Once through that original brick wall of William Cooper, the goldsmith, 3x Great Grandfather, we were able to jump back a couple more generations, to here, with relative ease. Now we find ourselves with yet another William Cooper - 5x Great Grandfather William Cooper - proving it is definitely a traditional Cooper family name. It … Continue reading William Cooper, 5x Great Grandfather
We came to the conclusion previously that John Cooper's parents were William & Mary Cooper. So, did William & Mary have any other children - brothers & sisters of John? John was born in 1777, so that gives us an idea of what years to search for. We don't know if he was a first, … Continue reading John Cooper, 4x Great Grandfather – Part 2: Brothers, Sisters & Parents
It was a long time before I was confident enough that I had the right person in John Cooper, 4x Great Grandfather, to try and find out more about him. And even when I started investigating further, I was always wondering if I was researching the correct person. To get back this far had involved … Continue reading John Cooper, 4x Great Grandfather
It seems that as we follow the Cooper's back in time, we're moving away from St James Clerkenwell and into the neighbouring parish of St Luke's Islington. So, before we get too settled in St Luke's I wanted to focus a little on the church of St James Clerkenwell, as it was the Cooper's 'spiritual … Continue reading St James, Clerkenwell
Faced with the John & Sophia Cooper Conundrum, I'm going to step back and go somewhere completely different for a minute... Mars! I know there is at least one town in the USA called Cooperstown - I think the baseball hall of fame is there. But did you know there is now a place called … Continue reading Cooperstown, A Small Dot On Mars
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?
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?