- Born: 27 Sep 1773, Wiltshire, England
- Marriage (1): Alice Davis on 14 Sep 1794 in Whitechapel, London, England
- Died: 20 Sep 1820, Batavia, Java at age 46
FamilySearch ID: LH1K-3RN.
He worked as a horse groom in 1795.
• He was involved in a court case about horse stealing on 16 Mar 1796 in Leicestershire, England. He was given the death sentence which was commuted to life transportation.
• He emigrated as a convict aboard the transport vessell "Barwell" in May 1798.
Baxter, Carol; Musters and Lists New South Wales, 1800-1802:
[Ref AE578] Charles Cooper, Barwell, Ticket of Leave #522, Conditional Emancipation.
[Ref BG141] Charles Cooper, Barwell, Pardoned by Hunter, settler at Port Jackson.
[Ref CA208] Charles Cooper, Barwell, Free, Settler, off stores.
Baxter, Carol; Musters of New South Wales 1805-1806:
[Ref A0907] Charles Cooper, Barwell, FBS, Sutton, Parramatta.
[Ref D0193] Charles Cooper, Sentence Expired.
[Ref A1085] Alice Cooper, Barwell, CF. With Charles Cooper at Parramatta.
Denis Pember on 13th October, 2015 wrote:
Baxter, Carol; General Musters of New South Wales, 1811:
[Ref 1289] Cooper, Charles, Barwell, tried March 1796, Leicester, 7 years. (PRO n1138)
Baxter, Carol; General Muster of New South Wales, 1814:
[Ref 2029] Charles Cooper, Barwell, F, Labourer, 4 children on stores.
[This would be: Sarah (17), William (11), Ann (9) and Thomas (6) # 2 other children already deceased].
Charles on the 1st of March 1817 asked for all claims to be presented against him because he was leaving the colony at the earliest opportunity. He is believed to have left Sydney aboard the "Surrey" which left the 17th of March 1817. He was looking after the horses.
Charles was tried at the Leicestershire quarter sessions on 16 March 1796,
along with John Lee for the crime of stealing a horse. He was given a death
sentence which was commuted to life.
Charles and his family remained around Sydney until about 1803. About that
time there is a record that Charles was coachman to Mrs. John Macarthur at
Parramatta. The 1806 Muster lists Charles are being employed by a
Mr.Sutton. This man was William Sutton who had also arrived as a convict on
the "Barwell". He would therefore have known Charles since 1797. Sutton
received a land grant of 148 acres on 11.8.1804 in an area which today is
known as North Rocks at Parramatta. How long Charles was employed by Sutton
is not known.
The 1811 Muster lists Charles, but gives no details as to where he is living
or the circumstances. But he was still in the Parramatta area. The 1814
Muster lists Charles again with four children and "off stores". They were
still there in 1815 when Sarah was married to John Moore.
The Sydney Gazette dated 1.3.1817 states that Charles Cooper was leaving the
colony by the earliest opportunity and requested that all claims against him
be presented. Charles had been given a Conditional Emancipation on
6.6.1800. Then on 6.3.1817 he was given a Pardon.
After he left Australia there seemed to be no trace however just recently a
letter has come to light to say that he left with some horses that were sent
to Batavia where he died in August 1820. In the meantime he was supposed to
have sent to his children 697 Spanish dollars. The money never arrived -
possibly stolen by the shipping agents?
Charles married Alice Davis on 14 Sep 1794 in Whitechapel, London, England. (Alice Davis was born in 1773 in England and died in 1834 in New South Wales, Australia.). The cause of her death was Adze blow to the head.