Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Richard COOPER (c1801-?)

and Caroline NICHOLSON (1813-1869)


Richard Cooper and Caroline Nicholson married by banns on 4 May 1833 in Washington, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor and she a spinster.  (They were not my direct ancestors, but they were the 3x Great Grandparents of my cousin Julie Willard.)

Richard Cooper may have been baptised on 24 August 1801 in Thakeham, Sussex.  He was the son of John Cooper and Catherine Wilson.

Caroline Nicholson was baptised on 6 June 1813 in Warminghurst, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Luke Nicholson (1785-?) and Elizabeth.  The death of 58 year old Caroline Cooper was registered in the second quarter of 1869 in the Steyning registration district.

When the 1841 census was recorded the family were living at Spearhill in Ashington.  Richard was said to be a 40 year old agricultural labourer and Caroline was 25.  Three of their children were with them on census night.

The 1851 census recorded that 49 year old Richard and 39 year old Caroline were living at Appshouse, Spearhill, Ashington.  Richard was then an agricultural labourer and said he was born in Thakeham, whilst Caroline gave her place of birth as Warminghurst.  With the couple on census night were 6 of their children.

In 1861 the couple and 4 children were living at Apps House in Ashington.  Richard was then a 64 year old agricultural labourer and Caroline said she was 49.


Richard Cooper and Caroline Nicholson had 9 known children:

  1. Mary Cooper was born about 1834 in Ashington.  In 1841 she was 6 years old.  She was 17 years old in 1851.

  2. Jane Cooper was born about 1838 in Ashington.  She was 3 years old in 1841.

  3. Sarah Cooper was born about 1840 in Ashington.  At the time of the 1841 census she was a year old.  She was an 11 year old scholar in 1851.

  4. William Cooper was born about 1843 in Ashington.  He was 8 years old in 1851.

  5. George Cooper was born about 1845 in Ashington.  In 1851 he was a 6 year old scholar.

  6. Edward Cooper was born about 1847 in Ashington.  He was 4 years old in 1851.  In 1861 he was a 13 year old agricultural labourer and living with his parents.

  7. Ann Cooper was born about 1850 in Ashington.  At the time of the 1851 census she was a year old.  She was 11 years old in 1861.

  8. Albert Cooper was born in 1853 in Ashington.  He married Lydia Standing in 1888.  (They have their own page.)

  9. Arthur Cooper was born about 1859 in Ashington.  He was 2 years old in 1861.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012