The Cooper family of early Albany descends from Obadiah Cooper, a tailor who settled in Albany before 1720. His large family included several future Albany residents. At least four individuals named "Obadiah Cooper" lived in Albany during the eighteenth century.
In 1790, four Cooper-named households were enumerated on the Albany and Watervliet census.
The "Cooper" name was well-established in several colonies. This exposition focuses on the descendants of Obadiah and Cornelia Gardinier Cooper. Seventeenth-century trader Timothy Cooper does not seem to have been related to Obadiah. Subsequent Coopers in nineteenth-century Albany do not appear to have been related to this family.
Sources: The Cooper family has fewer than fifty named members in the CAP data base. This family profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 9/10/07