Note: The spelling of Seaward is as read from several documents but it is likely to have been derived from his mother’s family name Seward.
Charles was born at Kimmeridge suggesting that his parents had by then moved from Hide (sic) to Gaulter as Hide was in the Parish of Steeple. In 1861 aged 17, Charles was living with his parents and six siblings, at Gaulter near Kimmeridge. His father Thomas was a carpenter, and Charles took up this trade originally at Steeple and then at Kingston.
In September 1866 Charles aged 22, married Sarah Ann White (1846-1933) aged 20 from Corfe Castle, in St. Edward’s Church at Corfe Castle.
In the 1851 census, Sarah Ann was 5 years of age living with her grandparents George and Elizabeth White in East Street, Corfe Castle. Her mother is not identified. However the grandparents also have an unmarried daughter, Mary aged 34 staying with them and 3 grandsons all with the surname White. A younger daughter Caroline, who was Sarah’s mother and aged 30, is not present.
In 1861 Sarah aged 16, is working as a domestic servant at the Castle Inn, Corfe Castle, owned or managed by a Mr Miller.
The 1871 census identifies Charles and Sarah with three children and living in a cottage at Steeple. The eldest child, Elizabeth, is 4 years old, Eliza 2 and the baby Annie.
In the 1881 census Charles and Sarah are still at Steeple with a family of six children at home: Eliza 12, Annie 10, Henry 7, Edward 2, Georgina 5 and William 1.
By 1891 the family has moved to South Street, Kingston (part of the Encombe Estate) with six children at home and Charles is identified as a carpenter journeyman (self-employed) and is working on the Encombe Estate. The children at home were Edward 12, William 11, James 9, the twins Albert and Caroline 7 and Emma aged 5.
In the 1901 census Charles is still working as a carpenter on the Encombe Estate, is still resident in (I believe no. 5) South Street, Kingston with his wife Sarah and they have living with them three children: James 19, Albert 17 and Emma 15 and two grandchildren James and Florence Cook aged 6 and 4 respectively and born at Rusper in Sussex (these were Eliza’s children). The census does not indicate the house number but I know that Caroline (known in the family as Auntie Carr) and her sister (Auntie) Annie (Dorey) lived in no. 5 as I visited them many times during my childhood and from family history they were still living where their parents had lived.
Charles who was apparently a rather large person, predeceased his wife Sarah by some six years when he died in 1927. He was buried at Kingston New Church. Charles and Sarah had 12 children. From family history Sarah was a very meticulous character with regular habits and was particularly fussy about her hair which was brushed and combed each day, in her latter days by her daughter Caroline.
1. Elizabeth Caroline (Bess) Cooper (1867-?)
In 1891 Elizabeth was employed as a cook by a Sarah White of East Street, Corfe Castle and in December 1900 she married James George Colman Clewes in Kingston Church. Bess and her husband moved to South Lambeth, London where he lived and where they raised two daughters known in the family as ‘Ciss’ and ‘Dolly’.
2. Eliza Alice Cooper (1869-1959)
Still at home aged 12 in the 1881 census but by 1891 she is employed as a cook to the Pinnery family at West Buckknowle, near Church Knowle. Eliza Alice married Walter Cook from Rusper, Sussex in 1894. They had two children: Seward James Cook and Florence Cook. Seward James, who married Clara Ethel Brain, was a member of London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) and was killed in World War 1 on 16 June 1917. Seward’s son celebrated his 100th birthday on 15th January 2017!
Walter Cookwho passed away some six years later.
Eliza remarried at Kingston in 1909 to Thomas John Dipper also from Kingston.
3. Annie Grace Cooper (1871-1963)
Annie was employed as a housekeeper and married (William) Frederick Dorey, a groom, also from Kingston, son of Stephen Dorey, a gardener. Sadly William died aged 41 leaving Annie to raise her two children Charles and Agnes. She continued working while her sister Caroline tended to the children.
4. Catherine Louisa Cooper (1872-1872)
5. Henry Sidney Cooper (1874-1882)
6. Georgina Mary Cooper (1876-1882)
Aged 5 at the 1881 census.
7. Edward Thomas Cooper (1878-1916)
In the 1911 census Edward is working as a gardener and living with his wife Mary and three children Cecil, James and Violet at Winchfield, Hampshire.
8. William Cooper (1879-1962)
Nora married William Charles Cooper (1881-1962) at Kingston in 1907 ant they had four children: David, William, Mary & Gerald. Please see The Cooper / Hooper Connection 1907.
9. James Seaward Cooper (1881-1942)
Aged 19 at the 1891 census James is employed as a blacksmith at Kingston. James married Jane Tatchell (1883-?) and they had two sons Seaward Charles Cooper and George Frederick William Cooper. Please see The Cooper / Tatchell Connection#1 1908.
10. Albert Henry Cooper (1884-1958)
Bert, as he was known was a twin with his sister Caroline and he married Frances Mary (Fanny) Tatchell from Kingston in September 1908. I believe it may have been Fanny who provided the part time ‘Sweet Shop’ in West Street. They had a daughter Winifred Gertrude. Please see The Cooper / Tatchell Connection#2 1908.
11. Caroline Mary Cooper (1884-1972)
Caroline married George Theodore Hunt and they lived with her father in Kingston. Caroline had no children of her own but she almost fostered her sister Annie’s children while Annie continued working as a Housekeeper. Caroline lived her latter years, still in her parents house No. 5, South Street, Kingston, with her elder sister Annie. As a child I recall visits to these elderly aunts – they were both scrupulous in their appearance and the house was spotless although there was always the lingering whiff of parafin which was used to fuel the cooking appliance. This small hob and oven produced fantastic fairy cakes, but we children had to remain silent unless spoken to! They were both frail and slim built and I can recall their grey hair but they were very loving Aunties and we loved visiting them. In her latter years Caroline was cared for by her neice Mary (Cottrell) at Verwood but she was laid to rest at Kingston.
12. Emma Louisa Cooper (1886-?)
Emma married Edward James Leavey of Old Basing near Basingstoke.
Information and photograph kindly provided by David Gerald Lester Cooper, great grandson of Charles Seaward Cooper and Sarah Ann Cooper (nee White)
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