The Cheeper Tree – Lower
This page draws primarily from work by Geoff
Clarke and Anne Kratzmann.
This page presents primarily
what is known about the lower line of Cheepers (c. 1800-1850). Separate
pages provide information about the upper Cheeper
line (to c. 1780), and the
middle Cheeper line (c. 1780-1800).
The line relevant to this web-site is child 8.
Note that entries include Cheeper, Chipper, Chippar and Cheaper (the last
as late as April 1911!).
The page finishes with a note on the many Anthonys in the Cheeper line.
Anthony Jacques Cheeper (1802/03-37)
b. between 9 Apr 1802 and 8 Apr 1803, but where? London? [That was based on
d. 8 Apr 1837, aged 34]
Actually b. 23 Jun 1802, according to Liz Nathan and
Sheila's (and probably Liz's as well) is based on a
This also has him baptised on 19 Dec 1807 at St Nicholas' in Yarmouth.
at 22, he's in the London Trade Directory, as a draper and hosier, at 12,
That's in Southwark, 2
miles east of Tower Bridge on the southern side of the Thames.
In 1824, he was a Freeman
of the City of London (at the time, still the qualification to vote)
– a right he acquired by birth, because his father was so qualified – and
qualified to serve on
a jury (West Division, Rotherhithe St; bottom right of page).
Bokenham, 19 Oct 1825, in Southwold
Jane was b. 7 May 1805 in Southwold
A separate page has information about the
well-established Bokenham family.
Anthony is shown on the marriage certificate
as being of St Michael's, Coventry.
From a family perspective:
Children 1-8 were b. 1825-35, most of them baptised at St Michael's, Coventry.
But they were a very sickly lot. Only 3/8 survived beyond the age of 1 (2/2
females and 1/6 males). Anthony junior was their 8th and last child in 12
years of marriage,
and the only surviving son.
So, during the period 1825 to 1835, Anthony senior appears to have
shuttled between at least Coventry in the Midlands and Southwold in Suffolk,
but possibly also North London. And Anthony's wife, Jane, and the
early, sickly children shuttled at least between Coventry and Southwold.
And this was in an era before trains, let alone decent roads and road transport
than horses. No evidence exists of any other Cheeper who could be confounding
From a financial perspective:
In 1826, aged 23, Anthony is on the
'suitor's list' of heads of household in Coventry. And an
Anthony Jacques Cheeper is recorded in the Pigots Trades Directory for
1825/26 in Rotherhithe (East London). This might have been the oldest
Anthony, 1758-41, at age 67/68, or the son Anthony Jacques, 1802-1837;
but the son would have been only 23/24.
In 1828 and 1829, the
Coventry Trade Directory shows Anthony as a ribbon manufacturer, in Park
St. He remains active in the trade into the
The firm Cheeper, Watson & Jackson
is visible in the Directories
for 1835, and in those for 1839 and 1846. Anthony Jacques senior
was only 33 in 1835, yet the Cheeper name appears first in the partnership.
So perhaps the Anthony of 1758-1841 founded the firm. Anthony Jacques
is also on the 1834 Voter's
List in Coventry (but not on that for 1826).
In 1837-46, the firm of Cheeper, Watson & Jackson in evident in the
London Trade Directory, as a silk and ribbon warehouse at 20 Wood St
36 Wood St.
Anthony d. 8 Apr 1837, aged 34, at 32, Myddleton
Square, London. His death was noted in the Coventry Herald of 14 April 1837.
in All Soul's Cemetery on 16 April 1837. If that's the
one at Kensal Green in the West End, which had opened only in 1833,
then it was a prestigious resting-place.
Anthony signed a standard will 8 months before he died, leaving
everything to Jane.
The executors were Jane and William Bokenham, Jane's brother.
This was despite Anthony having a brother, Christopher. However, Christopher's
date of birth and profession are unclear and he was unmarried at the time. Moreover,
a significant part of Anthony's estate may have derived from his marriage.
