Cooper Family Papers. 1786-1947 (bulk 1786-1898).



Summary Information

Repository
New York State Historical Association – Research Library
Title
Cooper Family Papers
ID
Coll. No. 123
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1786-1898
Date [inclusive]
1786-1947
Extent
1.75 Cubic feet + 3 volumes + 4 oversize folders
Language
English
Funding Source
This finding aid was made available electronically through a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases (RBDB) grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.

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Biographical/Historical note

William Cooper (1754-1809), the first Cooper of Cooperstown, purchased land at the southern end of Otsego Lake — land known as Croghan’s Patent — in the 1780s in partnership with Andrew Craig. In 1786 Cooper commenced the settlement of Cooperstown and in 1790 he moved his family to the young village.

Cooper, an attorney and land speculator, and several of his twelve children were actively involved in the civic and legal atmosphere of Cooperstown as the town developed and grew. Several of William Cooper’s sons continued to pursue their father’s interest in land speculation and law. Another of William’s sons, James Fenimore Cooper, became renowned as the author of The Leatherstocking Tales and other works on naval history and the American frontier.

Several of William Cooper’s children and grandchildren lived in Cooperstown for at least part of their lives, serving the community in a variety of ways. For example, William Cooper’s granddaughter, Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894), founded the Orphan Home of the Holy Savior, an orphanage that operated in Cooperstown into the twentieth century.

The Cooper Family Collection includes documents relating to William Cooper, his children, his grandchildren, and a few more distant descendants.

Below is a list of family members represented in the correspondence and other manuscripts in the collection. It includes chronologies. For more detailed information about the Coopers, researchers should consult “The Cooper Genealogy” compiled by Wayne Wright, NYSHA, 1983. For additional information about the founding and history of Cooperstown and the Coopers’ influence on them, researchers should consult
The History of Cooperstown, a compilation of documentary histories of the village (published by NYSHA) and Ralph Birdsall’s
The Story of Cooperstown (Fifth Printing by Augur’s Bookstore, 1948). Both of these sources and others are available in the NYSHA Research Library.
Biographical Sketches

William Cooper (1754-1809)

1754 Born in Byberry Township, Pa., to James and Hannah (Hibbs) Cooper
1774 Married Elizabeth Fenimore
1780 Moved to Burlington, N.J.; in partnership with Robert Thomas in Burlington
1786 Took possession of Croghan’s Patent and commenced settlement of Cooperstown, N.Y.
1790 Moved to Cooperstown, N.Y.
1791 Became first judge of the court of common pleas, Otsego County, N.Y.
1795-1797 United States Congress Representative from New York
1796-99 Built Otsego Hall
1799-1801 United States Congress Representative from New York
1803 Bought town of Dekalb, St. Lawrence County, N.Y.

Attorney; involved with many land and financial transactions in Otsego County and elsewhere in the state of New York.

12 children born between 1775 and 1792: Richard Fenimore Cooper, Hannah Cooper, Ann Cooper, Abraham Cooper, Isaac Cooper, Abraham Cooper, Ann Cooper (Pomeroy), Elizabeth Cooper, William Cooper, Samuel Cooper, James Fenimore Cooper, and Henry Fry Cooper.

Children of William and Elizabeth Fenimore Cooper:

Isaac Cooper (1781-1818)

1804 Married Mary Ann Morris (1784-1873)
1810 Commenced building Edgewater, Cooperstown, N.Y.
1814 Moved into Edgewater

Attorney, involved with land transactions, lived in Cooperstown, active in business and civic affairs of the village.

Had seven children born between 1806 and 1816: Mary Morris Cooper (Foote), Elizabeth F. Cooper, Sarah Sabina Cooper (Comstock), Ann Pomeroy Cooper (Crippen), Catherine Frances Cooper (Oathwaite), Jacob Morris Cooper, and Hannah Cooper Wessels.

The collection includes documents relating to Mary Ann Morris Cooper.

Hannah Cooper (1777-1800)

1799 Lived in Philadelphia

Attended school in New York City (dates unknown); died after a fall from a horse.

Richard Cooper (1775-1813)

1800 Commenced building Apple Hill, Cooperstown, N.Y.
1801 Married to Ann Low Carey (d. 1850)

Five children, born from 1802 to 1813: Hannah Cooper, Elizabeth F. Cooper, Goldsborough Cooper, Richard Cooper, Alfred Cooper (Clarke).

Alfred Cooper was born after Richard Cooper’s death and Ann Carey Cooper’s remarriage to George Clarke. Alfred Cooper, therefore, took the surname Clarke.

Samuel Cooper (1787-1819)

1812 Married to Elizabeth (Eliza) Bartlett
1818 Serving as Village Trustee, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Involved in land transactions.

Had three children born between 1813 and 1817: Isaac Cooper, William Cooper, and Samuel Cooper.

William F Cooper (1786-1819)

1809 Married Eliza Clason

 

Practiced law in New York City for a while; built a floating battery on Lake Ontario. Had three children: William Yeardley Cooper, Eliza Cooper (Vicat), Isaac Clason Cooper.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

1802-1805 Attended Yale
1808-1811 Served in the Navy
1811 Married Susan Augusta DeLancey (1792-1852)
1813 Moved back to Cooperstown, N.Y.
1817 Moved to Westchester, N.Y.
1826-1834 Lived in Europe
1834 Returned to Cooperstown, commenced improvement to Otsego Hall

Author of American fiction including
The Leatherstocking Tales and other stories of the American frontier; wrote about naval history as well. Lived in Westchester County, N.Y.; Cooperstown, N.Y.; Scarsdale, N.Y.; New York City; and Europe.

Had seven children born between 1811 and 1824: Elizabeth Cooper, Susan Augusta F. Cooper, Caroline Martha Cooper (Phinney), Anne Charlotte Cooper, Mary Frances F. Cooper (Cooper), Fenimore Cooper, Paul F. Cooper.

The collection includes documents relating to Susan DeLancey Cooper.

Grandchildren of William and Elizabeth Cooper:

Anne Charlotte F. Cooper (1817-1885)

Daughter of James and Susan (DeLancey) Fenimore Cooper

Elizabeth Cooper (1808 or 1809-1879)

Daughter of Isaac and Mary Ann Cooper

1829 Married Samuel Wooten Beall
18?? Moved to Wisconsin
1836 Returned to Cooperstown
18?? Went west

Goldsborough Cooper (1806-1832)

Son of Richard and Ann Cooper

Richard Cooper (1808-1862)

Son of Richard and Ann Carey Cooper

18?? Married Mary Storrs (d. 1846)
1850 Married for the second time; Maria Frances Fenimore Cooper (1819-1898) (Daughter of James Fenimore Cooper)

Attorney; Richard and Mary had seven children between 1832 and 1845; Richard and Maria had four children starting in 1851.

The collection includes a series of letters written about Mary Storrs Cooper’s final illness.

Paul F. Cooper (1824-1885)

Son of James and Susan (DeLancey) Fenimore Cooper

1855 Married Mary Fuller Barrows (1827-1897)

Attorney with McMartin & Jenkins, Albany, N.Y.; four children born between 1856 and 1861.

Sarah Cooper (1810-1846)

Daughter of Isaac and Mary Ann (Morris) Cooper

1833 Married Horace Comstock

Lived in Detroit, Michigan; Comstock was involved with Indian and Military supplies trade; one child born in 1840.

Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894)

Daughter of James and Susan (DeLancey) Fenimore Cooper

1850 Published
Rural Hours
1861 Published Pages and Pictures from the Writing of James Fenimore Cooper
1866 Involved in the establishment of the Thanksgiving Hospital
1873 Founded the Orphan House of the Holy Savior

Traveling companion to James Fenimore Cooper in his later years.

Other William Cooper Descendants:

Jane Cooper Worthington (1843-1863)

Daughter of Richard and Mary Storrs Cooper

1862 Married John Worthington (d. 1909)

 

Henry S. F. Cooper (1895-1984)

Great Grandson of James Fenimore Cooper

1917 Entered Yale
1924 Entered Harvard Medical School
19?? – 1934 Surgeon at Bellevue Hospital
1937-1960 Surgeon at Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University

Trustee of Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, N.Y.; lived in Cooperstown and New York City; had four children.

