|Photo in possession of distant cousin, Angela Anderson|
I find 23-year old Austin working for the Midland Great Western Railway by 1848. He is at the first temporary Mullingar railway station (close to the current Greyhound stadium) of County Westmeath. This line from Dublin to Mullingar opened on 2 October 1848. By August 1851, the Galway line was completed via Mullingar and Athlone to Dublin. This station is no longer in use, but still exists dilapidated. Another branch line to Longford was completed by December 1855, opening the current station closer to the town.2
The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Collection: Great Western Railway Company: Staff Records; Class: RAIL264; Piece: 1. Book Title : 1835-1910 Clerks Vol·1. Ancestry.com : accessed 9 March 2017.
On 20 Mar 1860, Edwin Ashley COOPER was born in Killashee, Longford, Ireland.
Ireland. Death Records. Austin Cooper. 1 September 1883. Volume 3. Page 62. No. 236. Civil Registration Office, Roscommon, Ireland. Accessed 18 April 2009.
Nine months later, his widow, Elizabeth leaves for the United States. Her story will continue in a future blog post.
I plan to cover the stories of the 14 known children of Austin and Elizabeth Cooper as I research about them to learn of their adventures. Some came to the United States and some disappeared in time.
I would appreciate any input from descendants of these children of Austin Cooper and Elizabeth Gibson.