck.*

Cornelis & Aeltie had fifteen children, the ninth of whom was Dirck (Derrick).

* Rosalie Fellows Bailey: "Pre-Revolutionary Dutch Houses and Families in 
Northern New Jersey and Southern New York
." Dover Press, 1968. Page 282.

3ix.       Dirck (Derrick/Richard) Cuyper/Kuyper  (Bap. 13 Oct 1696, Tappan, Rockland Co., NY - 2 Oct 1753, Oradell/New Milford area, bur.  So. Schraalenburgh Chyd., Bergenfield, Bergen Co., NJ) m. 31 mar 1722 (banns), Tappan Reformed Dutch Church, Tappan, Rockland Co., NY, Cathalin Van Pelt/Pel (c.1696/1704 -  17 Jan 1745, bur. So. Schraalenburgh Chyd., Bergenfield, Bergen Co., NJ). They settled on the inherited Oradell lands and built their house on Kinderkamack Road.*

Dirck Cuyper & Cathalin Van Pelt had eight children:

    i. Aeltjen "Aletta" (1723-?) m. Cornelius Van Horn;
   ii. Cornelis (1724-?);
  iii. Aert (1791-1814) m. Trintje Lozier;
  iv. Richard "Dirik" (1728-?);
   v. John (1731-?) m. Anna Maria "Polly" Goetschius;
  vi. Petrus (1733-?);
 
vii. Hendrick "Henry" (1735-?) m. Margaret "Grietje" Voorhees; and
viii. Thunis/Tunis (1739-1798) m Margaret "Grietje" Banta.**

* Rosalie Fellows Bailey: "Pre-Revolutionary Dutch Houses and Families in 
Northern New Jersey and Southern New York
." Dover Press, 1968. Page 282.
** 
Maria (aka Ree) Pratt Hopper: REE'S FAMILY TREES ROOTS AND BRANCHES
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~reetrees/bhome.index.html

4i.      Cornelis Cuyper/Cooper (27 Sep 1724 - c.1794) was a tanner by trade and farmed 70 acres of land off Kinderkamack Road in Oradell. He m. 3 Mar 1751 Marritie Van Dien, daughter of Dirck Van Dien (1699 in Hackensack, NJ - ?) & Cattryna Outwater (24 May 1710 -1751). They built a house c.1751 at what would become Sholdier's Hill on the west side of Kinderkamack Road less than a mile north of his parents homestead. Cornelis and Marritie had nine children.*

* Rosalie Fellows Bailey: "Pre-Revolutionary Dutch Houses and Families in 
Northern New Jersey and Southern New York
." Dover Press, 1968. Page 282.

4vi.    Petrus/Peter Cuyper/Cooper (6 Oct 1733 - ?) m. 11 Aug 1759 Elizabeth Zabriskie.

Petrus Cuyper & Elizabeth Zabriski had five children:

    i. Elizabeth (1773-?) m. Henry Cooper,
   ii. Cathlyntje "Tyne",
  iii.  Richard (?-?) m. Hannah Cooper,
  iv. Letty (1777-1859) m. David Ackerman.
   v. Peter.

5ii.     Cathlyntje "Tyne" Cooper (30 Aug 1769, RDC Bergenfield - ?) married Lucas Cooper, her cousin, son of Hendrick Cooper (Petrus' brother) & Margrietie Voohees. [See Lucas Cooper, below]

4vii.   Hendrick/Henry "Old Cooper" Kuyper/Cooper (Bap. 23 Nov 1735, Hackensack Reformed Dutch Church, Hackensack, Bergen County, NJ - ?) m. ca 1761 Margrietie (Grietje) Voorhees (11 Oct 1741, Hackensack Reformed Dutch Church, Bergen Co., NJ - 27 Feb 1795).

They had nine children, the first of whom was Lucas.*

* Maria (aka Ree) Pratt Hopper: REE'S FAMILY TREES ROOTS AND BRANCHES
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~reetrees/bhome.index.html

5i.     Lucas Cooper (1764-Apr 1837), blacksmith, son of Hendrick Kuyper & Margrietie Voorhees, married a cousin Cathlyntje "Tyne" Cooper (30 Aug 1769, RDC Bergenfield - ?) called "Old Miss Cooper", daughter of Petrus Kuyper (Hendrick's Brother) & Elizabeth Zabriskie. [1]  Lucas and Tyne lived first at Tenafly then moved north close to the state border near "the old battery Sneden's Fields". [According to W.S. Gillman, this location was mentioned in connection with a lot purchased by Henry Conklin.] [1]  . Lucas and Tyne are buried in the Old Rockland Cemetery (poss. Palisades (NY) Cemetery).

