Yet to be summarised.
Parents and family
Her Birth Certificate gives her parents as George
, 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:
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
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 -
- Harriet COOK, Head, Wid[ow], 37, Office Cleaner, Worker,
- Maud COOK, Daur, S[ingle], 17, Waitress, Worker, Stratford, Essex
- Florence COOK, Daur, S, 16, Fancy Worker,Worker , Stratford,
- George COOK, Son, S, 14, Printer's Boy, Worker, Stratford, Essex
- Ivy COOK, Daur, , 4, , , Stratford, Essex
- Daisy COOK, Daur, , 3, , , Stratford, Essex
- Harriet WAYLETT, Mother, Wid[ow], 57, Charwoman, Employed, London,
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
- Hettie Elizabeth COOK, Head, 47, Widowed, , , Whitechapel,
- George Abram Josiah COOK, Son, 24, Single, Compositor, ,
West Ham, Essex
- Florence Emily Priscilla COOK, Daughter, 26, Single, Cosaque Maker
Confectionary, , West Ham, Essex
- Ivy Minnie Elizabeth COOK, Daughter, 14, , Prize Packet Maker
'', , Stratford, West Ham, Essex
- Daisy Ethel May COOK, Daughter, 13, , school, ,
Stratford, West Ham, Essex
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
Reginald Harold KIRBY
Marriage to Arthur
In 1930 she lost her husband Reginald KIRBY and on 4 Jun 1932 she married
again, to Arthur Leslie CLARK. The Marriage certificate gives -
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
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:
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.