Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co. Issued to and Signed by Sophia Jane Lady Pastor Cooper - Stock CertificateInv# AG2299 Stock
Sophia Jane Paston-Cooper formerly Holford aka Holford. Born about in Lughane, Lancashire, England. She was the daughter of John Holford (1789-1859) and Ann Shaw of Lancashire. Wife of John Stephenson Ferguson — married 10 Jun 1863 in St Paul's, Knightsbridge, London. Wife of Astley Paston Cooper 3rd Bt. — married 12 Aug 1890 [location unknown] Mother of Margaret Cooper and Algernon Francis Holford Ferguson. Died in Eaton Square, London, England.
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