I, too, am a descendant of the ANTHONY and ANN ALEXANDER family.Here is info on your particular line:
WILLIS COOPER, planter, made his will March 1, 1800, probated KJune 1809, Tyrrell Co.
He names: sons, NICODEMUS (to receive plantation where I now live on Cyoress Swamp), JOSEPH, JOHN.Daughter, ZILPHA COOPER; Daughter, NANCY BATEMAN; Daughter, BETSEY COOPER.Two sons, JOSEPH and JOHN, appointed extr. Witnesses RODGER (sic) SNELL, GEORGE PHELPS, and HANNAH (x) PHELPS.
WILLIS COOPER signed his will with (x).
[Bradley, Wills, #71]
WILLIS COOPER married twice: (1) in 1781, to
ELIZABETH ALEXANDER, with JOHN HOSKINS, bondsman; and (2) May 18, 1800, JOANNA DAVIS, with ABRAHAM JENNETT, bondsman.
In the estate records for STEPHEN LONG, who died by October 1793, there is the following petition: dated August Court 1803 - Petition of BENTHAL FISH and his wife, NANCY.STEPHEN LONG was father of said NANCY and his will was dated October 20, 1792, and died shortly afterward.In his will, he mentioned daughters ANN, ESTHER, and PRISCILLA LONG, sons ISAAC and JAMES LONG, appointing his wife, JOANNA, extrx. The extrx
has since married WILLIS COOPER. Petition for their share. [Bradley, Estate Records,
#248.]There are several other mentions of WILLIS and JOANNA in this set of records.
JOANNA LONG married JOHN W. DAVIS, December 7, 1797, with BENJAMIN PHELPS, bondsman.
JOANNA PHELPS married STEPHEN LONG, February 10, 1789, with WILLIAM LONG, bondsman.
JOANNA (JONNA) PHELPS was daughter of JOHN PHELPS, will dated March 30, 1778; probated February Term 1779. Mentions wife, JONNA, and daughter JONNA...also sons, BENJAMIN, JOHN, JOSEPH, USIAH, EDMON(D). [Bradley, Wills, #263]
WILLIS COOPER and wife, JOSEPH POOLE and wife recovered against SAPHIRA ALEXANDER and others. JOSHUA ALEXANDER and MICHAEL ALEXANDER were securities of SAPHIRA ALEXANDER and MICHAEL ALEXANDER, decd, as guardian of his estate. [Bradley, Estate Records, #24 - under the estate of MICHAEL ALEXANDER, died by August 2, 1786]
JOSHUA ALEXANDER died by October 29, 1764, when SAPHIRA ALEXANDER was aptd admnx, with securities JOSHUA ALEXANDER and BENJAMIN HASSELL. [Ibid., #20]
This JOSHUA ALEXANDER was a brother of MICHAEL ALEXANDER and they were sons of the senior JOSHUA ALEXANDER (died by February 1, 1757 - Ibid.,#19] and his wife, CHRISTIAN LUDFORD, who made her willMay 16, 1760.
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