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Scope and Content Note

Papers of Judge William Cooper, the founder of Cooperstown, and of his children, Hannah, Isaac, James Fenimore, Samuel, and William. A large part of the collection concerns the land and financial transactions conducted by Judge Cooper and his direct descendants. Of particular interest are deeds, leases, bonds, and mortgages that document his involvement in the settling of Cooperstown and Otsego County, N.Y. His papers also include correspondence, land books, and bankbooks. Isaac Cooper’s papers include the contract for building his home, Edgewater. James Fenimore Cooper’s papers include correspondence and fragments of literary manuscripts. The collection also contains scattered letters from a few in-laws and grandchildren of Judge Cooper, such as Susan Fenimore Cooper, as well as three photograph albums.

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Series Descriptions

Series I. William Cooper. ca. 1786-1940 (bulk 1786-1809). 0.5 cu. ft. (1 box).

Agreements, deeds, bonds, mortgages relating to land and financial transactions conducted by and for William Cooper in Otsego County, New York and other parts of New York State including Dekalb, St. Lawrence County; legal documents relating to his duties as the first judge of the court of common pleas, Cooperstown, N.Y.; personal and business correspondence; a bankbook; and other miscellaneous documents relating to him. Arranged chronologically by year.

Series II. Cooper Family. ca. 1800-1947 (bulk 1800-1898). 0.5 cu. ft. (1 box).

Includes agreements, bonds, leases, and receipts relating to land and business transactions involving descendants of William Cooper; correspondence and personal papers written by and to Cooper family members including a series of letters documenting the final illness and death of Mary Storrs Cooper (d. 1846). Arrangement is roughly alphabetical by name.

Series III. James Fenimore Cooper. ca. 1814-1940 (bulk 1814-1851). 0.5 cu. ft. (1 box).

This series is organized into the following three subseries:

Subseries A — Correspondence and Legal Documents. Contains personal and business papers of James Fenimore Cooper and his wife Susan DeLancey Fenimore Cooper. Arranged chronologically.

Subseries B — Literary Manuscripts and Other Writings. Arranged chronologically by publication date of the first editions, unless otherwise noted.

Subseries C — Checks (Canceled), Otsego Hall Floor Plans, and Other Documents. Contains mostly canceled checks, along with photocopies of floor plans and images of the exterior of Otsego Hall, one page of Cooper family genealogy, and James Fenimore Cooper postage stamps. Arranged chronologically.

Series IV. Photographs. ca. 1840-1900. 0.25 cu. ft. (1 box) + 3 v.

Photographs, daguerreotypes, and tintypes of members of the Cooper family and family friends; the Alfred Cooper Clark family is particularly well represented.

This series is organized into the following two subseries:

Subseries A — Photograph Albums

Subseries B — Daguerreotypes, Tintypes, and Photographs

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New York State Historical Association – Research Library
Special Collections
P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1470 
 

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Accession Numbers

CM-17.39, CM-53.39, CM-70.39, CM-71.39, CM-90.39, CM-153.39, CM-255.39, CM-7.39L, CM-50.39L, NM-8.40, NM-59.44, NM-190.46, N-1163.46, FM-43.56, NM-6.56, NM-37.56, NM-67.57, NM-45.58, NM-46.58, NM-24.59, NM-81.61, NM-5.64, NM-6.64, NM-50.65, NM-24.67, NM-3.68, NM-40.70, FM-141.73, NM-59.74, NM-48.77, 16, 25, 94, 97-99, 109, 139, 167-170, 470, 533, 703

