Yet to be summarised.
Parents and family
Her Birth Certificate gives her parents as George
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
Ivy Minnie Elizabeth COOK.
George COOK, Stationary Engine Driver. Mother
formerly Lloyd. Registered by Harriet COOK Mother 3 Jupp Road Stratford
Sep Quarter 1896, 4a 18.
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,
- Florence COOK, Daur, S, 16, Fancy Worker,Worker ,
- George COOK, Son, S, 14, Printer's Boy, Worker, Stratford,
- Ivy COOK, Daur, , 4,
, , Stratford, Essex
- Daisy COOK, Daur, , 3, , , Stratford,
- Harriet WAYLETT, Mother, Wid[ow], 57, Charwoman, Employed,
London, St Botolphs
Family tradition holds that she had a sister who lived at Stratford and
her name began with E, possibly Elsie.
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, , ,
- George Abram Josiah COOK, Son, 24, Single, Compositor, , West Ham, Essex
- Florence Emily Priscilla COOK, Daughter, 26, Single, Cosaque Maker Confectionary, , West
- Ivy Minnie Elizabeth COOK, Daughter, 14, , Prize Packet Maker '', , Stratford,
West Ham, Essex
- Daisy Ethel May COOK, Daughter, 13, , school, , Stratford, West Ham,
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
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
to Arthur Leslie Clark
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
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
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 that’s 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). 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
one son, Derek [A. E.?] PARSLEY who was born in 1930. According to Roy Kirby, she left her
husband Arthur to bring up his
step-son [presumably Derek].
Descendants and notable relations
Not available outside the family.