Caroline Cooper1,2

#1350, (circa 1805 - 1887)
ChartsAncestors of Mabel Smart
Descendants of Henry Smart

Children of Caroline Cooper and George Smart

Overview
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Caroline was born in Suffolk and moved to Lambeth, Surrey. There she married George Smart, a cheesemonger, and she signed the marriage register with an X. The Smarts lived in St James Westminster but had their children baptised back in Lambeth. Son William was baptised in both places! Caroline was widowed in her early 40s with children ranging in age from 4 to 21. Initially, she continued as a grocer and took in lodgers. Later she became a monthly nurse, that is, a person who stayed with a family for a month after they had a new baby. When not nursing, she lived with her son William's family in St Pancras. Caroline lived into her 80s.

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BirthCaroline Cooper was born circa 1805 in Stowe, Suffolk. Her birthplace was reported in census records as Middlesex (1841), Stoke (1851), Stowe (1861 & 1871), Stowmarket (1881). Her baptism has not yet been found.3 
MarriageShe married George Smart, son of Henry Smart, on 5 Feb 1828 in St Mary Lambeth, Surrey.
Information recorded in the parish register: George Smart of this parish, bachelor, a minor, married Caroline Cooper of this parish, spinster, and she signed with an X. They were married by banns with consent of George's father Henry Smart. Witnesses were Henry Smart, who signed with an X, Elizabeth Offord and Henry Offord.2,4

George Smart & Caroline Cooper
Marriage from parish register, 1828
(Son's death) Burial.Her son Thomas was buried on 6 May 1838 in St Mary Lambeth. Their address was Regent Street.5 
1841 CensusGeorge and Caroline Smart appeared on the 1841 Census of St James Westminster, Middlesex, at Duke Street, enumerated 6 Jun 1841. George was 30, a Cheesemonger, and born in the county. Caroline was 30 and born in the county. Children with them were Mary (13) and George (10).6 
(Widowed) DeathHer husband George died on 8 Jan 1848. The cause of death was vitriol suicide following a temporary insanity lasting two months. Their seven children were ages 2 through 20.7 
1851 CensusCaroline Smart appeared on the 1851 Census of St James Westminster, Middlesex, at 42 Duke Street, enumerated 30 Mar 1851. Three families lived at this address. Caroline was a widow, age 46, a Grocer &c, and born in Stoke, Suffolk. Her children were Mary Ann (21), William (18), and Caroline (4). There were also two lodgers. [Mary Ann's future husband lived at 4 Duke Street]8 
1861 CensusCaroline Smart appeared on the 1861 Census of St Pancras, Middlesex, at 27 St Marks Crescent. Caroline was a servant, marital status not recorded, age 55, and born in Stowe, Suffolk. She was a monthly nurse for the Southwall family who had children 4,3,2,1, and 10 months old. They also had a nurse, an under nurse and a houseservant.3 
(Other) 1871 CensusAnn C [sic] Smart appeared on the 1871 Census of St. Pancras, Middlesex, in the household of her son William. She was a widow, age 66, a Monthly Nurse, and was born Stowe, Suffolk.9 
(Other) 1881 CensusCaroline Smart appeared on the 1881 Census of St. Pancras, Middlesex, with her son William's family. Caroline was a widow, age 73, a nurse, and was born in Stowmarket, Suffolk.10 
DeathCaroline died in 1887.11
 
BurialShe was buried on 11 Aug 1887 in Hampstead Cemetery.12 
Last Edited16 Dec 2014

Citations

  1. Microfilm of the Baptismal Register of St. James' Church, Westminster, Middlesex, 1826-1841 (Family History Library, 1042311), son's bapt.
  2. Microfilm of the Bishop's Transcripts of St Mary Lambeth, Surrey, 1827-1829 (Family History Library, 254609), "Smart/Cooper marriage, 1828."
  3. 1861 Census for England & Wales, RG9/99 folio 108. Image viewed at Ancestry.
  4. Marriages of the parish of St Mary Lambeth. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. George Smart & Caroline Cooper, 1828.
  5. Burials of St Mary Lambeth. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. Thomas Smart, 1838, #1229.
  6. 1841 Census for England & Wales, HO107/736 Book 4 Folio 10. Image viewed at Ancestry or Findmypast.
  7. Copy death certificate of George Smart, died 8 January 1848, registered 10 January 1848 in the Registration District of Saint James Westminster.
  8. 1851 Census for England & Wales, HO107/1484 folio 211. Image viewed at Ancestry.
  9. 1871 Census for England & Wales, RG10/228 folio 58. Image viewed at Ancestry.
  10. 1881 Census for England & Wales, RG11/0204 folio 41. Image viewed at Ancestry.
  11. FreeBMD. Caroline Smart, age 79, Sep Q 1887, Pancras RD.
  12. DeceasedOnline.com Indexes to Burials (http://www.deceasedonline), Caroline Smart, 1887.
  13. Microfilm of the Bishop's Transcripts of St Mary Lambeth, Surrey, 1827-1829 (Family History Library, 254609).
  14. Baptisms of St Mary Lambeth, Surrey. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. Thomas Smart, 1830, #1567.
  15. Microfilm of the Baptismal Register of St. James' Church, Westminster, Middlesex, 1826-1841 (Family History Library, 1042311).
  16. Microfilm of the Baptismal Register of St. Mary's Church, Lambeth, Surrey, 1834-1862 (Family History Library, 1041529+).
  17. Baptisms of St Mary Lambeth, Surrey. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. Henry Smart, 1838, #687.