The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

The Big One!

 

Progress Report

For some years I have had the intention to start writing up my records and depositing the resultant reports with the Society of Genealogists.

Progress 2009

I made a start in 2009. Following attendance on regional meetings of the Guild of One-Name Studies (the Guild), I decided to tackle one name at a time. I designed a template and made a start on 3 "minor" names:

Pitts
Bradbrook
Robinson

Following a presentation to the Guild by another member I changed the Template to fill in gaps identified. I put the idea of scanning documents on the back-burner.

Progress 2010

Following a further meeting at the Guild, I revised the template again and updatedthe existing reports on the 3 minor names.

I made a start on reports for the first 3 of the main family names:

Ransom(e)
Peryer/Perrier
Hayes

and completed Ransome(e) and Peryer/Perrier.

To give me a break, I completed reports on 2 family names where there has not been a great deal of documentation:

Gardner
Jones

Once again I found the need to change the template which meant amending the reports to date again!

At another Guild meeting I got the idea for a schedule to add to the document: Things we wish we knew; then had to do 7 schedules for the completed reports!

Opportunities to Develop the Family Tree

Writing up your records provides one more opportunity to try to develop the Family Tree while the informatiuon is fresh in mind, and I ordered 3 certificates as a result:

Eliza Gardner (birth certificate)
- to obtain the maiden name of her mother (and also Charlotte's)

Fenn Bradbrook (death certificate)
- to find out where he was living and his age when he died.

Charles Collier (2nd marriage certificate - to Maria Sanders)
- to find out his father's name.

I also traced:

- the birth and baptism of Elizabeth Counter and a potential entry in the 1841 Census for John & Elizabeth (Counter) Jones

- the baptism of Martha Tunstill or Tunstell (Edward Gardner's wife) and a potential second marriage for Edward at St Giles in 1852.

Progress 2011

I completed the Hayes, Gardiner and Smith reports.

Following the exciting and fundamental discovery that Mary (Some) Brecht died in 1819 before the birth of a number of Henry Brecht's children, I obtained some new information about Harriet Piper who may be the mother of George Frederick Brecht my great grandfather.

I decided to collate the exisitng and new information in a report on the Piper family.

Progress 2012

Whilst typing up my records for the Somes Family as part of the Big One! project, I went into Ancestry to check some of the London Parish Records and found an isolated entry:

Christ Church, Spitalfields

John Somes bp 5.10.1783 (21 days old)
(parents John Somes, Victualler of Fashion St & Elizabeth)

Unfortunately as yet I have not been able to trace John & Elizabeth’s marriage and whether they had any further children.

This entry may well explain why Heinrich Brecht married Mary Somes (born 1783/4) and moved to Fashion Strett, Spitalfields.

To Do List

Taking on two of the bigger studies, Collier and the Brecht One-Name Study

Undertaking Reports for the remaining names:

Bower

Walland/Worland
Saunders
Seabourn(e)

Hunt
Farrow/Pharoah
Marjoram

Other Activities

Scanning some of the documents held.

Colin Bower
31 December2012

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