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Cooper Genealogy

Cooper Genealogy

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Published by Jeff Martin
Ancestry of George Jefferds Cooper of Kennebunkport.
Ancestry of George Jefferds Cooper of Kennebunkport.

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Published by: Jeff Martin on Mar 16, 2010
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d. 11 Feb. 1683/4 Berwick will 9 Feb. 1683Alexander was supposedly one of the Scottish prisoners taken after the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 and sent towork in the colonies. He was part of Sir David Leslie's Scots army and during the battle on 1st and 2nd of September 1650 about 3,000 Scots were killed and 10,000 taken prisoner. After a week of marching withlittle food and bad water, the remaining 3,000 Scottish prisoners arrived in Durham. The prisoners werehoused in Durham Cathedral with the prisoners and guards stripping the interior to fuel their fires. Thedeaths from starvation and dysentery continued and at times 100 men a day died. After about two monthsabout 150 surviving Scottish captives were sent by sea to London on 11 Nov. 1650 they were put aboardthe "Unity" bound for Boston. About 60 of the prisoners were sent to the Saugus Iron Works and 25 weresent up the Newichawannock River with Richard Leader who was an engineer and director of the SaugusIron Works. Leader put his gang of prisoners to work at the sawmills which numbered about 20 saws.These prisoners were sold for £15-30 each and regained their freedom in five to eight years.“Sander” Cooper settled near the Great Works with other Unity Scotsmen. In 1669, the York County Courtadmonished Cooper and his wife, as well as John Taylor and several other Scotsmen, “for using profanespeeches” and referring to the “divell” in their “common talk.” A few years later, Cooper’s daughter Sarahmarried Scotsman George Gray, who paid his young wife’s fine “for breach of sabboth & for strikeing of Patience Everington.” (
)Alexander had town grants of 60 acres on the brook coming out of Wilcox pond in Berwick on 13 Apr.1671. He purchased 30 acres near White's marsh in 1662. He signed a petition to the General Court in1669..(
)Alexander signed the petition to the General Court at Boston complaining of the sale of Maine toMassachusetts by Ferdinando Gorges' heirs, 28 Mar. 1679..(
)"The last will & testament of Allexander Cooper of Barwicke... give & bequeath my whoole Estate of Land, Cattle Chattles & all moveables & all other appurtenances belonging thereunto unto my onely sonnJohn Cooper... of till John Cooper comes to age of Twenty one yeares being now about sixteen years of age... to Commit... my sonn... untill hee come to age unto my Loveing freinds vidzt Richard Nason Senior,James Warrine Senior, & Peter Grant... wit. John Taylour & George Gray... James Warrine Junior... datedat Barwicke 9 Feb. 1683." The inventory of his estate came to £153/6.(
Issue-2I. JOHN
- b.c.1667,m. 13 Dec. 1692 Kittery,
, will 13 May 1759 Berwick 
) Mass. Archives- Vol.3, p.288(
) Ibid- p.341(
) York Deeds- Vol.5, pt.I, fol.26(
Scots for Sale: Scottish Prisoners in Seventeenth Century Maine and New Hampshire
- Diane Rapaport,in "New England Ancestory"- Vol. 5, No.5/6, p. 26"Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire"- pp.161-2
Petition concerning the sale of Maine to Massachusetts
 b.c.1667m. 13 Dec. 1692 Kittery,
will 13 May 1759 Berwick adm. to Capt. Noah Emery, wife Sarah & son John EmeryJohn was on the jury in 1693 and on the grand jury in 1693 & 1694. He was a constable in 1694-5 and1696.John administered the estate of John Drisco in 1697.After his father-in-law's death he and all Nathan's sons and daughters gave the property to their mother Martha Lord 1 Feb. 1703/4. The deed was signed by John Cooper, Abraham Lord, William Frost, ThomasDowns, Tobias Hanson and Moses Littlefield and witnessed by Benjamin Nason, James Emery, JamesWarren, Jonathan Littlefield and Abigail Littlefield..(
)Daniel Grant of Kittery sold to John Cooper of Kittery his 50 acre grant in Kittery 7 Feb. 1709. The deedwas witnessed by Benjamin and William Lord and James Warren..(
)Martha Lord of Kittery, widow of Nathan Lord sold to her sons-in-law Moses Littlefied, Tobias Hansonand John Cooper the 67 acres which had been granted to Nathan by the town of Kittery 18 Dec. 1652. Thedeed was dated 30 March 1713 and was witnessed by Baker Nason, Benjamin Lord and James Warren.(
)On 15 May 1718 John testified concerning an action brought against him by John Bridges for cutting logsin Berwick in 1714/5.(
) On 14 July 1718 Elisha Plaisted deputy surveyor testified concerning the seizureof the logs cut by John Cooper and James Grant at Berwick..(
)" Aaron Littlefield of Moriel in Canada Son of Moses Littlefield late of Wells... Decd. Do hereby Assignconstitute and Ordain and in my Stead aplace put my Trusty and well beloved Friend John Cooper Senr of Berwick... to be my true Sufficient and Lawful Attorney for me... To Ask Demand Sue for Levy requirerecover and recieve And to take into his Possession & Custody All & Singular Such Estate... I my self having any lawful Right to... as I am Administrator on the Estate of my Father Moses Littlefield... tomanage... the same for my best Advantage & Profit." 15 Sept. 1727. Witnessed by Bridget Gerrish andWilliam Gerrish.(
)On 7 Mar. 1736/7 John Roberts of Falmouth, mariner, and Robert Morrell of Kittery, yeoman, sold for £30to John Cooper of Berwick, 2 1/4 acres of marsh at Fowling Marsh bounded by Philip Mubart deceased,John Hooper, Thomas Goodwin, and Thomas Keney. The deed was signed by John and Mary Roberts,Robert and Sarah Morrell, and Nathaniel and Abigail Perkins. It was witnessed by Simon Lord, JohnJanvarin, John Lord, ( ) Motley, and John Motley.(
)"This Indenture made the Twenty Second Day of September... One Thousand Seven Hundred & Forty Byand Between John Cooper of Berwick... as he is Attorney to Aaron Littlefield of Montreal in Canada... sonof Moses Littlefield late of Wells... Decd... And Benjamin Lord & William Lord junr both of Berwick...Whereas the said Aaron Lottlefield... Recovered Judgment against the sd. Benjamin Lord & William Lord& the sd William Lord junr for Partition to be made of & in a Certain Tract... of Land with the Edifices...Situate in Berwick aforesd. Containing One Hundred & twenty Nine Acres... Bounded... by Lands of Humphrey Chadbourne Esqr... by Lands formerly belonging to John Plaisted Esqr... by the great WorksRiver... by Lands of William Lord... Excepting... One Seventh part of the Same... which was before thatTime set off to John Cooper & Sarah his wife in her Right..." The division was witnessed by Peter Staple,David Clark, Noah Emery and signed by Benjamin Lord, William Lord junr and John Cooper.(

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