Thomas and Benjamin Cooper were born to a Upper-Middle class family from North London. They had owned a string (3, to be exact.) of theaters throughout the city, bringing in a steady profit and giving the two boys a comfortable life-style. They both were receiving proper educations, and rarely had to worry about illness. Their favorite past time was always spending time on the sea, though. Their Uncle had owned a shipping company for years before they were born, and had owned a beautiful set of 4 Merchant ships, and one Frigate, The Royal Whisp. This discomforted the boys' parents, as they had often wished them to grow to be successful businessmen.
When Thomas was 19, and his brother only 12, their mother caught ill and passed away, spiraling their father into a deep and hefty depression. He let his theaters slip away from him slowly. His drinking became a severe issue, as he preferred to spend his money on large tubs of rum rather than maintaining his theaters. Eventually, the government was forced to shut them down due to them being a growing safety hazard.
After a violent altercation with his father, Thomas ran away, to Southampton. He had lived with his uncle by the sea, before agreeing to work for him. They had sailed several times between English colonies in the Caribbean and their port, delivering goods to the soldiers stationed in the warm gulfs. Thomas, despite his posh upbringing, knew where he 'ought to be. His love for the sea was unmatched by any women he'd ever met.
While Thomas was out on the ocean getting his sea legs, Benjamin struggled to keep a cool head under constant threat from his rapidly deteriorating father. It was a lot for a boy so young to handle, going from having everything, to nothing, in such a short time. It all came to a head when a fight between Ben and his father, similar to the one with Thomas, ended in blood-shed. His father stumbled into the streets, bleeding from the stomach. A wound, driven through by a sharp training blade. His own blade, given to Benjamin for personal protection.
Ben was held in jail for murder, and was sentenced to death by rope.
Benjamin managed to sneak a letter out of prison south to his elder brother & uncle. Within days, the much respected Captain Cooper had managed to pull his young nephew from the grasps of death. Thomas had taken a wagon there to pick him up, and then they rode back. As they rode, they spoke to one another. Spoke of their times, of their adventures in their 4 years apart. The idea of the new world sounded amazing to young Ben. He longed to see the things his brother spoke of. And there, they made a pact.
They would be their own men, start their own businesses, like their father and uncle. Leave the drama, shame, guilt and pain behind by leaving England once and for all.
As they arrived in Southampton, they met their uncle, and told him of their plans. Although they had asked the Captain to take them to the Caribbean, he informed them that he too was starting anew, and that he would not be able to help them reach the islands. Uncle Cooper was sailing to Boston the morrow, where he had made a deal to sell his merchant ships and retire.
Thomas and Benjamin agreed this would suffice for their new lives.. and the next day, September 1st, 1769 the pair set sail aboard The Royal Whisp, along with plenty of others seeking refuge in the new world.