Thomas Cotes, Shoemaker.

Thomas Cotes was a Shoemaker doing shoe repairs and supplying shoes to the Paupers of Tettenhall and may be either Father or son as it is impossible to tell from the Paupers’ vouchers. However comparing the signatures off the marriage records with the one on the Paupers’ vouchers I think it is most likely to have been the elder Thomas. (See the bottom of the page.)

Thomas Cotes senior was born circa 1766 but so far I have been unable to identify his baptism. However he may have been the older brother of John Cotes the tailor.

There is a first marriage for Thomas Cotes, senior to Ann Smith on14 Oct 1787 at Tettenhall with the burial on 12 Apr 1791 of Ann Cotes wife of Thomas, at Tettenhall. However I have been unable to identify a marriage to Mary.

St. Michael and all Angles, Parish Records, Tettenhall have the following baptisms for the children of Thomas Cotes senior.

  1. 24 Mar 1799 Lucy d/o Thomas and Mary Cotes.
  2. 20 June 1801 Elizabeth d/o Thomas and Mary Cotes.
  3. 25 Dec 1802 Fanny d/o Thomas and Mary Cotes
  4. 21 Aug 1803 Mary Handley d/o Thomas and Mary Cotes. (Another entry says Mary Stanley Cotes)
  5. 13 Oct 1805 Thomas s/o Thomas and Mary Cotes
  6. 8 Jan 1809 Henry s/o Thomas and Mary Cotes.
  7. 14 Oct 1810 Sarah d/o Thomas and Mary Cotes
  8. 30 Jun 1811 Ann d/o Thomas and Mary Cotes
  9. 5 Aug 1812 Jane d/o Thomas and Mary Cotes
  10. 11 Sep 1814 Benjamin s/o Thomas and Mary Cotes


1841 Census HO107/998 folio 7

Address Upper Green, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton & Seisdon, Staffordshire,

Thomas           Cotes Age 75 Shoemaker  born Staffordshire

Mary                Cotes   Age 70                     born Staffordshire

Thomas           Cotes  age  35 Shoemaker born Staffordshire

Henry               Cotes  Age 30 Shoemaker   born Staffordshire

Benjamin         cotes  Age  25  Shoemaker  born Staffordshire


The Parish Records of St. Michael and all Angels record the burial of Thomas Cotes senior aged 83 on 29 May 1847. His wife Mary had predeceased him shortly before and was buried 5 March 1847.


Thomas Cotes Junior carried on the business.

1851 Census HO107/2017 folio 82

Address – Upper Green, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton,

Thomas           Cotes  Head age  45 Cordwainer born Tettenhall, Staffordshire

Henry               Cotes  Lodger Age 42  Cordwainer  born Tettenhall, Staffordshire

On 20 April 1854 Thomas Cotes junior married Caroline Powis a spinster at St. Michael and All Angels, Tettenhall. There is no record of any children.

1861 Census RG9/1984 folio 32

Address – Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Thomas           Cotes  Head age  55 Boot & Shoe maker  born Tettenhall, Staffordshire

Caroline           Cotes, wife age     57                                  born Tettenhall, Staffordshire.

Thomas Cotes junior died 1867 and was buried aged 61 on 18 Feb 1867 at St. Michael and All Angels, Tettenhall.


Ref D571/A/PO/72/3d Signature of Thomas Cotes Shoemaker in the Paupers’ vouchers.


Thomas Cotes Junior signature from his marriage in 1854


Signature of Thomas Cotes senior from his marriage in 1787


John Cotes Tailor.

It has been impossible so far to determine which John Cotes was supplying clothing and repairs to clothing for the paupers at Tettenhall.  It could be either Father or son or both.


ref D571/A/PO/41/4

John Cotes senior claims to have been born in Tettenhall but no baptism has been found in that Parish. There is a possible baptism in Wombourne on 18 Aug 1771 with a father John and mother Mary. This is probable as John’s Grandparents would have been Richard and Elizabeth Cotes and John called one of his sons Richard.

1841 Census HO107/998 folio 16

Address – Lower Green and Church Lane,  Tettenhall

John    Cotes age 70   Tailor                          born Staffordshire

Ann      Cotes age   60                                    born Staffordshire

John    Cotes age   40  Tailor                         born Staffordshire

Eliza    Cotes age   60*                                   born Staffordshire

William Cotes age   20 Tailor                         born Staffordshire

William Albright Cotes age 18 Ag. Lab.          Born Staffordshire

George Cotes               age 12                                   born Staffordshire

*NB I think there is an error in recording this age.

1851 Census HO107 /2017 folio 65

Address Church Lane, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

John    Cotes Snr        Head                 age 81            Tailor               born Tettenhall, Staffs.

Ann Cotes                   Wife                 age 73                                     born London, Middlesex

John Cotes Jnr.           Son  Marr        age 49             Tailor               born Tettenhall, Staffs

Elizabeth Cotes Daughter in Law       age 48                                     born Enville, Staffs

Richard Cotes             son                  age 46 unm. Bricklayer           born Tetettenhall, Staffs

William Alwright Cotes son                 age 28 unm. Bricklayer           born Birmingham, Warw.

George Cotes                         son                  age 22 unm. Traveller             born Tettenhall

John Cotes Senior married Ann Hayward on 6 Mar 1797 at St. Michael and All Saints, Tettenhall Regis and was buried in the same place on 30 June 1851 aged 81 years.

John Cotes Junior was baptised at St Michael & All Angels, Tettenhall Regis on 3 Jan 1802 confirming his father was John and Mother Ann.

His marriage was again at St Michael & All Angels, Tettenhall on 19 July 1830 when John Coates married Elizabeth Coates of Brewood. This has not been investigated but is probably the marriage of cousins.

The Index of Civil Registration of Death indicates that John Cotes junior’s Death was registered in the Wolverhampton district in the April Quarter 1869 aged 69

Paupers’ vouchers have so far been found recording his bills from 1819 to 1835 but as they have not all been recorded yet there may be more.

John had rather unconventional spelling (see voucher above) but we could usually work out what the bills were for eg Neeing and sitting Trousers, Altering pare of trousers, Mak pare trousers, mak 4 smock frocks for men in house.