My family comes from Bolton in Lancashire. I have been looking today at a distant branch with probably connections to Samoa or Tahiti.
Elizabeth Ann ALLANSON (born near Bolton ABT 1855) appears to have married Ebenezer Vicessimus COOPER in 1880 in Bolton.
They cannot be found on the 1881/1891/1901 censuses but he seems to have died in Bolton in 1902.
Her mother emigrated in 1881 to the USA and her obituary records
"Her second daughter went to the South Sea Islands as a missionary after 2 years was called to her heavenly reward"
We found this reference
"On December 18, 1900, the chiefs of Tutuila congratulated U.S. President William McKinley on his re-election, and expressed their admiration for Governor Benjamin Franklin Tilley, saying "...you gave us a leader, a Governor, a High Chief, whom we have learned to love and respect." The Reverend Ebenezer Vicesimus Cooper of the London Missionary Society added his praise, writing that 'I cannot conceive of your finding a better man to represent your government in such delicate matters as must always be be associated with the task of 'annexing' than Commander Tilley.'"
Also (referring to Tutuila)
"In 1892 a new start was made when Ebenezer Vicesimus Cooper took up residence on the island...."
Another book has of Tahiti
"Mr Seville left in 1874, from ill-health, and for a time native pastors carried on the work; eventually Rev E V Cooper became the resident missionary and he still occupies the field"
So perhaps he went to Tahiti first after marrying then transferred to Tutuila.
I just wonder if anyone knows anything about them and particular where his wife died, which would probably be around 1882 or 1883.