Fleet Cooper, Sr. (1721 - c.1795)

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Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Sampson, North Carolina, United States
Occupation: Soldier - RWV - April 20 1776, minister - Reverend
Managed by: Deanna Jean Mangum
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About Fleet Cooper, Sr.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor #: A025721

"In the name of God, Amen.

I, Fleet Cooper, Senior, of the county of Sampson and state of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory, calling to mind the mortality of my body, do make and ordain this, my last will and testament in the following manner and form:

First: I give to the estate of my son John Cooper, deceased, one cow and calf, he having received part of his legacy in his lifetime.

Likewise to my son FLEET COOPER 136 acres of land where he now lives.

Likewise to my son William Cooper 150 acres of land where he now lives and all the land I own on Sheppard's Branch.

Likewise to my son Coore Cooper the tract of land that I bought of James Bennett and Henry Easterling and 150 acres joining the same; and 150 acres of land at the White Pond and head of the Great Branch.

Likewise to my daughter Elizabeth Wiggins I give five shillings, she having already received her legacy.

Likewise to my daughter Mary Peterson I give five shillings, she having already received as aforesaid.

Likewise to my daughter Grace Holmes I give five shillings, she also having received as aforesaid.

Also to Polly Holmes, daughter of they said Grace Holmes, seventy five acres of land where the said Grace now lives, the right vested in the said Polly after the death of her mother, the said Grace, who is to have her lifetime on the said land.

And all the rest of my property I leave to my son, Coore Cooper, and each legacy to each of the legatees as before mentioned, to them, their heirs and assigns forever.

And I, the said Fleet Cooper, Senior, acknowledge this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal; this 2nd day of July, 1795.

Fleet Cooper, Sr. (Seal)

Test:

Fleet Cooper, Jr.

William Cooper

Abner Fort"

[Note: Will proved by Fleet Cooper Jr. November 1801.]

Oath of Allegiance and Abjuration:

By Act of Assembly passed at Newbern, the 15th of November, 1777. I, A. B., do solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of North Carolina, to the powers and authorities which are or may be established for the government thereof, not inconsistent with the Constitution. And I do solemnly and sincerely declare, that I do believe in my conscience, that neither the King of Great Britain, nor the Parliament thereof, jointly with the said king or separately, or any foreign prince, person, state, or potentate, have or ought to have any right or title to the dominion or sovereignty of this State, or to any part of the government thereof. And I do renounce, refuse, and abjure any allegiance or obedience to them, or any of them, or to any person or persons put in authority by or under them, or any of them. And I will do my utmost endeavors to disclose and make known to the legislative or executive powers of the said State, all treasons and traitorous conspiracies and attempts whatsoever, which I shall know to be made or intended against the said State. And I do faithfully promise that I will endeavor to support, maintain, and defend the independence of the said State, against him the said king and all other persons whatsoever. And all of these things I do plainly and sincerely acknowledge and swear, according to these express words by me spoken, and according to the plain common sense and understanding of the same words, without any equivocation, mental evasion, or secret reservation whatsoever. And I do make this acknowledgment, abjuration, renunciation and promise, heartily, willingly, and truly, so help me God.

Signers:

Henry Cannon Thomas Routledge William Ball

Michael Kenan Richard Herring J. P. Ballard

Robert Dickson Joseph Dicks James Lockart

George Smith Thomas R.

Alexander Gray Edward Toole

Darcy Fowler Fleet Cooper

Richard Clinton William Dickson

J. Spiller J. Rand

John Molton John Wright

Samuel Houston James Kenan

James Sampson William Taylor

Source: North Carolina History and Fiction Digital Library. Copyright 1971...Faison Wells McGowen and Pearl Canady McGowen...The purpose of this book is to illuminate thousands of flashes across the voluminous pages of Duplin's rich history and its local government. Printed in the United States of America by Edwards & Broughton Co., Raleigh, North Carolina

Source: "The Heritage of Sampson County, North Carolina, 1784 - 1984," published by the Sampson County Historical Society, pp. 375-376, #564.

"Fleet Cooper, (1721-1795) one of the original Justices of the Sampson County Court when Sampson became a county in 1784, had a rich heritage. His fifth great-grandfather was John Cooper, Esq. of County Hants in England. John's son, Richard Cooper, owned large estates in Suffolk and Southampton and was allowed to purchase the Manor of Paulett in the 23rd year of Henry VIII (1532). He married June Kingsmill, daughter of John Kingsmill (died 1509) and Joan Gifford, and died 8 May 1566. Wurts, in his seven volume work on the Magna Charta Barons, their ancestors and descendants, traces her descent from John Lackland (King John) and the Plantagenets, Sveide the Viking, and at least four of the Magna Charta Barons elected by the English people in 1215 to see that King John kept his promises made in the Magna Charta. They were Will de Mobray, Robert de Roos, Gilbert Clare, and his father, Gilbert Clare, both barons.

"Richard and June had a son, John Cooper, member of Parliament 1586, who died 1610 having married Martha, daughter of Anthony Skutt. They were parents of Sir John Cooper, Baronet, who married Ann Ashley (died 20 July 1628), daughter and sole heiress of Sir Anthony Ashley and his firs wife Okeover, and died 23 March 1681. Ashley had been knighted for his capture of Callis as Knight of Wemborne, St. Giles, County Dorset, served as Secretary of War under Queen Elizabeth, and Secretary of the Privy Council in the reign of James I. John and Ann's son, Anthony Ashley Cooper, was one of the Lords Proprietors to whom Charles II gave the Carolina Charter in 1663, 'one of the ablest and most prominent statesmen of his time.' He left no heirs.

