Althea COOPER of Framlingham relict of Abraham who fell in the American War

Whilst carrying out some research on the British Newspaper Archive website today I was interested to find this death notice in the Ipswich Journal from Tuesday 26th November 1872 for an Althea COOPER and the mention of Abraham COOPER who fell in the American War.

The Ipswich Journal 26 November 1872

Althea was the daughter of Mr Constantine WOOLNOUGH a Plumber of Framlingham.

I have now found Althea COOPER a widow and a United States Pensioner aged 46 in the 1871 census records living at number 9 Fore Street in Framlingham with her son Lindsay C COOPER aged 9 who was born in Ohio in the USA.

1871 Census Althea COOPER

Source Citation – Class: RG10; Piece: 1762; Folio: 4; Page: 1; GSU roll: 830789

Source Information – 1871 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.

There are many old photographs of Framlingham in Suffolk on the Historical Photo Archive website at

I have then found a Military record for Abraham COOPER in Ohio showing his enlistment date of 3rd September 1864 withy the 9th U.S Heavy Colored Artillery – he is aged 23 and his occupation is given as a Barber.

US Troops Military History 3 9 1864

Source Citation -The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served with the United States Colored Troops: Artillery Organizations; Microfilm Serial: M1818; Microfilm Roll: 155

Source Information – U.S., Colored Troops Military Service Records, 1863-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.

I need to some more research to see if they married in the UK or the USA and I wonder how they met!

Simon Last

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