Harriet Ellis was the seventh child of John Ellis & Elizabeth Watson born c1837 at Pinxton, Derbyshire.
In 1841 Harriet & her 3 sisters & parents were living in Pinxton where their father John was a coal miner.
In 1851 Harriet was living with her parents & 2 sisters & 2 brothers at Greenwich, Ripley, Derbyshire.
On May 12th, 1856 Harriet married John Cook(e) at Ripley. John was born c1837 at Codnor Park, Derbyshire, the son of Elizabeth & John Cook, a labourer at the iron works.
In 1861 Harriet & John were living in Nottingham Rd, St Alkmund, Derbyshire & John was described as an iron moulder. They had 3 children – James (4), Mary (2) & Henry (3 months).
By 1871 the family were living at Hammersmith, Ripley & John was still an iron moulder. James & Mary were still at home.
Harriet & John were still living at Hammersmith in 1881 with a son Walter, aged 9. Living next door was son James, who was a labourer out of work, with his wife Elizabeth & 3 children – George Henry (5), Walter (2) & Mary Elizabeth (1 month).
In 1891 Harriet & John were both still at Hammersmith & John was still working as an iron moulder, as was son Walter. Son Walter was now married to Ellen (Hannah Ellen Wolvin) & they had a 2 month old son, John H.
They continued to live at Hammersmith, Ripley in 1901 & John was still listed as an iron moulder. With them was a granddaughter, Nellie (12). Son Walter & wife Ellen were now living next door with their family & Walter was still an iron moulder.
John died in July-September 1905, his death being registered at Belper.
In 1911 widowed Harriet was still living at Hammersmith with son Walter & wife Ellen. Walter & Ellen had had 13 children who were all living at home! Walter was still an iron moulder.
Harriet died in July-September 1914, her death being registered at Belper.
An obituary for son James mentions that he was a keen musician who played several intstruments. He was one of the first members of the Ripley Volunteer Band & a pioneer of band music at the Belper River Gardens. He was a toolsmith by trade & had served 50 years with the Butterley Co of Ripley. He left 5 sons & 5 daughters.
The children of Harriet Ellis & John Cook(e) were:
el.188.8.131.52 James Cooke born Oct-December 1856 at Ripley, Derbyshire; died August 2nd, 1936 at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary
el.184.108.40.206 Mary Cooke born April-June 1859 at Ripley, Derbyshire
el.220.127.116.11 Henry Cooke born Jan-March 1861 at St Alkmund, Derby; died April-June 1862 at Ripley, Derbyshire
el.18.104.22.168 Walter Cooke born July-September 1871 at Ripley; died 1949 at Ripley, Derbyshire