Person:Mary Cooke (76)

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Name Mary Cooke
Gender Female
Birth[1] abt 1861 Manchester, Lancashire, EnglandCheetham
Census[1] 3 Apr 1881 Manchester, Lancashire, England122 Rochdale Road
Death[2] 21 Aug 1884 Salford, Lancashire, England193 Regent Road

Mary Cooke's origins are unclear. She claimed in the 1881 census to have been born at Cheetham, a suburb of Manchester, Lancashire. The ages given for her in the 1881 census and at her death imply that she was born somewhere between 1859 and 1862. Her first confirmed sighting is in the 1881 census, when she was living at 122 Rochdale Road in Manchester, described as housekeeper to a physician and surgeon called Peter Vincent Timothy, who was about thirty years her senior. He was married, but living apart from his wife and children, who were living in Southport at that time. Mary and Peter were clearly in a relationship, as she must have been heavily pregnant at the time of the census; she gave birth the following month to a boy, whose birth was registered as Bernard Vincent Timothy Cooke (with Cooke being his surname), but who was generally known as Bernard Vincent Timothy and acknowledged in the 1891 census to be Peter's son.

By early 1883 Mary and Peter had left Manchester and moved to the neighbouring town of Salford, where they lived at 193 Regent Road. Peter is mentioned in newspaper articles from January 1883 to October 1884 as living at that address.

Mary died when she was only in her mid-twenties. She died at 193 Regent Road in Salford on 21st August 1884 of "syncope following epileptic convulsion induced by excessive drinking". Ironically, Peter had been involved in temperance campaigns as a younger man in the 1860s, trying to reduce excessive drinking. Peter survived Mary by nearly 35 years, and started another relationship a couple of years after her death.

  1. 1.0 1.1 General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1881 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands: . (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG11; Piece 3999; Folio 4; Page 1, 3 Apr 1881.

    Address: 122 Rochdale Road, Manchester, Lancashire
    Peter V. Timothy, head, married, male, 49 [1831/2], Physician & Surgeon, b. London, Middlesex
    Mary Cook, servant, unmarried, female, 19 [1861/2], Housekeeper, b. Cheetham, Lancashire

  2. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).
    Superintendent Registrar's District Salford / Registrar's Sub-District Regent Road
    1884 DEATHS in the Sub-District of Regent Road, Salford in the County of Lancaster
    No.When and where diedName and surnameSexAgeOccupationCause of deathSignature, description and residence of informantWhen registeredSignature of registrar
    445August 21st 1884
    193 Regent Road U.S.D.
    Mary CookeFemale24 years [1859/60]Domestic Servant
    Syncope following Epileptic Convulsion induced by excessive drinking P.M.Certificate received from Fred. Price Coroner of Lancashire
    Inquest held August 22nd 1884
    Twenty second August 1884Joseph Roberts, Deputy Registrar

    193 Regent Road was the address at which Mary's partner and employer Peter Vincent Timothy lived in 1884 according to newspaper articles.