Cooper, Yates, Choctaw, Cherokee and Sephardic in Ga.-Tenn.-Ala. (from

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Yates and Cooper Cherokee, Choctaw & Sephardic

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  • ID: I08445
  • Name: William Cooper
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1753 in N.C. (?)
  • Death: 1810 in Louisiana
  • Death: 1810 in Killed after capture by Thomas party near Baton Rouge, La.
  • Event: Document 25 OCT 1820 Pensacola, listed as widower, with no other family members, age 67
  • Event: Document 1781 St. Stephens-Tombigbe, from North Carolina, with Henry Cooper
  • Census: 1787 In Second Creek District on Spanish Census with other Coopers, in 1792 on Second & Sandy Creek, gone by 1795
  • Census: 1790 1790 HH, Rowan Co., N.C. #1364 (?)--no prob. William who married Sarah Greene
  • Military Service: ABT. 1787 Corporal (cabo) in Natchez Militia under Spanish
  • Residence: 1806 Justice of the peace, Washington Parish, La.
  • Event: Fact BET. 1797 - 1803 Did trade with Turnbull & Associates from Sandy Creek
  • Event: Fact 17 FEB 1775 On jury in Bute Co., N.C. as William Cooper Jr.
  • Event: Tax List 1799 No Twp., Grainger Co., Tenn.
  • Note:
    The William Cooper called a Portuguese half-breed fort builder.

    Arrived with other Coopers before 1787 as one of numerous North Carolinians in Natchez District, under Spanish rule, and became a cabo (corporal) in the Second and Sandy Creek District along Tennessee and headwaters of Tombigbe River (tristate area of TN/MS/AL). Returned in 1806 and got grant on Big Black River.
    Early Settlers of Mississippi as Taken from Land Claims in the Mississippi Territory

    Certificate Entered: 15 Nov 1806
    Certificate: 71
    Certificate Date: 29 Oct 1806
    Claim Name: William Cooper
    Orig Name: William Cooper
    Quantity: 216
    Situation: River Big Black

    May have proceeded west with cousin Cornelius and with Henry Labon Cooper, who settled in Bogue Chitto outside New Orleans (St. Tammany Parish) (NO - he was killed in 1810).

    William Cooper also entered a land claim in Spanish West Florida in 1809. Apparently the same as became justice of the peace in Washington Parish, La. The same William Cooper appears to be the one of that name who married Mary (Polly) Banks Warner b. 1783 in a second marriage, asThomas Warner was a surveyor for him (later a Col. in the War of 1812). Thomas and Tabitha Warner moved to Bogue Chitto/St. Tammany Parish from the French Broad River in N.C.

