Cooknell, Mrs

Collection date: Sept 1922

Area: Oxfordshire


Mrs George Cooknell at Upper Wardington (1864-1928): 1 song ‘Cherry Tree Carol’ FT4914 on 17 Sept 1922: Another case of the woman being addressed by her husband’s initials or first name. This singer was in fact Mrs Fanny Cooknell. Sharp’s handwriting looks like ‘Cookwell’ but it’s definitely ‘Cooknell’:

Fanny Humphriss was baptised at Leamington Priors (Warwickshire) on 1/1/1865, youngest of 7 children of Thomas Humphriss, labourer and his wife Mary, a laundress. She married George Cooknell at Leamington in January qr 1891 (6d 830). They had a daughter Fanny and a son Wilfred. George tried his hand as a coal haulier in Leamington but after 10 years or so, the couple moved back to Wardington, George’s native village. George died in April 1928 and Fanny 7 weeks later on 28/5/1928.

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