CFHS code : PL125

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of AGNES MARY daughter of JOHN WILLIAM and CHARLOTTE ANN COOPER b 1874 d 3 Aug 1892 wife of JOHN WILLIAM COOPER b Feb 2nd 1848 d Feb 17th 1920

Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Agnes Mary Cooper (1874 – 3 August 1892)

Agnes was the eldest daughter of John and Charlotte Cooper and died at 59 Bateman Street aged 18 years old.

Charlotte Ann Cooper (née Welsman)  (2 February 1848 – 17 February 1920)

Charlotte was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire and was the daughter of William and Mary Welsman. Both her parents were originally from Devon and William moved around the country with his job working for the Inland Revenue.  She grew up in London before marrying Dr. John William Cooper on 9 September 1873 at St. Paul’s Church, Cambridge.  They lived at 59 Bateman Street and had two daughters: Agnes Mary and Beatrice Maud (1879-1949).  John died in 1906 and Charlotte then  moved to live at 6 Gresham Road with her daughter Beatrice.  She died at Gresham Road aged 72 years old.

It is thought that John William Cooper is also buried in the same grave.

Dr. John William Cooper (26 April 1845 – 10 November 1906)

John was the youngest son of Charles and Jane Cooper.  His father was a solicitor and Town Clerk and John grew up at 26 Jesus Lane.  He went up to Trinity Hall in 1862, and was awarded an LL.B in 1866, LL.M in 1869 and LL.D in 1880.

John worked as a barrister and also played a large role in town affairs.   He was called ‘one of the old school of barristers. He was proud of the traditions of their great cause, full of its anecdotes and instinct with its life’.  He was a member of the Cambridge Corporation, a governor of Addenbrooke’s Hospital and sat on the board of the Royal Albert Benevolent Homes. He represented Barnwell on the Town Council from 1874 to 1883 for the Liberal party.  He was de-selected in 1883 for voting for a Conservative candidate for magistrates’ clerk.  The election of 1883 was highly political with the Ratepayers’ Association campaigning against him and despite a number of Conservatives voting for John as a mark of protest he was not elected.  He changed political sides and became a Conservative, although it was said that he never truly felt at home in his new party.

He  was also a skilled journalist, editor of the Cambridge Independent Press for some time, Cambridge University correspondent for the Times newspaper and was the local secretary of the Newspaper Press Fund.

Despite being involved in Council affairs and journalism he remained a lawyer and was ‘leader of the local curcuit’. He served as a magistrate from 1882 onwards. Judge Wheeler paid tribute to John in court after his death referencing ‘his adroitness, his astuteness and his learning’ and that he ‘loved this noble town and University with a strong affection’.

He died at Bateman Street aged 61 and was buried on 15 November. Newspapers announced his death with the headline ‘a notable figure in the public life of Cambridge’.  The Cambridge Independent Press said that ‘he had been in an indifferent state of health for a long time and alhtough he recovered from serious attacks of illness sufficiently to resume his professional duties it was evident that he was working under difficulties, and the announcement of his death was not unexpected’.



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Agnes Mary Cooper; Charlotte Ann Cooper; John William Cooper