Elizabeth Cooper Lansing


Elizabeth Cooper was born in August 1724. She was an older daughter in the very large family of newcomers Obediah and Cornelia Gardinier Cooper. She grew up on the Southside of Albany among other families of former soldiers. Her father died in 1742 and her mother in 1748.

In May 1744, she married Abraham Jac. Lansing at the Albany Dutch church. By 1762, the marriage had produced eleven children. Their names followed traditional family naming practices.

These Lansings lived for a time in Albany. During the 1760s, her husband acquired a farm above Albany and on the eastern side of the Hudson River. There, he founded a "New City" that became the village of Lansingburgh. The family was living there by the time Abraham Jacobse Lansing died - probably in the summer of 1780.

After that, Elizabeth most likely went to live with her children or with other kin in Dutchess County.

Elizabeth filed a will in September 1780. It stated that she was late of Albany, a widow, and weak in body. Her will passed probate in April 1783. Elizabeth Cooper Lansing had lived almost fifty-nine years.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Elizabeth Cooper Lansing is CAP biography number 477. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 8/15/09