Tom Coupe (1851-1903)

A blog post in my series looking at the people and families that have a connection with my late-father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire.

Carrying on from my previous post, Tom Coupe inherited the land and property (marked in red below) from his mother Matilda.

Tom was baptised by his parents Matthew and Matilda on the 11th January 1852 at St Lawrence’s in North Wingfield, Derbyshire.1

In 1861, the family are living with Matilda’s father Thomas Coope in Pilsley. (Matilda Coope Cutts was baptised 26th November 1820 the illegitimate daughter of Elizabeth Cutts of Pilsley & Thomas Coope. She had married Matthew Cope in Belper 6th October 1851).2 & 3

In 1871 Tom is 21 and lodging with James and Mary Hays and their family and is working as a joiner.4

Tom married Sarah Ann Goodall in South Normanton on the 29th September 1873, he is still working as a joiner.5

Tom’s father Matthew, aged 54, died in June 1874 and was buried at St Lawrence, North Wingfield.6

In 1875 Tom and Sarah Ann had a daughter Matilda Cutts Coupe in Hucknall Torkard ( now just Hucknall), Nottinghamshire, followed by son Thomas in 1878.7

On the 25th February 1879, Tom’s grandfather, Thomas died at the age of 82 and is also buried at St Lawrence, North Wingfield.8

In the 1881 Census the family including their daughter Matilda are living on Bridge Street Pilsley, a few doors away from Matilda Coope Cutts. There’s no occupation noted for Tom, but the men above him are coal miners so I’d assume the same for him.9

In 1891 Tom is in Bridge Street, Pilsley, living with his wife Ann, son Tom 13 and daughter Mary aged 1, who had been born at the end of 1899. Tom Snr. is working as a coal miner whilst Tom Jnr. is a colliery pit boy.10

Tom and Sarah Ann’s daughter, Matilda Cutts, married William Henshaw in 1895 and settled in Pilsley.11

Tom’s mother Matilda Coope Cutts died in June 1898 at the age of 77 and is buried at St Mary’s Pilsley. Tom inherits the fields shown on the map above along with the house on Bridge Street and a further field just off Station Road.12

In 1901 the family are living in Bridge Street; Tom is now a farmer. His son Tom is a coal miner, Ann is at school. In August 1901 Tom Snr. suffered an assault by Alfred Hayes.13

The newspaper logo

After a Visit to the Clay Cross Flower Show
A Pilsley Man Assaulted
Tom Coupe, a Pilsley collier, had not a very pleasant journey home from the Clay Cross Flower Show. He told the Clay Cross Bench, last Wednesday, that he had been to the flower show with his wife, and they returned home through the fields. They sat down to light his pipe.
Albert Hayes, another Pilsley collier, coming the samje way, then came across the party, and looking at them said, “Who are these __
Withour further ado, it was alleged, Hayes knocked him over and struck him on the mouth. Coupe said he would summon him for that. Whereupon complainant said Hayes retorted he would give him something to summon him for, and he again illtreated him.
James Bacon was called by Coupe, and said he saw Hayes with his jacket off, and Coupe was bleeding from his mouth. In the lane Coupe was knocked in the hedge. Hayes used some bad language to Coupe’s wife. As far as he could see Coupe gave no provocation.
These formed the circumstances of an assault preferred against Hayes, who said when he came up to Coupe, the latter jumped up at once and struck him first.
Coupe again struck him and then Hayes returned the blows in self-defence.
George Johnson corroborated Hayes’ story, remarking that as soon as the latter asked who the party was Coupe jumped up and struck him.
Hayes was fined 5s and the costs amounted to £1 11s 9d

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 31 August 190114

On the 17th February 1902, Tom sold the fields 251 and 224 to William Thorpe.15

Tom Coupe died on the 5th June 1903 and was buried at Pilsley on the 7th Jun 1903. Probate was granted to his son, Tom, the following October.16 & 17


Sources

  1. Baptism; Derbyshire Record Office; Matlock, Derbyshire, England; Diocese: Diocese of Derby; Reference Number: D 1434 A/PI 5
  2. 1861 Census; Class: RG9; Piece: 2526; Folio: 64; Page: 8; GSU roll: 542984
  3. Marriage; Derbyshire Record Office; Matlock, Derbyshire, England; Diocese: Diocese of Derby; Reference Number: D 2609 A P/3/1
  4. 1871 Census; Class: RG10; Piece: 3607; Folio: 17; Page: 27; GSU roll: 839780
  5. Marriage; Derbyshire Record Office; Matlock, Derbyshire, England; Diocese: Diocese of Derby; Reference Number: d2277/A/PI/3/5
  6. Burial; Derbyshire Record Office; Matlock, Derbyshire, England; Diocese: Diocese of Derby; Reference Number: D 1434 A/PI 33
  7. Baptism; Derbyshire Record Office; Matlock, Derbyshire, England; Derbyshire Church of England Parish Registers; Diocese: Diocese of Derby; Reference Number: D 1434 A/PI 6
  8. Burial; Derbyshire Record Office; Matlock, Derbyshire, England; Diocese: Diocese of Derby; Reference Number: D 1434 A/PI 34
  9. 1881 Census; Class: RG11; Piece: 3428; Folio: 112; Page: 2; GSU roll: 1341820
  10. 1891 Census; Class: RG12; Piece: 2758; Folio: 108; Page: 2; GSU roll: 6097868
  11. Marriage; FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line].
  12. Burial; Derbyshire Record Office; Matlock, Derbyshire, England; Diocese: Diocese of Derby; Reference Number: D 1435 A/P14/1
  13. 1901 Census; Class: RG13; Piece: 3244; Folio: 5; Page: 2
  14. Newspaper Report; Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 31 August 1901 https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search/british-newspapers
  15. Land Sale; Conveyance Document between Hays & Hays April 1939
  16. Burial; Derbyshire Record Office; Matlock, Derbyshire, England; Diocese: Diocese of Derby; Reference Number: D 1435 4/2
  17. Probate; England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995

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