"His brother, another son of Sir John Cooper and Ann Ashley, was George Ashley Cooper, who was born 22 July 1621 and died 28 Jan. 1682. He married Elizabeth, daughter of John Oldfield, Alderman of London. (a)

"Their son James Cooper of Stratford-on-Avon immigrated to America in 1682 and died in Philadelphia 4 Dec. 1732. He married first Hester and second Mary. James was a first cousin of Judge Cooper of Burlington, N. J. who was father of the author, James Fenimore Cooper. Tradition says that James was a minister and signed a note with some of his parishioners. It was a bad crop year, and they were unable to pay, and the creditors looked to him. At that time in England, when one could not pay a debt, he was put in prison. Out of respect for him, the authorities gave him the choice of coming to America. Tradition further states that he was visiting an old friend, Edward Byllinge, who carried him around and showed him several sites, watching to see which one appealed to him most, then gave him the deed to it the next day. Whether that story be true or not, we do not know, but the deed, dated 21 Sept. 1682, reads: 'Edward Byllinge to James Cooper 50 Acres, consideration ' out of good will and kindness for ye truth's sake he beareth unto you said property.. (b) In December 1684 James patented a lot on Chestnut St. between 4th and 5th Sts. in Philadelphia, across from where the old marble customhouse would later be built. (c) He died in 1732 leaving an incomplete undated will which was allowed to be probated. In it, he mentions wife Mary, daughters Esther Hussey and Rebecca, and sons Isaac, Samuel, William, and Benjamin. (d) Most of their names appear in the records of the Philadelphia Meeting between 1705 and 1729. (e).

"Benjamin Cooper was born in Philadelphia 1701 (a); bought from his father for 40 pounds 300 acres 18 Jan. 1720 (e); and married 28 Nov. 1720 Elizabeth Kelly. (f) Murphy Rowe Cooper, in his book on the Cooper Family, says: 'Benjamin was a visionary man to whom success was always just around the corner. He was on the move seeking greener pastures. In 1725 he moved to Isle of Wight County, Va. Later he moved to Loudoun County where they were living when his son, Fleet, married Marguerite Coore. Still later he moved to Kentucky where he died in 1776.' (g)

"Fleet Cooper was born in Philadelphia 1721; moved with his family to Isle of Wright Co. 1725; spent his youth in Loudoun County where he married 1747 Marguerite Coore; and on 21 Jan. 1764 was a resident of Dobbs Co., N.C. when he bought 100 acres on Great Coharie in Duplin County. (h) He was 17th of 21 signers of the Duplin County Oath of Allegiance and Abjuration passed by the General Assembly at New Bern November 1777. (i) The Governor appointed 12 men as Justices of the newly formed county of Sampson, including Fleet Cooper. At the first session, 21 June 1784, the Court Minutes recorded: 'The Governor's Commission was read appointing the several magistrates to administer Justice in said county, and the following persons...Fleet Cooper...have taken the oath required by law.' (j) His will, dated 2 July 1795, was proved by his son Fleet, Jr. in November Court 1801 but was not recorded until 1828. He mentions son John, deceased, Fleet, Jr., William, Coore, Elizabeth Wiggins, Mary Peterson, and Grace Holmes. (k) A bronze plaque at Concord Crossroads on Highway 24, 6 miles west of Clinton reads: 'Fleet Cooper, Sr., 1722-1795; Civil Officer; Judge, Court of Common Pleas, First Court in Sampson; Signer of Oath of Allegiance and Abjuration for Duplin County; Wed Marguerite Coore 1747 and had issue: John; Fleet, Jr.; William; Coore; Elizabeth; Mary; Grace.'

"Sources: (a) Wurts: Magna Charta Vol. 7 p. 2114; (b) Gloucester Deeds, Trenton, N.J. #1 p. 77-79; (c) Pennsylvania Patent Book A-1 and Philadelphia Exemplification Book 1 p. 65; (d) Philadelphia Will Book E p. 291 #296; (e) (SIC) Hinshaw: Encyclopedia of American Genealogy---Philadelphia Monthly Meeting; (f) Record of Marriages in Christ Church, Philadelphia; (g) Cooper: The Cooper Family p. 74; (h) Sampson Deed Book 1 p. 103; (j) Minutes of Sampson County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions June 1784; (k) Sampson Will Book 8 p. 255. ----Mamie C. Sawyer"

[Info above unproven.]

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Judge Fleet Cooper Sr.'s Timeline

1721
1721
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1747
1747
Age 26
Northampton, North Carolina, United States
1748
1748
Age 27
Duplin County North Carolina
1749
June 1, 1749
Age 28
Bladen, Duplin, North Carolina, USA
1752
1752
Age 31
Duplin County North Carolina
1754
1754
Age 33
Sampson County North Carolina
1758
1758
Age 37
Duplin County North Carolina
1759
1759
Age 38
Duplin County, NC, United States
1760
1760
Age 39
Duplin County North Carolina
1795
July 2, 1795
Age 74