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Collection Inventory

Series I – William Cooper

123.1/1 — I.1. Fragment of Bond. John Howard to William Cooper. Although the main portion of the bond is gone, a sum is written on this fragment. NA. n.d.
123.1/2 — I.2. Scrap of Paper with calculations of rent and interest. No author; no address. NA. n.d.
123.001 — I.3. Petition. William Cooper ADS. William Cooper requests permission to construct a lock at the outlet of Otsego Lake, “so as to retain the water in the same to the high water mark” during the months of June, July, August, and September. FM-141.73. n.d.
123.001 — I.4. Deed. William Smith to William Cooper and Robert Thomas concerning a parcel of land in Burlington, N.J.; location of land and terms of ground rent given. Verso includes an agreement dated 14 May 1788 between the same parties concerning the same land. NM-5.64 (5). 7 September 1786.
123.001 — I.5. MS copy of deed listed in previous entry. NA. 7 September 1786.
123.001 — I.6. Deed. William Smith, Esq. to William Smith, Merchant “For a lot of Ground in Burlington [N.J.] Front on High Street 34 feet 4 inches, and running back to Wood Street being Trenton the Said Wood Street 29 Feet 4 Inches on Ground Rent forever.” Terms given. NM-5.64 (1). 7 September 1788.
123.001 — I.7. MS copy of deed listed in previous entry. NM-5.64 (7). 7 September 1788.
123.001 — I.8. Deed. 27 April 1790. William Smith to Thomas Smith for “Lot in Burlington [N.J.] 30 Feet Front on High Street-25 feet 8 inches on Wood Street on Ground Rent.” Verso: Deed. 2[?] May 1805. William Coxe and Rachel Coxe to John Haskins, Sr. Conveying “two fifths parts of yearly rent…mentioned and reserved in the within Indenture.” NM-5.64 (8).
123.1/3 — I.9. Agreement. William Cooper and Leonard Gansevoort. Cooper “contracts to deliver…all the Pearl Ash which he shall have manufactured in the county of Montgomery…between the day hereof and the thirty-first day of October next.” NM-70.46. 1790[?].
123.1/4 — I.10. ALS. 2pp. William Cooper, Cooperstown to Leonard Gansevoort, Albany. Cooper explains that poor road conditions have prevented him from delivering goods to Albany; Cooper also describes why he has joined many others in petitioning the legislature to divide the county of Montgomery into two counties. Cooper requests that Cooperstown be made the county seat of the new county if such a division takes place. CM-50.39. 23 November 1790.
123.1/5 — I.11. Typescript. Gives information about the first deed recorded in Otsego County (22 March 1791). CM-17.39. 18 April 1929.
123.1/6 — I.12. ALS. 1 p. William Cooper, Cooperstown. Cooper requests the addressee to purchase two 1000 acre lots that “belong to the estate of Samuel Preston Moor.” Cooper also discusses another land transaction he hopes to make with McCombe. NM-53.56(1). 4 December 1791.
123.1/7 — I.13. Bankbook. William Cooper. Includes “Rules to be observed by Person’s transacting Business with the BANK OF ALBANY.” Also includes several pages of check stubs (most of which list date, payee, number of check, and amount of check) as well as several pages of blank checks. CM-27.39. 1792-99.
123.002 — I.14. Deed. William Cooper to Richard Davidson for land in Croghan’s Patent; boundaries of tract and sum paid for land given. NM-5.42. 28 May 1792.
123.002 — I.15. Deed. William Cooper to John Howard for land in Croghan’s Patent; boundaries of tract and sum paid for land given. FM-65.71(1-1). 2 June 1792.
123.1/8 — I.16. ALS. 3pp. William Cooper, Cooperstown to Peter Van Schaack, Kinderhook. Cooper advises Van Schaack that “The county of Otsego has held an election in 7 different Places for the Purpose of choosing by Ballot 3 Discreet freeholders to join Deputys…to compose a Body of Men, by the Name and title of the Committee of the People of the State of New York.” The group has been formed “for the purpose of soliciting [sic] Relief of the Legislation for the Dreadful Outrage committed on the Right of Suffrage.” Cooper urges Van Schaack to gather together a committee as well. CM-54.39. 1 October 1792.
123.002 — I.17. Deed. Donatuis LeRay De Chaumont by his attorney William Cooper to Lewis DeVillers for land on the Unadilla River; boundaries of tract and sum paid for land given. NM-37.56. 9 October 1792.
123.1/9 — I.18. Galley from Newspaper Article. “An Early Chapter in Otsego County Politics,” Freeman’s Journal. Summarizes charges brought against Judge William Cooper in 1793 by some of his political opponents in Otsego County and discusses the legislative decisions made concerning the same incident. Includes letter by Jacob Morris. CM-31.39. 2 May 1901.
123.1/10 — I.19. Early twentieth century transcription of legislative proceedings regarding the incident described in previous entry. CM-31.39. 21 January 1793 – 12 February 1794.
123.002 — I.20. Deed. Andrew Craig by his Attorney William Cooper to William Price for land in Croghan’s Patent; boundaries of tract and sum paid given. NM-59.74 [?]. 8 April 1793.
123.1/11 — I.21. Deed. Lewis Edson, Jr. to James Averell for land near Cooperstown; boundaries of tract and sum paid given. FM-65.71(1-4). 3 May 1793.
123.1/12 — I.22. Deed. James Donatuis Le Ray De Chaumont by William Cooper to Elisha Lyon for a lot of land in Otsego County; boundaries of lot and sum paid given. NM-55.45. 27 May 1793.
123.002 — I.23. Deed. John Maddison by William Cooper to John Cook for a tract of land in Otsego County; boundaries of tract and sum paid given. NM-48.40. 8 July 1793.
123.1/13 — I.24. Bond. Tracey Metcalf to Andrew Craig; sum of loan and terms given. NM-59.74. 27 August 1793.
123.1/14 — I.25. Bond. John Pier to William Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71 (1-3). 3 September 1793.
123.1/15 — I.26. Bond. John Pier to William Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(1-2). 3 September 1793.
123.002 — I.27. Mortgage. John Pier to William Cooper for land in Croghan’s Patent; boundaries of lot and terms of mortgage given. CM-153.39. 3 September 1793.
123.1/16 — I.28. Bond. William Cooper and Richard R. Smith to John Alsop; sum of loan and terms given and payments made to 1817. FM-65.71 (1-6). 19 November 1793.
123.002 — I.29. Mortgage. William Cooper and Richard Smith to John Alsop for several parcels and tracts of land in the town of Burlington and Otsego County; boundaries of tracts and terms given. FM-65.71(1-5). 19 November 1793.
123.002 — I.30. Deed. Andrew Craig by his Attorney William Cooper to Amasa Church for a tract of land in Croghan’s Patent; boundaries of tract and sum paid given. NM-39.40. 20 December 1793.
123.1/17 — I.31. ALS. 1 p. William Cooper to Goldsbrow Banyar, Albany. Cooper asks Banyar to conduct some business concerning title deeds in the clerk’s office of Albany county. CM-16.39. 13 April 1794.
123.1/18 — I.32. ALS. 2pp. William Cooper, Cooperstown to S. McElwain. Burlington, N.J. Cooper explains the details of a land transaction. NM-7.56. 22 July 1794.
123.1/19 — I.33. Bond. Daniel Brunson to Catherin Imley; sum of loan and terms given. NA. 30 August 1794.
123.002 — I.34. Mortgage. Daniel Brunson to Catharin Imley for property in Herkimer County; boundaries of land and terms given. NA. 30 August 1794.
123.1/20 — I.35. ALS. 2p. William Cooper, Cooperstown to E. Foote, New York. Cooper describes the chain of ownership for a tract of land in Onondaga County that he believes now belongs to him. NA. 24 November 1794.
123.1/21 — I.36. Bond. Samuel S. Ingalls to William Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(1-9). 23 April 1795.
123.1/22 — I.37. Mortgage. Samuel S. Ingalls to William Cooper for land in Otsego County; location of lot and terms given. FM-65.71(1-10). 23 April 1795.
