William Copas

Author: Sandra Copas
Date published: 16/02/2022

William Copas

b. 1840 Thatcham

1841 Family living 66 Northbrook Street, Newbury
1851 m. 1865
1861 Family living at Staples Yard, Newbury
Ann Rivers b. 1843 Greenham
Family at Stroud Green -Henry (32) an Ironfounder, b.Hampstead Norris Harriet (30), b. Woodspeen Elizabeth (11), Ann (8), George Wilcox (6), Ellen Amy (4), William Oldmain (1)** (a George Rivers is at The Folly)
Ann possibly a Laundry Maid at Welford Park, Family at No.5, The Folly, (brother George Wilcox Rivers (16) ironfounder)
1871 William and Ann at 3, Stroud Green, with Sarah Elizabeth (5), Henry J. (3) — died 1877, +Adelaide Backhouse of Ipswich — nurse to child & Sarah Gregory (15) of Newbury, servant
1881 Family at 1 The Old Cattle Market, Newbury William is a Master Carman and furniture remover employing 2 men, Ann (38), (Sarah) Elizabeth (15) is a dressmaker, William (9), Anne (6), Edward (4)
1891 William (51) is a patient at the Royal Mineral Water Hospital, Bath [for rheumatic diseases]
1901 William (62) is a Cab driver/groom, Ann (58), living at 10 South View nr King's Yard

**William Oldmain Rivers became a Shoemaker. In 1881, he is living at 2 Waldegrave Place, Newbury with wife, Louisa (26) b. Basingstoke & stepdaughter Helena Lidstone (4) b. Wickham and daughter Alice K. (1) b. Newbury. In 1891, they are at 19, Northbrook Place (next to Taylor's Cottages), Helena (14) s a domestic servant, Alice (11), William C. (6), Walter (3). In 1901, they are at 15, Adey's Buildings, Stroud Green; William C. (16) is an apprentice bootmaker, Albert H. (13) is a boy messenger, Walter (11), Edith (9), Arthur (6) and Francis (3).

Copas family background

William Copas

William 1839-1902 was the fifth child of James and Mary, nee Witts. He married Ann Rivers in 1865. He was a Master Carman and Cab driver in Newbury, Berkshire.
They had five children —Sarah Elizabeth 1866-1949. She became an hospital nurse and midwife. At different times, her brother, William and her mother, Ann lived with her in the Hendon (Edgware) district. She is buried at St Margaret's, Edgware, Middlesex.
Henry James 1868-1877. William 1872-1938 was an Organist and Teacher of Music. In 1901 he was living with his sister in Edgware; in 1911 he was living in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire. He died in the Hendon district.
Annie Ellen b. 1874 married George Joseph Allen b. 1875 from Dalston, Middlesex, in 1898. He was a Carpenter. They has five children but, only three were surviving at the time of the 1911 Census -Annie Grace b. 1899, Leslie Edward 1903-1978 and Bernard Ronald b. 1908. One other known child is Ronald Leslie b. 1906.
Edward Rivers b. 1876. In 1900 he joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He married Annie Mary White in 1903. They had three children —Annie May "Maisie" 1904-1998, she married Edward Lionel White in 1929 in Harlow, Essex; Kathleen Alice 1906-1983 and Edward !von 1918-1993, who married Eileen Mary Napier Osborn in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire in 1949.
Ann Rivers was the second of six children born to Henry Rivers 1818-1890 and Harriet Wilcox 1813- 1890. Henry was from Hampstead Norris and became an Iron founder and moulder. Harriet was born in Woodspeen.

These people are buried in Newtown Road Cemetery.


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