Bio Sketch: Cooper and Greene families, pioneers in Dayton, Ohio

Daniel C. Cooper was born November 20, 1773, in Morris County, New Jersey, the son of George Cooper (1745-1801) and Margaret Lafferty. He was trained as a surveyor and first came to the Miami Valley about 1794. He settled in Dayton permanently in the summer of 1796. Cooper is largely credited with helping to settle a question of property rights in the early days of the city, between 1799 and 1801. He is also credited with attracting many of the important early settlers to Dayton. He also built Dayton’s first mills, served as its first justice of the peace, created a new plat (1809) of the city, and was a member of the town council. He also served several terms in the state legislature and state senate. He died on July 13, 1818, in Dayton, and his remains now lie in Woodland Cemetery.[1]

Daniel C. Cooper's signature, 1816

Daniel C. Cooper’s signature, 1816 (FPW 39:3)

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Tombstone of Daniel C. Cooper, Woodland Cemetery

Tombstone of Daniel C. Cooper, Woodland Cemetery (Photo by the author, 2011)

In 1803, Daniel Cooper married Sophia (Greene) Burnet (1779-1826), the young widow of George W. Burnet (1773-1801) of Cincinnati, and daughter of Charles Greene and Phebe Sheffield. Sophia was born August 25, 1779, in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Daniel and Sophia had several children, but only David Zeigler Cooper (1812-1836) lived to adulthood, though he had no children. After Daniel Cooper’s death in 1818, Sophia in 1822 married General Fielding Loury (1781-1848), with whom she had one child: Fielding Loury, Jr. (1824-1882), who married Elizabeth Richards Morrison (d. 1914). Sophia (Greene) Burnet Cooper Loury died May 17, 1826, and is buried in Woodland Cemetery.[2]

Tombstones of Daniel C. Cooper and his wife Sophia, Woodland Cemetery

Tombstones of Daniel C. Cooper and his wife Sophia, Woodland Cemetery (Photo by the author, 2011)

Charles Russell Greene was born December 21, 1785, in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, the son of Charles Greene (1753-?) and Phebe Sheffield (1754-?). Sophia (Greene) Burnet Cooper Loury was his older sister, and Joseph Peirce (son of Isaac Peirce and Mary Sheffield) was his cousin. Like his brother-in-law Isaac Peirce, Charles Greene was also a member of the Ohio Company that migrated to Marietta in 1788, and so Charles R. Greene grew up on the Ohio frontier. In 1806, Charles R. Greene came to Dayton, where his brother-in-law Daniel C. Cooper and cousin Joseph Peirce already resided. He went into business with Cooper. He succeeded Benjamin Van Cleve as Clerk of Courts in 1822, serving in that capacity until his death; he was one of the first bank cashiers and one of the first fire wardens. Charles R. Greene was killed by Matthew Thompson on September 11, 1833, as a result of a dispute. [More information about the Charles R. Greene estate can be found in the Van Cleve-Dover Collection (MS-006) at the Dayton Metro Library. See finding aid.] He is buried in Woodland Cemetery. His wife, Achsah (Disbrow) Greene, and several children survived him.[3]

Tombstone of Charles Russell Greene, Woodland Cemetery

Tombstone of Charles Russell Greene, Woodland Cemetery (Photo by the author, 2011)

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This biographical sketch was originally written by Lisa P. Rickey in April 2012 for the Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (MS-018) finding aid at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio, 45402; phone (937) 496-8654.

Additional information about the sketch’s subject can be found in that collection. For more information about the manuscript collection’s contents, please see the original PDF finding aid available in the Local History Room of the Dayton Metro Library, the OhioLINK EAD Repository entry, or the WorldCat record.


[1] Augustus W. Drury, History of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio, (Chicago: Clarke Publishing Co., 1909), 1:97-98, 1:25-233; John F. Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 1796-1840 (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1896), 33-40; Robert W. Steele & Mary Davies Steele, Early Dayton (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1896), 29-31, 61-66, 87; Charlotte Reeve Conover, Dayton, Ohio: An Intimate History (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1932), 16-20; Lindsay M. Brien, A Genealogical Index of Pioneers in the Miami Valley, Ohio, 2nd ed. (Dayton, OH: Montgomery County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, 2007), 27.

[2] Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton, 36-37, 40, 112-113; Steele & Steele, Early Dayton, 87.

[3] Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton, 120-121; Drury, History of the City of Dayton, 1:130-131; Steele & Steele, Early Dayton, 87-88; Brien, A Genealogical Index of Pioneers in the Miami Valley, Ohio, 2nd ed., 69; “Jamestown Births and Deaths,” in James N. Arnold, Vital Records of Rhode Island, 1636-1850, First series: Births, Marriages, and Deaths (Providence, RI: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., 1891), 26.

The Estate Accounts of Charles R. Greene, 1833, can be found in the Van Cleve-Dover Collection (MS-006), Notebook 10, Dayton Metro Library. The books were in the possession of John W. Van Cleve.

Please contact the Dayton Metro Library or this blog’s author for more information about how to access the original finding aid or the manuscript collection.

2 responses to “Bio Sketch: Cooper and Greene families, pioneers in Dayton, Ohio

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