Reuben Cowperthwaite

1767–28 March 1798 (Age 31)
Salem, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Reuben

When Reuben Cowperthwaite was born in 1767, in Salem, New Jersey, United States, his father, Hugh Cowperthwaite, was 34 and his mother, Sarah Mead, was 26. He married Phebe Yeamans in 1791. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 28 March 1798, in Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada, at the age of 31.

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Reuben Cowperthwaite
Phebe Yeamans
Marriage: 1791
Jarius James Cowperthwaite
Hanna Cowperwaite
Phebe Cowperthwaite

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World Events (6)


Age 8

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 9

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 9

New Jersey is the 3rd state.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Copperthwaite in North Yorkshire, which is named with Middle English coupere ‘maker of wooden buckets and tubs’ + thweit ‘clearing’ (from Old Norse þveit).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (2)

  • New Brunswick Canada Probate Records
  • Legacy NFS Source: Reuben Cowperthwaite - Published information: birth-name: Reuben Cowperthwaite

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