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Peter Cooper

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, present United States
Place of Burial: Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of N/a (1578-?) Cooper
Husband of Mrs. Emme Cooper CLARK
Father of Mary Cooper; Samuel Cooper; Deborah Hazeltine and Sarah Cooper

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Immediate Family

About Peter Cooper

Note: Do not confuse with Peter Cooper of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, buried there 28 Feb 1678.

Peter Cooper may have come to New England in 1635 on the ship "Susan and Ellen", at the age of twenty-eight. He settled in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, and was the owner of a house lot of an acre-and-a-half as early as 1643.

Peter Cooper married Emme (or Amelia or Ame) Clark on 31 March 1644. Peter and Emme had four children: three daughters and one son, Samuel Cooper, who was born 8 December 1646. He married Mary Harriman, 25 June 1691 in Rowley. Samuel and Mary had six children: Samuel, Mary, Peter, Hannah, Moses and Leonard. Peter Cooper died at Rowley on 15 January 1667 at the age of 59.

Discussion

  • Some sources state that Peter Cooper was 26 when he immigrated to New England, which would mean that he was born c.1609. This conflicts with other evidence listing his DOB as 1607.
  • It has been claimed that Peter Cooper served as a militia man during King Philip's War, but as pointed out in A Rabble in Arms: Massachusetts Towns and Militiamen During King Philip's War, by Kyle F. Zelner, Cooper died approximately eight years before the war began.
  • Although listed in The Great Migration" Volume II, C-F by Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn, Jr., Melinde Lutz Sanborn, ©2001 as having immigrated in 1635: "On 13 April 1635, "Peter Cooper", aged 28, was enrolled at London as a passenger on the Susan & Ellen [Hotten 59]", there are reasons to doubt this

conclusion. No record exists for Peter Cooper in New England for the years 1635-1641. While the man who came on the Susan and Ellen in 1635 and the man who lived inRowley might be the same, it is far from certain.

  • A man named Peter Cooper was buried in Rehoboth, Massachusetts on 28 Feb 1678. This Peter Cooper was buried in Rowley in 1667. It is likely that the two different Peter Coopers have been confused by historians for centuries.

Sources

  • "'Descendants of Peter COOPER of Rowley, Massachusetts'", written by Albion K.P. Cooper of Brooklyn, New York, printed by Thurston and Company, Portland, Maine, 1885; reprinted in the Maine Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume Two, Number Two, 1885.
  • A Rabble in Arms: Massachusetts Towns and Militiamen During King Philip's War, by Kyle F. Zelner, NYU Press, 2009 - History - 325 pages.
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Peter Cooper's Timeline

1607
February 1607
Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
1642
April 2, 1642
Age 35
Colony, Laurel, Kentucky
June 2, 1642
Age 35
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, present United States
1646
December 8, 1646
Age 39
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
1650
August 30, 1650
Age 43
Rowley, Massachusetts
1652
June 14, 1652
Age 45
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1667
January 15, 1667
Age 59
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, present United States
1668
January 15, 1668
Age 59
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1944
December 16, 1944
Age 59
1945
January 19, 1945
Age 59