Charles Thompson Cooper
Sex: Male
Birth: 1850
Death: 1940
Father: Isaac Cooper
Mother: Elizabeth Ablitt
Spouse/Partner: Alice Jane Cooper
Marriage: 1870

Charles Cooper was born in 1850 (possibly 1851, as the census returns only indicate age) in Mottistone, a small village just outside Brighstone on the Isle of Wight. At the time, Brighstone was known by its original name, Brixton.

His parents were Isaac Cooper and Elizabeth Ablitt who married in 1849. Charles seems to have been the first born. In 1851 the family was living with Elizabeth's parents, James and Jane Ablitt, in Mottistone. Isaac was working as a farm labourer.

Charles married Alice Jane Woods in 1870.

In 1871, Charles was living at Grove Road, Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight with his wife, Alice, and their baby daughter, Agnes. Charles was 21, Alice was 18. Agnes was less than a year old. No occupation is recorded for Charles. Also living in the household was 66 year old Joseph Jefferey. Joseph appears to be unrelated to the Coopers. According to the 1861 census, ten years earlier he was living with his wife and children and was working as a gardener.

It is likely that Charles' work as a stonemason (something recorded in the 1881 census) led to frequent moves in search of work. Agnes had been born in Rookley in 1871 and their second child, Florence, who was born in 1873, was born in Wroxall. Some time before 1875, the family had returned to Ventnor where their third child, Ernest, was born. But by 1879, the family had finally settled, this time in Shanklin on the east coast of the Isle of Wight.

In 1881, Charles and his family lived on Atherley Road in Shanklin (the census records this as in Brading, probably because Shanklin was in Brading Parish). Agnes was 10 years old, Florence was 8 years old, Ernest was 6 years old, Gertrude was 2 years old and Frederick was less than a year old. Charles still worked as a stonemason.

In 1882, Alfred was born (their youngest son), followed by Mable in 1884, Ethel in 1886 and Elsie in 1890.

By 1891, Charles and his family had moved around the corner to 3 Sydney Villa, Wilton Road in Shanklin. Charles, now 41, still worked as a stonemason. Agnes had left home to work as a house servant, which was perhaps just as well given that they now had a grand total of nine children - and they still hadn't finished! Agnes was 20, Florence 18, Ernest 16, Gertrude 12, Frederick 10, Alfred 9, Mable 7, Ethel 5 and Elsie 1. In 1892, Charles and Alice's tenth and final child, Winnie, was born.

Some time between 1891 and 1901, Ernest and Gertrude left home. Gertrude worked as a servant in Shanklin, but Ernest had moved to London. Charles, now 51, was now working as a bricklayer, possibly a step down from his previous work as a stonemason.


Name Birth Death
Children of Charles and Alice Cooper

Agnes Louisa Cooper 1871
Rookley, Isle of Wight

Florence E Cooper 1873
Wroxall, Isle of Wight

[[Ernest Henry Cooper]] 1875
Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Gertrude May Cooper 1879
Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Frederick Evelyn Cooper 1881
Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Alfred Cooper 1882
Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Mable Cooper 1884
Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Ethel Cooper 1886
Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Elsie Cooper 1890
Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Winnie Cooper 1892
Ernest Henry Cooper