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Coopers of Botetourt County, VA 1780-1826
Posted by: Jan Swart (ID *****3109) Date: July 14, 2012 at 15:30:51
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Does anybody know anything about this Cooper family? If so, please contact me!

There was a Botetourt County VA Cooper named Nathaniel Cooper who bought land on Back Creek on the Roanoke River in Botetourt County,VA probably in the period 1780-1800. This land was on the north side of "Back Creek" and adjoining the lands of Samuel Ferguson, David Ferguson, William Faris, Samuel Grist. There is a Nathaniel Cooper listed at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, I don't know if this is the same Nathaniel Cooper or not.


I believe his son was a John Cooper whose wife's name was Sarah Cooper.

My direct ancestor and great-grandfather, Caleb C. Baker married John and Sarah Cooper's daughter, Lucinda "Lucy" Cooper on 3 Oct 1821 in Botetourt County, VA. It was Caleb C. Baker's second wife and Lucy Cooper must have been under the age of 21 to get permission to marry.

In a letter 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 minister's report of Joel Crumpacker, a John Cooper marrying a Maryann Hannan, perhaps this is Lucinda "Lucy's" Cooper Baker's brother. (Caleb C. Baker's first wife was a Hannan).

Lucy Cooper Baker's mother, Sarah Cooper, lived in Back Creek, off the waters of the Roanoke River in Botetourt County. We find her and five children listed under her own name both in the 1810 Federal Census and in the 1820 Federal Census and 1820 Botetourt County VA Census. As the listed head of household, she appears to be living without John Cooper.

My Caleb C. Baker and Lucinda "Lucy" Baker eventually sold the land mentioned above 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.


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