COOPER, Daniel

1749 - 1822

Baptised at Fressingfield, Suffolk on 20 February 1750, son of Daniel Cooper (1719-1781), a prosperous landowner, and his wife Elizabeth nťe Cousins (d.1790). He became an ensign in the Suffolk Fencibles but his future wife Martha Hockley persuaded him to resign in order for him to study as an artist and he married Martha at Bury St. Edmundís in 1779. Daniel and his wife then moved to Nottingham where Daniel became a drawing master at a local school and Martha opened a school for young ladies. By 1791 they were back in Suffolk living at Eastgate Street, Bury St Edmundís, the rate books record him living there 1791-1817, they had lost seven of their children in the twelve years in Nottingham. Daniel was employed at King Edward VI grammar school, which was next door to his home, as a drawing master and from the local gentry obtained portrait commissions. Three more children were born in Bury St Edmundís Edwin [q.v.], Frances and Anne [q.v.]. After Martha died in 1814, Daniel in 1815, took another wife Amelia Barfield, and had at least one further child. Daniel retired to his farm ĎFinchesí at Fressingfield but when Danielís will was proved at Norwich in 1822, he was described as being of Norwich and formerly of Tivetshall St Mary, Norfolk but it is probable that he had inherited several Norfolk properties from his father.




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