Cornelia Gardenier was born in October 1691. She was the daughter of Kinderhook millwright Jan Jacobse Gardenier and his wife, Sara Van Bremen. Her paternal grandfather once lived in Beverwyck.
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
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.
church burial records state that Cornelia Cooper
was buried in April 1748.
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Sources: The life of Cornelia Gardenier Cooper has not yet
been assigned a CAP biography number. This profile
is derived chiefly from family and community-based
By Stefan Bielinski, Colonial Albany Social History Project [http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/albany]