The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

The Big One!

Family History Research Report

Bradbrook Family

Introduction - Bower/Collier Family Tree

When I set out to study the Bower/Collier Family Tree, my initial aim was to identify my 8 Great Grandparents (Bower) and my wife Chris’ 8 Great Grandparents (Collier). Though I have tended to study the Family History of the 16 Great Grandparents, I have also sought to find out the additional 16 Great Great Grandparents’ family names, and any 3 x Great Grandparents along the way!

The names that I have identified to date are:

Bower/Brecht Family Tree

Great Grandparents



2 x Great Grandparents

Pitts (Bower)
Counter (Jones)
Bradbrook  (Hayes)
Tunstell/Tunstill (Gardner)

Somes/Piper (Brecht)
Hutley (Walland/Worland)
Neville (Saunders)
Holbrook (Seabourn(e)/Saban)

3 x Great Grandparents

Pinnion (Pitts)
Spence (Jones)
Mason (Hayes)
Robinson (Bradbrook)
Shocke (Brecht)
Reynolds (Walland/Worland)
Hunt (Piper)
Howard (Seabourn(e)/Saban)

4 x Great Grandparents

Bates (Pitts)
Smithers (Pinion)
March (Jones)
Venice (Robinson)
Juliane (Brecht)
Adamson (Neville)
Siggins (Walland/Worland)

5 x Great Grandparents

Cook/Cock (Jones)
Wyat (Robinson)
Jahns (Brecht)
Odell (Walland/Worland)

6 x Great Grandparents

Amears (Robinson)

7 x Great Grandparents

Amore/Mills (Robinson)

Collier/Hunt Family Tree

Great Grandparents



2 x Great Grandparents

Adams (Collier)
Goodchild (Gardiner)
Mitchell (Peryer/Perrier)
Nye (Smith)
Sheldrake (Hunt)
Smith (Farrow)
Rookyard (Marjoram)
Aldous or Alhous/Ollis (Ransome(e))

3 x Great Grandparents

Mason (Collier)
Ridett (Adams)
Sly (Nye)
Snelling (Peryer/Perrier)
Spall (Hunt)
Shepherd (Farrow)
Allen (Ransome(e))
More (Aldous/Aldis or Alhous/Ollis)

4 x Great Grandparents

Trigg (Peryer/Perrier)

My research has included a One-Name Study into the name Brecht, my mother’s maiden name.

Names Index

The additional surnames in this Report have been listed in the Names Index below.

Bradbrook Family

Progress To Date

2 x Great Grandparent: Elizabeth Bradbrook born Bp South Bersted 17.1.1830
- Her Parents: Fenn Bradbrook & Ruth Robinson
- Her Grandparents: Thomas & Elizabeth Bradbrook

Mini Family Tree (Direct Ancestors)

The Bradbrook family tree to date may be summarised:

Bradbrook Family

Thomas Bradbook

Fenn Bradbrook bp 2.10.1803 d 9.6.1857 (age 52)
Married 19.5.1824
Ruth Robinson b 1802 bp 25.12.1802 d 1883 

Elizabeth Bradbrook bp 17.1.1830
Married 7.5.1854
Thomas William Hayes b c 1828 bp (?) 26.12.1828 (see Note 1 below)

Henry Thomas Hayes b 11.07.1849
Married 3.10.1869
Charlotte Gardner c 1845/8 (see Note 2 below)

Charlotte Hayes b 15.08.1876
Married 06.06.1897
William Bower b 23.10.1867 d 2.12.1948

Frederick Bower b 12.09.1910
d 10.9.2006
Married 11.07.1936
Doris Ivy Brecht b 15.03.1912
d 29.6.2003

Colin Malcolm Bower
Married 15.10.1966
Christine Elizabeth Collier


1. By 1891 Thomas William Hayes, Bricklayer (age 63) appears to have married a Sarah and they were living in St Marylebone

2. In 1861 Charlotte Gardner was described as a widow.

Summary of Research To Date

Elizabeth Bradbrook was my 2 x Great Grandmother who married Thomas William Hayes in 1854.

From the Censuses, I found that the Bradbrook Family lived near the Hayes Family in Thornhill Street, Islington in 1841-1861. Otherwise this is not a name that I have spent a lot of time researching.

