The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

The Big One!

Family History Research Report

Robinson 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.

Robinson Family

Progress To Date

3 x Great Grandparent: Ruth Robinson born Bognor 1802
Her Parents: Joseph Robinson & Elizabeth Venice
Her Grandparents: Richard Robinson & Annabel Wyat

Mini Family Tree (Direct Ancestors)

The Robinson family tree to date may be summarised:

*Highlighted information extracted from Genes Reunited

*Richard Robinson b c 1679
Susannah Amears born 1679 bp 13.4.1679
(2)11.7.1728 died 1.5.1727
Mary Cobden born c 1695

Richard Robinson born 1715 bp 26.5.1715 died 30.8.1785
Mary Somers born c 1719
Annabel Wyat born c 1719 died 16.6.1774

Joseph Robinson b 8.9.1760
Married 10.6.1787
Elizabeth Venice born c 1764 died c 1853 (age 88)

Ruth Robinson bp 25.12.1802 Pagham, Sussex
d 1883 Kensington
Married 19.5.1824 South Bersted, Sussex
Fenn Bradbrook bp 2.10.1803 died 9.6.1857

Elizabeth Bradbrook bp 17.1.1830
Married 7.5.1854
Thomas William Hayes b c 1828 bp 26.12.1828?

Henry Thomas Hayes b 11.07.1849
Married 3.10.1869
Charlotte Gardner c 1845/8

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 


Susannah Amears Parents & Grandparents were:

William Mills b c 1625
Married c 1650
Mary (Mills) b c 1625

Anne Mills b c 1625
Married c 1672
Richard Amore b c 1650

Summary of Research To Date

Ruth Robinson was my 3 x Great Grandmother who was born in Sussex and married Fenn Bradbrook, a Silversmith.

This is not a name on which I have spent a lot of time researching, particularly with a commonly known name like Robinson.

I would not normally have sought to go back this far but I was given the names of the parents and grandparents of Ruth Robinson by a contact on Genes Reunited.

It is interesting that for a family London-based in the 19th Century that my 3 x Great Grandparents came from Ipswich and Bognor respectively and married at South Bersted, Sussex.

Progress 2009

A correspondent made contact via Genes Reunited to give me most of the detail in this report.

Progress 2010

A correspondent contacted me to say that Ruth Robinson was the daughter of Joseph Robinson and Elizabeth Venice, her 5th Generation Grandparents.

She told me that Ruth was one of 12 children and was baptised on 25 Dec 1802 at St Thomas a Beckett Church, Pagham, Sussex. Ruth's parents continued to live in Pagham. Joseph died aged 80 yrs and Elizabeth died aged 88 yrs.

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

Progress 2011

A correspondent sent me details of the potential bp of Fenn Bradbrook as Flynn Bradbrook.

Progress 2015

A distant cousin sent me details of the burial of Susannah Amears, who was the Great Grandmother of Ruth Robinson:

Susannah Robinson (maiden name Amears) born 26.4.1679 Boxgrove (Chichester District, West Sussex) died 1.5.1727 in Sidlesham, Chichester and was buried at St Mary & St Blaise Church, per

My cousin also pointed out that Ruth Robinson's grandmother must have been Annabel Wyat not Mary Somers.

Progress 2016-2021


Progress 2022

I updated the list of Parish Records

Things we wish we knew


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

Summary of Records Held - Robinson Family

Research Undertaken

Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates Held (see below)
- Birth: -
- Marriage: -
- Death:-

Census Records Obtained (see below)
- 1841 - Fenn & Ruth (Robinson) Bradbrook & family
- 1851 – Fenn & Ruth (Robinson) Bradbrook & Family
- 1861 - Ruth (Robinson) Bradbrook, Widow & family

Other Research Undertaken
- IGI -
- Parish Records - birth & death of Susannah (Amears) Robinson
– bp & marriage Ruth Robinson (see below)
- Wills -
- Businesses -
- Correspondence – I was provided with some information via Genes Reunited (see below)
- Visits -
- Photographs -
- Misc Info/Documents -

Where they were & what they did

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

Robinson Family - Where they were & what they did

Robinson Family - Where they were & what they did (Contd)

Family Tree Maker Sheets

The family details of Joseph Robinson 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 - Joseph Robinson

Family Tree Maker Sheet - Joseph Robinson (Contd)

Names Index

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


Colin Bower
22 Februaryn2022


Highlighted names are direct ancestors

Birth Marriage & Death Certificates Held


Census Records Obtained

1841 Census

11 Thornhill Street, Islington

Fenn Bradbrook Head 35 Silver Smith
Ruth (Robinson) Bradbrook Wife 35
Elizabeth Bradbrook Daughter 10

Charles Bradbrook Son 5
Ruth Bradbrook Daughter 10 months

1851 Census

7 Thornhill Road, Islington

*James Bradbrook Head 47 Silversmith born Suffolk, Ipswich
Ruth (Robinson) 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. Elizabeth (Bradbrook) Hayes’ son Henry Thomas Hayes was born there.

1861 Census

5C Thornhill Street, Islington

Ruth (Robinson) Bradbrook Widow 58 Laundress born Bognor Sussex
(daughter Elizabeth (Bradbrook) Hayes also staying at address)

William Bradbrook Son 17 Painter born Islington

Parish Records

Robinson Family

Boxgrove, Sussex

Susannah Amears bp 13.4.1679 or 26.4.1679
(Parents Richard & Ann Amears)

All Saints, Chichester

Susannah Ameers/Amears
married 7.10.1708
Richard Robinson

Sidlesham, Sussex

Richard Robinson bp 26.5.1715
(Parents Richard & Susannah Robinson)

St Mary & St Blaise Church, Boxgrove

Susannah (Amears) Robinson died 1 May 1727

Earnley, Sussex

Richard Robinson
married 6.6.1753
Annabel Wyat

Pagham, Sussex

Joseph Robinson bp 8.9.1760
(Parents Richard & Annabel Robinson)

Annabel (Wyat) Robinson died 16.6.1774 or 16.7.1774

NB Seen reference to Annabilia & Anna Wyat/Ronsinson

?North Mundham, Sussex

Joseph Robinson
married 10.6.1787
Elizabeth Venice

St Thomas a Beckett Church, Pagham

Ruth Robinson bp 25.12.1802
(Parents Joseph & Elizabeth Robinson)

South Bersted, Sussex

Fenn Bradbrook
married 19.5.1824
Ruth Robinson

South Bersted, Sussex

Genes Reunited

Information shown in Mini-Family Tree above.

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