A Cooper family of Gamesley and Throstle Nest.
Benjamin Cooper was born about 1763, the son of Benjamin (a farmer) and Sarah Cooper of Gamesley. Benjamin was baptised on 20 April 1763 in Mottram in Longdendale parish church. He had a brother, Samuel, who was joint leaseholder in the family farm.
Benjamin married Elizabeth (Betty) Tym, born about 1770, on 26 October 1790 in Mottram in Longdendale parish church. They had nine identified children:
Hannah Cooper, baptised 4 February 1791 in Mottram in Longdendale parish church.
Mark Cooper, baptised 5 June 1797 in Mottram in Longdendale parish church. Recorded as a warp dresser of Newton, parish of Mottram, in his father's probate documents in 1829.
Eli Cooper, baptised 19 March 1800 in Mottram in Longdendale parish church.
Emm Cooper, baptised 28 November 1802 in Mottram in Longdendale parish church.
Benjamin Cooper, baptised 22 November 1804 in Mottram in Longdendale parish church.
Jemima Cooper, baptised 10 February 1807 in Mottram in Longdendale parish church.
Eliza Cooper, baptised 28 July 1811 in Mottram in Longdendale parish church.
Benjamin Cooper died on 26 August and was buried 30 August 1828 at Mottram in Longdendale parish church.
At the time of the 1841 census Elizabeth was aged 72 living at Lower Gamesley by independent means. She was buried on 12 June 1845 in Mottram in Longdendale parish church.
David Cooper was baptised on 26 November 1792 in Mottram in Longdendale parish church. He and his wife Margaret, born about 1797 in Blackburn, had six identified children:
John Cooper born 2 December 1824.
Alice Cooper, born about 1829 in Wheelton, Lancs.
Benjamin Cooper, born about 1822 in Church, Lancs. Recorded in the 1851 census as aged 29, a chemist with a wife named Mary, born about 1823 in Birmingham.
David Cooper, born about 1831 in Withnell, Lancs. Recorded in the 1851 census as aged 20, a Pattern designer.
Mark Cooper born about 1832.
Margaret E Cooper, born about 1837 in Withnell, Lancs.
In 1847 David bought land and property, including The Hanging Gate pub, at Throstle Nest, Glossop, from the surviving children of Robert and Martha Hadfield, including his sister in law Betty, wife of his brother Hugh (see The Hadfield Family Farm at Whitfield and Cross Cliffe Mill). He built Cooper Street and Hugh Street (named after his brother) on the land.
At the 1851 census David was recorded as aged 57, manager of print works at Rose Cottage, Clitheroe. Ten years later he was aged 67, Overlooker (Cotton & Wool Print Works) at Henry Street, Church, Blackburn.
David Cooper died, aged 77, on 19 February 1870 in Church, Blackburn, and was buried the same day in Oswaldtwistle.
Probate of his will on 23 July 1870, named his executors as John Cooper of Enfield near Accrington, Lancs, Turnpike Toll Collector and Mark Cooper of Church, Chemist and Druggist the Sons.
Hugh Cooper was baptised on 4 June 1814 in Mottram in Longdendale parish church. In the 1841 census, he was recorded as a block cutter, aged 25, living with his mother at Lower Gamesley. He married Betty Hadfield, baptised 11 April 1819 in Glossop, daughter
of Robert Hadfield and Martha Collier (see The family of Robert Hadfield of Throstle Nest), on 18 March 1847 in St James, Whitfield. They had three identified children:
James Cooper, born about 1848.
Alice Cooper, born 4 December 1850 in Whitfield and baptised 19 June 1870 in St James, Whitfield.
Sarah Jane Cooper, born 14 May 1853 in Glossop, baptised 19 June 1870 in St James, Whitfield.
Hugh was not recorded with his family at the 1851 census where Betty was a weaver aged 31 at 18 Green Vale with her daughter Martha, James and Alice. Also at the house three lodgers.
In the 1861 census, Hugh was a block cutter aged 46 and Betty a cotton weaver aged 42, the family living at Wren Nest. By the time of the 1871 census Hugh had taken over the licence of The Hanging Gate pub, being recorded as a beerseller aged 56, with Betty aged 52, living at 1 Hugh Street and 277 High Street West (Beerhouse).
Betty had a daughter, Martha Hadfield, about 1843 in Whitfield. Martha was baptised on 7 July 1844 at St James, Whitfield and recorded as Martha Cooper in the censuses of 1851 and 1861 (where she was a cotton weaver). Martha married David Hampson, a Machine Printer aged 24 of Brookfield (son of William Hampson), on 15 March 1871 at St James, Whitfield. In the 1871 census they were living in the Cooper household.
Hugh Cooper (of Whitfield) died aged 61 and was buried on 18 June 1875 in Mottram Churchyard.
