Cooper Family Trees
The Coopers of Streatham and Beyond
Henry Cooper's Descendants
Early in the Nineteenth Century a part of the Cooper extended family
became established in the Streatham area of Greater London. The parents
of the family were Henry and Henrietta Cooper. Where Henry was born is
unknown at present, but it is known and recorded in the England/Wales
1851 Census that Henrietta was born in Burnham, Buckinghamshire.
A search for Henry's birthplace has come to a halt because no trace can be
found of any documented evidence. Consequently it has been decided to
concentrate on tracing the names of as many as possible of Henry and
It will be almost impossible to finish this task - simply because there is
no one in touch with some large segments of the family. Only so much can
be achieved from researching the records - especially with the 100 year
restriction put on some records such as the British Census reports - but
it will provide an interesting research programme for many years. As the
people that this is addressed to are all descended from Edward
(one of Henry's children) it will probably be easier to concentrate on
Edward's descendants first - but at the same time trying to find descendants
of the other children.
It is hoped that if the current known data is distributed among the family
and all memories are brought to bear the task will be made easier. In particular
it should not be too difficult to obtain the basic details of all of those members
of the family descended from Walter Cooper, Willie Bray Cooper and Alfred Cooper,
three of Edward's children.
Considerable headway has already been made with the New Zealand Coopers
(those descended from Alfred) and some other parts of the family where contact
has been made.
As more information is added to the data base, updates will be produced. It
is also intended that more photos of members of the extended family will be included,
together with pictures of places of significance. At present, this work comprises
a narrative section, giving the details of all that is known of each person, together with any photos; and Family Trees.
The narrative section contains details of those people in the first four generations
and the Family Tree contains all of those known in all generations.
Some Sources of Information that have been used:
Civil registration of Births Deaths and Marriages in England and Wales
(Stored at the General Register Office, London) did not start until 1837
and was not enforced until 1875.
The International Genealogical Index (IGI) is an index of mostly Births,
Christenings and Marriages collected by the Church of Jesus Christ of
the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) from some of the Parish records of
Great Britain and other countries. However, they were not permitted to
record some Parish records for religious reasons so this index is far from complete.
The old Parish records contained a minimal amount of information and it is
sometimes impossible to track back from one generation to the previous one.
An example of this is that what is thought of as the Marriage record of Henrietta and Henry gives
no details of their parents or where they were born. Parish Birth records do not give the maiden surname of the mother.
Census records, containing personal details have only survived since 1841.
They were carried out every ten years. They are in Counties and in Census
Places within each County. They do not give the women's maiden surnames and the 1841 Census showed only whether or not the person was born in the County.
Recently the 1901 Census has become available on the Internet and a number of lines of enquiry will be made to try to trace parts of the family.
Streatham probably originated as a small Roman settlement during the building
of the road from London to the Sussex coast. Documents show that prior to the
Norman conquest the manor belonged to the Abbey of Chertsey. Afterwards,
together with Tooting it passed to the Abbey of Bec in Normandy and subsequently
to many notables including the Dukes of Bedford and the Du Cane family. It became
an important resting place for travellers on the road from London to Croydon where
the Archbishop of Canterbury had a residence at Addington.
City merchants and other wealthy notables began building country residences there
in the late 17th Century, attracted no doubt, by its reputation for good healthy
air and the medicinal qualities of Streatham Spa. Development was slow and concentrated
mainly around the parish church of St Leonards and the Common and Greyhound Lane.
In 1811 the population was about 2700 and by 1851 was still less than 5000. By the
end of the 19th Century it had reached 70,000, although the area was still considered
rural with plenty of open space. The 35 acres of Streatham Common is all that now
remains of a vast open land that once stretched from Norbury to Tulse Hill.
The large estates and country houses were broken up after the first world war
and estates of smaller houses built in their thousands. Following severe bombing
damage in World War II, many areas have also been rebuilt with blocks of post-war housing.
THE FIRST GENERATION
Henry Cooper(178? - ?)
St George of Hanover Square
The first record appears to show Henry marrying Henrietta Baker in 1811
in St George, Hanover Square, Westminster. There is no certainty that
this is the father and mother of Edward Cooper etc.
The next record shown in the IGI ( International Genealogical Index) shows
the christening of Henry and Henrietta Cooper's children:
The records of St Leonards of Streatham etc:
These records are considered to be the correct set as the dates, ages and
birthplaces tie in with other records - Marriage Certificates and 1841 and
1851 Census records.
So, it is reliably thought that Henry Cooper married a woman named Henrietta
whose name could possibly be BAKER and they had 5 children - 4 of whom were
born in Streatham. They may or may not have married in 1811 in St George's,
Hanover Square, Westminster.
The first child - Maryanne Cooper - does not show in any marriage records
seen so far. It is possible that she was an early death - as infant mortality
was high. It will need more research.
Charles, Edward and Lucy Cooper all married in 1841 and William Henry married
in 1851. Most of the Marriage Certificates show that Henry Cooper was a Butler. It does
not show that he was deceased at the time of the marriages - but it is thought
that this could be the reason for three of the children marrying within the same year.
Henry was probably the butler to one of the wealthy London business families
who were building large country houses in the Streatham area at this time.
As such he would probably be only resident in Streatham during the Summer
months and would then travel back to where the family had their London city house. It is also possible to speculate that Henry may have met Henrietta when working at another of the family's country houses at Burnham, where she was born and possibly went into service.
- 1815 Maryanne Cooper - 6 Aug 1815 Tooting Graveney, Surrey, England
- 1817 William Henry Cooper - 20 Apr 1817 Saint Leonards, Streatham, Surrey,
- 1819 Charles Cooper - 4 Apr 1819 Saint Leonards, Streatham, Surrey.
- 1821 Edward Cooper - 15 Jul 1821 Saint Leonards, Streatham, Surrey.
- 1823 Lucy Cooper - 7 Sep 1823 Saint Leonards, Streatham, Surrey.
The Marriage of Henry's Children:
The marriages took place on:
- Lucy 23 February 1841
- Edward 12 September 1841
- Charles 10 October 1841
- William Henry 10 May 1851
- Edward(2nd) 26 June 1853
The details of the 1841 England/Wales Census show Henrietta Cooper, Edward
and Charles Cooper living together but with no record of Henry in the Streatham
census area. He may well have been located elsewhere at work or he could have been dead.
Census recordings are usually carried out around the end of March. There is every possibility
that Henry was away at work or visiting etc when the Census enumerator called
at the house - or he may well have been dead. It is peculiar that the three
children should all have married within a few months. This particular census
did not show the "Head of the House". There are no other later records of Henry
that have been found.
Henrietta Cooper(Baker ?)(1787?)
Christening Record at St George:
There is a Christening record for a Henrietta Baker in the IGI with her
being christened in St George's church, Hanover Square, Westminster in 1787.
Details of this record are:
22 April 1787 Henrietta, daughter of Henry and Martha Baker. Born Aug 1, 1786.
Christening Record at Burnham, Bucks:
Burnham Parish records show a Henrietta Baker christened on 28 Jan 1787.
Her father shown as Henry Baker and mother - Caroline
Information re Burnham Parish records have come from Derek Baker of Purley, Surrey who
has researched the Baker Family Tree.