Mrs Grace COOK, née Baker (c.1800–1871)
St Mary Magdalen section, Row 4, Grave C57
TO THE MEMORY OF
WHO DIED … [JUNE 1871]
[AGED 71 YEARS]
Grace Baker was born at Thornbury, Gloucestershire in c.1800, and is probably the Grace Baker, daughter of William and Elizabeth Baker, who was baptised at Cromhall on 4 May 1800.
On 15 November 1824 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Grace Baker married John Cook, who was working as a groom in George Street: they were both then living in that parish. They had one son:
- William Cook (born in Oxford in 1825 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 15 November).
It appears that John Cook and Grace had separated by the time of the 1841 census when Grace (c.40) was working as a laundress and living in Observatory Street with her son William (15).
At the time of the 1851 census Grace (50) described herself as married, but was living alone in Oxford at 1 Farmer's Row, George Street and working as a laundress.
The situation was exactly the same in 1861.
By the time of the 1871 census Grace (71) described herself as a widow, and her address was given as 2 Farmer's Row: she was still working as a laundress. She died just two months after that census:
† Mrs Grace Cook née Baker died at Farmer's Row, George Street at the age of 71 in June 1871 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 14 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).