|Laura Jane "Jinny" Cooper 1927. Original from Doris Cooper.|
Carrick COOPER) eldest sister. I find a copy of her birth registration from Salt Lake City. The family was living at 18 Leinster Ave. in 1876.
"Ireland Birth and Baptisms, 1620-1881," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FR99M-7JD : accessed 25 May 2005), Laura Jane Cooper, 29 Jan 1876: citing Dublin, Ireland, reference v 2-2 p 580; ; FHL microfilm 255,946.
|18 Leinster Ave. 2010|
She had 10 siblings with only 5
surviving. I find her mother in the 1911 Ireland Census stating this fact.
1901 Census of Ireland, County Dublin, unpaginated, household no. 139, Alexander Cooper; digital image, National Archives of Ireland, Census of Ireland 1901/1911 (http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie : accessed 29 Sep 2016)
In 1905, her father and youngest brother, Alex, Jr. sail for the United States. Three years later, on the 6 Mar 1908, Laura follows them across the Atlantic on the S.S. Baltic from Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland. According to the ship's record, Line 1, she was living with her Aunt Bessie PEARSON (father's sister) in Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, when she left for America. She paid for her own passage, meeting her father in New York City. Jinny is 5 feet tall with a fresh complexion, fair hair and blue eyes. She arrives in New York the 14 Mar 1908.
Manifest, SS Baltic, 14 March 1908, backside of stamped page 32, line 1, Laura Jane Cooper, age 32, Image New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Sep 2016).
Manifest, SS Baltic, 14 March 1908, stamped page 34, line 1, Laura Jane Cooper, age 32, Image New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Sep 2016).
Two days later, 16 Mar 1908, she married Alexander Chalmers “Uncle Barney” DAWES in Manhattan at City Hall according to marriage registration. Her youngest brother, Alex, Jr. is a witness.
|Barney and Jinny. Original from Doris Cooper.|
Researching, “Alick,” he is born 19 Aug 1883, to Robert Clement DAWES and Martha COLOHOUN (several spellings) in Dublin. He sails on the S.S. Etruria from Liverpool on 6 Jul 1907 to meet the same Alexander Cooper, his future father-in-law. Alick was known to family as "Barney." Jinny and Barney knew each other in Dublin. Arrangements were made to send Barney to America first to find a job and a prepare a place for his bride to be. She came six months later. This is why she married two days after her arrival.
|Dawes family 1927. Original from Doris Cooper.|
|The Dawes family around 1919.|
Photo in author's possession.
On January 6, 1920, the DAWES family is living in Brooklyn, New York. Alec DAWES is a boil-maker in a shipyard. His brother-in-law, Alexander Sisson, Jr., "Alex" COOPER is living with them and is also working in a shipyard as a ship fitter.
He petitions for U.S. Citizenship on 6 April 1920. This document gives me my first clue for his birthday listed above. He lists his wife’s and two sons’ birth dates and birth locations. His affidavits include Alexander Sisson COOPER his father-in-law and Austin Cooper EDMONDS, his wife’s cousin.
|United States. "Selected U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974," Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 Sept 2016).|
|Original from aunt.|
|Aunt Jinny Cooper Dawes. Original from aunt.|