Notes for Fleet Cooper: "Fleet Cooper was born in Philadelphia 1721; moved with his family to Isle of Wright Co. 1725; spent his youth in Loudoun County where he married 1747 Marguerite Coore; and on 21 Jan. 1764 was a resident of Dobbs Co., N.C. when he bought 100 acres on Great Coharie in Duplin County. (h) He was 17th of 21 signers of the Duplin County Oath of Allegiance and Abjuration passed by the General Assembly at New Bern November 1777. (i) The Governor appointed 12 men as Justices of the newly formed county of Sampson, including Fleet Cooper. At the first session, 21 June 1784, the Court Minutes recorded: 'The Governor's Commission was read appointing the several magistrates to administer Justice in said county, and the following persons...Fleet Cooper...have taken the oath required by law.' (j) His will, dated 2 July 1795, was proved by his son Fleet, Jr. in November Court 1801 but was not recorded until 1828. He mentions son John, deceased, Fleet, Jr., William, Coore, Elizabeth Wiggins, Mary Peterson, and Grace Holmes. (k) A bronze plaque at Concord Crossroads on Highway 24, 6 miles west of Clinton reads: 'Fleet Cooper, Sr., 1722-1795; Civil Officer; Judge, Court of Common Pleas, First Court in Sampson; Signer of Oath of Allegiance and Abjuration for Duplin County; Wed Marguerite Coore 1747 and had issue: John; Fleet, Jr.; William; Coore; Elizabeth; Mary; Grace.'
On April 20, 1776 Fleet Sr. enlisted in the Revolutionary War and was given an honorable discharge 2 1/2 years later.
1795 July 2. COOPER, FLEET, John, Coroph, William; Wiggins, Elizabeth; Peterson, Mary; Holmes, Grace, Polly. -------------------------------------------------------------- "In the name of God, Amen.
I, Fleet Cooper, Senior, of the county of Sampson and state of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory, calling to mind the mortality of my body, do make and ordain this, my last will and testament in the following manner and form:
First: I give to the estate of my son John Cooper, deceased, one cow and calf, he having received part of his legacy in his lifetime. Likewise to my son FLEET COOPER 136 acres of land where he now lives. Likewise to my son William Cooper 150 acres of land where he now lives and all the land I own on Sheppard's Branch. Likewise to my son Coore Cooper the tract of land that I bought of James Bennett and Henry Easterling and 150 acres joining the same; and 150 acres of land at the White Pond and head of the Great Branch. Likewise to my daughter Elizabeth Wiggins I give five shillings, she having already received her legacy. Likewise to my daughter Mary Peterson I give five shillings, she having already received as aforesaid. Likewise to my daughter Grace Holmes I give five shillings, she also having received as aforesaid. Also to Polly Holmes, daughter of they said Grace Holmes, seventy five acres of land where the said Grace now lives, the right vested in the said Polly after the death of her mother, the said Grace, who is to have her lifetime on the said land. And all the rest of my property I leave to my son, Coore Cooper, and each legacy to each of the legatees as before mentioned, to them, their heirs and assigns forever. And I, the said Fleet Cooper, Senior, acknowledge this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal; this 2nd day of July, 1795.
Fleet Cooper, Sr. (Seal) Fleet Cooper, Jr. William Cooper Abner Fort"
[Note: Will proved by Fleet Cooper Jr. November 1801.]
He was honored by a bronze marker that reads: "Fleet Cooper, Sr. 1722-1795; Civil Officier; Judge, Court of Common Pleas, First Court in Sampson; Signer of Oath of Allegiance and Abjuration for Duplin County; Wed Marguerite Coore 1747 and had issue: John; Fleet, Jr.; William; Coore; Elizabeth; Mary; Grace." The marker is in Concord Crossroads on Highway 24, 6 miles west of Clinton, Sampson County, North Carolina.
Children of Fleet and Marguerite: John Cooper d. b 1795 William Cooper Fleet Cooper Jr. b. c 1750, d. 1828 Coore Cooper Elizabeth Cooper+ b. c 1756, d. 13 Jul 1825 Mary Cooper Grace Cooper
More About Fleet Cooper and Marguerite Coore: Marriage: 1747, Northampton Co., NC.
Children of Fleet Cooper and Marguerite Coore are:
+Elizabeth Cooper, b. 1759, Duplin Co., North Carolina, d. 23 Jul 1825, Mexia, Monroe Co., Alabama.