Jane remarried Charles Teakle, 28 Feb 1839
A separate page has some information about the
Jane d. 1852 (so aged 47), Islington
- Anthony William Cheeper (1828-1828)
chr. 22 Feb 1828, St Michaels, Coventry
d. 1828, so aged <1, Southwold, Suffolk?
- Thomas Bokenham Cheeper (1829-1829)
chr. 1 Jun 1829, St Michael's Coventry
T.B. was Jane's father's name
d. 29 Aug? 1829, so aged <1, Southwold, Suffolk
- Anthony Cheeper (1830-1830)
second attempt at an Anthony
chr. 30 Jun 1830, St Michael's, Coventry
bur. 17 Aug? 1830, so aged <1, St Michael's, Coventry
- William Cheeper (1831-1831)
chr. 4 Aug 1831, St Michael's, Coventry
bur. 13 Aug 1831, so aged days, St Michael's, Coventry
- Jane Cheeper (1833-1866?), the first to survive her early
b. 1833, Southwold Suffolk
In the 1841 Census, aged 9, she was in a school in
Canonbury Place, Islington
In the 1851 Census, aged 18, Jane 'Chacker' was in her step-father's
m. Wm Bokenham SPICER, 8 Aug 1857, in Edmonton? or in Cheshunt, Herts?
Wm B appears to be the son of Simon Spicer and Mary Ann BOKENHAM,
was Jane's sister (see entry in James Maggs
Diary in 1825), aged 30 (to Jane's 24/25)
Simon and Mary Ann had a son and a daughter
Mary Ann died in 1828
Simon then married Ann GEORGE
http://www.familysearch.org gives the two children as:
Sarah Elizabeth SPICER christening 16th October,
1825 Southwold, Suffolk
Wm B SPICER, b. Southwold, chr'ing 27th Sept
1827, Suffolk County Bts, Suffolk
There is no evidence of any children
Jane d. <1871, because in the 1871 census Wm is a lodger
Possibly June Qtr 1866, 33 Edmonton 3a 110, when she would have been
- Ellen Cheeper (1834-?1908), the second to
chr. 7 May 1834, St Michael’s, Coventry
In the 1841 Census, aged 7, she was in a school in Canonbury Place, Islington
In the 1851 Census, aged 16, Ellen 'Chacker' was in her step-father's
m. Thomas Bentick RICHARDSON (1832/33-1893)
Mar Qtr 1860 Islington 1b 313
Thomas was b. 1832/33, in Salisbury, so aged 28 at marriage.
Anne notes that the (mad) Duke of Portland was a Bentinck.
(And Anthony tried to sell to him in 1872).
Two of Thomas' older brothers were Professors of Music at a young age.
One of those was assistant organist at Salisbury Cathedral 1845-63, and Organist from 1863,
whereupon Thomas (briefly?) became assistant organist?
Anne thinks their father was John, a Grocer!
(from the 1841 census). No mother mentioned.
If so, where did the music come from??
From Ellen and Thomas' children's birth certificates, it appears they lived
in Preston 1861-64.
(That could have been far-away Preston Lancs, or Preston St Mary, 20 miles
south of Bury St Edmonds).
They moved to Bury St
Edmonds about Easter 1864, where Thomas, aged c.32, became
St Mary's (the third largest parish church in
England), until his death 29 years later.
Thomas filed a debtor's petition in 26 Nov 1870 in Bury St Edmunds.
But they had 2 servants in each of the 1881 and 1891 Census entries.
In the 1881 census Thomas is a teacher of music, and in 1891 a Professor
He was very active in the musical community, and a Mason.
They had 6 daughters (2 pre-deceasing
him), and 2 sons.
Ellen had children right up to the age of 46 in early 1881!?
Thomas d. suddenly, 13 April 1893, Churchgate House, aged 61 – Bury
St. E. 4a 396
The Bury Free Press published details
of his life on 15 Apr 1893, and the funeral details on 22 Apr 1893.
It further reported on 4 Jul 1893 on funds
raised for a Memorial.
Finally, on 16 Dec 1893, it reported that
a brass tablet was installed in the south chancel.
