1841 Census

In 1841, the Cowper family are living in Manor House. James Cowper was baptized James Cooper, son of James and Ann (nee Metcalfe), at Redmire on 29 January 1801. On 19th July 1829 he married Alice Hutchinson, the daughter of Anthony and Elizabeth (nee Horner). Alice was baptized 7 December 1806 in Redmire.

Name Age Occupation Birthplace
COWPER James 40 Joiner Yks
COWPER Alice 35 Yks
COWPER James 11 Yks
COWPER Ann 6 Yks
COWPER William 5 Yks
COWPER Isabella 2 Yks
SCOTT Margaret 20 F.Servant Yks

James and Alice had 7 children by 1841, baptized in Redmire, 3 of whom died young:

1851 Census

By 1851, James had expanded his occupation to include timber merchant and farmer:

Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
COWPER James Head 50 Joiner and Timber Merchant employing 1 journeyman, Farmer 58 acres Redmire
COWPER Alice Wife 45 Redmire
COWPER James Son 21 Joiner Redmire
COWPER William Son 14 Scholar Redmire
COWPER Isabella Daughter 11 Redmire
COWPER Alice Daughter 9 Redmire
COWPER Elizabeth M. Daughter 6 Redmire
COWPER Thomas Son 4 Redmire
DUNN Jane Servant 19 House Servant Leeds

James and Alice had 3 more children between 1841 and 1851, all baptized in Redmire:

Another Cowper family also appears on the 1851 census:

Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
COWPER Joseph Head 62 Joiner Redmire
COWPER Nanny Wife 54 Aysgarth Parish
WALLER Thomas Son 16 Aysgarth Parish

Joseph Cowper was baptized 15 February 1789 in Redmire, an elder brother of the above James. Joseph married Jane Dinsdale on 23 March 1811, and had two children: William, baptized 19 December 1813; and Isaac Dinsdale, baptized 7 May 1820. Jane died in 1822 and was buried in Redmire on 6 July 1822.

Joseph later remarried to Nancy, formerly the wife of Richard Waller. Nancy (Nanny) was born Nancy Pachard, and married Richard Waller 18 March 1817 in Aysgarth. For details on Thomas, see *.

1861 Census

Joseph and Nanny are the only Cowpers left in 1861.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
COWPER Joseph Head, Married 72 Farmer 15 acres, Proprietor Redmire
COWPER Nanny Wife, Married 64 Bishopdale
WALLER Thomas Son-in-law, Unmarried 27 Agricultural Labourer Walden

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