123.1/23 — I.38. Bond. Samuel S. Ingalls to William Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(1-11). 23 April 1795.
123.1/24 — I.39. Deed. John Maddison by his attorney William Cooper to Willard Walker for land in the Otego Patent; boundaries and sum paid given. NM-35.70(3). 10 June 1795.
123.1/25 — I.40. Summons. Nathan Dean to the court of common pleas, Otsego County. NM-46.58 [?]. 19 June 1795.
123.1/26 — I.41. Summons. Nathan Dean, to the court of common pleas, Otsego County N.Y. CM-222.39. 19 June 1795.
123.1/27 — I.42. Summons. Ira Humeston to the court of common pleas, Otsego County, N.Y. CM-224.39. 19 June 1795.
123.1/28 — I.43. Summons. Samuel Sleeper, Joseph Sleeper, and Benjamin Sleeper to the court of common pleas, Otsego County, N.Y. CM-219.39. 20 June 1795.
123.1/29 — I.44. Summons. James Stephens to the court of common pleas, Otsego County, N.Y. CM-220.39. 20 June 1795.
123.1/30 — I.45. Summons. Joseph Coats to the court of common pleas, Otsego County, N.Y. CM-221.39. 20 June 1795.
123.1/31 — I.46. Summons. Nathan Fish to the court of common pleas, Otsego County, N.Y. CM-223.39. 20 June 1795.
123.1/32 — I.47. Bond. James Averell to William Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(1-8). 30 October 1795.
123.002 — I.48. Deed. Michael Collins by his attorney William Cooper to Robert McClallen for land in Unadilla; boundaries of tract and sum paid given. FM-18.71. ?? November 1795.
123.003 — I.49. Deed. William Cooper to Thomas Fisher “for one undivided fourth part of 6000 acres of land in Otsego County.” Boundaries of land tract and sum paid given. NM-50.65. 2 March 1796.
123.003 — I.50. Deed. William Smith, Jr. and Rebecca his wife, to Thomas Smith and William Rockhill for two “lots of ground in Burlington” [N.J.], NM-5.64(2). 21 May 1796.
123.1/33 — I.51. ALS. 1 p. William Cooper, Albany to Samuel Meredith. Cooper send $150 to be made up in dimes and half dimes. NM-53.56(2). 16 June 1796.
123.1/34 — I.52. ALS. 1 p. William Cooper to Nicholas Lowe, New York. Cooper discusses an account he will pay and interest payments. NA. 8 September 1796.
123.1/35 — I.53. Otsego Hall Agreement. Agreement between Barent Whipple and William Sprague, house carpenters and William Cooper for the construction of Cooper’s house. The agreement includes dimensions and other details including information about windows, doors, floors, the roof, etc. The house is to be built for five hundred and forty pounds. CM-71.39. 28 October 1796.
123.003 — I.54. Deed. Richard Smith and Elizabeth, his wife, to William Smith; conveyance of 1/5 of a Rent Charge on two Lots of Ground in Burlington [N.J.]. NM-5.64(3). 20 April 1798.
123.1/36 — I.55. ALS. 3pp. William Cooper describes a business deal he was conducting in Philadelphia when he was swindled. Cooper also discusses a mortgage that “must be foreclosed.” NM-40.70(1). February 1799.
123.1/37 — I.56. ALS. 2pp. William Cooper, New York to Brockholst Livingston. Concerns his conveying of a deed to Livingston and Livingston’s holdings in the “Jews Patient” NM-8.56. 12 February 1799.
123.003 — I.57. Deed. William Smith and Rebecca his wife to William Smith; conveyance of “1/5 of a Rent Charge on two Lots of Ground in Burlington” [N.J.]. NM-5.64(4). 15 April 1799.
123.1/38 — I.58. Receipt. William Cooper “received of Lewis Devillers, Jedediah Sangor Bond and Mortgage and a judgment against Lot No. 31.” NM-38.56. 14 June 1799.
123.1/39 — I.59. Deed. Samuel Shaw to Elizabeth Burton for land in the town of Butternuts; boundaries of tract and sum paid given. NM-6.56. 21 June 1799.
123.1/40 — I.60. ALS. William Cooper to Mr. Walker [?].Cooper asks the addressee to “answer the enclosed interrogations;” (interrogations are not included in folder). NA. 29 November 1799.
123.1/41 — I.61. ADS. Check from William Cooper to William Pennington drawn on the Bank of Pennsylvania. NA. 7 May 1800.
123.004 — I.62. Lease. William Cooper to Asaph Potter for land in Otsego County; boundaries of tract and rent given. FM-65.71(1-24). 1 June 1800.
123.1/42 — I.63. ALS. 1 p. William Cooper, Cooperstown to Goldsbrow Banyar, Albany. Cooper assures Banyar, “I will perform your Business to your satisfaction.” NM-3.40. 2 September 1800.
123.1/43 — I.64. Lease. William Cooper to Daniel Johnson for land in “what is called the Ballstown Purchase on the Fly Creek;” boundaries of tract and rent given. FM-65.71(1-25). 1 November 1800.
123.1/44 — I.65. Lease. William Cooper to Ichabod Perkins for land in the Hartwick Patent; boundaries of tract and rent given. FM-65.71(1-23). 1 November 1800.
123.1/45 — I.66. Lease William Cooper to Cyres Niles for land in the Otego Patent; boundaries and rent given. FM-65.71(1-22). 1 November 1800.
123.1/46 — I.67. Lease. William Cooper to Ebenezer Hubbard for land in the Hartwick Patent; boundaries of tract and rent given. FM-65.71(1-21). 1 November 1800.
123.1/47 — I.68. Lease. William Cooper to Christopher Hall for land in Hartwick’s Patent; boundaries and rent given. FM-65.71(1-20). 1 November 1800.
123.1/48 — I.69. Lease William Cooper to Hezekiah Smith for land in the Hartwick Patent; boundaries of tract and rent given. FM-65.71(1-19). 1 November 1800.
123.1/49 — I.70. Lease. William Cooper to Nathan Shippy for land in the Hartwick Patent; boundaries of tract and rent given. FM-65.71(1-18). 1 November 1800.
123.1/50 — I.71. Lease. William Cooper to Thomas Booth for land in the Hartwick Patent; boundaries of land and rent given. FM-65.71(1-13). 1 November 1800.
123.1/51 — I.72. Lease William Cooper to Silvenus [?] Campbell for land in the Hartwick Patent; boundaries of tract and rent paid given. FM-65.71(1-14). 1 November 1800.
123.1/52 — I.73. William Cooper to Roswell Peabody for land in the Piers Town Settlement; boundaries and rent given. FM-65.71(1-15). 1 November 1800.
123.1/53 — I.74. Lease. William Cooper to Seth Shippy for land in the Hartwick Patent; boundaries and rent given. FM-65.71(1-16). 1 November 1800.
123.1/54 — I.75. Lease. William Cooper to Stephen Smith for eighty-four acres of land in the Hartwick Patent; boundaries of tract and rent given. FM-65.71(1-17). 1 November 1800.
123.1/55 — I.76. Lease. William Cooper to Lila Robinson land in the Hartwick Patent; boundaries and rent given. FM-65.71(1-28). 1 November 1801.
123.1/56 — I.77. Notes. William Cooper asks to be charged for a bushel of salt. FM-65.71(1-26). 14 December 1801.
123.1/57 — I.78. Receipt. William Cooper “received…of James Averell the full amount of the Judgment in the above case [William Cooper vs. James Averell]…the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars.” FM-65.71(1-27). 23 December 1801.
123.1/58 — I.79. Lease. William Cooper to Phoebe Woodhouse (formerly Phoebe Pier) for a farm in Pierstown; boundaries of farm and annual rent given. Lease is for land mortgaged by John Pier to William Cooper; the document serves as an agreement to establish Phoebe and her present husband (Samuel Woodhouse) as tenants on the farm; terms given. FM-65.71(1-12). 1 May 1802.
123.1/59 — I.80. Mortgage. Jacob Brower to William Cooper for land in Chenango County; boundaries of tract and terms given. FM-65.71(1-31). 18 May 1802.
123.1/60 — I.81. Lease William Cooper to Talmon Gray for land in the Fly Creek settlement of Otsego County; boundaries of tract and rent given. FM-65.71(1-29). 1 November 1802.
123.1/61 — I.82. ALS. 1 p. William Cooper, Cooperstown to Thomas Fisher, Philadelphia. Cooper writes that “the time of Paying the Continental taxes is nearly expired.” He also discusses discrepancies in property taxes, and consequences for not paying taxes. NM-40.70(2). 22 November 1802.
123.1/62 — I.83. Mortgage. Jacob Brower to William Cooper for land in Tioga County; boundaries and terms given. FM-65.71(1-30). 21 December 1802.
