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John Cooper & Sophia, William’s parents? Part 2: But which Sophia?

Continuing this conundrum... Initially I considered that the same John Cooper may have married two different people, both called Sophia, with the first one (in this case Sophia Hallett) dying shortly after marriage between 1800 & 1803. However, John Cooper in the second marriage certificate (to Sophia Darvell) is a bachelor , meaning he hasn’t … Continue reading John Cooper & Sophia, William’s parents? Part 2: But which Sophia?

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John Cooper & Sophia, William’s parents?

If you remember back to Part 2 of the William Cooper, Goldsmith story, we've established that William's parents, or at least at this stage we think they are his parents, are John Cooper, an enameller & Sophia, of St Lukes Islington. John does appear to be a family name that has appeared several times. Might … Continue reading John Cooper & Sophia, William’s parents?

William Cooper, 3x Great Grandfather & London Goldsmith – Part 3: The Search Continues…

So, William Cooper appears to have been born in Seward Street & baptised in St Lukes Islington. St Luke's isn't open as a church now, but it's still there. The London Symphony Orchestra play there on a regular basis. I may go along one day as it's the only way I'll get inside the place … Continue reading William Cooper, 3x Great Grandfather & London Goldsmith – Part 3: The Search Continues…

William Cooper, 3x Great Grandfather & London Goldsmith – Part 2: Search for Birth Records, Parents, Brothers & Sisters

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

A Possible Connection with Daniel Boone – yes, THAT Daniel Boone…

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…

William Cooper, 3x Great Grandfather & London Goldsmith – Part 1: At A Brick Wall.

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.