Thomas Taplin Cooke

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Thomas Taplin Cooke (1782–1866) [1] was an eminent English showman, born in Warwick, who toured in America as well as his own country. In 1997 Cooke was inducted into the Circus Hall of Fame. [2]

Private life

Cooke was said to have had between thirteen and nineteen children who were mostly circus performers. He and his wife, Mary Anne, [1] had a daughter Rebecca who married James Clements Boswell  [ it ] and their daughter was the equestrian performer Nellie Boswell. [3] Another daughter, Mary Anne (1819-1897), married clown and contortionist William H. Cole; with their son, William Washington "Chilly Billy" Cole, she helped manage their Cole circus. [4] At his death, her son's estate was valued at $5 million.

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  1. 1 2 William L. Slout (1998). Olympians of the Sawdust Circle: A Biographical Dictionary of the Nineteenth Century American Circus. Wildside Press LLC. pp. 60–. ISBN   978-0-8095-1310-9 . Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  2. "International Circus Hall of Fame Inductees, Peru Indiana" . Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  3. Turner, John M. (23 September 2004). Boswell [married name Cattle], Nellie [Ellen Clara] (1858/9–1938), equestrian performer. Vol. 1. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/53838.
  4. Cole Bros. Circus