123.1/63 — I.84. Bond. Jacob Brower to William Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(1-32). 21 December 1802.
123.1/64 — I.85. Deed. William Cooper to Samuel Crafts for land in the town of Hartwick; boundaries of tract and sum paid given. NA. 3 May 1803.
123.1/65 — I.86. Lease Agreement. William Cooper to Davis Collins for land in Wharton’s Patent; boundaries of tract and terms given. FM-65.71(1-33). 1 November 1803.
123.1/66 — I.87. Typescript of Contract. William Cooper and Cyrenus Clark for work well done “to a certain Stone House [Pomeroy house] that…William is now about erecting on the corner of Water and Second Streets.” NA. 5 November 1803.
123.1/67 — I.88. Bond. William Cooper to Goldsbrow Banyar; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(1-34). 8 December 1803.
123.1/68 — I.89. ALS. 1 p. William Cooper, New York to Stephen Van Rensselaer. Cooper discusses a land transaction. NM-9.56. 14 January 1804.
123.1/69 — I.90. Agreement between William Cooper and William Ogden and John R. Murray. Describes conditions under which Cooper has and may administer land in Dekalb in which Ogden and Murray have joint interest in one sixth part. Another part of the document describes the “collateral security” for Ogden and Murray’s interest of one sixth part of all related bond mortgages. FM-65.71(1). 17 January 1804.
123.1/70 — I.91. Deed. William Cooper to Jonathan Potter for land in Otsego County; boundaries of land tract and sum paid given. CM-280.39. 26 August 1804.
123.1/71 — I.92. Deed. Eseck Whipple to Thomas Fuller for land in the Cooper Patent; boundaries of lot and sum paid given. FM-65.71(1-35). 14 November 1804.
123.1/72 — I.93. Lease. William Cooper to Samuel Huntington for a lot of land in Cooperstown; boundaries and rent given. FM-65.71(1-41). 1 May 1805.
123.1/73 — I.94. Deed. William Cooper to Samuel Crafts for land in the Hartwick Patent; boundaries of lot and sum paid given. CM-146.39. 8 May 1805.
123.1/74 — I.95. Mortgage. Joseph Lewis to William Cooper for a tract of land in the town of Chenango; boundaries of tract and rent given. FM-65.71(1-36). 16 July 1805.
123.1/75 — I.96. Lease. William Cooper to James Averell, Jr. for a lot of land in Cooperstown; boundaries of lot and rent given. FM-65.71(1-40). 27 August 1805.
123.1/76 — I.97. Deed. William Cooper to Ezra Barton for a lot of land on the Henry Hill tract; boundaries of lot and sum paid given. NM-43.72. 29 August 1805.
123.1/77 — I.98. Deed. William Cooper to James Averell for a lot of land on the Hartwick Patent; boundaries of lot and sum paid given. NM-65.71(1-7). 3 September 1805.
123.1/78 — I.99. Deed. William Cooper to Roswell Peabody for land on Smith’s Mill lot; boundaries of lot and sum paid given. CM-123.39. 4 September 1805.
123.1/79 — I.100. Lease. William Cooper to Jarrah Stevens for a lot of land in Croghan’s Patent; boundaries of lot and rent given. FM-65.71(1-37). 1 November 1805.
123.1/80 — I.101. Lease. William Cooper to John McCulloch and Alexander McCulloch for a lot of land in the Balls Town settlement of Fly Creek; boundaries of lot and rent given. FM-65.71(1-38). 1 November 1805.
123.1/81 — I.102. Lease. William Cooper to Joseph Sprague for a lot of land in Cooper’s Patent; boundaries of lot and rent given. FM-65.71(1-39). 1 November 1805.
123.1/82 — I.103. Lease. William Cooper to Oliver Stevens for a lot of land in the Piers Town settlement; boundaries of lot and rent given. FM-65.71(1-42). 1 November 1805.
123.1/83 — I.104. Lease. William Cooper to William Rutenber for a lot of land in the Fly Creek Settlement; boundaries of lot and rent given. FM-65.71(1-43). 1 November 1805.
123.1/84 — I.105. Lease. William Cooper to Simon Randall for a lot of land in Cooper’s Patent; boundaries of lot and rent given. FM-65.71(1-44). 1 November 1805.
123.1/85 — I.106. Notes of Mortgage (9 May 1792). Samuel Ingals to William Cooper for a lot of land in Cooper’s Patent; boundaries of lot and terms of mortgage given. FM-65.71(1). 1 November 1805.
123.1/86 — I.107. ALS. 2pp. William Cooper to S. Meredith. Cooper acknowledges receipt of information regarding Mrs. Hopkins claim to dower in the Meadows. NM-53.56(3). 3 November 1805.
123.1/87 — I.108. Deed. Henry Waddele and Eliza his wife to Frederick De Peyster for land administered by William Cooper in the township of Dekalb; boundaries and sum paid given. FM-65.71(1). 21 March 1806.
123.1/88 — I.109. Fragment of a Lease. William Cooper to Richard Davidson. Although substantial portion of lease is missing, remaining fragment gives rent. NM-6.42. May 1806.
123.1/89 — I.110. Lease. William Cooper to Barthrum Round for land in the Schuyler Patent; boundaries of lot and rent given. FM-65.71(1-46). 1 November 1806.
123.1/90 — I.111. MS copy. Letter. William Cooper, Cooperstown to John Lawrence. Cooper describes a land transaction in which “the land in Broome [?]” has been offered to John Taylor; terms given. FM-65.71(1) 18 December 1806.
123.1/91 — I.112. Lease. William Cooper to Ruggles Spooner for land in the town of Plainfleld; boundaries and rent given. FM-65.71(1-48). 1 January 1807.
123.1/92 — I.113. Stock Certificate. Issues to John Watts for thirteen shares in the Second Company of the Great Western Turnpike Road. Signed by William Cooper, treasurer. NM-8.40. 25 August 1807.
123.1/93 — I.114. Lease. William Cooper to John Wiltse for land on Schuyler Lake; boundaries of lot and rent given. FM-65.71(1-50). 1 November 1808.
123.1/94 — I.115. Bond. William Wing to William Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(1-49). 12 December 1808.
123.1/95 — I.116. Deed. William Cooper to Cornelius Cary for land in Cooperstown; boundaries and sum paid given. NM-67.57. 15 December 1808.
123.1/96 — I.117. Bond. John Tucker to William Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(1-56). 21 January 1809.
123.1/97 — I.118. Mortgage John Tucker to William Cooper for land in Bangor; boundaries of lot and terms given. FM-65.71(1-54). 21 January 1809.
123.1/98 — I.119. Bond. George Scott and Charles Petty to William Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. NM-35.70(3). 20 March 1809.
123.1/99 — I.120. DS. “We the Undersigners sincerely Return our thanks to William Cooper for the paterarhaak Speach [sic] delivered This day to us.” Signed by 47 people. CM-70.39. 22 March 1809.
123.1/100 — I.121. ALS. William Cooper to F. DePeyster. Cooper discusses land transactions in Dekalb, N.Y. NM-34.40. 27 March 1809.
123.1/101 — I.122. Mortgage. Appleton Foote to William Cooper for land “beginning in the East line of Bangor and also the West line of Melrose;” boundaries of lot and terms given. FM-65.71(1-55). 19 June 1809.
123.1/102 — I.123. Bond. Joel Griffin to William Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(1-52). 19 June 1809.
123.1/103 — I.124. Bond. Appleton Foot to William Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(1-53). 19 June 1809.
123.1/104 — I.125. Mortgage. Joel Griffin to William Cooper for land near or in Bangor; boundaries of lot and terms given. FM-65.71(1-51). 19 June 1809.
123.1/105 — I.126. ALS. William Cooper to Frederick DePeyster. Cooper discusses correspondence from Ludlow Ogden concerning a road to Dekalb, N.Y. NM-35.40. 25 July 1809.
123.1/106 — I.127. Bond. Gardener Hall, Jr. to William Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(1-57). 29 August 1809.
123.004 — I.128. Deed. William Griffith and wife and Richard Smith and wife to Thomas Smith for “Three Sixths parts of the Two-Fifths of a lot on High Street in Burlington, New Jersey Being also in Extinguishment of a Ground rent on the Said Three Sixths of Two Fifths;” lot described. NM-5.64(9). 31 December 1810.
123.1/107 — I.129. Photocopy. William Cooper’s will. NA.

