Thursday, June 29, 2017

Samuel Penrose Cooper (1861-1893) Part 1

Samuel Penrose Cooper is the 8th child (5th son) of Austin Cooper and Elizabeth Gibson. He was born on 2 May 1861 in Ireland. I have not found his specific birth location. My first document find was his marriage record to Mary Rebecca Burnworth on 20 Mar 1892, in Brigtown, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, Ireland. 

Ireland. Marriage Records. Samuel Penrose Cooper and Mary Rebecca Bunworth. 20 March 1892. Quarter 1. Volume 4. Page 533. No. 57. Civil Registration Office, Roscommon, Ireland. Accessed 18 January 2009.
It is interesting to see him as a farmer in Mitchelstown and Mary is a postmistress in the same town. In my grandfather’s family tree, he lists Mary Bunworth as Samuel’s wife with three daughters (no names). 

I start looking for William Bunworth. I find him in Mary’s birth record. Mary was born on 25 Sep 1869, in Newmarket, Cork, Ireland. Her mother’s name is Elizabeth Lyall. I find her actual birth registration on the Irish website.

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, "Civil Records," database with images, ( : accessed 11 June 2017), image, birth registration of Mary Rebecca Bunworth, (25 September 1869, County Cork) citing Group Registration ID 7995106; registration filed 12 October 1869 by E. Douadson, Assistant register, folio 272, “Page 2,” stamped no. 02234325, entry 476.
I then find Mary Cooper in the 1901 Ireland Census. She is with her mother, Elizabeth Bunworth, on Baldwin Street, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork. She is listed as a widow. Lillie Cooper, age 7, daughter of Mary, granddaughter of Elizabeth, was born in America. Where in America? 

1901 Census of Ireland, County Cork, Mitchelstown District Electoral Division (DED), unpaginated, Baldwin Street, household no. 5, Elizabeth Bunworth; digital image, National Archives of Ireland, Census of Ireland 1901/1911 ( : accessed 29 June 2017).
So now I am on a search for Lillie Cooper. Did Mary and Lillie stay in Ireland or return to America? What happened to Samuel? When did they go to the US? Where did they settle?

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