As most of the Bradbrook Family came from London, it is interesting that my 3 x Great Grandparents came from Ipswich and Bognor respectively and married at South Bersted, Sussex.

Progress 2005

I duly obtained the 1854 marriage certificate of Thomas William Hayes and Elizabeth Bradbrook; bit of a surprise when their son Henry was born in 1849! Previously I had found Elizabeth's family in the 1841 and 1851 Censuses.

Progress 2010

I obtained Fenn Bradbrook's death certificate (died 1857 age 52)

I wrote this report as part of the Big One! project.

Progress 2011

I visited London to take photo's of some of the streets that the Bradbrook family lived in particularly Thornhill Street (now Wyford Road) where Fenn Bradbrook was a silversmith:

Visit to London January 2011

We have known for some years that my 3 x Great Grandfather, Fenn Bradbrook, was born in Ipswich. A correspondent found the following baptism/christening which I am accepting as "ours".

Claydon, Suffolk (approx 4 miles from Ipswich)

Fynn Bradbrook bp 2.10.1803
(Parents Thomas & Elizabeth Bradbrook)

Progress 2019

Contact with a correspondent encouraged me to look at the family in Claydon again.

As a result I may have found the marriage of Fynn/Fenn's parents and his brothers and sisters.

Things we wish we knew

Birth of Thomas Bradbrook

Confirmation of marriage of Thomas Bradbrook

Whether there is any link between the Bradbrooks living in Skidmore Street, Stepney and the Hayes family living nearby (see below)

Also see Summary of Records Held (Completed& To Do):

Summary of Records Held - Bradbrook Family

Research Undertaken

Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates Held
- Birth: 1 Henry Hayes 1849
- Marriage: 1 Thomas William Hayes & Elizabeth Bradbrook (1854)
- Death: Fenn Bradbrook (1857)

- Census Records Obtained (see below)
- 1841 - Fenn & Ruth Bradbrook & Family
- 1851 - Fenn & Ruth Bradbook & Family
- 1861 - Ruth Bradbrook & Family

Other Research Undertaken (see Appendices below)

- IGI - bp & marriage of Elizabeth Bradbrook
- Parish Records – Potential marriage of Fynn/Fenn's parents
- Bp of Fynn Bradbrook 1803 and his brothers and sisters
- Marriage South Bersted 1824 (Fenn) & bp 1830 (Elizabeth)
- Wills -
- Businesses – Fenn Bradbrook was a Silversmith
- Correspondence - re Martha Hayes (daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth)
- Visits – London (2011)
- Photographs -Wyford Road (previously Thornhill Street), Pentonville
- Misc Info/Documents – Entry in 1891 Census


Where they were & what they did

The attached table summarises the name of my ancestors, where they lived and their occupations:

Bradbrook Family - Where they were & what they did

Family Tree Maker Sheets

The family details of Thomas and his son Fenn Bradboook have been summarised in the attached Family Tree Maker sheets which I may enter in to the relationship database, Family Tree Maker:

Family Tree Maker Sheet - Thomas Bradbrook (1)

Family Tree Maker Sheet - Thomas Bradbrook (2)

Family Tree Maker Sheet - Fenn Bradbrook (1)

Family Tree Maker Sheet - Fenn Bradbrook (2)

Names Index

The following surnames appear in this Report in addition to the names at the start of this Report.

Cooper Handover
Gill Best
Manning Bird

Colin Bower
2 May 2019

Appendices (direct ancestors are highlighted)

1. Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates Held

Full name: Henry Thomas Hayes
Born at: 7 Thornhill Street, Islington (Date: 11/7/1849)
Father: Thomas Hayes (Occupation: Bricklayer)
Mother: Elizabeth Hayes (Maiden Name: Bradbrook)

Full name: Thomas William Hayes (of: 7 Woodfield Road )
Occupation: Bricklayer (Age: 26)
Father: Thomas Hayes, Bricklayer
Married at: Trinity Church, Paddington (Date: 7/5/1854 )
Spouse: Elizabeth Bradbrook (of: John Street )
Occupation: (Age: 25) Father: Fenn Bradbrook, Silversmith