Ellen d. most likely Jun 1908, so aged 74 – 72 Newmarket 3b
294 (other possibilities 1910 and 1912)
- Ida Ring Richardson (1861-1894)
b. Sep qtr 1861, Preston Lancs – Preston 8e 501
In 1881, aged
19 and a Teacher
In 1891, she is 28 and a Professor of music!
d. Mar qtr 1884 – 22 Bury St. E. 4a 369
- Kate Guilda Richardson (1862-1950)
b. Sep qtr 1862, Preston Lancs – Preston 8e 516
In 1881, aged 18
Kate became a Professor of Dance
m. Jun qtr 1893 – Portsea 2b 987
m. Frank Alston BULLOCK
Frank was b. Jun qtr 1863 – Thingoe 4a 481 (Bury
Portsea, is the inner harbour of Portsmouth
They appear to have been in Portsmouth at least 1893-1901, but moved to London in 1902?
Kate probably never knew she had a 30-years-younger first cousin,
Willie Tony Clarke, b. 1892.
Willie Tony was the
23rd child of Kate's uncle, Ellen's younger brother
Anthony Jacques Cheeper.
W.T. arrived in Portsmouth c. 1915 and married into the Haskins who'd been
there since c. 1890.
Anne imagines Kate ran a Dance
School in London (or Portsmouth/Southampton?) until retirement.
Frank d. Mar 1929
qtr, so aged c. 66 – 65 Hackney 1b 921
Frank was shown as a retired engineer b Chedburgh, Suffolk (6 miles SW
of Bury St Edmunds).
Kate d. Sep qtr 1950, so aged c. 88 – 88 Exmoor 7c 109
- Guilda Beryl A Bullock (1901-1902)
b. Jun qtr 1901 – Portsmouth 2b 509
d. Sep qtr 1902, so aged 1 – 1 Holborn 1b 344
- Amy Cheeper Richardson (1864-1944)
b. Mar qtr 1864 – Preston 8e 477
Amy became a Professor of Music and music teacher in Bury
She is mentioned in the articles about her father Thomas’s
death in 1893.
She remained unmarried and had no children.
d. Sep qtr 1944, aged 80 – Kensington 1a 109
- Ellen Bockenham Richardson (1865->1904)
b. Dec qtr 1865 – Bury
St. E. 4a 450
In the 1881 Census aged 15
m. Herbert ARUNDEL Sep qtr 1895 – Bury St. E. 4a
b. Sep qtr 1867 (hence almost 2 years younger) – Pontefract
9c 81 (near Leeds)
4 children in Huddersfield 1899-1904
The family appears to have moved to Scotland between 1904 and 1911
- Charles Mendelsohn Richardson (1869-1916)
b. Jun qtr 1869, Bury St Edmonds Suffolk – Bury St. E. 4a 471
There's no evidence of Jewish connections, so presumably named after the composer (1809-1847).
In the 1881 Census aged 12
m. Mar qtr 1901
m. Edith Selina Mears – Islington 1b 215
In the 1911 Census, Charles is a night watchman
at his place of work, and Edith is in a house with
4 other occupants of various occupations, apparently a rooming
none for chn.
Charles d. Dec qtr 1916 – 47 Hackney 1b 479
Edith d. Mar qtr 1948 – 71 Chelsea 5c 336
- Edith Maude Richardson (1870->1901)
b. Dec qtr 1870 – Bury St. E. 4a 477
In 1891 census.
Mentioned in death notices of Thomas,
her father, in 1893.
In 1901 census, visiting her cousin Ellen
Cheeper-Underwood (Anthony's 5th), at Kings Lynn.
This is the only knowledge we have of contact between
this family and any of Anthony's children
Occupation given as vocalist (continuing the Richardson musical
strand of the family).
No evidence yet found in the 1911 Census, marriage or death registers.
- Mabel Jane A Richardson (1874-1891)
b. Dec qtr 1874, Bury St Edmonds Suffolk – Bury St. E.
