Mary Matilda Freeman Cooke

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 22/06/2020
© Christine Gambles

Mary Matilda Freeman Cooke



Mary was born in Newbury in 1859 she was the eldest child of Edward & Matilda Cooke (nee Abel) who were married in Newbury in 1859. Mary’s father was a Salesman /China Dealer. (He was the brother-in-law of James Jeremiah Davies who had a successful China/Glass /Earthenware business in Northbrook Street)

Mary died aged 1 in 1860 and was laid to rest in the Newtown Cemetery on the 17th August 1860

Edward and Matilda went on to have nine more children:

Henry Edward c1861

William 1862                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Percy 1865

Agnes 1867

Harry 1869

Herbert c1871

Ernest Walter 1873

Albert George c1876

Edith Ethel Grace 1881


After Mary’s brother Henry Edward was born the family moved to London, later they moved to Lambeth.                                                                                                                                                                               

Mary’s father Edward died aged 49 in 1886.

The 1901 census records Mary’s mother Matilda as a visitor at 1 Ashley House Newbury (the home of James Jeremiah Davies and family). In 1911 Matilda was living at 44 Gloucester Road Newbury, she died aged 76 in 1915 and was laid to rest in the Newtown Cemetery on the 20th February.


Sources: as above

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