Lewis Coorpender



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Lewis Coorpender   see FAMILY TREE
Born: 1786  NC


Married: 23 Feb 1819  Raleigh, Franklin Co., NC


Testimony to marriage from bounty land application made in 1851 by Martha M Coorpender

                        Raleigh Register and Gazette                 

Died: 26 Sept 1845  Hinds Co., MS (at the home of his son-in-law, Gen. John R. Jefferson)   In the newspaper the Mississippian for Jackson, Miss on October 1, 1845 there is this notice, "An all-wise Providence has removed from this life Dr. Lewis Coorpender. He died at the residence of his son-in-law, General John R. Jefferson, in Hinds County, Miss., on the 22nd, of chronic diarrhea."


John Coor Pender


Bethany Cindy Stevens


Martha Matilda Fenner


1. Richard John Coorpender  b. 27 June 1820

2. Eliza A Coorpender  b. 26 June 1821

3. William Fenner Coorpender  b. 30 Sept 1823

4. Lewis Coorpender b. 19 Dec 1827

5. Mary Lou Coorpender  b. Abt 1831                                   

6. Caroline Coorpender  b. Abt 1834

7. Robert Coorpender  b. Abt 1836

8. McKinney Coorpender  b. Abt 1838

9. Julia Coorpender  b. 05 Nov 1845

From Tennessee Cousins by Ray on pg 734, " A man named Hyde built a Tavern on the site of what became later the New Arlington Hotel in Jackson, (TN) conducted by Allen I. Patterson & finally by Samuel Luckey.  At the same time there was the 'Lafayette' on the N. Side of LaFayette street which was run by Eddisil, Coorpender and Johnson, all popular kests.  The site of the old LaFayette Tavern is between Central Alley and Market Streets, now filled with business houses."  


Ad for Tavern was placed in the Southern Statesman on 12/May/1832.


Martha M Coorpender, aged 51 years, resident of Hinds County, Mississippi,  as a widow of Lewis Coorpender, deceased, applied for bounty land  due her husband for his service in the War of 1812

Lewis Coorpender was a Lieutenant commanded by Col. Church. 10th Infantry He was commissioned in Washington City on the 15th of April, 1813 for the term of the War.  Disbanded at St Louis, MO on or about the 15th of June, 1815.  She received land warrant #24,353 on June 20, 1853

Bounty Land Application

Their oldest child, Richard John Coor-Pender was born in Wayne County, NC in 1820. By 1832, the family moved to Madison Co. Tenn. Jackson, Tenn settled quickly after an important treaty with the Indians in 1818. Lewis Coor Pender ran an Inn and Tavern there in 1832. In the History of Madison County Tennessee by Cisco the "Lafayette Inn" is sighted as a meeting place for Whigs. According to "Tennessee Cousins" by Ray there was the "Lafayette (hotel) on the N. side of Lafayette St. (in Jackson, Tenn) which was run by Rudisil, Coorpender and Johnson all popular hosts." This same book refers to "Thomas Henderson, who came to Jackson, Tenn from Raleigh NC with Dr. Richard Fenner and a man by the name of Johnson, his brother-in-law. He settled near the Pinson Mounds. His wife was Ann Fenner." So it seems Richard Fenner and four of the children of Richard Fenner; the son Richard, Matilda (married to Lewis Coor-Pender), Ann (married to Thomas Henderson), and Mary (married to Johnson) left Raleigh together about 1822 to settle awhile in Tenn. Lewis and Matilda had several more children in Tenn. and then moved to Hinds County, Mississippi by 1840.

