Who was William Cooksey?

Christmas is a time for family games and puzzles. Mine centred on William Cooksey, the second husband of Hannah Miller (nee Mallin), who was himself a widower. Having trawled trade directories for Staffordshire (concentrating on West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Tipton), I had begun to develop a theory about William’s business activity as, at first, a Nail Ironmonger and, later, a Grocer and Tea Dealer.  There were other Cooksey businesses, too: Samuel Cooksey and Joseph Cooksey. Were they all three related?

Yet William’s family – his parents and siblings – remain a mystery.  So too does the central question: were his first wife, Sarah Mallin and his second wife, Hannah Miller (nee Mallin) related and if so how?

So, the Christmas puzzle I set myself was to compile as much evidence as I could and, by inspecting it, to see what I could learn.  To that end, I listed all the Staffordshire-born, males by the name of Cooksey in the 1841 and 1851 censuses. This I cross-referenced to likely births and marriages in the IGI (all the while recognising the risk, even the inevitability of error.) Building this database turned into a mammoth task, just completed the day before the end of the holiday. As yet, I have not properly inspected the data for any emerging ‘pictures’. However, first indications are that the work has drawn a blank; I am no wiser about who William Cooksey was. 

Perhaps I should return to Mallin and undertake the same task?

One thought on “Who was William Cooksey?

  1. Marina Merchant says:

    While researching the Cooksey family in Staffordshire I cam across your website, I have found in the 1851 census that William Cooksey 1791 born in Sedgley was living with his wife Hannah his daughter in law Hannah M Millerd and his daughter Jane M in High Street West Bromwich he was a Nail Merchant, also a wedding for him and Hannah 4 April 1838 at Edge Hill Lancs?

    Also a William Mallen marriage to a Sarah Chatwin West Bromwich 1841

    not sure if you have come across this information with the slight difference of names – but I hope that it may help you.


    Marina Merchant

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