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Series II – Cooper Family

123.2/1 — II.1. Receipt. Interest payment made by Mr. Ananias Mclntyre to Elizabeth Cooper. NM-35.70(3). 5 February 1822.
123.2/2 — II.2. Receipt. Interest payment made Ebenezar Church to Elizabeth Cooper. NA. 11 December 1822.
123.2/3 — II.3. ALS. Goldsborough Cooper, Cooperstown to his mother. Goldsborough explains that he has had an invitation to visit his uncle James, presumably in New York City. He also discusses his studies and future. NM-37.66. 18 March 1825.
123.2/4 — II.4. Bond. Goldsborough Cooper to Joseph Griffin; sum of loan and terms given. NM-35.70(3). 26 December 1829.
123.2/5 — II.5. ALS. 3pp. Hannah Cooper, Cooperstown to Chloe Fuller. “We jog along much after the old way here—you know there are but three articles of news worth mentioning—Births—Deaths—and marriages—for this last you know we were never renowned.” NM-59.57. 5 January 1800.
123.2/6 — II.6. Isaac Cooper’s leases, list of tenants and rents paid. FM-65.71(3-3). n.d.
123.2/7 — II.7. Deed. Isaac Cooper to Samuel Cooper for land in the town of Hartwick; boundaries of tract and sum paid given. FM-65.71(3-1). 4 April 1812.
123.2/8 — II.8. Bond. Elisha Phinney to Isaac Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(3-2). 22 May 1813.
123.2/9 — II.9. Deed. Isaac Cooper to Debbe Goodsell for land in Cooperstown; boundaries of lot and sum paid given. CM-178.39. 10 August 1813.
123.2/10 — II.10. Receipt. Payment made by Joseph Briggs to I. Cooper. NM-35.70(3). 29 June 1814.
123.2/11 — II.11. Receipt. NM 35.70(3). 14 July 1815.
123.2/12 — II.12. Receipt. Payment made by Gideon Hopkins to I. Cooper. NM 35.70(3). 25 December 1815.
123.2/13 — II.13. Receipt. Payment made by George Scott to Isaac Cooper. NM 35.70(3). 1 May 1816.
123.004 — II.14. Deed. Isaac Cooper to Ann S. Clarke, wife of George Clarke and “late wife of Richard Cooper.” Deed resolves Ann S. Clarke’s “right or title of dower” by conveying to her rights to the income of certain lands “during her natural life.” NM-42.39. 8 July 1816.
123.2/14 — II.15. Receipt. Payment by Joseph Briggs to I. Cooper. NM-35.70(3). 22 May 1817.
123.2/15 — II.16. Receipt. Payment by A. Mclntyre to I. Cooper. NM-35.70(3). 12 Oct 1817.
123.2/16 — II.17. Bond. Orlando Prentiss to Samuel Cooper by his attorney Isaac Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71 (5-7). 16 September 1817.
123.2/17 — II.18. Receipt. Payment made by A. Mclntyre to Samuel Cooper. NM-35.70(3). 18 March 1818.
123.2/18 — II.19. Receipt. Payment made “to answer on my claim of Dower;” signed by M. A. Cooper. NM-35.70(3). 20 January 1825.
123.2/19 — II.20. ALS. Roy to Mary. Poem and letter re: Jane Cooper Worthington’s death. Edgewater. NA. 15 January 1863[?].
123.2/20 — II.21. Poem. “To Sweet Jennie in Heaven.” NA. 15 January 1863.
123.2/21 — II.22. ALS. Mary Cooper to Miss Frances Fenimore Cooper, Cooperstown. “I thought little Mary would become very fond of Mrs. Burrile[?].” Mary Cooper discusses her confidence in little Mary’s nurse. NM-37.66. ca. 12 August 18??.
123.2/22 — II.23. ALS. 1 p. Mary Cooper to Miss Frances Fenimore Cooper. Announces that she will arrive on Wednesday or Thursday. NM-37.66. 24 August 18??.
123.2/23 — II.24. ALS. 4pp. G.C. to Mary Cooper, Cooperstown. “You must not expect this epistle to be remarkably interesting,” writes G.C. He mentions the movement of soldiers into the city. NM-37.66. 20 July [1841?].
123.2/24 — II.25. Agreement. Mary Ann Cooper to George Clarke and William Averell for rent on house occupied by Ann Cooper but conveyed by Deed to George Clarke and William H. Averell. FM-65.71(3-4). 28 August 1826.
123.2/25 — II.26. Bond. George Clarke and William Averell to Mary Ann Cooper. Sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71 (3-5). 28 August 1826.
123.2/26 — II.27. Deed. Mary Ann Cooper to George Clarke and William Averell for property in Cooperstown “known as the mansion house of the late Isaac Cooper and the grounds therein connected.” FM-65.71 (3-6). 28 August 1826.
123.2/27 — II.28. Photograph. Mary Cooper. NA. (NOT MICROFILMED). n.d.
123.2/28 — II.29. Letter (torn and portion missing). Mary Cooper [?] to Mrs. Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. Author of letter discusses her confinement. NA. n.d.
123.2/29 — II.30. ALS. 1 p. Am [?], Cooperstown to Mrs. Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. Letter discusses Mary Storrs Cooper’s illness. NA. 5 December 1845.
123.2/30 — II.31. ALS. 1 p. Alice [Cooper], Cooperstown to “Aunty.” Alice writes “please do not feel quite discouraged about Mother for she is getting better.” NA. 14 December 1845.
123.2/31 — II.32. ALS. 1 p. W. Storrs to Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. W. Storrs reassures recipient that Mary seems to be recovering. NA. 15 December 1845.
123.2/32 — II.33. ALS. 2 p. Alice Cooper, Cooperstown to Mrs. Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. Alice comments of her mother’s improved health. NA. 17 December 1845.
123.2/33 — II.34. ALS. 1 p. Wm. Storrs, Cooperstown to Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. “Mary continues to improve gradually tho’ quite as fast as we can expect.” NA. 19 December 1845[?].
123.2/34 — II.35. ALS. 1 p. W.S., Cooperstown to Jane. W.S. comments on Mary’s slow improvement; asks Jane to ask Mrs. Holland to come; mentions trimming the church for Christmas time. NA. 21 December 1845.
123.2/35 — II.36. ALS, 1 p. W. Storrs, Cooperstown to Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. Author writes that “Mary had a slight relapse…but…got better….Today she looks quite as well as she has at any time since I have been here.” NA. 24 December 1845.
123.2/36 — II.37. ALS. 1 p. W. Storrs, Cooperstown to Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. Storrs discusses Mary’s condition. NA. 29 December 1845.
123.2/37 — II.38. ALS. 2 p. W. Storrs to Mrs. Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. Storrs comments that “Mary remains about the same” and that the children, including the baby, are sick. NA. 9 January 1846.
123.2/38 — II.39. ALS. 2 p. Lanny Cooper, Cooperstown to Mrs. Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. Cooper reassures Jane about Mary’s condition. NA. 9 January 1846.
123.2/39 — II.40. ALS. Afton[?] to Mrs. Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. Comments on Mary’s feeble condition. NA. 12 January 1846.
123.2/40 — II.41. ALS. 1 p. W. Storrs, Cooperstown to Mrs. Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. Storrs writes that Mary is still quite ill and that Jenny has been and still is quite “a very sick child.” NA. 16 January 1846.
123.2/41 — II.42. ALS. 1 p. W. Storrs, Cooperstown to Henry Jenkins, Hudson, NY. Mary and Jenny are still very ill. Mary “takes no kind of nourishment without it disturbing her very much.” NA. 20 January 1846.
123.2/42 — II.43. ALS. 1 p. W. Storrs, Cooperstown to Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. Storrs writes that Mary’s condition has worsened, “There is no doubt but her disease is a tubercular affection…she is liable to be taken off at any moment.” Jenny is still ill as well. NA. 24 January 1846.
123.2/43 — II.44. ALS. 1 p. W. Storrs, Cooperstown to Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. “Mary has failed very much….at times she appears as if about breathing her last.” Jenny is also still sick. NA. 26 January 1846.
123.2/44 — II.45. ALS. 1 p. W. Storrs, Cooperstown to Henry Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y. “The last agony is over & poor Mary is at rest.” Jenny is still very sick. Willie is six months old today. NA. 28 January 1846.
123.2/45 — II.46. ALS. 1 p. Paul F. Cooper to D. Palmer. Concerns the Cardiff Giant and its manufacture. NM-67.47c. 6 April 1877.
123.2/46 — II.47. Handwritten copy of letter described in previous entry. NM-63.47c. 6 April 1877.
123.2/47 — II.48. Agreement. Concerns a financial dispute involving James Averell, Jr. and George Walker. Signed by Richard Cooper. FM-65.71(2). 28 October 1803.
123.2/48 — II.49. MS copy of previous listing. FM-65.71(2).
123.2/49 — II.50. Subpoena to John A. Parshall. Signed by Richard Cooper. CM-269.39. 13 May 1839.
123.2/50 — II.51. Samuel Cooper’s Leases. List of tenants and rents. FM-65.71(5-1). n.d.
123.2/51 — II.52. Deed. Eli Benjamin and wife Polly to Samuel Cooper for land in Hartwick; boundaries of lot and sum paid given. FM-65.71(5-3). 24 December 1814.
123.2/52 — II.53. Bond. William Russell to Samuel Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(5-3). 4 March 1815.
123.2/53 — II.54. Mortgage. William Russell to Samuel Cooper for land in Otego Patent; boundaries and terms given. FM 65.71(5-6). 4 March 1815.
123.2/54 — II.55. List of names [possibly tenants] and dollar amounts. FM-65.71(5-4). 1 May 1815.
123.2/55 — II.56. List of names [possibly tenants] and dollar amounts. FM-65.71(5-5). 1816.
123.2/56 — II.57. Payment Contract. Between Samuel Cooper and Abel Conger for land in Bangor; boundaries and terms of agreement given. FM-65.71(5-9). 15 September 1817.
123.2/57 — II.58. Payment Contract between Samuel Cooper and Cyrus Dike for lands in Bangor; boundaries and financial terms given. FM-65.71(5-11). 16 September 1817.
123.2/58 — II.59. Payment Contract. Between Isaac Cooper and Noah Moody for land in Bangor; boundaries and financial terms given. FM-65.71(5-8). 17 September 1817.
123.2/59 — II.60. Bond. Joel Griffin to Samuel Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(5-10). 17 September 1817.
123.2/60 — II.61. Bond. John Jay Lappon to Samuel Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(5-12). 29 July 1818.
123.2/61 — II.62. Bond. Caleb Eldred to Elizabeth Cooper; sum of loan and terms given. FM-65.71(5-13). 1 September 1819.
123.2/62 — II.63. ALS. 3 pp. Sarah Cooper to Miss Catharine Morell, Detroit, Michigan. Sarah comments on the activities of friends and family. NM-35.70(3). December 1832.
123.2/63 — II.64. ALS. 3 pp. Susan F. Cooper, Cooperstown to A.J. Downing. Susan thanks Downing for responding to her request for information about trees, and extends an invitation on behalf of her father for Mr. and Mrs. Downing to visit the Coopers in Cooperstown. NA. 2 October 1849.
123.2/64 — II.65. ALS. 2 pp. Susan F. Cooper to W. H. Averell. Susan Cooper thanks Averell for his assistance to the Charity House. FM-65.71 (6-1). 18 November 1858.
123.2/65 — II.66. ALS. 2 pp. Susan F. Cooper to [W. Averell?]. “We come to you with an appeal in behalf of our county hospital.” FM 65.71 (6-2). 21 October 1865.
123.2/66 — II.67. ALS. 3 pp. Susan Fenimore Cooper, Cooperstown to Mary Clark. Susan F. Cooper asks to borrow some books. NM-7.39. 23 February 1878.
123.2/67 — II.68. ALS. 1 p. Susan F. Cooper, Cooperstown to Mary Mapes [?] Dodge. “I send you…the Adventures of Cocquelicot — the true story of a pet cat of our family.” NM-24.67(1). 18 March 1880.
123.2/68 — II.69. Agreement. Between Susan F. Cooper, Charlotte F. Cooper, and Maria Frances Cooper and Elizabeth M. Crittenden concerning mortgage on building known as the Cooper House. CM-174.39. 8 October 1881.
123.2/69 — II.70. ALS. 1 p. Susan F. Cooper, Cooperstown to Mrs. Mapes Dodge. “I send you a list of real life in the way of woodcraft.” NM-24.67(2). 4 February 1884.
123.2/70 — II.71. ALS. 1 p. Susan F. Cooper, Cooperstown to Mr. Sheldon. Miss Cooper asks Mr. Sheldon to thank Edith and Mrs. Sheldon for their Christmas gifts to the orphanage. NM-3.68(1). 27 December 1887.
123.2/71 — II.72. ALS. 1 p. Susan F. Cooper, Cooperstown to Mr. Sheldon. Miss Cooper thanks Mr. Sheldon, et. al. for the Christmas gift to the Orphans. NM-3.68(2). 27 December 1889.
123.2/72 — II.73. ALS. Susan F. Cooper. Schedule for Christmas Service and letter of the Superintendent to the children at the Orphan House of the Holy Savior. NM-81.61. 1890.
123.2/73 — II.74. Satisfaction of Mortgage. Susan F. Cooper and others to Henry F. Phinney. NA. 16 September 1891.
123.2/74 — II.75. ALS. Susan F. Cooper to the children of the Orphan House of the Holy Savior. Miss Cooper asks the children to improve in school and to practice good behavior. NM-16.59. 1 January 1893.
123.2/75 — II.76. ALS. 2 pp. Susan Fenimore Cooper, Riverside Cottage to Mr. Husbands. Susan Cooper remembers the Husbands name and comments that her family and the Husbands family have been acquaintances for years. NM-41.42. 15 November 1893.
123.2/76 — II.77 ALS. 1 p. Susan Fenimore Cooper to Miss Gendall [?]. Susan Cooper requests further explanation of some recent correspondence. NM-6.64. 10 May 1894.
123.2/77 — II.78. Card from Miss Cooper “to a little friend.” NM-33.56. 1898.
123.2/78 — II.79. ALS. Henry S.F. Cooper, New York, to Mrs. Piaget. Cooper thanks Mrs. Piaget for recent correspondence. NA. 1 November 1933.
123.2/79 — II.80. Receipt for Pew rent at Christ Church. NA. 2 January 1852.
123.2/80 — II.81. ALS. 1 p. Richard F. Cooper, Cooperstown to Frederick DePeyster. Discusses land transaction. NM-36.40. 1 May 1810.
123.2/81 — II.82. ALS. 1 p. Richard F. Cooper, Cooperstown to F. DePeyster. Concerns same land transaction. NM-37.40. 25 May 1810.

