John Cooper

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John Cooper, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born at Olney, Buckinghamshire, England, about 1594.1,2 He died at Southampton, Suffolk Co., New York, after 6 May 1662, when he wrote his will.3,4

John married, as her 2nd husband, Wibroe Griggs, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Olney, 18 October 1618.3,5

John and his family sailed for New England on the Hopewell, 1 April 1635. The ships register records him as being from Olney, co. Buckingham, Eng., aged 41, along with wife Wibroe, 42; children Mary, 13, John 10, Thomas, 7, and Martha, 5.

He was made freeman at Boston, 6 Dec 1636 and then settled in Lynn, Massachusetts, where he was one of the elders of the church. He was one of the twenty heads of families who formed an association to settle Southampton, Long Island in 1639.

He wrote his will 6 May 1662 and mentioned the children of Henry Pierson; Thomas, son of Thomas Topping; Sarah, daughter of John Topping; his son John Cooper's children; son Thomas Cooper's children; daughter White's children; daughter Cook's children; son Henry Pierson, daughter White, and daughter Cook; and gave a barrel of beef to Mr Woster of Merrimack or (if not living) to his eldest son by his first wife. His estate was inventoried at nearly £375-00-00.6,7


Wibroe Griggs b. abt. 1593, d. bef. 6 May 1662
  • Anne Cooper8 b. 29 Aug 1619, d. bt 1686 - 1687
  • Mary Cooper8 b. 12 Aug 1621
  • John Cooper8 b. 1 Mar 1624/25, d. bef. 18 Jul 1677
  • Thomas Cooper8 b. 11 Mar 1626/27, d. bt Sep 1683 - Mar 1684
  • Martha Cooper+8 b. 26 Nov 1629, d. aft. 29 May 1690
This person was last edited on29 Dec 2017


  1. [S29] Thomas W. Cooper II, "The Cooper-Pierson-Griggs Connection," The American Genealogist 64 (Oct 1989): 193-202, at 193, further cited as Cooper, "Cooper-Pierson-Griggs."
  2. [S31] Lillian Lounsberry (Miner) Selleck, One Branch of the Miner Family with Extensive Notes on the Wood, Lounsberry, Rogers and 50 Other Allied Families of Connecticut and Long Island(New Haven, Connecticut: D. L. Jacobus, 1928), further cited as Selleck, Miner Family.
  3. [S29] Cooper, "Cooper-Pierson-Griggs," 198.
  4. [S2053] Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants To New England, 1634-1635, 7 volumes (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011), 2:202, further cited as Anderson, et al., The Great Migration.
  5. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 373, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  6. [S29] Cooper, "Cooper-Pierson-Griggs," 193, 199.
  7. [S1492] Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants: 1607-1660: A Comprehensive Listing Compiled from English Public Records of Those Who Took Ship to the Americas for Political, Religious, and Economic Reasons; of Those Who Were Deported for Vagrancy, Roguery, or Non-Conformity; and of Those Who Were Sold to Labour in the New Colonies(Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 132, further cited as Coldham, Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1660.
  8. [S29] Cooper, "Cooper-Pierson-Griggs," 199.