Relevant Witnesses: -

Full Name: Fenn Bradbrook of: 7 Thornhill St, Islington (Age: 52)
Occupation: Silver Polisher
Died at: 7 Thornhill St, Islington (Date: 9.6.1857)
Cause: Philhisis
Informant: Ruth Bradbrook

2. Census Records Obtained

1841 Census

11 Thornhill Street, Islington (see Note below)

Fenn Bradbrook Head 35 Silver Smith
Ruth Bradbrook Wife 35
Elizabeth Bradbrook Daughter 10

Charles Bradbrook Son 5
Ruth Bradbrook Daughter 10 months

1851 Census

7 Thornhill Street, Islington (see Note below)

*James Bradbrook Head 47 Silversmith born Suffolk, Ipswich
Ruth Bradbrook Wife 47 born Sussex, Bognor

Charles Bradbrook Son 15 born Middx Islington
Ruth Bradbrook Daughter 9 born Middx Islington
William Bradbrook Son 7 born Middx Islington

* Should have been Fenn Bradbrook

1861 Census

5C Thornhill Street, Islington

Ruth Bradbrook Widow 58 Laundress born Bognor Suusex
(daughter Elizabeth (Bradbrook) Hayes Wife 30 born Bognor, Sussex also staying at address)

William Bradbrook Son 17 Painter born Islington

22 Desborough Place, Paddington

Ruth Bradbrook Visitor 20 born Islington, Middlesex


The Bradbrooks lived near the Hayes Family in Thornhill Street, Islington

3. IGI

South Bersted Church, Sussex

Fenn Bradbrook
Married 19.5.1824
Ruth Robinson

Elizabeth Bradbrook bp 17.1.1830 (Parents - Fenn & Ruth Bradbrook)

4. Parish Records

Claydon, Suffolk (approx 4 miles from Ipswich

Thomas Bradbrook
married 29.11.1789
Elisabeth Armel

Bp of Children of Thomas & Elisabeth/Elizabeth Bradbrook

Frances Bradbrook bp 5.12.1790
?Thomas Bradbrook bp 18.2.1794
?Mary Bradbrook bp 7.10.1795
Sarah Bradbrook bp 23.7.1797
Martha Bradbrook bp 9.2.1800
?Thomas Bradbrook bp 24.3.1802
Fynn Bradbrook bp 2.10.1803
Susan Bradbrook bp 12.4.1806
?Mary Bradbrook born 10.2.1813 bp 6.6.1813
Emma Bradbrook bp 13.10.1816

If all these baptisms are for the same family, some of the chidren may have died young.


Thomas Bradbrook 29.10.1802
Frances Bradbrook 20.4.1811

Parish Church, Islington

Robert Manning (Full Age) Seaman of 5 Thornhill St
Father Robert Manning, Coal Merchant
Married 1.5.1865
Ruth Bradbrook (Full Age) of 6 Thornhill St
Father Fenn Bradbrook, Silversmith
Witness: Thomas Hayes

5. Correspondence

In 2007, I received an enquiry from 2 sisters who were descended from Martha Hayes who married Robert Cooper in 1872.

Martha’s parents were Thomas William & Elizabeth (Bradbrook) Hayes, who are also my direct line.

6. Misc Information/Documents

Certificates Held

Full name: Nathaniel Gill (of: 1 Gun Street, Old Artillery Ground )
Occupation: Victualler (Age: Full)
Father: Nathaniel Gill, Licensed Victualler
Married at: Parish Church, Bethnal Green (Date: 12/7/1849 )
Spouse: Maria Elizabeth Bradbrook (of: 43 Bethnal Green Road )
Occupation: Age: Full)
Father: William John Bradbrook, Baker
Relevant Witnesses: William John Bradbrook, Mary Ann Bradbrook

1891 Census

124 Skidmore Street, Stepney

George Bradbrook (61) Collector Insurance born St George’s, London
Rebecca Bradbrook (61) wife born Llanway, Essex (?)
Amelia Bradbrook (20) Machinest tailoress born Mile End, London
William Bradbrook (20) Collector Insurance born Mile End, London


Henry Thomas & Charlotte (Gardner) Hayes & Family were living nearby at 116 Skidmore Street, Stepney.

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