The Land Records for Hinds Co., Mississippi Bill of Sale Vol 13, p.269 "March 18, 1840 The state of Mississippi, know all men by these present that J. Erasmus D. Fenner (Matilda's brother) of the county and state above mentioned for and in consideration of the sum of Three Thousand Two Hundred Dollars to me in hand paid the receipt when is hereby acknowledged have bargained sold and delivered on the first day of January last and by there present do bargain sell and confer unto Lewis Coorpender of the county and state aforesaid the following property viz Two Mules and one ??? one wagon and three yoke of Oxen - 150 head of Hogs more or less about 30 head of cattle about 50 head of sheep being all the stock of Cattle hogs and sheep then belonging to me - together with all the corn Fodder Wheat (Meat?) then belonging to me Also the following household kitchen farmhouse viz 1 Mahogany Side Board 1 dozen rush bottom chairs - half dozen common chairs - 1 sopha - 3 Bed Steads 1 Pair ?? Dining Table 3 Feather Bed (???) mattresses together with all the Bed Clothes pertaining to them 1 (??) from looking glass 1 Scotch Carpet (??) 2 Pair Brass andirons 2 pair shovel and tongs together with all the Kitchen Furniture at my residence near Clinton also one Carryall J. (???) hold unto said Lewis Coorpender his home and assigned forever. In testimony whereof I have hereunder affixed my ____ and seal this 18th March of 1840."

History of Tennessee, pg 834, "St. Luke's Parish, Jackson, was organized July 23, 1832, at the Masonic Hall. Dr. Lewis Pender and Dr. Erasmus D. Fenner, John M. Fenner were among those signing the articles of association.

Pg. 835, "In that year, (1855) a parsonage was erected on a five acre lot given by James L. Talbot, at a cost of about $3,350. In the early history of this parish, the parishioners labored under many difficulties from want of means and members. In 1837 the only communicants were Samuel Dickens and wife Fanny, Mrs. Ann Fenner and three daughters - Mrs. Eliza G. Vaulx, Mrs. Matilda Coor Pender and Mrs. Indiana McKnight. The success of the church is largely due to the devotion of its female members; foremost among them was Mrs. Eliza G. Vaulx, who abounded in every good work from 1832 to her death in 1845."

The 1850 census for Hinds Co. Miss shows M. M. Coor-Pender as a widow; her household being in the same county as her son Richard J. Coor-Pender. Matilda and the children made their way to Seguin, TX by 1853 or 1854. The "Coorpender House" was built in the early 1850's and was occupied for a time by Lewis and Matilda's son Luke also known as Lewis. It then became the Goodrich School. Mr. Goodrich was the schoolmaster in the mid 1880's. There was a room for the girls and one for the boys.

In the 1860 census for Seguin, M M Coorpender is living with her daughter, Eliza, married to John R. Jefferson.


Informal family history of the Coorpenders. There are no primary sources that show Richard John Coorpender as the son of either Lewis Coorpender or Martha Matilda Fenner Coorpender. Neither is there a family tree published anywhere that we have been able to find. However, there are 3 things that make me think that there is a decent chance that he was in fact their son. For one, Richard John's migration from his birth in North Carolina to his final home in Seguin, Texas closely parallels Lewis and Matilda's similar migration. Lewis and Matilda were married in North Carolina and lived for a while in Hinds County , Mississippi. We know from the 1840 and 1850 census that Lewis and Matilda were there and we know from marriage bonds that Richard John was a marriage bondsman during that period. We have copies of both the censuses and the bonds in our Coorpender family file. Secondly my grandmother left some letters in her belongings which we also have in the Coorpender family file. In both of the letters a lady named Virginia addresses the letters to my grandmother as your loving cousin. In the same set of belongings we have a copy of a Seguin newspaper obituary for Mrs Matilda Coor Pender Scott and it mentions that she was the daughter of Mr. Louis Coor Pender and Alice Ann and that Matilda left a daughter named Virginia Hodges. We know from the 1850 census of Hinds County that Louis Coor Pender was the son of Martha Matilda Coorpender and we know from a record of a North Carolina newspaper that Martha Matilda Fenner married Dr Lewis Coorpender. So we are fairly sure that Virginia's great grandfather was Dr Lewis Coorpender. The "loving cousin" signature implies that my grandmother and Virginia were second cousins, sharing the same grandfather and making Dr Lewis Coorpender Richard John's father. Thirdly, in one of the letters Virginia alludes to the death of an aunt Mary and of my grandmother's mother Carrie as being a cousin of aunt Mary. An obituary for a Mac Coorpender refers to his father being Lewis Coorpender and leaving two sisters Mary and Matilda. This implies that Carrie and Mary were first cousins again making Dr Lewis Coorpender the father of Richard John