In the 1881 Census, aged 6
d. Mar qtr 1891, aged 16 – 16 Bury St. E. 4a 479
- Arthur Reginald Richardson (1881->1911)
b. Jun qtr 1881, Bury St Edmonds Suffolk – Bury St. E
In 1881 census, aged
1 month – suggesting a birthdate of early March, and
m. Sep qtr 1903, Gertrude Plummer – Coventry
Gertrude was b. Dec qtr 1884 – Newmarket 3b 531, so
18 years old when married
Gertrude's parents were James Plummer,
a Groom, and Sarah Ann Schooling
They were m. Mar qtr 1878 – Newmarket 3b 691. They
had 9 children
In 1911, Arthur was in S Africa, shown as Married - a Joiner and
In 1911, Gertrude Richardson is living in a household
in Hampshire as a servant with her sister Freda Plummer 17
servant, to a 63yo widower landowner and JP. Anne's assumption
is that she was working there while Arthur joined the forces
The entry says marr 7 years with 2 children still alive, but they
are not in the household.
Florence and Gertrude Richardson living
in Newmarket with their grandparents Plummer.
Apart from a further birth entry, Anne's found no further reliable
- Florence May Richardson (1904->1911)
b. Jun qtr 1904 – Birmingham 6d 41
- Gertrude Mary Richardson (1909->1911)
b. Mar qtr 1911 – W. Derby 8b 691
- Arthur T(homas?) Plummer Richardson (1919-?)
b. Dec qtr 1919 – Bury St. E. 4a 1852
- Anthony Cheeper (1835-1835?)
third attempt at an Anthony
chr. Oct 1835,
St Michael's, Coventry
- Anthony Jacques Cheeper (1837-1918) – the 4th Anthony,
the sole surviving male
b. 27 Sep 1837, at 32
Myddleton Square, Pentonville, North London, north of
Kings Cross, near The Angel tube station).
His birth was registered
on 23 Feb 1838.
He was "the only male Cheeper of his generation in the
Here is a description of AJC's fairly extraordinary
m1. Catherine Spilsbury – producing 10
children, as Cheeper
m2. Mary Wanless – producing 3
children, as Clarke
m3. Emma Terry – producing 4 children,
m4. Kate Davidge – producing 11
children, as Clarke – Anne's and my line
m5. Amy Clark – producing 6
children, as Clarke (but
briefly as Cheeper, in 1910-11)
The Name Anthony in the Cheeper / Clarke / Bail Line
The name Anthony began with Edward's son in 1758,
and has occurred (continuously) across 8 generations and 250 years,
until the present. There have frequently been 3 alive at the same time. For
18 months in 2009-10, there were 4:
- Anthony Chipper/Cheeper 1758-1841
- Anthony Jacques Cheeper, 1802-1837
- Anthony Jacques Cheeper / Anthony Clarke, 1837-1918
- Willie Tony Clarke / William Anthony Clarke, 1892-1955
- Edward Anthony (Tony) Clarke, b. 1919
- Roger Anthony Clarke, b. 1949
- Russell Anthony (Whiteman Spinaze) Clarke,
(Russell was understood at the time of his naming to be the fifth in
- Troy Anthony Bail b. 2009 – who is the son of Roger's daughter Kasia
(Troy was known at the time of his naming to be the eighth in succession)
On the other hand:
- Anthony Jacques Cheeper (1802-1837) had 3 failed Anthonys before his 8th
- 1. Anthony William Cheeper died in infancy (1828-1828)
- 3. Anthony Cheeper died in infancy (1830-1830)
- 7. Anthony Cheeper died in infancy (1835-1835?)
- 8. Anthony Jacques Cheeper (1837-1918) survived and produced
two of his own
- Anthony Jacques Cheeper (1837-1918) had two successes, but also
We're missing a lot of information; and we'd love to
This a page within Roger
Clarke's Family Web-Site
Contact: Roger Clarke and/or Anne
Created: 21 October 2005; Last Amended: 9 November 2009, 22
Mar 2014, 21 Apr 2014 (AJCh Senior's birth), 9 Jan 2016 (AJCh Senior's Will),
24 Feb 2016 (jury-qualified), 8 Mar 2016 (Anne's deep research on child 6,
Ellen and her family), 29 December 2017