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.


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