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1860s Sauvie Island
“A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by future descendants”
(a British Historian and Politician 1800-1859)
Pioneer of 1849
William E. Cooper
1828 - 1855
William Cooper was bom in Ohio in 1828. He was a riverboat Captain as were many of the other settlers on the Columbia County end of the island.
1849 Settler arrived in Oregon
According to his DLC William arrived in Oregon in October of 1851.
1853 Marriage of Settler
William married Ellen Munroe, daughter of David Munroe and Nancy Ann Daly from the Red River Settlement in Canada. They were married by Harvey Clark.
David Munroe and his family are listed in the 1845 Joseph Meek census of Washington County, OR. He was a cooper for the Hudson Bay Company. His daughter Christiana married Michael Wren and lived in Washington County. His daughter Catherine was the wife of Ebenezer Pomeroy of Washington County.
The Munroe, Wren and Pomeroy families will be covered in the Red River information and Washington County information.
In 1880 David has three Pomeroy grandchildren living with him.
1853 Settled Claim on Sauvie Island
William settled his claim on 15 September 1853, a month after he married Ellen Munroe. Donation Land Claim #3541 was located in T2N, R1W, section 5 and T3N, R1W, section 32. After he died his father-in-law, David Munroe was the owner
1853 Birth of Son
William H. Cooper was born to William and Ellen. During the 1870 census for Washington County, Oregon he is living with his grandfather, David Munroe. In 1922 he is living in Scappoose, Oregon.
1854 Birth of Daughter
Minnie was bom in 1854. She married Mr. J. C. Fairchild and lived in Seattle, Washington.
1855 Death of Settler
William passed away in 1855. His widow married John Flett and moved to Tacoma Washington where they ran a very Successful dairy. They were prominent citizens and are covered in many of the books on early Washington history.