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Hon. Richard Matlack Cooper

Birthplace: Coopers Ferries, Old Gloucester County, New Jersey
Death: March 10, 1843 (75)
Camden, Camden County, New Jersey, USA
Place of Burial: Newton Burying Ground, West Collingswood, Camden County, New Jersey, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Cooper and Abigail Cooper (Matlack)
Husband of Mary Cooper (Cooper)
Father of Elizabeth Cooper; Sarah West Cooper; William M. Cooper; Elizabeth Brown Cooper; Caroline Hull and 5 others
Brother of Daniel Cooper; Charles W. Cooper; Mary Volans and Sarah W. Fisher

Managed by: Tamás Flinn Caldwell-Gilbert
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About Hon. Richard Matlack Cooper

https://archive.org/details/richardhaineshis01hain/page/62/mode/2up page 63

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

COOPER, Richard Matlack, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Gloucester County, N.J., February 29, 1768; completed a preparatory course of studies; engaged in banking; coroner 1795-1799; judge and justice of Gloucester County courts 1803-1823; member of the State general assembly 1807-1810; president of the State Bank of New Jersey at Camden 1813-1842; elected as an Anti- Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1833); declined to be a candidate for reelection; died in Camden, N.J., March 10, 1843; interment in the Newton Burying Ground.

William Cooper (born 1694, died 1767), son of Daniel, had by his first wife, Deborah Medcalf, five children,—Daniel married Mary West, Jacob married Mary Corker, Abigail married William Fisher, Deborah married Restore Lippincott and Mary married Jonathan Lynn,-and by a second wife Mary Rawle, he had one child, Rebecca, who died unmarried.

During the latter part of his life he resided in Philadelphia, where he owned considerable real estate. By his will the balance of his Delaware front estate, lying north of Cooper Street to Pearl Street and from the river to Seventh Street, passed to his grandson, William, the eldest son of his son Daniel.

Daniel Cooper, who, as above mentioned, received one hundred acres from his father, William, in 1744, built the large brick house lately known as Parson’s Hotel, now demolished, near the corner of Front and Federal Streets, where he resided. On its gable was inscribed the initials, “D. C. M., 1764,”—i. e. Daniel and Mary Cooper. Daniel Cooper, son of William, married Mary, daughter of Charles and Sarah (Parsons) West, of Philadelphia, and had three sons,—William, who married Abigail Matlack; James, who married Priscilla Burrough; and Joshua, who married Abigail Stokes.

His son William (born 1740, died 1787), who married Abigail Matlack, daughter of Richard and Mary (Wood) Matlack, had five children, to wit: (1) Daniel (born 1766, died 1804), who married first Elizabeth Rogers, and secondly Deborah Middleton; (2) Richard Matlack Cooper (born 1768, died 1844), who married Mary Cooper; (3) Charles W., who married Susan Flemming, and died without issue; (4) Mary, who married Samuel Volans of Philadelphia; and (5) Sarah W., who married Samuel W. Fisher, of Philadelphia. By will dated February 15, 1768, Daniel Cooper devised the ferry property and adjacent land to his sons, William and Joshua. Daniel married Mary West, daughter of Charles West, of Philadelphia, and died in 1776, leaving three sons,—William, James and Joshua. Jacob Cooper, who received one hundred acres from his father, William, in 1764, after laying out the town plot of Camden, as mentioned above, sold the remainder of his holding October 10, 1781, to his nephew, William Cooper, the son of his brother Daniel. This remainder lay mainly south of Federal Street to Line, and east of West Street, towards Coopers Creek, and is known as Coopers Hill, a name applied to that ground rising from the marsh west of Fourth Street, and south of Bridge Avenue, forming a knoll then covered with stately oak and pine-trees and having on the eastern slope a magnificent. apple orchard. Upon this hill stands the City Hall, the Cooper Hospital, the Haddon Avenue Station and many fine private residences. In 1776 Jacob Cooper gave to five trustees and their successors the lots on Plum (now Arch) Street, at the corner of Fifth and Sixth Streets, in trust to erect a place of worship and make a grave-yard. Joshua Cooper, the youngest son of Daniel, and grandson of Wm. Cooper, of Philadelphia, inherited from his father a portion of his land south from Plum Street (now Arch Street,) and in 1803 laid out a town plot adjoining that of his uncle Jacobs—town of Camden. He established the ferry at the foot of Federal Street, and placed it under the management of his son William, but finally sold it to John D. Wessels. In 1818 Joshua conveyed to Edward Sharp ninety-eight acres of land lying along the river and south of Federal Street, which terminated his interest in this locality. He built and resided in the house No. 224 Federal Street, now occupied by the Camden Safe Deposit Company; afterward removed with his family to New Albany, Ind. Wm. Cooper, the eldest son of Daniel, inherited from his grandfather, Wm. Cooper, of Philadelphia, “the plantation called Cooper's Ferry, wherein my son Daniel now dwells,” which, with other lands purchased from his uncle, Jacob Cooper, comprised the large territory extending from the Delaware River to Sixth Street, between Cooper and Pearl Streets, and from West Street to Coopers Creek, between Federal and Line Streets. He died in 1787, and by will divided the bulk of his real estate between his sons, Daniel and Richard M. Cooper, the land at the foot of Cooper Street, to which belonged the ferry franchise, passing to Daniel, who died intestate in 1804, leaving three daughters,—Mary Ann, who afterwards married William Carman, Abigail and Esther L., whose shares in their father's estate were set off to them in severalty in 1820, with the exception of the share of Mary Ann Carman, which was divided among and sold by her heirs. The remainder of Wm. Cooper's estate vesting in Richard M. Cooper and his nieces, Abigail and Esther L. Cooper, has been kept intact and managed as one property for their mutual benefit, first by Richard M. Cooper and after his death, in 1844, by his son, William D. Cooper, who had, in 1842, laid out into town lots the land between West Street, Broadway, Pine Street and nearly to Benson Street, known as Cooper's Hill. The Cooper Street Ferry, after varying fortunes, with team and steamboats, was finally discontinued soon after the establishment of the West Jersey Ferry at the foot of Market Street, having been for many years an unprofitable asset of Abigail Cooper's share.

The lands lying north of Cooper Street, between that street and Pearl Street, and eastward as far as Sixth Street, were laid out into town lots before 1852, and mainly by Wm. D. Cooper.

Pages 411-412
The History of Camden County, New Jersey
George Reeser Prowell

U.S. Congressman. Born in Gloucester County, New Jersey, he engaged in banking and was the county coroner, (1795-99). He was the judge and justice of Gloucester County courts (1803-23) a member of the New Jersey State General Assembly (1807-18) and president of the New Jersey State Bank, (1813-42). In 1829, he was elected as an Anti- Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses serving until 1833. Declining to be a declined to be a candidate for reelection, he resumed his banking interests until his death at age 75 in Camden, New Jersey.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: May 10 2020, 18:59:26 UTC

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Hon. Richard Matlack Cooper's Timeline

February 29, 1768
Coopers Ferries, Old Gloucester County, New Jersey
Camden County, New Jersey, USA
October 20, 1801
Camden County, New Jersey, USA
Camden County, New Jersey, USA
February 13, 1804
New Jersey, USA
January 4, 1806
Camden County, New Jersey, USA
January 17, 1808
January 22, 1810
Delaware Twp, Camden Co, NJ
May 1, 1812
Camden County, New Jersey, USA