Sunday, July 9, 2017

Laura Jane Boyd Cooper 1853-1921 - Part 1

St. Ann's Church on Dawson St. in Dublin.

Laura Jane BOYD Cooper was my great grandmother. She married Alexander Sisson COOPER on 19 July 1875 in Dublin, Ireland, in St. Ann's Church. She was the eldest and only daughter of William BOYD and Jane CARRICK.

William BOYD was a commercial traveller in Dublin, Ireland, and also had a glass manufacture business in Glasgow, Scotland. 

"Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 2 January 2015), Laura Jane Boyd, 17 Jul 1853; citing , Duddingston, Midlothian, Scotland, reference 2:17HSFPX; FHL microfilm 1,066,685. Accessed 6 Oct 2005.
Laura Jane BOYD was the eldest and only daughter with 6 younger brothers including:

William Henry Boyd 1854-1917
John James Carrick Boyd 1858-1943
Alexander George Boyd 1859-1874
Andrew Lockhart Boyd 1863-1888
Robert Joycelyn Boyd 1864-1869
Male Boyd 1875-1875

All of these children were born in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.
The Boyd family lived at 14 South Frederick Street (now an Italian Restaurant) in Dublin, Ireland, above his business. 

Photo taken by author 2010.

Ireland Marriage Records. Alexander Sisson Cooper and Laura Jane Boyd. 17 July 1875. Quarter 3. Volume 12. Page 495. Civil Registration Office, Roscommon, Ireland. Accessed June 2008.

Alexander Sisson COOPER and Laura Jane BOYD had nine children. You can find them listed in Alexander Sisson Cooper's blog post. 

Laura Jane also took care of her elderly mother, Jane CARRICK Boyd, until  her mother's death in 1903.

In 1905, Laura said “Goodbye” to her husband and 
youngest son, Alex Jr. as they left for America. Her eldest daughter, Laura Jane Cooper Dawes, and two other sons, John Carrick Cooper and Edwin Irwin Cooper, also emigrated to the United States the following years. A son, Austin Sisson Cooper, and daughter, Elizabeth Cooper Corcoran, remained in Ireland; yet, both sadly died before their mother.

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, "Civil Records," database with images, ( : accessed 10 May 2017), image, death registration of Laura Cooper (28 November 1921, 22 Liberty Lane, North City Dublin), citing Group Registration ID 3417878; registration filed 30 November 1921 by Geo. R. Cope, in North Dublin Registration District, undignified register, folio 474, “Second page,” stamped no. 04395624A, entry 421.

 Laura Jane died 28 Nov 1921 of liver cancer and exhaustion from toxemia (blood poisoning) at Meath Hospital. At the time of her death, she was living at 22 Liberty Lane. 

Laura Jane is buried in Mt. Jerome Cemetery in Dublin at Grave C-106 Grant 2760. This information was researched by a genealogist in Ireland for one of my Boyd cousins. On the actual cemetery card it stated the informant as George Corcoran, her son-in-law. I would love to see a photo of her headstone, if she has one.

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