I am trying to extend this connection even further to include not only the Coopers and Adams but also the Meldrums and possibly a Lewis family.
My ancestor Martha Lewis Meldrum, wife of Edwin H Bowen, was daughter of ??? (possibly John Meldrum) and Lucretia Cooper, daughter of William Cooper.
My grandfather, Arthur Finn Bowen, left the following note in his papers:
"Martha Lewis Meldrom an orphan, my father's mother, was raised by a Methodist minister, Thomas Adam."
Arthur Finn Bowen was a grandson of Edwin H Bowen and Martha Lewis Meldrum and a son of their son Thomas Adam Bowen. Thomas Adam Bowen was named to honor this minister.
Lucretia (Cooper) Meldrum left her will Mecklenburg Co, VA WB 9 p 53 dated 1/20/1819. The will was proven 6/21/1819, but son John Meldrum of Charlotte Co, VA refused to serve as extr dated 6/18/1819. Children named included Sarah V Meldrum, Ann B Mills, Mary V Meldrum, John Meldrum, Rebecca H Meldrum, Martha L Meldrum, and Claricy J Meldrum. Wit Robert B Wilson, Charles Colley. Claricy J Meldrum was actually the illigitimate daughter of Matthew Jackson as proven by his will dated 11 June 1808, exhibited by February 1809 Mecklenburg Co, VA. Since Jackson did not mention the older Meldrum children, they were certainly not his. But I am not sure they were all the children of an earlier husband Mr Meldrum either.
Mecklenburg Co WB 6 p 113 will of William Cooper dated 6/25/1802 pr 9/12/1808 named wife Sarah, daughter Lucretia Meldrum, daughter Lyza Cooper, "six grandchildren children of my daughter Lucretia Meldrum to wit Sally V Meldrum, William Meldrum, Nancy Meldrum, John Meldrum, Charles Meldrum and Mary Meldrum." Extrs were wife Sarah Cooper, William Stone and William Coleman. Witnesses were Reuben Vaughan Junr, George Crowder, Mark Russell, Isham P. Pool.
William Cooper above was son of John Cooper:
Cooper, John 2-7-1767; 4-14-1768; W.B. 2/322 Lunenburg
Mentions: Wife: Lucretia Cooper
Son: Charles Cooper
Executors: Frances Cooper, William Cooper (sons)
Witnesses: John Williams, Peter (his X mark) Andras [Andrews],
Abraham (his X mark) Andrews.
Besides son William Cooper, another son of John Cooper:
Cooper, Frances [sic] 7-6-1777; 8-14-1777; W.B. 2/456
Mentions: Wife: Molly Cooper
Sons: James Cooper, John Cooper, Sterling Cooper,
William Cooper, Elisha Cooper
Daughters: Rebecca Cooper, Noomey Cooper
Child: Wife's unborn child
Executors: John Granger, Phillip Rickers
Lucretia (Cooper) Meldrum's daughter Mary V Meldrum was the mother of Nancy J Meldrum (probably also illegitimate).
Nancy Meldrun m John R Williams 8/20/1849 bm William Wilmoth con
Mary Meldrum mother, min Thomas Adams (Lunenburg Co) 8/22/1849
This certainly was the younger Thomas Adams, not the Thomas Adams d 1841 below. Interesting to see the name Thomas Adams associated with the Meldrum family again.
1850 census, Mecklenburg Co 98th district
Mecklenburg DB 25 p 469. Mary Meldrum and William A Bradshaw give power of attorney to D H Baker of Warren Co, MS "to receive our full part of our brother and uncle Jno. M Meldrum's estate which I have been informed died in the State Mississippi Warren County..." Dated Sept 4, 1833.
Lunenburg WB 12 p 39 Thomas Adams. Wife Elizabeth, children Thomas Adams, Richard E T Adams, Cornelia Ann (no surname given). Left land and lots of slaves. Written 1 Jan 1839, codicil 13 May 1839, proved 13 Sept 1841.
According to Lunenburg Co Marriages 1750-1853 by John Vogt & T William Kethley, Jr, Thomas Adams performed marriages in Lunenburg Co 1807-1849. Since Thomas Adams above was dead by 1841, his son Thomas Adams Jr must also have been a minister. Either that or Thomas Adams Jr was the only minister and not his father. I am not sure if the younger Thomas Adams was born early enough to have left the 1807 records.
Thomas Adams (Jr?/Sr?) owned land near Edwin H Bowen's older brothers Harrison Bowen and Jedediah S Bowen who married Turner sisters, daughters of Jesse Turner. Edwin H Bowen m Martha Lewis Meldrum 9/27/1827 Mecklenburg Co, VA, Robert Moore bondsman. Martha Lewis Meldrum had been raised by minister Thomas Adams (which one?) after her mother Lucretia Meldrum's death in 1819. Martha's censuses indicate she was b ca 1805. So Martha would have been about 14 when she went to live with Thomas Adams. She was about 22 when she married. It's quite possible that Edwin H Bowen met Martha Lewis Meldrum through his brother Harrison V Bowen who lived near Thomas Adams.
Harrison V Bowen m Mary "Polly" Turner 12/26/1821 Lunenburg Co, VA
Edwin H Bowen m Martha Lewis Meldrum 9/27/1827 Mecklenburg Co, VA, Robert Moore bondsman.
