This is Baker researcher Jan Swart. I am looking for descendants of Nathaniel Cooper from the counties of Bedford/Franklin/Botetourt County VA. in the time frame of 1770-1840.
I believe Nathaniel Cooper may have been the same Nathaniel Cooper listed under Captain Thomas Buford’s Volunteer Company, raised in Bedford County, who formed part of the army under General Andrew Lewis at the battle with the Indians at Point Pleasant Ky on the 10th of October, 1774.
Nathaniel Cooper had a son John Cooper who married Sarah "Sally" Cooper. Their daughter was Lucinda "Lucy" Cooper who married my great-great grandfather, Caleb C. Baker in Botetourt County VA on 3 Oct 1821 in Botetourt County, VA. She was Caleb C. Baker's second wife and Lucy Cooper must have been under the age of 21 to get permission to marry from her father.
In their wedding file dated 1 Oct 1821 there is a letter written by her father, John Cooper, who says, “I do hear in presence of Benjamin Fares acknowledge myself willing for Caleb Baker to have my daughter Lucy and please to issue the lisons(license) as it is not convenient for me to come myself and in so doing you will much oblige Sarah Cooper.” (Source: Botetourt County Circuit Court Docs – 1821)
There was in the same year of 1821, on the 9th of August 1821, in the same minister's report of Joel Crumpacker from Botetourt County, a John Cooper marrying a Maryann Hannan. I believe this is Lucinda "Lucy's" Cooper Baker's brother. (Caleb C. Baker's first wife was a Hannan).
Caleb C.Baker and Lucy Cooper sold land on the north side of "Back Creek" adjoining the lands of Samuel Ferguson, David Ferguson, William Faris, Samuel Grist to a Martis Faris in Botetourt County in Nov of 1825, just before they left Botetourt County and moved to the Nashville, Tennessee area for several years, (before moving to Ohio and eventually to Linn County, Iowa in 1851, where Caleb C. Baker died in 1853 in the Cedar Rapids area.) In 1827 Martin Faris sold that same land designated as "formerly claimed by the heirs of Nathaniel Cooper", deceased, and conveyed by Caleb Baker and wife to the said Martin Faris and bound as followeth to wit by the land of Samuel Ferguson, David Ferguson to Pleasant Blankenship in April of 1827", land on Back Creek, the waters of Roanoke.
I recently found a three-page Franklin County Virginia Chancery suit at the Library of Virginin called, Ezekiel Simmons against "the heirs of Nathaniel Cooper-1827."
This suit was against the admininistrix Sarah"Sally" Cooper and her husband administrator John Cooper (my Lucinda Cooper's parents) by other heirs in the estate of John's father, Nathaniel Cooper. Heirs appear to be a couple of John and Sarah's children including the Lucy Cooper who married my Caleb Baker. I believe Lucy had a brother, John Cooper who married MaryAnn Hannan who was likely the sister of Caleb C. Baker's first wife, Jane Hannan. The suit heirs are:
....Ezeckiel Simmons and Patsy, his wife; Arthur Cooper; Amos Grace? and Elizabeth, his wife, John Cooper; Caleb Baker and Lucy his wife; Burnett Cooper;
I believe Nathaniel Cooper has a brother Arthur Cooper and perhaps a brother John Cooper. Patsy "Patty" Cooper, was a daughter of Nathanial Cooper, (it says on her marriage record). She married Ezekiel Simmons on 12 Jul 1797 in Franklin County, Va. pg 18.
Does anybody recognize this Cooper family?
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