Regarding my family history - This gentleman was a well known English actor, acted in naval roles.

Born 23.4.l786 Marylebone,   died in l864, 37 Thurloe Square.

I am interested to know who his wife was, please?

He was the father of Martha Mary Cooke, also actress, I think she also had a sister.

Wondering when Martha was born (I think in Bath) and when she died (probably in Australia,)

Help would be appreciated,


Felicity A

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Comment by Peter E Nelson on February 8, 2017 at 9:04

Yes Felicity, my mother, Marjorie Alice nee Blandford married Edward, (known as Ted), Nelson in 1939. I am one of four brothers. Mum was a daughter of Alice Oddie Gowers nee Blandford, one of several sisters & one brother.

Are you a Blandford by birth?

I have information on some of the Blandfords.which may help you to fill in some gaps.

Comment by Felicity Adderley on February 8, 2017 at 11:14

Dear Peter,

Thanks so much for that info.  Yes I am born a  Blandford, and my g.grandfather being William Gloucester Blandford, father of William Wardour Blandord my grandfather.

I do not know a lot about William Wardour's generation,(have their names and birthdates) three apparently died as infants, wondering about Clifford John.   Sadly Charles Wardour, brother of William Gloucester, died in Lunatic Asylum, don't know exactly what he suffered from, it did not take much to be judged worthy of an Asylum then.  I remember Aunties Milly and Tilly.

Going further back I believe that Charles Bennett married Charlotte Wardour against her parents wishes.

I have never really known much about that.  I believe though that the Wardours were possibly Catholic.

Why was their daughter Matilda taken away at birth at brought up by William Wardour.?  My father said that Charlotte also had a sister Matilda, all very confusing. I was glad to hear more from you, great really to find someone interested in the past as I have spent a bit on Ancestry and don't really want to spend much more.   I live in Mt. Waverley , perhaps we could meet up.      Thanks for that info, I will add a little more to the tree, it is never ending.

I have traced the relatives that went to America down the generations also.

bye for now

Felicity Adderley (nee Blandford)

Comment by Peter E Nelson on February 8, 2017 at 13:28

Dear Felicity,

I assume you are sister to Sally, mother being Betty and father William Murray Blandford, spoken of as Murray.

I have some information about John Blandford and his wife Matilda who came from Gloucester, Geelong for 3 months and then on to Ballarat. I can tell you more. I live in Bendigo. Phone 54433655



Comment by Felicity Adderley on February 8, 2017 at 15:44

 Dear Peter,

Thanks Peter, I will give you a ring sometime.  I don't have a lot of info re them but do have a few questions.

Will ring.    I also have a brother Nicholas who lives in Canberra.

bye for now,

Felicity.  98023717

Comment by Terri Tait on April 28, 2018 at 0:00


If you are still researching the theatrical Cooke family, I would like to correspond.




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