Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Albert COOPER (1853-?)

and Lydia STANDING (1861-1896)


Albert Cooper and Lydia Standing married by banns on 18 November 1888 in Old Shoreham, Sussex.  He was said to be a 25 year old bachelor and labourer from West Chiltington (I think that should be 35) and she was a 27 year old spinster.  Their fathers were named as Richard Cooper and William Standing who were both labourers.  The witnesses to their marriage were Frank Standing and Christina Standing.  (They were not my direct ancestors, but they were the 2x Great Grandparents of my cousin Julie Willard.)

Albert Cooper was born in 1853 Ashington, Sussex.  He was the son of Richard Cooper (c1801-?) and Caroline Nicholson (1813-1869).  In 1861 Albert was 8 years old and living with his parents at Apps House in Ashington.

Lydia Standing was baptised on 1 December 1861 in Old Shoreham, Sussex.  She was the daughter of William Standing (1822-1893) and Anne Reeves (1824-?).  Lydia died aged 34 years and was buried on 8 August 1896 in Old Shoreham.  The burial register noted that she was from Lancing.  The 1871 census recorded that she was a 10 year old scholar and living with her parents in Old Shoreham.  Her father was then an agricultural labourer.

When the 1891 census was recorded the couple were living at the Pad Inn in Lancing, Sussex.  Albert was a 37 year old publican and Lydia was a 29 year old landlady.  He then gave his place of birth as Warminghurst.  With them on census was their 13 year old niece, Mary Cooper, who was a general servant and had been born in Ashington and 69 year old widower and shepherd, John Parker.

In 1901, Albert was a 48 year old widower and living at Woodshill Cottages in West Chiltington, Sussex, along with his 2 children.  He was then a general farm labourer.

The 1911 census recorded Albert and his 2 children (Alice and Frank) were living in Stall House Lane, North Heath, Pulborough.  He was then a 50 year old widower and farm labourer, born in Warminghurst.  He also noted he had had 5 children, 3 were living and 2 had died.


Albert Cooper and Lydia Standing had the following children:

  1. Alice Lydia Cooper was born on 8 July 1891 and baptised on 6 September 1891 in Lancing, Sussex.  She married Charles Bourner in 1913.  (They have their own page.)  She was an unmarried 19 year old housekeeper in 1911 and living with her father and younger brother.

  2. Albert J. Cooper was born about 1894 in Lancing.  He was a 7 year old scholar when the 1901 census was recorded.

  3. Frank Cooper was born about 1896 in Lancing.  In 1901 he was a 15 year old assistant cowman.



This page was updated on 19 October 2012