“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Camden in Camden County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Cooper Family

The Cooper Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 6, 2015
1. The Cooper Family Marker
Inscription. Beginning in the 1620s European settlers of Dutch, Swedish and English origin arrived along the Delaware River in the vicinity of present-day Camden, and by the 1670s English Quakers had established permanent homesteads throughout the region. One such Quaker, William Cooper, arrived in America in 1679, first settling in Burlington and moving in 1681, to an area near the mouth of Cooper’s Creek in what is now Camden. William Cooper was a member of the first colonial assembly and was actively involved in the affairs of what was then the province of West New Jersey. By 1689 he had established one of the several other local ferries proved to be essential to the development and expansion of both the city and the surrounding region.

William Cooper’s children and subsequently their children also helped to ensure Camden’s development and growth during the next two centuries. In 1773, William’s great-grandson, Jacob, laid out some of the area’s earliest residential plots on Cooper-owned farmlands, calling the newly established town Camden, and naming the street running along the town’s northern border Cooper Street. Jacob’s nephews, Joshua and William, created additional developments, establishing much of what would eventually become the core of present-day Camden. While ensuring Camden’s residential growth, the family also continued to operate

The Cooper Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 6, 2015
2. The Cooper Family Marker
their successful ferry service throughout the 18th century, thereby assisting Camden in becoming, during the 19th century, the urban, economic and legal center of southern New Jersey. In the 1870s, Cooper siblings Richard M., William D., Elizabeth, and Sarah founded the Cooper Hospital (now known as the Cooper University Medical Center) on property known as Cooper’s Hill. The hospital, located at One Cooper Plaza, represents another valuable contribution of the Cooper family to the City of Camden that continues, today, to serve the needs of the city and the region.

This light-rail station stop is located within the Cooper Street Historic District, which was historically the city’s most fashionable. Some of the oldest and most architecturally significant residences within the city, dating from the early 1800s and located within Jacob Cooper’s original plan, may be found within the boundaries of this district. The original home of the family founders of the Cooper Hospital was located at nearby 121 Cooper Street and was replaced, during the late 1910s, with the present-day Johnson Library. All of these homes help to illustrate the more than 300-year history of the City of Camden.

(Inscription under the image on the left) Artist’s interpretation of the ferry service on the Delaware River. Water color by T. Birch, 1779

(Inscription under the image on the right)
The Richard M. Cooper House, formerly located at 121 Cooper Street (the current location of the Johnson Library in Camden, NJ 1897.
Location. 39° 56.859′ N, 75° 7.459′ W. Marker is in Camden, New Jersey, in Camden County. Marker is on Cooper Street. Touch for map. The marker is located at the Cooper Street/Rutgers University rail stop. Marker is in this post office area: Camden NJ 08102, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edward Sharpe House (within shouting distance of this marker); Cooper's Ferry (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Victor (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Campbell Kids (approx. ¼ mile away); American Merchant Marine Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); USS New Jersey Marine Detachments (approx. ¾ mile away); Glomar Explorer (approx. 0.8 miles away in Pennsylvania); Exiles for Conscience Sake (approx. 0.9 miles away in Pennsylvania). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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