[1] Lewis F. Concklin, 29 Nov 1899, 
Winthrop S. Gilman: Local History, m/s #13, Palisades Free Library

Lucas Cooper & Tyne Cooper had eight children including:

    i. Peter (14 Jan 1789 -?) m Maria Westervelt, 5 children,
   ii. Henry (16 Aug 1792 -  c.1820, Florida) did not marry, but traveled extensively,
  iii. James "Cose" m. Wynchy -?-, 1 daughter,
  iv. Margaret "Peggy" (1798-1872),
   v. Richard (1801-?),
  vi. Albert "Obb"  (1804-1867),
 vii. Elizabeth "Bets" (1807 - ?),
viii. Hanna
"Nautchy" (16 Jul 1812 -?).

6iv.    Margaret "Peggy" Cooper (22 Dec 1798 - 11 Mar 1872), daughter of Lucas Cooper & Tyne Cooper, married 12 Feb 1818 George Marsh Quidor (1789- 22 Oct 1870), son of George Quidor & Sarah Marsh of Palisades, NY. In 1837, George M. Quidor built a wooden frame house in Palisades [now 380 Oak Tree Road].

Children of Peggy Cooper & George Quidor included

    i. George Quidor,
   ii. Henry Lucas Quidor,
  iii. Joseph Marsh
Quidor,
  iv. Albert
Quidor,
   v. Nathan Kellog
Quidor,
  vi. Sarah Elizabeth
Quidor,
 vii. Warren Quidor (1835-1900),
viii. Edward
Quidor,
  ix. Mary
Quidor (1840-?) m Jacob Post.

6vi.     Albert "Obb" Cooper (4 Aug 1804 [1] - 12 Jan 1866 [2]) son of Lucas Cooper & Tyne Cooper,  married c.1826 Mary Ann Concklin (3 Dec 1803 - 25 Jun 1880), daughter of 3rd Jacob Conklin & Mary Quidor and grand daughter of 2nd Jacob Conklin & Elizabeth Gesner. [see Conklin Family]

Albert ("Obb") and  Mary Ann Conklin-Cooper had seven children:

    i. Elizabeth Ann (1827- ?),
   ii. George Henry (1829-1899),
  iii. Jacob Albert (14 July 1831 -?),
  iv. Nicholas Levi (1834-1897),
   v. Mary Caroline (1837-?),
  vi. Sarah Jane "Old Sal" (1840 -?),
 vii. James Polk (1844-).
[1,2]

By 1827, Obb had built a house in the Dutch Style on the west side of Snedens Landing Road. The Albert Cooper House was erected on Gesner land inherited by his wife, Mary Ann Concklin, from grandparents Jacob Concklin Jr. and Elizabeth Gesner.

"Albert Cooper, who was tall, well-formed, broad-shouldered man, with a slight stoop, was a blacksmith, and his ship next south of the Nicholas Gesner house was there in the [eighteen] sixties.... He was full of dry humor, and a diligent, hard-working, honest citizen." Lewis F. Concklin, 29 Nov 1899 [3]

[1]  Alice Munro Haagensen: "Palisades and Snedens Landing, From the Beginning of History
to the Turn of the Twentiewth Century"
, page 218. Pilgrimage Publishing, Tarrytown, NY, 1986. 
[2] Winthrop S. Gilman: Local History, m/s #13, Palisades Free Library
[3] Lewis F. Concklin, 29 Nov 1899, Winthrop S. Gilman: Local History
m/s #13, Palisades Free Library

"Obb" Cooper opened his shop and forge just north of his dwelling. He was known as an able blacksmith as "everybody in town took their horses and oxen to be shoed by Obb Cooper". The forge became a place for local news and conversation.[1,2]   Obb often worked for Nicholas Gesner on his farm next door. 

The 1850 Federal census lists Albert Cooper (46, blacksmith), Mary Ann (47), George H. (21, R.R. Fireman)Jacob A. (19, carpenter), Nicholas (16, farmer), Mary C. (13), Sara J. (10), James Polk (6). Sarah J Whitehead (18)*
The 1860 census lists Albert Cooper (55, Blacksmith), Mary Ann (56, Mistress), Sarah Jane (20, House help), James P. (16).**

* 1850 Federal Census, Harington Township, Bergen Co, N page 285 [Image 18]
** 1860 Federal census, Harrington Township, Bergen Co., NJ. page 121.

The 1880 census for Orangetown, NY, lists, on 4 June, Mary Ann Cooper (77, keeping house, suffering from Dropsy) in her daughter Elizabeth's household [See Elizabeth Ann Cooper, below]. Cooper heirs were to occupy the Albert Cooper House until 1946. 

[1]  Alice Munro Haagensen: "Palisades and Snedens Landing, From the Beginning of History
to the Turn of the Twentiewth Century"
, page 218. Pilgrimage Publishing, Tarrytown, NY, 1986. 
[2] Winthrop S. Gilman: Local History, m/s #13, Palisades Free Library
[3] 1880 Federal Census, Palisades (1st Dist.), Orangetown, Rockland Co, NY, Page 6B, Dist 53.

7i.     Elizabeth Ann Cooper (27 February 1827 - ?), daughter of Albert "Obb" Cooper & Mary Ann Conklin, m. on 28 Sep 1858, at the Palisades M.E. Church*, John Rogers Woolsey.

