|Birth: ||1591, England|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 1683|
Deacon John Cooper was with Rev. Lothrop's group of Separatists in Scituate, Massachusetts. He probably came with him from Southwark, England, across the Thames River from London.
He married Priscilla Carpenter, the widow of William Wright, on 27 Nov 1634 at Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
According to Plymouth Historian, William T. Davis, Priscilla was the mother or grandmother of Richard Cooper [1639-1724]. It seems quite clear by his will that Dea. John Cooper had no children. Davis also believed that Priscilla Carpenter and William Wright were the parents of Richard Wright, who married Hester Cooke. It seems most likely that Richard Cooper was a son of Humilitie Cooper and Richard Wright, who were probably living in the same household... like siblings. Humilitie was "sent for" back to England and died there before 1651. She had an adult baptism at Holy Trinity of the Minories in London in 1639, right about the time that Richard Cooper was born.
Deacon John Cooper may have been a first cousin to Humilitie Cooper, although much older than her. Humilitie Cooper was a daughter of Robert Cooper & Joan Greshom, and a granddaughter of Edmund Cooper & Mary Wyne of Henlow, Bedfordshire, England. It is likely that Deacon John Cooper was also a grandson of Edmund Cooper & Mary Wyne, perhaps by their son John Cooper who moved to London. Lydia Cooper, wife of Nathaniel Morton, was Dea. John Cooper's sister. Perhaps also Ann Cooper, wife of Ephraim Morton. They may have all been members of the Separatist group in Southwark. That may have been where the passengers of the "Speedwell" went after the "Mayflower" set sail for America.
The Last Will and Testament of John Cooper of Barnstable late dedeased, exhibited to the Court held att Plymouth the fift of March 1683/84 on the oathes of John Finney and Job Crocker as followeth.
I John Cooper haveing Reason to expect my Great Change neare do make this my Last Will and Testament wherin I freely Resigne my spiritt to God that Gave it and my body to the dust by decent buriall when the Lord shall put an end to mydayes heer, in Comfortable hope of a future happy estate in Glory for the merritt sake alone of my Blessed Redeemer as for what estate the Lord hath given mee my will is that all my debts being justly and in Conscience due to any person shal be honestly payed; and then what is left shal be wholly at the disposal of my loveing wife Priscilla for her Comfortable support during her life, and what of it shal be att her death left I thuse dispose of it to be divided into three partes.
The Church of Barnstable shall have one third parte, and the Survived Children of my sister Mistris Allice Bradford another third parte, and the surviveing Children of my sister Lydya Morton the other third part thereof, also I doe Request and appoint my Loveing Friends William Crocker, Barnabas Laythorp and Thomas huchens Jun.r to be executors to this my Last will as witness my hand and seal this 28th of December 1676.
John Cooper (and a seal)
Signed and sealed in the prescence of
John Finney Jr. Job Crocker
Job Crocker and John Finney took oath that they did see John Cooper signe and seale and declare this Instrument above written to be his last will and Testament this 25 of february 1683.
Thomas Hinckley Gov.r
John Thacher, Assistant
Barnabas Laythorpe Assistant
Priscilla Carpenter Cooper (1597 - 1689)*
Note: NO GRAVESTONE
Lothrop Hill Cemetery
Created by: Tim & Grace
Record added: Oct 29, 2009
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