Thomas Cooper, Sr. (c.1604 - 1690) MP

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Birthplace: Hingham, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
Occupation: grocer, farmer, attorney
Managed by: David Prins
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About Thomas Cooper, Sr.

Our Cooper lineage starts with one Thomas Cowper(Cooper) who was born ca 157x in Hingham, Norfolk, England. Little is known of this Thomas. As his son, Thomas, was a grocer, we can assume he was a tradesman or maybe specifically a grocer. We do know from Hingham, Norfolk parish records that he died 22 Feb. 1611. The name of his wife is unknown. The parish records do spell out the names and date of baptism of his children.

References: TAG:V131:151-154; FH127:Gen.9:26.

Deacon Thomas Cooper, the second son and child of the above Thomas Cooper was bp 19 Jan 1604. He married Rachel (–) in1627 while still in Hingham, Norfolk l. Rachel (–) died at Rehoboth, Ma. prior to 19 Oct. 1656, at which time Deacon Thomas married, as his second wife, Ann (–) Bosworth who was the widow of Zaccheus Bosworth of Boston, Ma. Deacon Thomas Cooper died at Rehoboth, Ma 17 March 1690.

Deacon Thomas Cooper came to New England in 1638 on the ship Diligent, John Martin-Master, which sailed from Ipswich, Suffolk and arrived at Boston on 10 August 1638. He brought his wife, Rachel, and two of his children, i.e., Thomas, Jr. age eight and daughter, Elizabeth age one. The earlier born children of Thomas and Rachel had already died. Thomas, Jr. married Mary Kingsbury in 1658 while daughter Elizabeth married Henry Smith in 1657.

Upon arriving in New England, Deacon Thomas and his family settled in Hingham, Ma. Most of the families that came over on the ship Diligent in 1638 joined the Thomas Cooper family in the town of Hingham. Of note, being of our lineage, are Joseph and Rebecca Clark Peck, Edward and Mary Clark(sister of the above Rebecca Clark) Gilman, John and Mary (–) Folsom, Philip and Jane (–) James and brothers John and James Buck.

Upon arriving in New England, Deacon Thomas and his family settled in Hingham, Ma. Most of the families that came over on the ship Diligent in 1638 joined the Thomas Cooper family in the town of Hingham. Of note, being of our lineage, are Joseph and Rebecca Clark Peck, Edward and Mary Clark(sister of the above Rebecca Clark) Gilman, John and Mary (–) Folsom, Philip and Jane (–) James and brothers John and James Buck.

Our Deacon Thomas Cooper was, as his title indicates, quite active in the church. Today we see, in the case of a Presbyterian Church that, at any one time, there are several Elders and Deacons. A Presbyterian church of two to three hundred members can easily have twelve to fifteen each of Elders and Deacons who play and active role in the administration and outreach of the church. However, in our early Puritan New England, the role of the very few Elders and Deacons was far more extensive in the daily lives of the members of the church. The Deacons and Elders were the “moral managers” of the community including personal conduct, relationships, vocational and recreational activities, civic operations, etc. They definitely had an elevated position in the community.

As noted previously, our Thomas Cooper was a tradesman, i.e., grocer, as well as a farmer. The vast majority of people in these early communities had farms of varying size. Some were for personal consumption and some were for commerce. Corn was frequently the common currency. Thomas took the oath of Freeman on 13 March 1639. His signature, as noted in the Hingham records, was “Thomas Coop”. He, with his family, removed to Rehoboth, Ma. in 1643 where he had a farm property. He was a town officer and acted a an attorney for Mrs. Anne Palsgrave in 1656. In smaller communities, many persons assumed the role of “attorney”, i.e., acting as a spokesperson and/or representative for a defendant. Usually this was based upon the fact that they have personal and relevant knowledge of the situation brought to the court. All of the children of Thomas and Rachel (–) Cooper were born at Hingham, Norfolk, England except Rebecca and Nathaniel who were born at Hingham, Ma.

References: TAG: V13:151-154; PH7:181; FH127: Gen8: 39-40; PH217:192.

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  1. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley page 181. COOPER, Thomas ( -1690) (called brother by Henry SMITH 1647, called brother by Joseph PECK, mentioned in will of Margaret KINGSBURY 1660) & 1/wf Rachel ? ; in Eng., ca 1627; Hingham/ Rehoboth. & 2/wf Ann BOSWORTH (-1680/1), w Zaccheus; 17 Oct 1656; Boston/ Rehoboth
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Dea. Thomas Cooper, of Hingham's Timeline

1595
1595
Hingham, Norfolkshire, England, United Kingdom
1603
January 29, 1603
Hingham, Norfolk, England
January 29, 1603
Hingham, Norfolkshire, England, United Kingdom
January 29, 1603
Hingham, Norfolk, England
1604
January 19, 1604
Hingham, Norfolk, England
January 19, 1604
Hingham, Norfolk, England
January 29, 1604
Hingham, Norfolk, England
1606
February 8, 1606
Age 2
Hingham, Norfolkshire, England, United Kingdom
1627
1627
Age 22
Hingham, Norfolk, England
1628
June 15, 1628
Age 24
Prob. England