Thomas Cooper (1808-1891) = Elizabeth Seward (1811-1883)

Thomas Cooper (1808-1891)

Thomas was born 20 December 1808 to Samuel Barnes (1774-1866) and his wife Mary Cooper nee Barnes (1787-1854). Thomas was baptised along with his sister Harriet on 15 January 1810.

Thomas married Elizabeth Seward (1811-1883) on 27 February 1832 in St. Michael’s Church at Steeple. (born 1811 in Northwood, Isle of Wight)

Thomas and Elizabeth had 11 children born between 1834 and 1855. The elder children were baptised at Kimmeridge but, after 1839, the younger children were baptised at Steeple.

From each of the Census returns the following facts have been established:

1841

Thomas, shown as aged 30 (actually 32), is recorded in the Steeple census living in a dwelling known as Hide in Steeple and following the profession of Carpenter. He is accompanied by his wife of nine years, Elizabeth, and have five children resident with them: Sarah 8, Georgenia 6 (spelling is as recorded in at least two census returns), Henry 4, James 2 and Eliza 2 months old.

1851

Thomas aged 42 is recorded in the Kimmeridge census as living at the Prevention Centre where he is working as a carpenter. His wife Elizabeth (40) and eight children are also living there. The main task of the Prevention Centre (now the Coastguard Service) at Gaulter was to prevent smuggling of contraband (brandy, tobacco, silk etc). I presume Thomas was employed in the maintenance of the coastguard boats and other equipment and properties used to house, launch and operate the boats. The eight children listed are: Georgenia 16, Henry 14, James Seaward 12, Eliza 9, Charles Seaward 7, Amelia 4, John 2 and Albert 1. Their eldest daughter, Sarah Elizabeth (18), is away from home working as a General Servant at Tyneham Rectory and is not yet married.

1861

Thomas, now 52 but recorded as 55 in the Steeple census and still a carpenter, is living in a cottage near Kimmeridge (believed to be at Gaulter). He and his wife, Elizabeth have the following children resident at their home: Sarah Elizabeth 27, Amelia 15, Charles Seaward 17 (carpenter), John Alfred 13 (scholar), Albert Thomas 10 (scholar), Herbert William 8 (scholar) and Frederick George 6 (scholar). Henry at 24 is working as a coachman at Smedmore House in Kimmeridge. Georgenia 26, James Seaward 22 and Eliza 19 are probably working away from the family home but it is possible they have married and set up their own homes (but not to my knowledge within the immediate locality)

1871

Thomas, age 62 in the Kimmeridge census, is at Smedmore House as a carpenter where his daughter Eliza 29 is also working as a General Servant. However, his wife Elizabeth is recorded in the Steeple census age 60 and still resident in the cottage at Gaulter together with sons (Albert) Thomas 20 and (Frederick) George 16, and her now married, eldest daughter, Sarah Taylor 38 who has three children with her: Elizabeth 6 & Henrietta 5, both born on the island of Jersey, and Bedford 10 months born at Swanage. Charles Seaward Cooper 27 carpenter, has married Sarah Ann White from Kingston and they are recorded in the Steeple census in a cottage possibly close to Charles’s mother. They have three daughters Elizabeth 4, Eliza 2 and Annie 11 months. Amelia Cooper 25 is no longer at the family home having married James Smith in September 1868. John Alfred Cooper 23 and Herbert William Cooper 18 are not present at the family home.

1881

Thomas 72 and Elizabeth 70 are living with son George (Frederick) 26 and their grandchildren (believed to be children of Sarah Taylor) Henrietta 15 and Edith 7 who was born at Bristol, Somerset.

1891

Thomas, aged 85 (82) recorded in the Steeple census is living with youngest son Frederick George in cottage No. 10 at Gaulter. Elizabeth his wife passed away on 22 May 1883 and is buried in the churchyard of St Michael’s Church, Steeple. Frederick 35 is continuing the family profession of carpenter and is married to Ellen (surname not yet known) who originated from Nottington near Weymouth. They have five children: Mary Elizabeth 7, Emma 5, Arthur 4, Percy 2 and Henrietta 2 months.

Thomas Cooper passed away on 29 October 1891 aged 82 and he was also buried in St. Michael’s churchyard.


Children of Thomas & Elizabeth:

1. Sarah Elizabeth Cooper (1833-?)

Sarah was baptised at Kimmeridge on 24 February 1833. In 1851, Sarah Elizabeth (18), is away from home working as a General Servant at Tyneham Rectory and is not yet married. By 1871  Sarah is married Taylor 38 who has three children with her: Elizabeth 6 & Henrietta 5, both born on the island of Jersey, and Bedford 10 months born at Swanage.

2. Georgenia Louisa Cooper (1834-) ,

Georgina was baptised on 10 December 1834 at Kimmeridge.

3. Henry Robert Cooper (1836-)

Henry was baptised at Kimmeridge on 16 October 1836. In 1861 Henry at 24 is working as a coachman at Smedmore House in Kimmeridge.

4. James Seaward Cooper (1839-)

James was baptised 3 February 1839 also at Kimmeridge.

Eliza Cooper (-)

2

Charles Seaward Cooper (-)

In 1871 Charles Seaward Cooper 27 carpenter, has married Sarah Ann White from Kingston and they are recorded in the Steeple census in a cottage possibly close to Charles’s mother. They have three daughters Elizabeth 4, Eliza 2 and Annie 11 months.

Amelia Cooper (-)

Amelia Cooper 25 is no longer at the family home having married James Smith in September 1868

John Alfred Cooper (-)

2 and

Albert Thomas Cooper (-)

1.

Herbert William Cooper (-)

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Frederick George Cooper (-)

Frederick George in cottage No. 10 at Gaulter. by 1891 Frederick 35 is continuing the family profession of carpenter and is married to Ellen (surname not yet known) who originated from Nottington near Weymouth. They have five children: Mary Elizabeth 7, Emma 5, Arthur 4, Percy 2 and Henrietta 2 months.

Note from Dave Cooper: Be aware there were two Thomas Cooper’s born at about the same time and registered at St. Michael’s Church in Steeple. One remained single and worked as a groom for Rev. Henry Bond at South Petherton, Somerset. The other is our Thomas. Both died in 1891 and both are buried in Steeple churchyard!

With special thanks to David Gerald Lester Cooper, great grandson of Charles Seaward Cooper and  Sarah Ann Cooper (nee White)

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