Thursday, May 9, 2013


ANNE COOPER (WHITALL), b. April 23, 1716 in Woodbury, New Jersey, d. September 23, 1797,
Society of Friends (Woodbury), Diarist, Herbalist, Revolutionary War Heroine.  Second daughter of Anne Clark (Cooper) and John Cooper.  Whitall received training in the arts of housekeeping, spinning, and was passionate about reading and writing.  She married James Whitall (only son of Job and Jane (Sidon) Whitall) at age 23 and inherited a large plantation at Red Bank along the Delaware River.  The couple raised 6 sons and 3 daughters, James, John, John S., Joseph, Benjamin, Zathu, Sarah and Hannah Whitall (Matlack)*.  Anne Cooper (Whitall) died on September 23, 1797 of a yellow fever epidemic which also took the lives of two of her grown children and grandchildren.  She is buried on the top of Woodbury Hill in Woodbury, NJ in the Friends' burial ground.  Her diary was discovered in an attic in the early 1900's.

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