|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1746, Ireland|
|Death: ||May 15, 1798|
South Carolina, USA
On Christmas day 1746, in County Armagh, Ulster, Northern Ireland, Hugh Cooper's wife gave him his first born - a blue eyed boy, whom they named ROBERT.
Robert Cooper was to be the eldest of five children, and when he was about fourteen years old, his father with all his near relatives decided to go to America. They emigrated to the state of New Jersey and resided there from 1760 to 1768.
Robert was apprenticed to his uncle, Robert Gill (1720-1804) to learn the blacksmith trade. A colonial blacksmith wasn't a blacksmith of whom we generally think of making shoes for horses. Instead he was a very fine and versatile craftsman who worked with both hot and cold metal. He worked principally in iron, but could work with pewter, tin, copper and brass as well. He made a diversity of objects. Included in his bewildering variety were locks, keys, hinges, knockers, tools, caskets, candlesticks, cooking utensils, knives, scissors, plates, ornaments, and numerous other objects. His apprenticeship took a number of years before he could enter into the mastership of "Blacksmith". In order to receive this mastership he was given a verbal test and required to do a "masterpiece" which often took a year or more to make. Today fine pieces of old colonial ironwork are collector's items and quite expensive.
Robert Cooper grew to be a man of medium size and height, weighing about one hundred and fifty pounds. He had light brown hair with burnished sandy tones. He was said to have been a very handsome and aggressive man. When he had completed his training as a blacksmith, he met Jane Hamilton while visiting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was love at first sight for both and they were married soon after in New Jersey. Their childern were: Hamilton Cooper b. 5-28-1789, John Cooper b. 10-31-1774, Eleonor Cooper, Hugh Cooper, James Cooper,Jane Cooper,Jonathan Cooper and Mary Cooper, Matthew Cooper,Sarah Cooper,William Cooper.
BURIED IN FISHING CREEK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CEMETERY IN YORK SOUTH CAROLINA, 9 MILES NORTEAST OF CHESTER SOUTH CAROLINA. A MARBLE MARKER STATES "A REVOLUTIONARY CHARACTER AND ACTIVE MEMBER OF SOCIETY"
Hugh Cooper (1720 - 1793)
Mary Kelso Kelsey Cooper Amberson (1730 - 1815)
Jane Hamilton Cooper (1752 - 1823)
John Cooper (1774 - 1868)*
William Gill Cooper (1775 - 1849)*
Jonathan Cooper (1785 - 1882)*
Hamilton Cooper (1789 - 1856)*
Robert Melville Cooper (1790 - 1878)*
Robert Cooper (1746 - 1798)
Robert Cooper (1746 - 1798)**
Elizabeth Cooper Ferguson (1748 - 1803)**
John Cooper (1751 - 1804)*
Jane Cooper (1752 - 1820)*
James Cooper (1758 - 1780)*
William Amberson (1765 - 1849)**
Jane Amberson Nichols Ardrey (1767 - 1831)**
Nancy Agnes Amberson Jones (1769 - 1853)**
Margaret Amberson Whitesides (1771 - 1857)**
Matthew Amberson (1774 - 1846)**
Rebecca Amberson Vandegrift (1777 - 1852)**
Fishing Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Maintained by: Mary Bob McClain
Originally Created by: Sandra
Record added: Dec 05, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10041162
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