Cornelia Gardinier Cooper
Stefan Bielinski

Cornelia Gardinier was born in October 1691. She was the daughter of Kinderhook millwright Jan Jacobse Gardinier and his wife, Sara Van Bremen. Her paternal grandfather once lived in Beverwyck.

By 1713, she had married garrison soldier Obadiah Cooper and was living in Albany. By 1735, the last nine of her twelve children had been baptized in the Albany Dutch church where both parents were frequent baptism sponsors.

These Coopers lived in a first ward neighborhood that had been settled by former soldiers. There, she raised her large family with less of a family network than most Albany mothers. Her husband, an Albany newcomer, was a tailor who died in 1742.

Dutch church burial records state that Cornelia Cooper was buried in April 1748.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Cornelia Gardinier Cooper has not yet been assigned a CAP biography number. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted: 12/15/03; last revised 8/10/04