The Richards / Coupe connection

This purpose of this chapter is to reveal my research concerning Barbara Sarah Coup aged 17 years who married Mark Richards, aged 20 years, on the 7 May 1865, at Alfreton Parish Church..

To date, I cannot find either a civil registration or baptism for a Sarah Barbara Coup(e), but I have found Barbara Sarah Coup.   Her certified copy birth certificate issued by the General Register Office, records Barbara Sarah Coup, born 11 July 1850 at Pleasley Hill in the parish of Mansfield, County of Nottingham.  Her father is recorded as Henry Coup, a labourer and her mother as Ann Coup formerly Hill.  Her mother registered the birth on the 13 August 1850 and told the Registrar that her residence was Pleasley Hill, parish of Mansfiled.  The name of the Registrar is not clear on the certificate.

Barbara Sarah Coup was baptised on the 11 May 1851 at Pleasley Parish Church, father Henry Coup.  Entry states aged 10 months.

There is no doubt in my mind that Barbara Sarah Coup and Barbara Sarah Coup are one and the same person.  At the time of her marriage to Mark Richards, she has changed her christian names around and clearly given a wrong age at marriage.  She was under 15 years old.  Was this done to hide her correct identity?

Mark Richards, the groom remarried in 1870, and was stated to be a widower.  I cannot find a death for Sarah Barbara Richards or a Barbara Sarah Richards, either in the civil registration indexes or parish registers.

Where did she die and where is she buried?

My research reveals:
Henry Coup bapt. 17 December 1826 at Pleasley Parish Church to Thomas and Mary Coup.

Henry Coup married Ann Hill on the 6 August 1849 at Pleasley Parish Church

Barbara Sarah Coup bapt. 11 May 1851 at Pleasley Parish Church.  above parents. Entry states aged 10 months.

Hannah Coup bapt. 20 June 1851 at Pleasley Parish Church.  above parents.
1850 July/Aug./Sept..  Pleasley Hill, Nottinghamshire.
Barbara Sarah Coup was born the daughter of Henry Coupe and his wife Ann.
1851 4 April.  Pleasley Hill, Nottinghamshire.
The census reveals Barbara Sarah Coupe aged 8 months is living with her parents.
(Ref.RG10   Piece 2124  Folio 351  page 15) number 39 on schedule.
Mansfield Registration District, Civil parish of Pleasley.
.
Name of Street
Road, no.of house
Name & Surname
at 4 April 1851
Relation to
Head Family
Condition Age
Yrs
M/F Occupation Where Born
Pleasley Hill. Henry Coupe Head Marr. 23 M Labourer. Pleasley, Derbys.
" " Ann Coupe Wife Marr. 22 M -- Tibshelf, Derbys.
" " Barbra Sarah Coupe Dau. Unmarr. 8 months F - Pleasley Hill, Notts.
1851 11 May 1851 at Pleasley Parish Church, Derbyshire.
Barbara Sarah Coup was baptised, father Henry Coup.  Entry states aged 10 months.
1861 13 April.  Calow Lane, Hasland, Derbyshire.
The census reveals Barbara Sarah Coupe is living with her parents and family.
(Ref.RG9  Piece 2531  Folio 24  page 42) number 236 on schedule.
Chesterfield Registration District, Ecclesiastical parish of St. Pauls Church, Civil parish of Hasland.
Name of Street
Road, no.of house
Name & Surname
at 30 March 1851
Relation to
Head Family
Condition Age
Yrs
M/F Occupation Where Born
Calow Lane, Hasland.
Henry Coupe Head Marr. 31 M Furnace Lab. Pleasley, Derbys.
- - Ann Coupe Wife Marr. 31 F - Tibshelf, Derbys.
- - Barbara Sarah Coupe Dau. Unmarr. 10 F Scholar Pleasley Hill, Notts.
- - Hannah Coupe Dau. Unmarr. 8 F ? Tibshelf, Derbys.
- - Arthur Coupe Son Unmarr. 7 M ? Pleasley, Derbys.
- - Alexander Coupe Son Unmarr. 4 M - Hasland, Derbys.
- - Mary Coupe Dau. Unmarr. 11 mths F - Hasland, Derbys.

