We have determined with the 1841 census that William Cooper was born possibly between 1811 & 1816. According to the census he was born in Middlesex. Just where in Middlesex, we don’t know. At that time, the county covered much of Greater London. He was residing in Clerkenwell when the census was taken so it … Continue reading William Cooper, 3x Great Grandfather & London Goldsmith – Part 2: Search for Birth Records, Parents, Brothers & Sisters
Before you get all excited, no we're not related to him, but... ... there may be an interesting link with a related Cooper line. I'm spinning off on a wild tangent here but to cut a long story short, I had my DNA done on Ancestry a while ago. That will be the subject of … Continue reading A Possible Connection with Daniel Boone – yes, THAT Daniel Boone…
This is a short story about a red herring. A wild goose chase. At least I think it is. It's about me and one of my first visits to Rosoman Street. Knowing that #13 Rosoman Street was an address that the Coopers had lived at about 1840, I thought I'd have a look around. I was … Continue reading Lucky Number 13 – or is it?
We're going to leave 2x Great Grandfather William James Cooper, the soldier, for a while now. I will return to him at a later date, but before I do, I want to take you to the point that was as far back as Dad was able to get, before the advent of online genealogy. So, here we … Continue reading William Cooper, 3x Great Grandfather & London Goldsmith – Part 1: At A Brick Wall.
We pick this up again with William James Cooper leaving Canada in June 1869. The 30th Regiment of Foot was posted to Ireland in 1869, Jersey in 1871 & England in 1872. I have nothing in writing that says William himself was in Ireland or Jersey. His army records say he was stationed in Canada until … Continue reading William James Cooper, 2x Great Grandfather & Career Soldier – Part 3: Return to the UK & Further Military Service.
So, we now know that William James Cooper was a Londoner. We have his birth & baptism records and we have him in the 1841 census. Later census's proved very elusive for a time, so I'm going to leave them for now. What we do know, because it's all written in his son William John Cooper's … Continue reading William James Cooper, 2x Great Grandfather & Career Soldier – Part 2: Early Military Service & Dispatch To Canada
Dad is proud of his Northern roots. He was born in Burnley, Lancashire, and immigrated to New Zealand in the 1950's. But he still has his Burnley roots, and that's where his family has always been. Or so he thought. When he discovered William James Cooper, he found a very different story. As already mentioned, my Grandfather … Continue reading William James Cooper, 2x Great Grandfather & Career Soldier – Part 1: Baptism to 1841 Census (The discovery of our Southern roots)