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Series III – James Fenimore Cooper

Series III, Subseries A – Correspondence and Legal Documents

123.004 — III.1. Deed. James Cooper and Susan Augusta Cooper to James Averell, Jr. for land in Cooperstown; boundaries of lot and sum paid given. FM-65.71 (4-1). 7 June 1814.
123.3/1 — III.2. Promissory Notes; James Cooper ADS to Robert McDermut about the financing and publication of the third edition of
The Spy (folder includes typescript). NM-185.46. 11 May 1822, 13 June 1822.
123.3/2 — III.3. Memorandum of an Agreement between James F. Cooper and Charles Wiley for the printing of
The Last of the Mohicans (folder includes typescript). NM-186.46. 26 July 1825.
123.3/3 — III.4. ALS. Susan [DeLancey] Fenimore Cooper, Rome, Italy to Mrs. Pomeroy, Cooperstown. Mrs. Cooper comments on her family, activities in Rome and aspects of Roman culture. NM-25.59. 8 March 1830.
123.3/4 — III.5. ALS. James Fenimore Cooper to Charles Wilkes. Cooper discusses his finances, the printing of two books and his opinions about European politics (folder includes typescript). NM-186.46. 9 April 1830.
123.3/5 — III.6. Image. Mrs. James Fenimore Cooper and her son Paul Cooper. NA. (NOT MICROFILMED). n.d.
123.3/6 — III.7. ALS. Susan Augusta Fenimore Cooper, Paris, France to her sister. Mrs. Cooper describes the Cooper family’s travels in Europe. NM-24.59. 7 December 1830.
123.3/7 — III.8. ALS. 1 p. James Fenimore Cooper to the editor of New Monthly. Cooper comments being deemed the “American Walter Scott” and on an article about Captain Bucky’s voyage (folder includes typescript). NM-188.46. 21 May 1831.
123.3/8 — III.9. ALS. James Fenimore Cooper, Paris to Madame Peter A. Jay, New York. “I have just enough time to say that all your letters have been received.” Bottom part of letter has been cut out. NM-2.41. n.d.
123.3/9 — III.10. ALS. 2 pp. James Fenimore Cooper, New York to Mr. Skinner. Cooper comments on anti-American sentiments (folder includes typescript). NM-187.46. 15 November 1833.
123.3/10 — III.11. ALS. James Fenimore Cooper, Caroll Place to Mr. Wood, New York. Cooper comments on a Naval Lyceum. NM 87.56. 2 January 1834.
123.3/11 — III.12. ALS. 1 p. James Fenimore Cooper, New York to Robert Campbell, Cooperstown. Cooper asks Campbell to straighten out a financial transaction for him; Cooper also describes and illustrates improvement he plans to make to the fence [of Otsego Hall?]. NM-252.44. 23 May 1835.
123.3/12 — III.13. Deed. James Fenimore Cooper and his wife to John H. Prentiss for land in the village of Cooperstown; boundaries of land and sum paid given. CM-58.39. 30 June 1835.
123.3/13 — III.14. ALS. James Fenimore Cooper, The Hall to Horace Greenhough, Boston. Cooper invites Greenhough for a visit and comments on Greenhough’s work (folder includes typescript). NM-189.46. 14 June 1836.
123.3/14 — III.15. Quit Claim Deed. James Fenimore Cooper, Executor of William Cooper to Lucy Wittenile [?] for a tract of land in Milford; location of tract and sum paid given. NM-58.45. 26 December 1837.
123.3/15 — III.16. ALS. 4 pp. James Fenimore Cooper and Charlotte Cooper, Philadelphia to Mrs. Pomeroy, Cooperstown. Cooper’s letter comments on the interior of the church [Christ Church]; Charlotte’s letter comments on the various activities of family members. NM-73.39. 12 April 1839.
123.3/16 — III.17. Handwritten transcription of letter described in previous entry. NM-235.44(1-2).
123.3/17 — III.18. ALS. 1 p. James Fenimore Cooper, The Hall, Cooperstown to J.D.P. Ogden. Cooper discusses financial transactions and mentions that he is “writing a tale on Columbus’ voyage at Bentley’s suggestion.” CM-51.39. 23 March 1840.
123.3/18 — III.19. Deed. James Fenimore Cooper and his wife to George Ernst for land in Cooperstown (part of the grounds of “Apple Hill”); sum paid given. NA. 5 May 1841.
123.3/19 — III.20. Typescript. D.D. Barard, Albany to James, Fenimore Cooper. Barard comments on a legal case [?] and compliments Cooper on
The Deerslayer. CM-255.39. 26 September 1841.
123.3/20 — III.21. ALS. 1 p. James Fenimore Cooper, Cooperstown. “agreeably to your request I write to put you in mind of our rector Mr. Tiffany….He will do credit to congress.” NM-11.56. 1 December 1842.
123.3/21 — III.22. Photocopy of a poem written in the hand of James Fenimore Cooper, “To CAF” [Caroline A. Foots]. NM-165.44. 1843.
123.3/22 — III.23. Articles of Agreement between James Fenimore Cooper and Horace H. Comstock in which James Fenimore Cooper sells land in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Comstock; terms of agreement given; terms for extension given on back. FM-65.71(4-2). 6 November 1844.
123.3/23 — III.24. ALS. 1 p. W.H. Averell to James Fenimore Cooper. Letter concerns circumstances related to agreement described in previous entry. FM-65.71 (4-31). n.d.
123.3/24 — III.25. Deed. James Fenimore Cooper to W. H. Averell for land in Kalamazoo, Michigan; lot described and terms given. FM-65.71 (4-4). 16 November 1846.
123.3/25 — III.26. ALS. 1 p. James Fenimore Cooper, New York to Mr. Fagan. Cooper requests two title pages [
Oak Openings?] and asks Fagan to send plates to [Buffalo?]. NM-28.39. 19 July 1848.
123.3/26 — III.27. ALS. 1 p. James Fenimore Cooper, The Hall, Cooperstown to Rev. Battin. Cooper reports that “At an informal meeting of the vestry…it was unanimously decided to give you a call.” Cooper stipulates the salary and other conditions (folder includes typescript). NA. 6 November 1848.
123.3/26 — III.27.1. ALS. Stephen H. Battin. The top of this document has a note in James Fenimore Cooper’s hand “From your conversation with Mr. Keese, I suppose you will accept the call.” The bottom half of the sheet includes a note from Mr. Battin describing some of his church-related activities. NA. n.d.
123.3/27 — III.28.1. ALS. 1 p. James Fenimore Cooper, Hall, Cooperstown, N.Y., to J. Hackett. Cooper reports on a three act play he has written. “I have named it the Law of Nature, or the Female Philosopher.” NA. 12 April 1850.
123.3/28 — III.28.2. ALS. James Fenimore Cooper, to J. Hackett. Concerns unfavorable reviews of a play Cooper had written. NA. 30 June 1850.
123.3/29 — III.28.3. Letter in which James Fenimore Cooper discusses how to eat eggs and bread. NA. n.d.
123.3/30 — III.28.4. Typescript. Last will and testament of James Fenimore Cooper (8 November 1849). NM-80.44.

