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Robert Edward "Bob" Couzens
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Birth: Apr. 10, 1876
Bristol
Gloucestershire, England
Death: Apr. 20, 1919
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA

Robert Edward Couzens was born on April 10, 1876 in Bristol, England. His father was Robert Couzens and his mother was Caroline Couzens (maiden name unknown). In the 1891 England census, Bob was enumerated as a laborer/baker in a biscuit factory. In 1893, Bob was discharged by the British army for a physical disability. He and Catherine Mary Blake married in April of 1905 at St. Mark's parish church in Ford, England. Robert was listed as working in a biscuit factory. Robert and Catherine had a daughter on April 23, 1906 who they named Eileen Marjorie. In the 1911 England census, Bob was enumerated as an engine stoker in a biscuit factory. At that time, the family was living at 23 Wachington Road in Cavercham. On April 9 1913, Robert sailed from England to America on the S.S. Majestic. Several weeks later on June 28, 1913, Catherine and their daughter Eileen Marjorie sailed from Southampton, England to New York on the S.S. Philadelphia to join Robert in Brooklyn, New York. The family lived at 311 Vanderbilt Street with George William Blake and Thomas Blake, Catherine's brothers. Robert worked as a motorman, a street car operator and an inspector for the B. R. T. He was a member of the Masonic fraternal lodge. Bob's World War I draft registration card described him as being of medium height and build, with brown hair and blue eyes. Sometime before April 20, 1919, George and Thomas Blake moved out of the apartment they shared with their sister's family. On the night of April 20, 1919, the three members of the Couzens family died of accidental gas asphyxiation from an illumination gas jet that had not been turned off. They were found the next morning, Easter Sunday, when friends called on them to go to church for Eileen's confirmation. Robert, Catherine, and Eileen were all buried in Evergreens Cemetery on April 24, 1919.

Biography by Diana Druback
Sources:
Arthur Dark's "Blake of England and the United States"
England census 1891,1901,1911 www.ancestry.com
N.Y. State census 1915 www.ancestry.com
WWI Draft Reg. Card www.ancestry.com
Newspaper clipping (unknown source)
Death Cert. 11039, FHL Film 1324336 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Catherine Mary Blake Couzens (1879 - 1919)
 
 Children:
  Eileen Marjorie Couzens (1906 - 1919)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
The Evergreens Cemetery
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
 
Created by: Diana Druback
Record added: Feb 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66001796
Robert Edward Bob Couzens
Added by: Diana Druback
 
Robert Edward Bob Couzens
Added by: Diana Druback
 
Robert Edward Bob Couzens
Added by: Diana Druback
 
 
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