Biography of Apollos Cooper
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Apollos Cooper, who was born at Southampton, Long Island, February 2, 1767, was a carpenter by trade and had come to Oneida county in 1790. Before coming to Old Fort Schuyler he had lived at Johnstown, and was also in the employ of a Mr. Scriba at Oneida Lake. On the 11th of April, 1795, he bought of James S. Kip one hundred and seventeen acres of great lot No. 96, which the latter had bought the previous year. This land constituted a narrow strip extending from the river nearly to the intersection of Genesee and State streets. Early in the fall of 1794 he came in possession of the land and built the rear part of the house on Whitesboro street, where he afterward resided throughout his life. The homestead yet remains, while the farm has long since been swallowed up by the encroaching city.

Mr. Cooper does not seem to have long pursued his trade, but when not engaged in official duties he was chiefly busied with fanning. The bridge across the river at the foot of Genesee street which replaced the earlier structure is said to have been the work of his skill. A peculiarity of this bridge consisted in the long covered avenue of trestle work that led down to it, reaching back halfway to Main street. Mr. Cooper was also the artificer of Hamilton Oneida Academy, the precursor of Hamilton College. As time rolled on his property increased greatly in value and enabled him to realize all the comforts of a thriving farmer and to bestow upon his children the advantages of an education, which in his own case had been limited to the subscription schools of that period but the value of which he well knew how to estimate. His early location in the county secured to him an extensive acquaintance and no small share of public favor, which was manifested by his appointment at various periods as judge, representative and sheriff, and by his filling many subordinate stations and offices in the place where he lived. If there were differences among his neighbors, Judge Cooper was a man to whom such differences could be referred with all the confidence that a sound head and an honest heart will always command. He was simple in habits and unpretending in manner; of vanity he had not a particle, honest pride he possessed to a fault. Self reliant and positive in his opinions, he was frank and outspoken and his convictions were stated with plainness and force. After a long period of suffering he passed away on the 2d of March, 1839. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Sybil Ellis, had been called to her final rest ten years before. They had seven children, four of which died in infancy or their earlier youth; the remaining were: Benjamin F.; Charles; and Cornelia, who gave her hand in marriage to Edmund A. Graham.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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