The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

Family History

In early 2022, I did some more research in preparation for the 1921 Census:

Bower Family

I found out a little more about some of the brothers of my grandfather William Bower:
- I tidied up the entry for Charles & Sarah Bower in the 1911 Census
- I traced the potential marriage of John & Margaret (Samson) Bower in 1899:

St Thomas, Stepney

John Bower (25) Clerk of 15 Pattison St
(Father George Bower, Clerk, Deceased)
married 2.4.1899
Margaret Elizabeth Samson (23) of 15 Pattison St
(Father Albert Samson, Labourer)
Witnesses: Ellen Gardner & Alfred Samson

Jones Family

I clarified the name of the village as Preston under Scar in the 1939 Register

Hayes Family

I found out more about Dad's Uncle Reuben (John Reuben Hayes), Charlotte Bower's brother:

a. St Anne, Poole's Park, Islington

John Rueben Hayes b 27.1.1879 bp 16.3.1879
(Parents Henry Thomas Hayes, Bricklayer of 10 Avenue Road, Islington & Charlotte (Gardener - should be Gardner) Hayes

b. Joined Army Age 18
c. John Reuben Hayes married Lily Jones (Woolwich October 1905 Register)
d. 1911 Census, couple living in Sheffield
e. 1939 Register

65 Claverton St.Westminster

John R Hayes, Widower born 27.1879 War Office Clerk

Brecht Family

1911 Census

Charles & Hannah (Hawkins) Brecht

I filled out the entry for Charles & Hannah Brecht& I clarified the lives of:

1. Hannah (Hawkins) Brecht
2. Molly (Ridgewell/Murphy) Brecht and
3. Julia (Barnett/Sheldrack) Brecht

1. Hannah(Hawkins) Brecht

1901 Census

11 Suffolk Road, Plaistow

Sarah Hawkins Head Widow 73 born Rotherhithe
Henry Hawkins Son 38 General Laborer born Poplar
Florence Hawkins G.Daur 12 born Plaistow
Charles Brecht Head 30 House Painter born Paddington
Hannah Brecht Wife (30 ) born Poplar

In 1891 the family were at the same address:

John Hawkins Head Married (Age 68) Ship Caulker born Deptford, Surrey
Sarah Hawkins Wife (Age 63) born Rotherhithe, Surrey
Hannah M. Hawkins Daur Confectioners Assistant (Age 20) born Poplar, London
Florence E. Hawkins Grand Daur (Age 2) born Plaistow, Essex

A Florence Elizabeth Hawkins was bp 5.12.1889 at St Saviour, Forest Gate (born 15.11.1889 to John Edward & Ellen Hawkins)

I have not been able to find out what happened to Hannah after the 1901 Census.

Charles Brecht appears to have married Julia Mary Sheldrack (born Barnett) but I have not found their marriage. In 1911 they are together with their child George (Age 1)

After the entry in the 1911 Census, Charles & Julia had a daughter Mary Florence Brecht in 1915 (born 29.8.1915, bp 11.11.1915)

2. Molly Pauline (born Ridgewell, last Murphy) Brecht

a. Molly P Ridewell born 1916 Registered April 1916 Christchurch, Hampshire

b. 1939 Register

46 Roman Road, Hove

George E. Ridgewell Branch Manager, Travel Agents born 8.1.1884
Grace E. Ridgewell Unpaid Housewife born 27.3.1884
Kenneth G. Ridgewell Local Government born 20.3.1912
Molly P. Ridgewell Probational Nurse born 3.6.1916

c. UK & Ireland Nursing Registers 1898-1968

Molly Pauline Ridgewell
46 Roman Road Hove, West Sussex
Registered 7.6.1945
Mayday Hosp. Croydon 1942-1945

d. Molly P. Ridgewell married Maurice B. Murphy 1950 Registered April 1950 Brighton

e. Molly P. Murphy married Arthur C. Brecht 1972 Registered Jan 1972 Worthing

f. Molly Pauline Brecht (born 3.6.1916) died 2003 Registered Aug 2003 Worthing, West Sussex

3. Julia (Barnett/Shadrack) Brecht

Julia (Barnett/Shadrack) Brecht

Hunt Family

Daisy Ella May Hunt

When we looked at Chris' mother's family in 1911, Chris spotted that Aunt Daisy Hunt was not mentioned. We found her in service at nearby White Webbs Farm House:

1911 Census

White Webbs Farm House, Waltham Cross, Herts

Daisy Ella May Hunt, Servant (Age 15)
- General Servant, Domestic (to Mr & Mrs Pope) born Ongar, Essex

Christening of 4 Sisters in 1907

I also found the date of her christening along with 3 of her sisters:

Jesus Church, Enfield

Christening of 4 sisters (Parents Arthur Hunt, Gardener of White Webbs & Eliza) 27.10.1907

Elsie May Hunt born 14.9.1905

Margery Amy Hunt born 14.10.1902

Daisy Ella May Hunt born 17.7.1895

Florence Winifred Olive Hunt born 10.11.1897

I also found the marriages of George & Winifred (Hunt) Searles and George & Daisy (Hunt) Drew:

Jesus Church, Enfield

George Searles (27) Universal Miller R.S.A.F. of Ewhurst Road
(Father Walter Searles, Machines R.S.A.F.)
married 16.2.1918
Winifred Olive Hunt (21) of Albany Road
(Father Arthur Hunt, Browner R.S.A.F.)
Witnesses: Arthur Hunt & Daisy Ella May Hunt

Parish Church(St Edburgha) Yardley, Worcestershire

George Harold Drew (28) Fitter of 45 Church Road, Yardley
(Father: George Drew, Tramway, Motorman*)
married 24.12.1921
Daisy Ella May Hunt (22) Jeweller of 45 Churcg Road, Yardley

(Father: Arthur Henry Hunt, Gardner)
Witnesses: Joseph Henry Drew & Laura Pamela Drew)


* In the 1911 Census Father and son worked for Birmingham Corporation.

1939 Register

I traced the additional entries for:

- George & Daisy (Hunt) Drew in Birmingham
-Frederick & Elizabeth Hunt, 32 Glenville Avenue, Enfield
- Herbert & Elsie (Hunt) Briggs 108 Glenville Avenue

(The parents of Daisy, Frederick & Elsie lived at 80 Glenville Avenue)

Collier Family

1939 Census

I added 3 families to those previously listed:

1. Albert & Ellen (Collier) Rice
2. Albert & Annie (Gibert) Collier
3. Harry & Queenie (Collier) Jeffrey

1. 24 Gilda Avenue, Enfield

Albert E. Rice, Band Saw Machinest, Zinc Rolling Mills born 4.4.1895
Ellen M. (Collier) Rice, Unpaid Domestic Duties born 14.5.1895
Child redacted

2. 25 Mapleton Road, Enfield

Albert V. Collier, Metal Filer, Bren Gun, RSA born 22.10.1899
(Albert Victor Sydney James Collier of 25 Mapleton Road died there 21.12.1958 (Age 59)
Annie M. (Gilbert) Collier Unpaid Domestic Duties born 4.6.1897
Couple's marriage registered Edmonton April 1920
Child redacted

3. 36 Cowland Avenue, Enfield

Harry Jeffrey, Bren Detail W?, Milling Machinest, RSA Enfield born 12.12.1902
 Queenie P. V. (Collier) Jeffrey Unpaid Domestic Duties born 9.10.1906

Colin Bower
13 February 2022

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