Cooper, Daniel Charles (1869-1933)
Daniel was born in 1869 at Hill Top, nr West Bromwich, Staffordshire, to parents Daniel and Maria. Daniel, senior, was a boot and shoemaker and a local preacher. Daniel followed his father as a boot and shoemaker before entering the ministry.
Daniel joined the Church at an early age and was secretary of the Sunday school at fifteen. Soon he came in touch with a band of men who were keen on mission work and training young men to preach, and also to give open-air addresses. With them, Daniel gained his first experience of public speaking. Then a ‘note’ was given to him to accompany his father in preaching services.
Daniel was able to prepare for the ministry in a two years’ course at Hartley College.
A conspicuous district service was that at Darlaston. A subterraneous fire imperilled the old chapel there – a casualty not provided for in the usual form of insurance. By his negotiating skill and persistence £2,000 insurance was obtained, making possible a fine church and school property.
His obituary records that Daniel exercised a gracious ministry in circuits chiefly industrial. He was an eloquent and powerful preacher, a wise administrator, a diligent pastor, a loyal friend. He was a manly, modest minister, who did ordinary work in an excellent way.
Daniel married Annie Waumsley (b1866) in the spring of 1894 at York, Yorkshire. Annie was a daughter of Rev Thomas Waumsley. Census returns identify four children.
- Ada (b abt1895)
- Maria (b1898)
- Daniel Waumsley (1900-1990)
- Thomas (b abt1907)
Daniel died on 5 January 1933 at Bolton, Lancashire.
- 1893 Filey
- 1897 Wakefield II
- 1900 Horbury
- 1903 Sheffield X
- 1905 Willenhall
- 1913 Birmingham I
- 1916 Oldbury
- 1919 Birmingham III
- 1923 Coventry
- 1927 Bolton II
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1922/708
Methodist Minutes 1933/250
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers