Cooper, William (1840-1912) and Hannah (nee Deakin) (1839-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 

There are few people whose life and influence have enabled them to leave a deeper impression on a community than Mr. and Mrs. W. Cooper have left upon our Church at Trinity, Widnes. It will easily be realised therefore how great a loss our cause at Widnes has suffered by their death. Yet their activity was of the unpretentious kind. There was, indeed, an utter absence of anything resembling ostentation. They went about doing good for the pure love of doing it.

Many are the people whose paths have been made smoother by their sympathy and help, and not a few have been encouraged to seek after higher things by contact with their transparent goodness. 

Mr. Cooper died on October 23rd, 1912, at the age of  seventy-two, and Mrs. Cooper followed him on November 26th, 1914, in her seventy-sixth year. We sympathise deeply with the bereaved family, all of whom are following in their parents’ footsteps.


William was born abt1840 at Runcorn, Cheshire, to parents James Cooper, a journeyman ship’s carpenter (1851), and Hannah Holt.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 sailmaker
  • 1871 sailmaker employing 2 men
  • 1881 sailmaker employs 1 man; sand dealer employs 6 men
  • 1891 sailmaker & dealer in sand
  • 1901 sand merchant
  • 1911 sailmaker

He married Hannah Deakin on 15 November 1860 at St John, Manchester, Lancashire. Hannah was born abt1839 at Runcorn, Cheshire, to parents William Deakin, a soap maker, and Martha Smith. She was baptised on 27 January 1839 at Holy Trinity, Runcorn. Census returns identify eight of thirteen children.

  • James Henry (1862-1934) – manager, aerated water’s factory (1901); manager of craft & steamer (1911); managing director & chairman of Messrs William Cooper & Sons Ltd steamships and barge owners & sand and gravel merchants
  • Frederick William (1864-1886) – a grocer’s shopman (1881)
  • Arthur (1869-1951) – mineral water manufacturer
  • Alfred (1871-1938) – a shipping clerk (1911); ship owner own account (1921)
  • Margaret (1873-1907) – married John Hollins in 1904
  • Hannah Martha (b1874) – married William Edwin Jones, a boot and shoe departmental manager (1911), in 1903
  • Thomas Abraham (1878-1959) – a coal merchant (1911)
  • Mary (1883- – married Herbert Hosker Wilkinson in 1916

William died on 23 October 1912 at Widnes, Lancashire.  Hannah died on 26 November 1914, also at Widnes.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/582

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