- "In the record book of Darby township we find a list of the early settlers, with dates of arrival, and among them ‘James Cooper from Bolton in the county Lancaster in 1675, and from Mayfield in the county of Stafford in the year 1683.' Whether he came to this country in 1675 and retured to England, or whether he removed from Bolton to Mayfield in that year is matter for conjecture. He probably married his first wife, Hannah, about 1698, but her maiden name has not been discovered. It appears they both came to this country as servants, doubtless for the purpose of obtaining the fifty acres each offered by William Penn to those who came in that capacity."
He was a constable for Darby Twp., Chester county in 1697.
This is Cope's biography of him:
"COOPER, JAMES, of Lancaster, England, removed to Mayfield, in the county of Stafford, about 1674, and in 1684 came to Pennsylvania, settling in Darby township. In the records of Darby Meeting we find the birth of Mary, 9, 4, 1699, and William, 5, 11, 1701, children of James and Hannah Cooper. Mary married James Johnson, of New Garden, in 1721, at which time her father was living at "Muscle Cripple" plantation, in New Castle County. In 1728, James Cooper was an attendant at Kennet Meeting, but nothing further is known of him."
He is included on the Quaker Ancestors page. [1, 3]