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Author Topic: Cooley Family History  (Read 759 times)
Deborah Ford
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« on: January 15, 2022, 11:45:33 AM »


I am looking for any one that might know some history on the Cooley Family who lived in Cookham for over 40 years.

It begins with Peter Palmer Cooley, although born in Stanwell, Middlesex in 1844 he married Catherine Mary Lawrence a young girl from Bisham age 16 at marriage.  They went on to have 10 children, one being my grandfather Albert Edward Cooley born 1871 who went into the army and eventually came out and became a lock keeper along the Thames.

Peter Palmer Cooley died in 1898 at the age of 59 and living at Ray Park Cottages and I have his death certificate etc but I have been unable to find where he was buried. I have a copy of the obituary that was posted in 1898 which confirms lots of detail such as the following; He was classed as a general dealer, ran Cocco-nut pitch on the moor, at local fetes and for school treats.

He was a member of the Pride of Maidenhead (Lodge of Odd fellows - grand united order) for 21 years.  He was interned at the cemetery but does not say which.  His coffin was born from his house to the funeral car and then to the bier at the cemetery on shoulders of T Searl, J Cannon, H Pert, W Ayres.  Representatives were also there from two Slate Clubs he was a member of : Sons of the Ark and The Dimond Jubilee Slate Club.

Th funeral was officiated by the Rev. E A Lane (Curate of St Lukes), the coffin inscripted: Peter Palmer Cooley Died Nov 21st, the arrangements for the funeral were made by Mr G Hooper.

I am trying to find out where he was buried as I cannot find any reference in registers or indexes.  It would also be great to find any old photos of the cottages, any old fete pictures that may show the cocco-nut pitch and of course any pictures of any of the Cooley family. 

Thank you for reading and for any leads or info you may be able to give me.


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