1865 7 May.  Alfreton Parish Church, Derbyshire.
On the 7 May 1865, Mark Richards, aged 20 years, a Bachelor and a Miner of Somercotes married Sarah Barbara Coupe aged 17 years, a Spinster also of Somercotes.  The marriage was at Alfreton Parish Church, after Banns called.  Both made their "marks".  Their witnesses were Henry Richards, the grooms brother and Catharine Richards, his niece, both of whom made their "marks".

The father of Sarah Barbara Coupe was Henry Coupe, a Coal Miner.  I suspect the bride may have been pregnant!

Mark Richards, the groom remarried in 1870, and was stated to be a widower.  I cannot find a death for Sarah Barbara Richards either in the civil registration indexes or parish registers.

Where did she die and where is she buried?

1871 Date.  3, Brick Yard, Hasland, Derbyshire.
The census reveals Henry Coupe, his wife Ann and their children living at this address.
(Ref.RG10  Piece 3613  Folio 42  page 16) - number 73 on schedule.
Chesterfield Registration District, Ecclesiastical parish of St. Pauls Church, Civil parish of Hasland.
Name of Street
Road, no.of house
Name & Surname Relation
to Head Family
Cond'n Age
Yrs
M/F Occupation Where Born Comment
3, Brick Yard,
Hasland.
Henry Coupe Head Marr. 44 M Unable to work blindness Pleasley,Derbys. Blind from infancy
3, Brick Yard. Ann Coupe Wife Marr. 43 F - - Tibshelf,Derbys. -
" " Arthur Coupe Son Unm. 17 M Coal miner Pleasley,Derbys. -
" " Mary Coupe Dau. Unm. 11 F Scholar Hasland,Derbys -
" " Anne Coupe Dau. Unm. 1 F - Hasland,Derbys -
1881 Date.  2, Brick Yard, Hasland, Derbyshire.
The census reveals Henry Coupe, his wife Ann and their children living at this address.
(Ref.RG11  Piece 3434  Folio 102  page 26) - number ? on schedule.
Chesterfield Registration District, Ecclesiastical parish of St. Pauls Church, Civil parish of Hasland.
Name of Street
Road, no.of house
Name & Surname Relation to
Head Family
Condition Age
Yrs
M/F Occupation Where Born
2, Brick Yard,
Hasland.
Henry Coupe Head Marr. 53 M Formerly Labourer Iron Works
Blind
Pleasley, Derbys.
2, Brick Yard. Ann Coupe Wife Marr. 52 F - - Tibshelf, Derbys.
" " Arthur Coupe Son Unm. 26 M Coal miner Pleasley, Derbys.
" " Anne Coupe Dau. Unm. 11 F Scholar Hasland, Derbys.
" " Tom Coupe Son Unm. 3 M - Hasland, Derbys.
1891 Date.  Rices Brick Yard, Grassmoor Road. Hasland, Derbyshire.
The census reveals Henry Coupe is living with his wife and family.
(Ref.RG12  Piece 2763  Folio 98  page 30) number 158 on schedule.
Chesterfield Registration District, Ecclesiastical parish of St. Pauls Church, Civil parish of Hasland.
Name of Street
Road, no.of house
Name & Surname Relation to
Head Family
Condition Age
Yrs
M/F Occupation Where Born
Rices Brick Yard Henry Coup Head Marr. 65 M Blind Pleasley, Derbys.
- - Ann Coup Wife Marr. 62 F - Tibshelf, Derbys.
- - Annie Turley Dau. Marr. 21 F - Hasland, Derbys.
- - John Thos. Turley Son in law Marr. 23 M Railway Engine Fireman Uttoxeter, Staffs.
- - Horace Turley Gr.son Unmarr. 6 wks. M - Hasland, Derbys.
- - Arthur Omar Gr.son Unmarr. 10 M Scholar Hasland, Derbys.

Henry Coup, and his wife Ann Coup formerly Hill do not appear on the 1901 census.  Quite simply they have died.  However their married daughter Annie Turley, husband John T. Turley and family live on Kent Street, Hasland near Chesterfield.

The Richards / Coupe connection


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Created 17 April 2008
Last updated: 22 January 2010