 They had more than four children:

    i. Mary Cooper Woolsey (Aug 1852*** -?).
 
 ii. Minni Woolsey (c.1857**-?)
  iii. Albert Woolsey (c.1859**-?)
  iv. Carrie Woolsey (c.1863**-)

* Married by Rev. David E. Frambey, Records of the Palisades M. E. Church.
m/s Palisades Free Library, Palisades, NY
** US Census 1880, New York, Rockland, Orangetown.

*** Baptized 26 Jun 1853 by Rev Benj. Day at Palisades M.E. Church
Records of the Palisades M. E. Church.  m/s Palisades Free Library, Palisades, NY

The 1880 US census lists in Orangetown, NY, among Palisades residents, Mary Ann Woolsey (head, 52), Minnie (23, daughter), Albert (21, son), Carrie (17, daughter), William Munson (son in law, 26, wife of Mary Ann), Bessie (3, grand daughter), and Mary Ann Cooper (mother, 77, with Dropsey). Mary Anne would die within 21 days of the census.

7ii.    George Henry Cooper (17 Feb 1829 - 2 Aug 1899 at 70), son of Albert "Obb" Cooper & Mary Ann Conklin, railroad fireman and later engineer, m. on 7 Jan 1855 Sarah Maria Speer.

Children included:

    i. Albert (1856-?),
  ii. George Milton (25 Dec 1863 - Feb 1912),
  iii. Christie E. (17 Mar 1866 - 3 Mar 1876),
  iv. Armenia (3 Jul 1869 -?),
   v. Charles Bonney (5 May 1873 -?).    

7iii.    Jacob Albert Cooper (14 July 1831 -?), son of Albert Cooper & Mary Ann Conklin.

7iv.    Nicholas Levi Cooper (27 Aug 1834 - 19 Sep 1897, at 154 Straight St, Paterson, NJ), railroad mechanic, son of Albert "Obb" Cooper & Mary Ann Conklin, m. 14 Mar 1858 Ann Elizabeth Speer.

Children included:

    i. Mary E. (1859-1877);
   ii. Georgeanna (1861-?) m. 23 Nov 1886 George Roberts and resided at 19 Pearl St, Patterson, NJ.;
  iii. Francis Emma (1866 - 6 Dec 1906) m. 28 Jan 1890 Charles Ford Bonney;
  iv. Rachel Ellen (31 Oct 1870, Paterson - 20 Mar 1919, Paterson) m. 29 Aug 1897 Leonard Augustus Potter;
   v. Elmer C. (17 Dec 1877 - 18 Jun 1946) m. Grace Vreeland. 

7v.     Mary Caroline Cooper (29 Mar 1837 - 21 Jan 1870), daughter of Albert "Obb" Cooper & Mary Ann Conklin,  married 4 Jun 1856 at Palisades M.E. Church* Jacob Moore (c.1830-?), a carpenter and cobbler who lived directly across Sneden Landing Road.

Children include:
    i. Charles Moore (c.1859-1883),
   ii. Mary Etta Moore (1862*-?),
  iii. George J. Moore (1865*-c.1938),
  iv. Helena Moore (?-?),
   v. John Moore (?-?). [see Moore Family]

* Married by Rev. David E. Frambey. Records of the Palisades M. E. Church.
ms in Collection of the Palisades Free Library, Palisades, NY

7vi.     Sarah Jane "Old Sal" Cooper  (12 Jun 1840 -?), daughter of Albert "Obb" Cooper & Mary Ann Conklin, married 24 Dec 1868 John W. Hagen of Palisades, son of Mortimer Hagen & Eliza Golden. John Hagen could neither read nor write.

7vii.    James Polk Cooper (4 Jul 1844* - ?), son of Albert "Obb" Cooper & Mary Ann Conklin, m. Sarah Ann Conklin of Alpine.

* Baptized 8 Apr 1845 by Rev F. Lummis at Palisades M.E. Methodist Church
Records of the Palisades M. E. Church. m/s Palisades Free library, Palisades, NY

 

6vii.  Elizabeth "Bets" Cooper (15 May 1807- 25 Nov 1864)[1] daughter of Lucas Cooper & Tyne Cooper,  married on 15 Oct 1831 Jacob Gesner, son of Nicholas Gesner [2]   [see Gesner Family]

[1] Gravestone, Maple Grove Cemetery, New Hempstead, Rockland Co, NY
[2] Winthrop S. Gilman: Local History, m/s #16, Palisades Free Library

Unattached Coopers:

Geo. Cooper m. c.1904 Mary ? (1882-?). Daughter Edna A. (1906-?). 

 References 

1.  Alice Munro Haagensen: "Palisades and Snedens Landing, From the Beginning of History
to the Turn of the Twentiewth Century"
, page 218. Pilgrimage Publishing, Tarrytown, NY, 1986. 

2Maria Ferdon Journal - Part 1, Bergen County Historical Society.

 

   

Written and compiled by E. W. April, 2002
updated, 2007