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 (-)

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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 (-)

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Albert Thomas Cooper (-)

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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)

Charles Seaward Cooper (1844-1927) = Sarah Ann White (1846-1933)

Information and photograph kindly provided by David Gerald Lester Cooper, great grandson of Charles Seaward Cooper and  Sarah Ann Cooper (nee White)

Charles Seaward Cooper (1844-1927) = Sarah Ann White (1846-1933)

Note: The spelling of Seaward is as read from several documents but I believe it is derived from his mothers 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)

william cooper

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.

Page last updated: 10 August 2016

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