Jedediah "Jeddy" S Bowen m Susan Turner 12/24/1833 Lunenburg Co, VA
Lunenburg Co DB 30 p 329 10 Aug 1835 Harrison Bowen & Mary his wife of Lunenburg to James Turner. $131.25 52 1/2 acres it being the land bequeathed her Mary Bowen wife of Harrison Bowen by her father Jesse Turner. Bounded on N by William Turner, S by Thomas Adams, W by Branch Turner's children, E by James Turner. Signed Harrison + Bowen, Mary + Bowen. Wit Julius Hite, James Edmunds, Edmd. M Hite
1820 Mecklenburg Co census: Sally Meldrum 2M <10, 1F 45+.
If this age is accurate, Lucretia Meldrum's daughter Sally V Meldrum was b by 1775. Lucretia's daughter Mary Meldrum was age 63 in 1850, so b ca 1787. We can at least establish that Lucretia Cooper had married a Mr Meldrum by about 1775.
The only clue I have found for this Mr Meldrum comes from the marriage record below:
Marriage bond for Mereday Allen & Nancy Cooper dated 3 Aug 1788. Signed by Mariday Allen, John Bailey.
"I hereby certify that I agree and consent to the marriage of my son Meredith Allen given under my hand this 10th day of August 1788.
Signed William Allen Sr
Test John Meldrum, Elisha Arnold"
From this I know that a John Meldrum who was probably Lucretia's husband was living in 1788. Meldrum was a very uncommon name in Lun/Meck and this John is the only early Meldrum I have found. I have no record for his death and can't be sure he was the father of Lucretia's children born after this date which includes my Martha Lewis Meldrum. John Meldrum certainly was not the father of Claricy J Meldrum.
Arthur Finn Bowen also wrote of finding the grave of Martha Lewis Meldrum Bowen near Edwin H Bowen's home at Oral Oaks, Lunenburg Co:
"The graveyard was neglected and forlorn there were in it only two graves - my grandmother Bowen - she was a Lewis = and the baby neice of my father's; his Brother Hick's child."
I don't know if he assumed Martha was a Lewis - or a Lewis descendant - because of her middle name or if Martha was in fact a Lewis although she used the name Meldrum. Lucretia Cooper Meldrum did not marry a Lewis, but it's not impossible that she might have had children by a Lewis after Meldrum's death but before her child Claricy J Meldrum was born by Matthew Jackson.
Found at http://members.tripod.com/~mallen4896/Allen/Allen-Merd.htmlhttp://members.tripod.com/~mallen4896/Allen/Allen-Merd.html
Meredith Allen son of William Allen and his first wife, Mary Lewis. He was born 1766 in Lunenburg or Mecklenburg Co., VA. and died November, 1828 in Henry Co. VA.
Meredith married Nancy Cooper, daughter of Thomas Cooper 09 August, 1788 in Mecklenburg Co. VA. Nancy born about 1770 in Mecklenburg, Co., VA, and died after June, 1829 Pittsbyvania Co. VA.
Meredith removed from VA., to Anson Co. NC., with his brothers, but returned to his native State of VA., where he died.
This is the only mention of a Lewis I have found that might relate to these families. I don't know what Thomas Cooper's relationship to the other Coopers or John Meldrum of the 1788 marriage record might have been.
I know next to nothing about the Allen family, but I do know that the land that Matthew Jackson left to Lucretia Meldrum adjoined a John Allen and Bailey Turner. Beckley Jackson was a son of Matthew Jackson by an earlier wife.
According to Matthew Jackson's will:
Item.I also lend unto the said Lucretia Meldrum during [her] life or widowhood 150 acres of land to be taken off of the lands I now live on Beginning at the bar branch and from thence to the upper line adjoining John Allen and at her death or marriage, I give and bequeath the said lands to her daughter Claricy I. Meldrum.
Mecklenburg DB 14 part 2 p 463.
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1 August 1811 Beckley Jackson and Martha his wife of Mecklenburg to Benjamin C Walker of same. land purchased of estate of Matthew Jackson. about 75a. Beginning at Crowders and Bailey Turners corner large pine on the aforesaid Matthew Jacksons road thence running north seventy three west twenty six poles to pointers, thence north seventy eight west forty four poles to a beach on the east side of Buck Horn Creek thence down the creek as it meanders eighteen poles to John Allens corner white oak on the west side of said creek thence north sixty eight west fifty poles to a?? thence north fifty west twelve poles to a poplar on Allens line branch thence up the branch as it meanders to a red oak near the head of said branch thence north for -- sixty poles to two white oaks on the mill road thence along the road as it meanders fifty five poles to Lucreacy Meldrams corner pointers on said road thence north fifty four poles to said Meldrams corner post oak thence south seventy two---- ninety seven poles to a new corner pine & hickory on the mill road thence along -- mill road as it meanders one hundred and sixty eight poles to a new corner -- thence another new line south fifty eight east forty eight poles to Turners corner black gum and beach on the east bank of Buckhorn Creek thence south two -- west thirty seven poles to Turners corner two pines near the mill pond -- south twenty five east twenty three poles to a white oak on the mill road S78W12 poles to another white oak on the said road thence along the ---[need second page]
Can anyone add a piece to the puzzle?