Series III, Subseries B – Literary Manuscripts and Other Writings

123.3/31 — III.29. MS page from
The Prairie. First edition published 1827. CM-49.39.
123.3/32 — III.30.1. Amanuensis Copy [?].
Red Rover with corrections in Cooper’s handwriting. Division of volumes does not match first edition published 1827/28. MS Volume II, Chapter I, Chapter II, Chapter IV (changed from III).
123.3/33 — III.30.2. Amanuensis Copy [?].
Red Rover with corrections in Cooper’s handwriting. Chapter V (changed from IV), Chapter VI, Chapter VII.
123.3/34 — III.30.3. Amanuensis Copy [?].
Red Rover with corrections in Cooper’s handwriting. Chapter VII [sic], Chapter IX (changed from VIII).
123.3/35 — III.30.4. Amanuensis Copy [?].
Red Rover with corrections in Cooper’s handwriting. Chapter IX [sic], Chapter X, and Chapter XII. Notations indicating the end of Volume II appear on final pages of both Chapter IX and Chapter XII. CM 89.39.
123.3/36 — III.31.1. Amanuensis Copy[?].
Red Rover with corrections in Cooper’s handwriting. Volume III [?], Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter V.
123.3/37 — III.31.2. Amanuensis Copy[?].
Red Rover with corrections in Cooper’s handwriting. Chapter VI, Chapter VII, Chapter VIII, Chapter IX.
123.3/38 — III.31.3. Amanuensis Copy[?].
Red Rover with corrections in Cooper’s handwriting. Chapter X, Chapter XI. NM-58.56.
123.3/39 — III.32. Fragment and paper backing from James Fenimore Cooper’s work
The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish, “written at Berne, Switzerland, 1828.” Published 1829. NA.
123.3/40 — III.33. MS page and fragment from
The Water Witch, first edition, published 1831. NM-190.46.
123.3/41 — III.34. Printed page from
The Water Witch. Typescript, card with handwritten description “from the ‘Water Witch’… Susan Fenimore Cooper Aug. 1889.” NM-190.46.
123.3/42 — III.35. Fragment of manuscript page with accompanying notes explaining that it is a MS of James Fenimore Cooper from an article in the
Naval Magazine on manning the Navy. NM-54.70. ca. 1835.
123.3/43 — III.36. “Original manuscript of James Fenimore Cooper — the concluding portion of the Naval History — Vol. II, p. 245.” First edition published in 1839. NA.
123.3/44 — III.37. Fragment of “Lecture of Language, delivered in The Court House at Cooperstown by James Fenimore Cooper.” Lecture delivered ca. 1836. NA.
123.3/45 — III.38.1. MS. “On the Government of the U.S.” Autographed and bound manuscript of James Fenimore Cooper. NM-14.48.
123.004 — III.38.2. Addressed [?] to Monsieur Carrell, No. 16, Rue De Croissant [on back of one page], ca. 1837. NM-14.49.
123.3/46 — III.39.1. MS of
Oak Openings in James Fenimore Cooper’s handwriting. Arrangement corresponds to first edition, published in 1848. Some pages are not complete. Folders include: MS pp. 5-8 corresponding to pp. 16-22 (Chapter I), Volume I, first edition. MS pp. 121-128 corresponding to pp. 3-17 (Chapter I), Volume II, first edition.
123.3/47 — III.39.2. MS of
Oak Openings in James Fenimore Cooper’s handwriting. MS p. 191 corresponding to pp. 136-137 (part of Chapter IX), Volume II, first edition. MS pp. 194-203 corresponding to pp. 143-160 (part of Chapters X, XI), Volume II, first edition.
123.3/48 — III.39.3. MS of
Oak Openings in James Fenimore Cooper’s handwriting. MS pp. 206-212 corresponding to pp. 164-178 (parts of Chapters XI, XII), Volume II, first edition.
123.3/49 — III.39.4. MS of
Oak Openings in James Fenimore Cooper’s handwriting. MS pp. 225-236, 137, 138 [should be 237, 238; misnumbered by the author], corresponding to 200-224 (parts of Chapters XIV, Chapter XXX), Volume II, first edition. (The numbering of the chapters is such that Volume I includes Chapters I-XV and Volume II includes Chapters I-XIV, XXX). MS pp. 239-241 corresponding to pp. 225-228 (part of Chapter XXX), Volume II, first edition. NM-45.48.
123.3/50 — III.40.1. MS of
Oak Openings in James Fenimore Cooper’s handwriting. Arrangement corresponds to first edition, published in 1848. Some pages are not complete. Folders include: Six fragments of manuscript pages, one of which is mounted on paper backing with inscription; MS p. 79 corresponding to pp. 152-153 (part of Chapter X), Volume I, first edition; MS pp. 89-107 corresponding to pp. 170-205 (Chapters XII – part of Chapter XIV), Volume I, first edition.
123.3/51 — III.40.2. MS of
Oak Openings in James Fenimore Cooper’s handwriting. MS p. 115 (fragment) corresponding to P. 218 (in Chapter XV), Volume I, first edition. MS p. 135 corresponding to p. 29-31 (in Chapter II, Volume II, first edition). MS pp. 138-152 corresponding to pp. 35-63 (in Chapter Ill-Chapter IV), Volume II, first edition.
123.3/52 — III.40.3. MS of
Oak Openings in James Fenimore Cooper’s handwriting. MS pp. 154-184 corresponding to pp. 65-125 (in Chapter V-Chapter VIII), Volume II, first edition. CM-90.39.
123.3/53 — III.40.4. MS of
Oak Openings in James Fenimore Cooper’s handwriting. MS p. 187 corresponding to pp. 129-130 (in Chapter IX), Volume II, first edition. CM-90.39.

Series III, Subseries C – Checks (Canceled), Otsego Hall Floor Plans, and Other Documents

123.3/54 — III.41. Two Check fragments. Check No. 913 for $8.00. NM-9.47. n.d.
123.3/55 — III.42. Check; Otsego County Bank. James Fenimore Cooper to Robert Sedgewick for $108.00. CM-52.39. 9 July 1818.
123.3/56 — III.43. Check; Otsego County Bank. James Fenimore Cooper to Cyrus Clark for $150.00. CM-53.39. 24 October 1834.
123.3/57 — III.44. Mail Coach Way Bill from Fort Pierce to Cooperstown for Mr. Cooper. NM-27.39. 13 February 1842.
123.3/58 — III.45. Check; Otsego County Bank. Rob [?] Campbell to James Fenimore Cooper for $300.00. NA. 26 April 1845.
123.3/59 — III.46. Check; Otsego County Bank. James Fenimore Cooper to J. Storey for $21.00. NM-13.42. 23 February 1846.
123.3/60 — III.47. Check; Otsego County Bank. James Fenimore Cooper to Jonathan Davis for hay for $11.72. NM-13.42. 25 April 1846.
123.3/61 — III.48. Check; Otsego County Bank; James Fenimore. Cooper to Samuel Hardy in full for ditching for $7.00. NA. 25 April 1846.
123.3/62 — III.49. Check; Otsego County Bank. James Fenimore Cooper to John Collar for $7.00. NM-13.42. 10 June 1846.
123.3/63 — III.50. Check; Otsego County Bank. James Fenimore Cooper to “self /$15/ and Paul /$15/” for $20.00. NA. 28 June 1846.
123.3/64 — III.51. Check; Otsego County Bank. James Fenimore Cooper to N. Davis for barrel of flour for $6.00. NM-13.42. 24 December 1846.
123.3/65 — III.52. Check; Otsego County Bank. James Fenimore Cooper to William White and McEwen for $5.92. NM-16.40. 26 December 1850.
123.3/66 — III.53. Cooper Family Genealogical information. NM-186.47. 12 October 1891.
123.3/67 — III.54. James Fenimore Cooper $0.02 stamps (210). NM-91.40. 19 January 1940.
123.004 — III.55. Photocopy. Floor plan, Otsego Hall, first floor; with notes by Elizabeth Clark “taken…from information given to me August 28, 1897 by Mrs. Richard Cooper.” NM-1163.46.
123.004 — III.56. Photocopy. Floor plan, Otsego Hall, second floor. NM-1163.46.

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Series IV – Photographs

Series IV, Subseries A – Photograph Albums

123.v1 — Inscription reads, “Mary Clarke Nov. 1862.”
123.v2 — No inscription.
123.v3 — Inscription reads, “Minnie from Pomeroy 1867.”

Series IV, Subseries B – Daguerreotypes, Tintypes, and Photographs

123.4/1 — Mary Storrs Cooper (????-1846). Daguerreotype.
123.4/2 — Unidentified man. Daguerreotype.
123.4/3 — Richard Cooper (1834-1875) or Goldsborough Cooper (1836-1863). Daguerreotype.
123.4/4 — “Duke or Gold.” Daguerreotype.
123.4/5 — William Storrs (brother of Mary Storrs Cooper). Daguerreotype.
123.4/6 — Mary Cooper, Age 8 (1838-????). Daguerreotype.
123.4/7 — William Storrs (brother of Mary Storrs Cooper). Daguerreotype.
123.4/8 — Claude Lorraine Thiebaut, ca. 1873. Daguerreotype.
123.4/9 — Otsego Hall. Daguerreotype.
123.4/10 — Mary Dewolfe Guild Cooper (Mrs. William Storrs Cooper) (1852-1916) as a child. Tintype.
123.4/11 — Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894). Photograph.
123.4/12 — Photograph of Silhouette. Mrs. Jane Cooper as a young girl.
123.4/13 — Three women; probably Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894), Fanny Cooper, and Fanny Cooper’s mother. Photograph. NM-65.66.

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