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Re: Ft Cooper, Cooper Co, MO
Posted by: Glenda Wolfe Date: January 24, 2002 at 18:54:31
In Reply to: Ft Cooper, Cooper Co, MO by Leona of 494


Central Missouri was a wilderness in 1810 when Benjamin and Sarshall Cooper brought their families to this area. Other families came with them and settled on both sides of the Missouri in what are now Howard and Cooper Counties. The Cole family settled south of the river in what is now Cooper County while most of the other families settled north of the river where there was a flat river bottom that was a mile or two deep and stretched for miles. The settlers cleared the land and built homes. On the north side of the river was a salt lick discovered by the sons of Daniel Boone. This was a valuable resource for the settlers. The Indians were not happy with the settlers who came in and took their land, and often caused problems to the settlers. This caused the settlers to build forts that they could run to for protection. Cooper's Fort was built about 2 miles south of Boon's Lick. (If you find Howard County on the map of Missouri, look for Petersburg. It is where the river makes a curve north at the southwest end of the county) Cooper's Fort was on the little gravel road that goes wes tfrom Petersburg. Nothing remains of the fort, but it is marked as to where it was. (I have a stone that my great aunt said was from the entrance to Cooper's Fort). Fort Kincaid was east southeast, about nine miles distant, and Fort Hempstead was about one and a half miles north of Fort Kincaid. Each fort was a series of log houses, built together around an enclosure. In each house lived a family, and the stock was corraled and the property of the settlers secured at night in the enclosure. (My source is the 'History of Howard and Cooper County', 1883.)
This book lists some of the families in each of the forts. David, Matthew and John Kincaid are listed as residents of Fort Kincaid. Other families at Fort Kincaid are Ashcraft, Barnes, Barclay, Berry, Holem, Burris, Hubbard, Jolly, and others. I know nothing of the Kincaid family, but you might try Howard County to see if anyone there has Kincaid information.
Good luck,
I was born and raised in Cooper County, my grandmother being a descendent of Sarshall Cooper and very proud of it.


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