Amelia was born to Frederick and Amelia (Pike) Wiedhofft on the 12th May 1850 with the birth registered in Clerkenwell. Although the 1851 census shows her as an 11 year old born in Pentonville, Mddx. this should read 11 months.
|1851 Census 20 Goswell Terrace, Clerkenwell|
|Name (Do =Ditto)||Relation||Condition||Age M||Age F||Occupation||Born|
|Frederic A Wiedshaft,||Head||Mar||27||Furrier employing 6 women, 1 man and 1 boy||London|
|Amelia Do||Daur||11||Pentonville, London|
By the time of the 1861 census she had moved between various addresses in the Clerkenwell/Shoreditch area of London. In the household were her parents, younger sisters Mary and Ann and younger brother Frederick. Although only 10 years old she had already seen the death of baby sister Charlotte aged only three months (1855) and two year old brother Charles (1858). Her mother was again heavily pregnant with William Alfred.
|1861 Census RG9-202 18 Regent Street, City Road, St Lukes, Holborn, London|
|Frederick Augt Wiedhofft||Head||Marr||37||Furrier||St Geo. the Martyr, London|
|Amelia||Wife||Marr||34||St Sepulcre, Middx|
In 1864 another baby brother (Arthur) was to pass away before his first birthday.
Sister Louisa Florence was born in the March quarter of 1865 in the St Lukes parish of Holborn.
|1871 Census 29 Cross Street, St Mary, Islington|
|Fredk A Wiedhofft (t looks like an s)||Head||Mar||47||Furrier employs 1 man 2 boys & 10 women||St George the Martyr London|
|Amelia||wife||Mar||44||St Sepulcre London|
|Wm Alfrd||son||9||scholar||St Lukes London|
|Louisa F||dau||6||St Lukes|
|Maria Mildenhall||servt||unm||28||servant (domestic)||Bethnal Green|
In the last quarter of 1873 Amelia's mother (Amelia) died.
On the 5th July 1875 Amelia married Charles Alfred Cooper at Holloway Congregational Church (Charles Alfred Cooper, 23, batchelor, brewers agent, 20 Tyndale place, father George Cooper (deceased), Independent:: Amelia Wiedhofft, 25, spinster, 20 Tyndale Place, father Frederick Augustus Wiedhofft, furrier. Witnesses Mary Wiedhofft & Harry C Cooper)
Amelia's father remarried about 6 months later. 5 July 1875.
Our next piece of information is taken from the 1881 census which gives us the birth in about 1877 of daughter Louisa Cooper and son George Cooper in about 1879. We now know from descendant Chris Cooper that Louisa Mary was born on the 19th October 1877 (probably Edmonton 3a 259) and George on the 19th October 1879 (probably Barnet 3a 187).
|1881 Census White Hart, Little Stanmore, Middlesex RG11 Piece 1360 Folio 31 Page 10|
|Charles A. COOPER||Head||M||28||M||Accountants Clerk||London St Marys,|
|Amelia COOPER||Wife||M||30||F||Pentonville, Middlesex|
|Harry C. COOPER||Brother||M||24||M||Auctioneer Clerk||Totteridge, Hertford|
|Jessie COOPER||Sister In Law||M||21||F||London Islington,|
|Susan PARKER||Servant||U||14||F||Domestic Servant||London Edgware|
My guess is that Little Stanmore was split into areas starting at their local pub as White Hart has 3 uninhabited houses along with a goodly population including three police constables and their families (Alfred Lashmore impressed me as a name for a policeman) The following area is Jolly Dealer followed by Chandos Arms. Stanmore is the present day area of Heathrow Airport, I bet it was much quieter then! Also at this residence was Charles's brother Harry C and his wife Jessie. (As a little aside at this point - Jessie was the daughter of Frederick Augustus Wiedhofft's second wife from her first marriage (Amelia's step-sister?). Unfortunately Harry was to die before 1891 when their son Roland Edgar was just 10 months old. As yet unresearched but it seems that Jessie was to pass away within the next few years, and the care of young Roland passed to Jessie's half sister Emma (Wiedhofft) and her husband William Wright-Smith. He was to travel to India with his new family and studied botany and horticulture in Calcutta. In 1934 he was to follow his uncle as curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. School admissions record shows Edwin Wiedhofft born 3-6-1890 real name Cooper living with grandmother Mrs Wiedhofft 48 Hawksely Rd.)
1881 would have been a sad time for the family as their twins Jessie Amelia and Annie Cleo were to die at birth.
Charles, Amelia and their children emigrated to Australia on 10 September 1885 onboard the SS. Ionic arriving in Hobart 24 October. They arrived in Melbourne on 27 October after travelling by train to Launceston where they caught a small steamer to cross Bass Straight. Read the fascinating diary entries of the voyage from London to Melbourne kept by Charles (note: Charles' parents and older siblings travelled to Australia in 1841 and returned to England in 1851 Read the diary entries of their return to England (pdf).
On the 22nd January 1887 their first "Australian" Frederick Alston Cooper was born, I assume in the Melbourne area, Victoria where Charles had set up his office as a chartered accountant.
Another son Robert Hawthorn Cooper was born on the 17th December 1890
Back in England Amelia's father Frederick Augustus died on the 28th December 1891.
They were blessed with the birth of a daughter Ethel Janet Cooper on the 29th January 1893.