The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

Progress in 2011

Family History

Bower Families

Bradbrook/Hayes Family

A correspondent provided me with details of a potential bp of Fenn Bradbrook in the name of Fynn Bradbrook.

Visit to London

In January I made a visit to London to walk some of the streets that some of my ancestors walked, taking photos as I went:

Hayes & Bradbrook Families

I first made my way to see the new St Pancras station and then walked the Kings Cross/Pentonville area where the Hayes family had bricklaying interests and where Fenn Bradbrook was a silversmith in Thornhill Street (now Wyford Road).

Bower/Pitts & Gardner Families

I then moved on to High Holborn where Edward Gardner was a compositer in Drury Lane and there were Pitts family services at St Giles in the Fields.

I walked down Charing Cross Road to St Martins in the Field where another Pitts family service took place and then up Regent Street to St George's Church in Hanover Square where:

- my 3 x Great Grandfather Christopher Bower married Elizabeth Pitts in 1817 and
- their son Benjamin Bower married Mary Pitts in 1842.

Visit to London January 2011

Walland/Worland Family

On my visit to Meldreth Church near Cambridge in 2001 I found the local use of the family name Abbis:

Visit to Meldreth 2001

At that time, I saw a grave for an Abbis Worland who died 26.11.1893 (age 58) and the caretaker told me that he had gone to school with an Abbis Worland.

A correspondent has contacted me to say that Abbis Worland who died in 1893 was his Great Grandfather. My correspondent told me that his father was an Abbis Worland and his own middle name was Abbis.


Saban/Seabourn Family

A correspondent contacted me regarding the Saban/Seabourn Family. James William Seabourn was her Great Great Grandfather. James' sister Emma Maria Seabourn was my Great Grandmother and James& Emma had a brother William Seabourn who was Great Grandfather of another correspondent!

Gardiner Family

I found a potential entry in the 1841 Census and a potential burial for a John Gardiner.

I traced entries in the 1841, 1851 and 1871 Censuses for Ann Matilda Gardiner. In 1851 Ann Gardiner is shown as the wife of Richard Jackson.

I also traced the christenings of Ann’s children.

I wrote a report as part of the Big One! Project:

The Big One! - Gardiner Family

Peryer Family

A correspondent contacted me to advise me that her ancestor James Peryer was a brother of Chris' ancestor Henry Peryer:

James Peryer

bp 23.3.1783 St Peter & St Paul Church, Ewhurst
(parents James Peryer& Sarah Snelling married 4.4.1782 Ewhurst)

James married in Surrey:

Holy Trinity, Albury, Surrey

James Peryer married 26.4.1814
Leah Hill

but by 1840 the couple had moved to Sussex:

Thakeham, Sussex

Leah Peryer died Jan 1840

1841 Census

Wiltsshires, Pulborough, Sussex

James Peryer (57) Famer Born in County - No Henry Peryer (18) Ag Lab Born in County - No
John Peryer (16) Born in County - No
Harriet Peryer (14) Born in County - No
George Peryer (11) Born in County - No
Mary Peryer (7) Born in County - Yes
Jane Peryer (7) Born in County - Yes

After Leah's death James remarried:

Pulboorough/Thakeham, Sussex

James Peryer married 17.4.1843
Elizabeth Large

Colin Bower
1 January 2012

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