Betty took over the licence of the Hanging Gate for a short while (1875-6) but in the 1881 census was recorded as aged 62, living with James and his family at 108 High Street East.
Betty died aged 63 and was buried on 17 July 1882 in Mottram Churchyard.
Children of David Cooper.
John Cooper was born on 2 December 1824 and baptised on 6 November 1825 in St Paul's, Blackburn. In the census of 1851 he was aged 24, Engraver To Calico Printers. He and his wife Jane, born about 1833 in Rimmington, Yorks, had ten identified children:
Mary Alice Cooper, born about 1856 in Waddington, Yorks. At the 1861 census she was aged 5 with her Cooper grandparents.
Margaret Elizabeth Cooper, born about 1861 in Enfield, Lancs.
Isabella Cooper, born about 1862 in Clayton-le-Moor, Lancs.
David Cooper, born about 1864 in Enfield, Lancs.
Mark Cooper, born about 1866 in Clayton-le-Moor, Lancs.
Eliza Jane Cooper, born about 1869 in Clayton le Moor, Lancs.
John Cooper, born about 1870 in Clayton-le-Moor, Lancs.
Matthew Cooper, born about 1873 in Clayton le Moor, Lancs.
Benjamin Cooper, born about 1858 in Church, Lancs.
John Cooper, born about 1859 in Enfield, Lancs.
At the census of 1861, John was aged 35, Toll collector at Toll Bar, Church Lane, Clayton le Moors, born Withnell, Lancs. He took over the licence of the Hanging Gate from his aunt Betty in 1876 and held it until 1883. The census of 1881 records him as aged 55 at the Hanging Gate, 277 High Street West, Glossop, beer seller born Brinscall, Lancs.
Mark Cooper was born about 1832 in Brinscall, Lancs. He married Charlotte Crosley, born about 1832 in Kensington, Middlesex, and they had eight identified children:
David Cooper, born in 1857 in Church, Lancashire.
George Townson Cooper, born in 1858 in Church, Lancashire.
Ann Eliza Cooper, born in 1859 in Church, Lancashire.
Stephen Cooper, born in 1862 in Church, Lancashire, died in 1864.
Mark Cooper, born in 1864 in Church, Lancashire, died in 1864.
Lotty Cooper, born in 1866 in Church, Lancashire.
Benjamin Cooper, born in 1868 in Church, Lancashire, died in 1869.
Alice Harriett Cooper, born in 1870 in Church, Lancashire.
At the census of 1871 Mark was aged 39, a druggist at Blackburn Road, Church, Blackburn.
Child of Hugh Cooper.
James Cooper was baptised on 19 March 1848 in St James, Whitfield, died in 1919, buried 22 July 1919 in Glossop cemetery aged 71. He married Margaret Cuthbert, born in 1851 in Glossop, daughter of James Cuthbert and Hannah England (see A Cuthbert family of Glossop), on 28 February 1876 in St James, Whitfield. They had a daughter, Jane Cooper, born on 12 December 1876.
They lived at 108 High Street East and subsequently at 1 Hall Court, High Street West, Glossop.
Margaret had a son, Fred E Cuthbert, born in 1873. In the 1881 and 1891 censuses he was recorded as Fred Cooper but then reverted to the Cuthbert surname before 1901.
Margaret died aged 52 and was buried on 13 November 1903 in Glossop cemetery.
James Cooper and Fred Cuthbert were still at 1 Hall Court in the 1911 census.
James Cooper died aged 71 and was buried on 22 July 1919 in Glossop cemetery.
Fred Cuthbert died aged 64 and was buried on 8 October 1938 at Glossop cemetery.
Child of James Cooper.
Jane Cooper was born on 12 December 1876 in Glossop. She married Samuel Webster, born about 1875 in Mottram in Longdendale (son of Alexander Webster), on 30 May 1901 in St John's, Charlesworth. Samuel had been a boarder with Jane's family in the census earlier that year. They went to live a few doors away at 4 Halls Court. Jane and Samuel had three identified children:
Gertrude Webster, born in 1902 in Glossop, baptised 13 July 1902 in Charlesworth.
Harold Webster, born in 1904 in Glossop, baptised 31 July 1904 in Charlesworth. He married Elsie Wood, born 3 November 1903 (daughter of John William Wood of 6 Hadfield Road, Hadfield), on 2 January 1932 in St Andrew's, Hadfield, and they went to live next door at number 4 where they were recorded in the 1939 register. Elsie died aged 75 and was buried on 10 September 1979 in Glossop cemetery. Harold Webster died aged 78 and was buried on 7 October 1982 in Glossop cemetery.
Eric Alexander Webster, born 26 December 1917 in Glossop. In the 1939 register he is recorded living with his mother, a fitter and millwright.
Samuel Webster died aged 62 and was buried on 13 January 1938 in Glossop cemetery.
Jane died aged 73 and was buried on 18 February 1950 in Glossop cemetery.
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