Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wilhelm Kuper (Cooper) 1722-1809

Wilhelm Kuper
Born August 24, 1722 in Germany
Died January 23 1809 in PA
Born September 12, 1724 in Germany
Died April 21 1812 in PA

Daniel Cooper 1752-1822
Catherine Cooper 1765-1840  M. Jacob Berger

Name: Wilhelm Kuber
Year: 1772
Place: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Source Publication Code: 3211.7
Primary Immigrant: Kuber, Wilhelm
Annotation: From a transcript at the Germantown Historical Society. Information abstracted from five principal German newspapers published in Germantown and Philadelphia, 1743-1800: Pennsylvanische Geschicht-Schreiber (later Pennsylvanische Berichte), Staatsbote, Phi
Source Bibliography: HOCKER, EDWARD W. Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981. 242p. Reprinted, 1989.
Page: 112

“Wilhelm Kupper, the earliest known ancestor of the Upper Saucon area Coopers, was born on August 24, 1722 at ‘kirchspiel Nuekirchen ordt Dillenburg’ [presumably Neunkirchen] in Germany.  His wife, Gertrude, whose maiden name is unknown, was born on September 12, 1724.

 Wilhelm, his wife Gertrude, and daughter Catharina emigrated to America in about 1775.  Their son Daniel preceded them to America, arriving in about 1770.”

  Upon arriving in the new country, Wilhelm and Gertrued along with their daughter, settled with Daniel, first in Upper Montgomery County and later in Upper Saucon Township in what is now Lehigh County.  The first US census report in 1790 shows that they were located in Upper Saucon Township by that year.

Wilhelm died on January 23, 1809 at the age of 86 years and 5 months.  His wife Gertrude died several years later on April 21, 1812 at the age of 87 years, 7 months and 9 days.  No wills have been found.  They are believed to be buried either at the old Blue Church cemetery or at the old Mennonite cemetery just north of Coopersburg.  However, no tombstones remain to mark their graves.”

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