Anna Vandenbergh Cooper


Anna Vandenbergh was born in March 1751. She was the daughter of Cornelis and Cornelia Vandenbergh. We seek information on her background and early life.

In May 1769, this daughter of the countryside was not yet eighteen when she married the somewhat older Albany native Obadiah Cooper at the Albany Dutch church. Between July 1770 and 1791, seven daughters had been christened at the Albany church where her husband was a member and where both parents served as baptism sponsors.

These Coopers raised their family in a landmark home on the corner of Pearl and Hudson Streets. Obadiah supported his family as a merchant with a store on Market Street.

However, Anna Vandenbergh Cooper lived for only fifty years. She died in June 1801 and "Mrs. Hadiah Cooper" was buried in the Dutch church cemetery plot. Moving in with one of his married daughters, her husband lived until 1826.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Anna Vandenbergh Cooper is CAP biography number 5727. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 7/20/08; updated 8/10/09