Biography of Major Samuel Cooper
Indiana County, PA Biographies

MAJOR SAMUEL COOPER was a son of James and Rachel (Powers) Cooper. He "was born in Shippensburg, Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, on the second of May, 1788. The family name is Cowper, but since about 1750 has been written Cooper. The greatgrandfather of our subject was Samuel Cooper, who was for many years the commander of Inniskillen Dragoons, in Ireland. His son, Samuel, the grandfather of Major Cooper, was a captain in the Inniskillen Dragoons, and migrated to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1761. He was in Gen. Lee's 'cavalry legion' in the Revolutionary war, and for several years was sword, drill and riding master of Gen. Lee's noted command. His son James, the father of our subject, was born in Inniskillen, Ireland. He was an orderly sergeant in a company in the Revolutionary war, which Captain John Wilkins (after whom Wilkinsburg, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, was named) commanded.

"When Samuel was only an infant his parents removed to Chambersburg, where they remained until 1804. In that year they removed to Pittsburgh. Ia 1833 his father, accompanied by his daughter Margaret, went to Dayton, Ohio, where he died about 1836, at eighty years of age. Samuel entered the army on the 10th of September, 1812, as captain of the 'State Pittsburgh Blues,' and with his company was mustered into the United States service at Meadville, Crawford county, about ten days later."

His company was sent to Black Rock, N. Y., where he and his men volunteered to cross into Canada and attack the English, but their services were not required, and he was breveted major for meritorious service. Returning home, he was variously engaged for some years, during which period he was a partner of Gen. Grant's father in law for fifteen months in the mercantile business. He read law with John B. Alexander, was admitted to the bar and, after a varied business life of half a century, returned to the practice of law.

"In 1867 he removed to Saltsburg, was elected a justice of the peace, and continued as such until ninety years of age. He was married in 1817 to Elizabeth Weigley, daughter of Joseph Weigley, attorney at law at Greensburg. The latter was a Quaker and of German descent. Mrs. Cooper died in 1875, at about seventy five years of age."

Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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