    Chronological notes from DJ Thornton:
    1783 was in the Cumberland, TN with Chickasaw Wife. Perry.
    1786 Turnbull has Trading post among the Choctaw and Chickasaw
    1787 Turnbull & Joyce took Over Trading from the Mobile Co. Struthers and Mather
    That is when Arthur had a post among the Choctaw
    1792 Turnbull moved from Mobile (Tombigbee Plantation to Baton Rouge Plantation)in 1835 Isabelle Turnbull his daughter said she remembered his Ft there burning (possible by Creeks hda)
    1792 Turnbull at insistant of Cherokee Chief Bloody Fellow also establish a trading post at Mobile however this official notice was in fact a Trading Post that already exsisted.
    The Choctaw Nation was six days travel from Bayou Pierre.
    1794 seems to have disolved his Company of Turnbull and Frazer and turns to running his plantation hence the reason we may see Arthur in the Employee or Contracting with other Trade Companies.
    1794-5 Georgia, Yazoo Land Fraud and Grants GA claimed all the Area that was to become MS, and Al. to 4 land companies. The Georgia, Missississippi, Upper Mississippi, Tenn Co and until 1810 was embroilled in Controversy with this land. Til The US Supreme Court in 1810.
    1795 Spanish Census of Baton Rouge had John Turnbull there
    jan 30, 1795 John Joyce and John Turnbull and Sons cease trading with the Chickasaw and Choctaw NAtions by Agreement to Panton and Leslie Company. By 1795 John Turnbull and most of his associates were fully engaged in Plantation operations and life style. The Indian Trade wasnot their Major source of Income, however Turnbull did continue to trade from Time to time
    2-3-1795 Letter Panton to Carondelet states that In the Years of 1787-1789 during which period Turnbull & Joyce had the trade (with the Chickasaws and Choctaws.), An American Agent was received & Protected in the Choctaws, and measures was adopted by Congress for SEttling a Commerce at Bears Creek, and a Maj Doughty was on his way with a large quantity of Indian goods the beginning of the SUmmer of 1790. Gov Miro in the meantime had given the business of the Choctaws and Chickasaws (which the Mobile House had thought proper to decline) to us, and the settlement at Bears Creek was prevented. ..
    1798 John Turnbull sold his Dauphin Street Property to Nicholas Cook. Mobile Land Records 1715-1812 pp 176-177
    Note that this property appears to have ben tproperty of the partnership of Turnbull & Joyce with location in Mobile hda)
    March 1798 The Spanish Flag (Rule) leaves Natchez
    1787 John Joyce died by drowning whe he fell from a ship the Mobilean, returning from NEw rleans.
    June 9, 1798 Will of John Turnbull. (Wit by George King and others)
    14 Nov 1798 John Turnbull gives Power of Attorney to John Baptiste and Benjamin Dubroca (brocas) to tend to the affairs of John Joyce deceased.
    17 nov 1798 inventory of the property of Turnbull and Joyce at Mobile, Includes a list of Debts due the partnership of Turnbull & Joyce Arthru Carney is on this list with many others. (James Dean, Turner Brashears,Richard Hall(another of my gpas),Charles Harrington, Louis and Michael Leflore, Micael, Benjamin and Samuel Jones, Jordan Morgan,Samuel Brashears, Benjamin Dubroca,
    8-24-1799 John Turnbull died.
    May 12 1800 another Inventory of Accounts Joyce and Turnbull due Estates includes Arthur and William Carney
    Jul 3 1800 Tobias Brashears a Justice of the Peace.
    1801 Antonio Espejo purchased Tombigbee River property from estate of Turnbull & Jyce Mobile Land Records p214-216
    1815 Battle of New Orleans
    Mar 3 1817 Territory of Alabama was separated from MS
    12-10-1817 MS became a State
    12-14-1819 Adams-Odis Treaty: Spain gave up East Floridad and all claims to all lands east of the MS River.
    12-14-1819 Al became the 22 State

    1799 Turnbull Died.

    Note that James Frazier was in Business with him as well. and we Have a Frazier in the Heirs of IKenaby Claims

    Will scan other Arthur Carney mentions in Book later this afternoon.And hopefully finish looking at Turnbull, Carney, Land Grants. There was 2 mentions of William Cooper in the book will scan

    With Samuel Cooper and Henry Cooper on list of debtors to Benjamin Monsanto who died in N.O. about 1792 (Natches Court Records C p. 116f.).

    1807 Planters in West Florida declare their Independence from Spain.

    From June to September 1810, many secret meetings and three openly held conventions took place in that district—known in those days as Feliciana and described by a contemporary writer as “much the most populous, wealthy and important district in the province”—and out of those meetings grew the West Florida Rebellion.5

    On September 23, before dawn, an armed group led by Philemon Thomas attacked and captured the ramshackle Spanish fort at Baton Rouge. Three days later the leading revolutionaries signed a declaration of independence, then delivered it to Governor David Holmes of Mississippi Territory and Governor Claiborne of Orleans Territory along with a request for annexation by the United States and protection from Spanish counterattacks.6

    Philemon Thomas, who had led the attack on the Spanish garrison at Baton Rouge, declared after the U.S. takeover that “the great object he had in view was now accomplished, and that he approved of the taking” (Sterkx and Thompson 1961, 386). Given that Thomas and his men had killed two Spaniards and wounded five when they stormed the fort at Baton Rouge, and later they also killed William Cooper, who opposed their revolution (Arthur 1935, 110, 121), Thomas seems to have got off lightly.

    Father: William A. Cooper b: ABT. 1725 in Surry Co., Va. (?)
    Mother: Malea Labon b: ABT. 1725 in Chickasaw country (?)

    Marriage 1 Choctaw Wife
    • Married: ABT. 1800
    1. Has Children William Cooper b: ABT. 1800
    2. Has No Children James Cooper b: ABT. 1800

    Marriage 2 Polly Banks Warner b: 25 AUG 1783 in Orangeburg Dist., S.C.
    • Married: NOV 1801

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