Ivy Minnie Elizabeth Cook born 1896 in Stratford

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Ivy Minnie Elizabeth Cook


Yet to be summarised.

Parents and family

Her Birth Certificate gives her parents as George COOK, Stationary Engine Driver, and Harriet COOK (formerly LLOYD)


Ivy was born on 1 Jul 1896 in the family home at 3 Jupp Road, Stratford, Essex. The details on the birth certificate are: 
Ivy Minnie Elizabeth COOK. Father George COOK, Stationary Engine Driver. Mother Harriet COOK formerly Lloyd. Registered by Harriet COOK Mother 3 Jupp Road Stratford
West Ham Sep Quarter 1896, 4a 18.

Ivy was Christened on 30 Aug 1896, at St John's, Stratford. Daughter of George and Harriet Cook.

Childhood and education

On the 1901 Census she is still at 3 Jupp Road, then part of West Ham, Essex. At which time the family comprised -
Family tradition holds that she had a sister who lived at Stratford and her name began with E, possibly Elsie.

The 1911 Census lists the family at 18 Tavistock Road, Stratford, a small two-storey Victorian terraced cottage, that still seems to be there
The word "Confectionary" and the ditto below it are both added in a different pen and appear to be later additions by someone tasked with classifying these occupations. According to a post on RootsWeb by Stanmapstone@aol.com (dated 07 Sep 2002),  "A Cosaque Maker made Christmas Crackers. They prepared the cracker by laying the outside paper, lining and snap in order, inserted the toy in the tube, folded the paper cracker round the tube and gummed the paper, then made the wrist at both ends of the cracker with string, removing the tube in the process, then packed the crackers in boxes." The Feb 21 1887 supplement to the London Gazette lists a Cosaque Maker called A. Caspari at "6 Worship-street, E.C.", just 3 miles from Stratford, though he may not have been the only one. A Prize Packet Maker probably made up the packets, containing sweets and/or small gifts, for use in lucky dip selections.



Marriage to Reginald Harold Kirby

On the 6 Sep 1924 she married Reginald Kirby, the story of their life together is continued in the biography of Reginald Harold KIRBY

Marriage to Arthur Leslie Clark

In 1930 she lost her husband Reginald KIRBY and on 4 Jun 1932 she married again, to Arthur Leslie CLARK. The Marriage certificate gives -
Arthur Leslie CLARK, 30 years, bachelor, Gas Fitter, of 27 Adelaide Road, Leyton, father John [Fu?]l[m?]er CLARK (deceased), Caterer
Ivy Minnie Elizabeth KIRBY, 35 years, widow, no occupation, 1 Lansdowne Road, Leytonstone, father George COOK (deceased), Mechanical Engineer.
At the Register Office in West Ham.
Witnesses Harriet M COOK, A [H?] CLARK
There appears to be a third witness inserted between the normal two and hard to decipher, a [C G Th?**]ing

No children have been identified from this marriage.

Last Will and Testament

None available.


The death was registered as Ivy M E CLARK, aged 38 in the Dec Quarter 1934, in Stepney (ref 1c 185).


Ivy died on 9th Nov. 1934 and was buried on 15th Nov in the family grave at City of London Cemetery, Manor Park, near Ilford. An In Memorium card in the family archives reads:

In Ever Loving Memory
Ivy Minnie Elizabeth Clark,
(beloved wife of Arthur L. Clark).
Called to her heavenly home, 9th Nov., 1934.
Aged 38 Years.
Interred in Family Grave at City of London Cemetery, Ilford, 15th Nov.
We cannot. Lord, Thy purpose see.
But all is well thatís done by Thee;
We hope the change is for the best,
To live with Thee and be at rest.
F. Madley, Undertaker. 332 High Road, E.II.

In the September Quarter of 1935 Arthur Leslie CLARK re-married to Dorothy PARSLEY (nee WOOD), at St Luke's, Leyton, Essex. The registration is Arther L CLARK & Dorothy PARSLEY, Sep Q 1935, W.Ham 4a 267. Dorothy was the widow of Ernest Robert PARSLEY, whom she is believed to have had married in 1926 and who then died in 1931. He left here with one son, Derek [A. E.?] PARSLEY who was born in 1930.

Descendants and notable relations

Not available outside the family.

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