Five Coker sisters baptised the same day

In family research, odd events draw your attention. Run-of-the-mill births, deaths, and marriages are what you would expect to find. But it’s the unexpected that gets you thinking as to what happened at the time that led several people in the same family to get...

Ellen Jessie Coker – caught up in bigamy

You know those English period dramas where an unsuspecting young lady becomes besotted by an older man, falls pregnant, gets married and then discovers that he already has a wife? If you think such tales are solely from the fertile imagination of a writer, think...

Jessie Elizabeth Coker – a genealogical study

Tracing the life of Jessie Elizabeth Coker, the daughter William Frederick Coker and Elizabeth Jane Mead, highlights for me the essence of doing genealogy. Jessie Coker wasn’t a difficult person to identify in the records but it was the records of those with...