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Edward SMITH married Elizabeth COLLINGS in Durham England was murdered on ship to Australia.
Children are Robert and Edwin b. 1843 d. 18th Aug 1909
Need to know D.O.B's of Edward,Elizabeth and Robert.
Any other information is also appreciated

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Very stuck!!!!! Florence Minnie COOPER my great grandmother born about 1919 in Essex adopted by a Adjutant and Mrs COOPER.
Adjutant is the old title for Major in The Salvation Army of the time. Was probably an unofficial adoption.
Florence gave birth to my grandfather in 1937 at The Salvation Army Mothers Hospital in Hackney. At this time she was living with and caring for her parents both somewhat blind at Elmslea,Lascelles Gardens,Ashingdon,Rochford. In the 1950's she lived at 37 Preston rd Westcliff-on-sea; i believe the owner of the property was Alfred George GILHAM or GILLHAM.

My grandfather kept his past to himself i found all the above information myself took a punt he was born at The Mothers Hospital (Hackney) and contacted The Salvation Army and bingo i found my g/gran's name etc. My grandfather Maurice COOPER now deceased emigrated in 1952 with the Salvation Army to Australia and became a child in care working as a farmhand.

Maurice's death cert states father Herbert James COOPER and Florence's birth name been Laurie however i know the info is as good as the person giving it which was my aunt so i am very confused as to whose father was Herbert; i think most likely Florence's adopted father however this is unconfirmed.

The Salvation army cannot give me Maurice's putative father's name as there is a law preventing this however i will survive if i can find what happened to Florence and would love to know her story.

I have posted this hoping someone has her in their tree or knows of Florence Thankyou

P.S I hear it was possible Florence is or at least was still living in Essex in the 1990's. I have also attempted to obtain a birth cert for Florence with no luck.

5 comment(s), latest 5 years, 7 months ago