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1618Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Cooper/Watson

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  • Alice Van Mierlo
    Nov 29, 2012
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      Hello Cheryl
      Not much help, but I had met, in 1965, a Mrs. Cooper who was from St. Helena, I still have a photo of her. Not sure where she fitted in. I was quite young then and was staying with my then husband's grandmothner, Maggie Goddard and Mrs. Cooper and Maggie were very good friends. They lived in Woodstock, Cape Town. Maggie's family came from St. Helena - they were the Youngs. I was sitting with them and Mrs. Cooper asked Maggie "should we tell her" (referring to me) and Maggie said no she is still too young.  I regret to this day I did not push further for what they wanted to tell me. I guess they were right, I was too young and too naive.  I often wondered why I kept that photo of Mrs. Cooper.  I can scan the photo and send you a copy if you wish.  Sorry I wish I could have been more helpful.
      Alice M. Van Mierlo
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      From: cheryl gerber <hunnybugs69@...>
      To: st-helena-genealogy <st-helena-genealogy@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 2:13 pm
      Subject: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Cooper/Watson

      Hello all Saints
      I am researching my grandfather Walter lester Cooper born 1902 on the Island. He was the son of George Cooper (born 1841 on the Island and married Emma Reynalds in 1886) Walter`s grandfather was also George Cooper born in 1823 and married Sarah Mitilda Watson, daughter of Henry and Eleanor Watson.
      My problem is that I cannot find any record as to whether the coopers` were originally from the UK. I am needing my grandfathers birth certificate and not sure where to start. I would also like to have as much info as possible on the Cooper family on the Island. Why was Emma on the island?, how did she get there,? was she a saint or a child to a british soldier posted on the island.
      My grandfather was in the merchant navy and settled in Cape Town. There were 8 children as far as I know.
      If anyone can help with info or guide me in the right direction, I would be very thankful.
      Cheryl Gerber
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