Rev. John Cooper – Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
Joseph Cossins [Cousins] was an Annapolis Royal merchant who died in 1794 but his widow Henrietta survived him by sixteen years. Their only child, Henrietta, married John Cooper, the first Methodist missionary in Annapolis Royal.
Although T. Watson Smith, History of the Methodist Church . . . of Eastern British America provides a favourable account of the Rev. John Cooper, W.A. Calnek gives a totally opposite description of the minister, stating in his History of the County of Annapolis that Mrs. Cooper left her cleric husband due to his ill treatment.
After her mother’s death in 1810, Henrietta Cooper moved to England but asked Pardon Sanders, executor of her father’s estate, to manage her own personal estate.
She subsequently returned to Annapolis Royal and died there in 1836.