Here’s how their family view looks in my Legacy database. Pretty sparse, right?
They are mentioned in the book Contributions for the Genealogies of the First Settlers of the Ancient County of Albany, from 1630-1800 by Prof. Jonathan Pearson, copyright 1872, page 34.
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Although I have placed a red heart next to the Cooper’s I have attached to my tree, I strongly suspect most or all of the Cooper’s living in the area at this time, are somehow connected.
What more can I learn about my 5th great grandparents, Obadiah and Lena, by spending time researching them today?
I’ve found this, from the American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Although, I’ve always placed little relevance to this source because I’ve never looked directly at the actual item reference, this can give us clues as we look further.
Name: Obadiah Cooper
Birth Date: 1752
Birthplace: New York
Page Number: 195
Reference: Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 19 Aug 1931, 820
One of the hints on Ancestry is the U.S., Revolutionary War Pensioners, 1801-1815, 1818-1872
Obadiah certainly would have been about the right age to have served during the Revolutionary War. But, with so many Obadiah Coopers in the New York area, I cannot determine if this is actually him.
Another record is also a possible match, but I can’t confirm this one either. U.K. and U.S. Directories, 1680-1830, which is indexed as follows:
Name: Obadiah Cooper
Location: Albany New York
Address(es): 150, s. Pearl, Albany, New York
Source Date: 1814
Source Info: Listed in The Albany Directory ... June 1, 1814, 1814, FRY, Joseph. Albany; Printed by H.C. Southwick, and Packard & Van Benthuysen
Further research shows a reference to an Alphabetical Roster of the State Troops for New York in the Revolution. You can see that there were 9 Obadiah Coopers listed.
I have been able to locate the marriage record for Obadiah & Lena in the U.S. Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-1989. I’ve found this record set contains many of my family members and has given me great clues to go forward with.
After a couple of hours of poking around on Ancestry, I’m really no further ahead with this ancestor. Let me go take a look on MyHeritage and Family Search. As we know, FindAGrave records are included on the Ancestry website. However, I will still do my own search on FindAGrave.
The searches on My Heritage, Family Search and FindAGrave did not turn up any further information for me.
What’s next? I am going to add my Cooper family to my To Do list for my visit to the Family History Library in late February. I will be attending the Rootstech conference. But, my friend, Pam, and I will be staying extra days in order to spend time at the FHL. This will be my 4th visit there and I always find new information.
I’ll update you as to what, if anything, I turn up for this family.
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