Abraham Cooper


Abraham Cooper was born in February 1728. He was the son of Obadiah and Cornelia Gardinier Cooper. He grew up in a large family in a modest home on the Southside of Albany . His father died in 1742 and his mother six years later - leaving him a complete orphan at the age of twenty..

In March 1752, he married Catharina Ostrander of Rensselaerswyck at the Albany Dutch church. By 1766, ten children had been christened in Albany where he was an occasional baptism sponsor. His wife may have died about the time of the birth of their last child.

This tailor's son was a weaver and an Albany householder who was appointed constable for the first ward in 1755 and firemaster the year after.

At some time thereafter, he reportedly moved out to Schodack and then to Guilderland in the manor. He is said to have married Lena Van Buren in Kinderhook in June 1779.

In 1766 and '67, his West bank Rensselaerswyck property was valued on Albany County assessment rolls. About that time, his name appeared on the roster of a Rensselaerswyck militia company.

We seek information on his later life and passing.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Abraham Cooper is CAP biography number 455. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 9/15/07