James Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper (1789 - 1851)

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James Fenimore Cooper
Born in Burlington, New Jersey, USAmap
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Husband of — married in Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York, USAmap
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Died in Cooperstown, New York, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Apr 2014 | Last significant change: 27 Nov 2018
00:17: Peggy (Haskell) Moss added Richard Fenimore Cooper (1775-1813) as sibling for James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851). [Thank Peggy for this]
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James Fenimore Cooper , b. Sept. 15, 1789 at Burlington, N.J., d. Sept. 14, 1851 at Cooperstown, N.Y. [James Cooper legally added "Fenimore" to his name only in 1826.]

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER, son or William and Elizabeth (Fenimore) Cooper, born Sept. 15, 1789 at Burlington, N.J., died Sept. 14, 1851 at Cooperstown, N.Y.

In Oct. 1790, when he was one year old, he moved with his family to Cooperstown, Otsego County, N.Y. In 1802 he entered Yale College, but was dismissed in 1805. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1808 to 1811.

At twenty, Cooper inherited a fortune from his father. On January 1, 1811, at age twenty one, he was married at Mamaroneck, Westchester County, N.Y. to Susan Augusta DeLancey (b. Jan. 28, 1792, d. Jan. 20, 1852), daughter of John Peter and Elizabeth (Floyd) DeLancey. .Susan Augusta de Lancey was the daughter of a wealthy family that remained loyal to Great Britain during the American Revolution.

They had seven children, five of whom lived to adulthood. His daughter, Susan Fenimore Cooper, was a writer on nature, female suffrage, and other topics. She and her father often edited each other's work] Paul Fenimore Cooper (1899–1970) a writer during the 20th century, was a great-grandson of James Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper gained fame as an author of American fiction. His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature. His five Leatherstocking Tales about the American frontier hero Natty Bumppo were the most famous. Of these, The Deerslayer and The Pioneers were set in the area of Otsego Lake and Cooperstown, N.Y.

Cooper resided in Westchester County; Cooperstown, N.Y.; Scarsdale; New York City; and Europe. His final residence was Otsego Hall in Cooperstown.

He and his wife are buried in Christ Church Cemetery, Cooperstown, N.Y.

He was originally known as James Cooper, but after his father's death, he attempted to have his surname legally changed to Fenimore to inherit property from his mother's family. Since this was refused, he called himself James Fenimore-Cooper thereafter, finally dropping the hyphen and using Fenimore as a middle name. [There is no hard evidence that Cooper sought to change his last name to Fenimore; the New York State Legislature in 1826 legally authorized his name to be changed from James Cooper to James Fenimore Cooper.]

Children of James Fenimore and Susan A. (DeLancey) Cooper:

Elizabeth Cooper (1533{11}1), b. Sept. 27, 1811, Mamaroneck, d. July 13, 1813, Cooperstown, buried Christ Church Cemetery.

Susan Augusta Fenimore Cooper (1533{11}2), b. Apr. 17, 1813, Mamaroneck, d. Dec. 31, 1894

3.*Caroline Martha Cooper (1533{11}3), b. June 26, 1815,Cooperstown, d. Jan. 13, 1892, Cooperstown

4. Anne Charlotte Fenimore Cooper (1533{11}4), b. May 14, 1817, Cooperstown (Fenimore Farm), d. Mar. 17, 1885, buried Christ Church Cemetery, Cooperstown

5. *Maria Frances Fenimore Cooper(1533{11}5), b. June 15, 1819, d. Oct. 26, 1898, Cooperstown

6. Fenimore Cooper (1533{11}6), b. Oct. 23, 1821, d. Aug. 5, 1823, age 1 yr., 10 mos., at home (3 Beach St., New York City) from effects of teething

7. *Paul Fenimore Cooper (1533{11}7), b. Feb. 3, 1824, d. Apr. 2, 1895 (Page 256 of The Legends and Traditions.)


The legends and traditions of a northern county. by James Fenimore Cooper, 1921, Page 255

The Cooper Genealogy, Compiled by Wayne W. Wright, Library Notes, New York State Historical Association, 1983

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On 20 Dec 2017 at 12:19 GMT Joan (Stone) Jakubowski wrote:

Read his novel "The Spy"

also see: New York History, Vol XLVII, No 1 (1966), pp.61-73 relating to Secret Agent Enoch Crosby 1749-1835 (wiki Crosby-1467) Near Glimmerglen Park, north end of Otsego Lake, lies Historic Hyde Hall, read of Tories Clark, Hyde, and others linked to the Coopers. James Fenimore Cooper's Father came to St Lawrence County, NY 1803, with 75 families, starting a historic new settlement at De Kalb.

On 15 Sep 2014 at 00:51 GMT Matt Pryber wrote:

Find out more at the Global Family Reunion project

James is 24 degrees from Rosa Parks, 21 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 11 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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