Tuesday, October 31, 2017

World War II Letters - 8 July 1943 - Written by Stan Cooper

Stan was thankful for another visit home the end of June. He was able to see and hold his nephew (brother's son) for the first time. 

He gave his family details of his trip back to base in Norfolk, Virginia, from Queens Village, New York. He ended up in A.O.L. He shares with his family his hopeful plans for when he is finished with his schooling. 

Stanley Cooper June 1943

Elizabeth “Bessie” Cooper Pearson (1857-1938) Part 3

Death Certificate

I have been recently informed that the General Register Office for England and Wales has a new online ordering system. I immediately pulled out my indexed record for Aunt Bessie who I wrote about earlier and concluded that I had yet to find her birth and death registrations as she was born and died in England; yet, lived most of her life in Ireland. Bessie had one older brother, also born in England; Arthur Lincoln Cooper, which I ordered his birth record from London, England, a few years back by postal mail. 

England, Civil Registration, Manchester South District, Manchester County, 1838 Deaths,, No. 232 death record (PDF) for Elizabeth Pearson, died 22 October 1938; digital image, General Register Office, Southport, England, General Register Office (https://www.gro.gov.uk/: accessed and downloaded 19 October 2017).

Registration District - Manchester South
No. 232
When and Where Died - Twenty-second October 1938
Sandown 22 Goulden Road 25 Palantine Road Withington UD
Name and Surname: Elizabeth Pearson
Sex: Female
Age: 80 years
Rank or Profession: of 22 Goulden Road Withington UD
Widow of John Pearson Bank Manager (Retired)
Cause of Death: 1(a) Cardiac Muscle failure (b) Myocardial Degeneration (c) Senility Certified by W. Johnson M.B.
Signature, Description, and Residence of Informant:
James Barlow Present at Death 22 Goulden Road Withington
When Registered: Twenty-fourth October 1938
Signature of Registrar: L. Worswick

Five years earlier, in 1932, Bessie took a trip to the United States. The ship record stated she was living with a Mrs. Barlow. I concluded in another blog post that Mrs. Barlow was her niece, Hannah Jane Cooper, the daughter of Henry Cooper, Bessie's eldest brother. I see here that Mr. James Barlow, her nephew-in-law was present at her death. 

Her location of death is crossed out with another address added. James Barlow's address is the crossed out address. So which is the address she lived at and/or died at. Which one was her address and which one was her niece's address? As seen in the map above, the two addresses were only a walking distance apart from one another. 


Bessie's birth record is a challenge as so far in my research for her birth location; I have come across three locations. Faringdon (family Bible), Aldershot (ship record) and London (1911 Irish Census). Looking in the Birth Index for her birth year of 1857, I am having a difficult time with finding an Elizabeth Cooper born in or near these three locations.
My conclusion in Aunt Bessie's first post was Faringdon with documents of father's work location at the time. 

I will have to order several Elizabeth Cooper birth records to hopefully find the right daughter of Austin Cooper and Elizabeth Gibson. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

World War II Letters - 30 April 1943 - Written by Stan Cooper

Stan is home in the States

Stan sends a telegram to his parents to let them know that he is in San Francisco, California, on his way to Norfolk, Virginia. 

He is on his way to the Naval Preparatory College in Annapolis to finish his high school studies from 1941. He is also excited about the certain possibility of being reunited with his family that he has not seen in over a year. 

Stan sends another telegram, on May 10, letting his parents know that he made it safely to Virginia and is so excited about seeing his loved ones soon!

He comes home on Sunday, May 23 (1AM) with an "eleven-day break after his exams in Norfolk" as handwritten by his thankful mother on the telegram. 

The following Saturday, May 29, Mom had a huge family dinner to welcome him home.

On the back of this photo, Honey (mom) wrote "May 29, 1943. Stanley back from Solomon's." Uncle Ray Piña, Uncle Fred Piña, Stan, and with brother Bud Cooper. Ray and Fred are Honey's brothers. Fred is checking out the camera held in his hands ready to take more pictures!