The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

The Big One!

Family History Research Report

Jones 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

Bower
Jones
Hayes
Gardner

Brecht
Walland/Worland
Saunders
Seabourne(e)/Saban

2 x Great Grandparents

Pitts
Counter
Bradbrook
Tunstell/Tunstill
Somes/Piper
Hutley
Neville
Holbrook

3 x Great Grandparents

Pinnion
Spence
Mason
Robinson
Reynolds
(?) Hunt
(?) Howard

4 x Great Grandparents

Bates
March
Venice
Siggins

5 x Great Grandparents

Cook/Cock
Wyat
Odell

6 x Great Grandparents

Amears

7 x Great Grandparents

Amore
Mills

Collier/Hunt Family Tree

Great Grandparents

Collier
Gardiner
Peryer/Perrier
Smith

Hunt
Farrow/Pharoah
Marjoram
Ransome(e)

2 x Great Grandparents

Adams
Goodchild
Mitchell
Nye
Sheldrake
Smith
Rookyard
Aldous or Alhous/Ollis

3 x Great Grandparents

Mason
Ridett
(?) Snelling
Spall
Shepherd
Allen
More

4 x Great Grandparents

(?) Trigg

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.

Jones Family

Progress To Date

Great Grandparent: Martha Hannah Jones
- Her Parents: John & Elizabeth (Counter) Jones
- Her Grandfather: David Jones, School Master of Yorkshire & Martha Spence

Mini Family Tree (Direct Ancestors)

The Jones Family Tree to date may be summarised:

Jones Family

David Jones b c 1790
Married c 1810

John Jones b c 1810/1
Married 12.4.1841
Elizabeth Counter b 1815  bp 10.11.1815 died c 1850

Children:
Elizabeth Jones b 1842/3
Martha Hannah Jones b 1844/5
John Richard Jones b 23.6.1947

Martha Hannah Jones b c 1844/5
d 15.5.1889 (age 40?)
Married (1) 13.08.1864 (age 20) (2) 1.2.1880 (age33) Frederick Hennenn b 1856/7
(1) George Christopher Bower b c 1841/2
d 15.03.1877 (age 35)

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

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

Summary of Research To Date

My Great Grandmother Martha Hannah Jones lost her husband George Christopher Bower at an early age. I have found the birth of her brother John Richard Jones but not Martha Hannah Jones as yet.

Surprisingly good progress has been made with this difficult name particularly when I found a John Jones in the 1851 and 1861 Censuses! In 1880 Martha (Jones) Bower remarried Frederick Hennenn a surname which has many variants! The family stayed close (see Certificates Held below)

The 1880 marriage certificate shows Martha’s father as John Jones, Foreman of Docks. This may have been her father or brother that gave her away.

Martha had 9 children from 2 husbands:

George Christopher Bower

Alice Bower (1871 Census 9, 1881 Census 18, 1891 Census 29)
George Bower (1871 Census 5, 1881 Census 15)
William Bower - my grandfather ( 1871 Census 4)
Louisa Bower (1871 Census 1, 1881 Census 11, 1891 Census 21)
Alfred Bower (1881 Census 9)
John Bower (1881 Census 7)
Charles Bower (1881 Census 4)

Frederick Hennenn

Frederick Hennenn (1881 Census 5 months, 1891 Census 10)
Henry Hennenn (1891 Census 4, 1901 Census 14)

Progress 2004

I obtained the 1889 death certificate of Martha Hannah Hennen (formerly Bower born Jones) who after the death of George Christopher Bower married Frederick Hennen.

Progress 2005

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Progress 2006

Extraordinarily, I traced the family in the 1851 and 1861 Censuses to learn that John Jones (Senior), Widower was born in Yorkshire.

Progress 2007

I found John Richard Jones' name in the 1861 Census meant that I could obtain:
- his birth certificate to give me his mother's maiden name (Elizabeth Counter) for the first time.
- John Jones Senior's marriage certificate giving his father as David Jones, School Master

Progress 2008

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Progress 2009

Entries in the 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 Censuses were added.

Progress 2010

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

In writing up the research report for the Jones Family I traced the birth and baptism of Elizabeth Counter and a potential entry in the 1841 Census for John & Elizabeth (Counter) Jones.

Progress 2011

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Things we wish we knew

- Where David Jones was a school master
- Birth of John Jones in Yorkshire
- Confirmation of entry in 1841 Census - Death of Elizabeth Jones c 1850
- Birth certificate for Martha Hannah Jones (born c1844/5 Stepney/Whitechapel)
- Birth of son Frederick Hennenn (1880/1)
- Birth of Henry Hennenn (1886/7)
- Second marriage for Frederick Hennenn to Amelia (1889+)

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

Summary of Records Held - Jones Family

Research Undertaken

Birth Marriage & Death Certificates Held (see below)
- Births: 1 + 3 Unwanted
- Marriages: 3
- Deaths: 1

Census Records Obtained (see below)
- 1841 (?) John & Elizabeth Jones
- 1851 John Jones Widower & family
- 1861 John Jones Widower & family
- 1871 Martha (Jones) Bower and brother John R Jones
- 1881 Martha (Bower) Hennenn
John R & Matilda Jones & family
- 1891 George & Alice Blake (Martha’s daughter)
John R & Matilda Jones & family
- 1901 John R & Matilda Jones & family
- 1911 John Richard Jones, Widower

Other Research Undertaken
- IGI -
- Parish Records -
- Wills -
- Businesses -
- Correspondence inc Genes Reunited–
- Visits -
- Photographs - St Matthews, Bethnal Green

St Matthew's, Bethnal Green where John Jones married Elizabeth Counter (who had been christened there)

- Misc Info/Documents – see below

Summaries

Where they were & what they did (see attached)

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

Jones Family - Where they were & what they did

Family Tree Maker Sheet – John Jones (see attached)

The family details of John Jones have been summarized in the attached Family Tree Maker sheet which I may enter into the relationship database Family Tree Maker in the future:

Family Tree Maker sheet - John Jones

Names Index

The following additional surnames appear in this Report in addition to those shown in Page 1:

(?) Beitchford
Blake
Block
Burton
Davis
George
Goodman
Hennenn
Pearce

Colin Bower
1 January 2012

Appendices (Direct Ancestors are Highlighted)

1. Certificates held (see attached)

Full Name: John Jones (of: 40 Road)
Occupation: Broker (Age: Full )

Father: David Jones, School Master
Married at: Parish Church (St Matthews), Bethnal Green (Date: 12.4.1841)
Spouse: Elizabeth Counter (of: 3 Road )
Father: Richard Counter, Excise Officer
Occupation: - (Age: Full )
Relevant Witnesses: -

Full name: John Richard Jones
Born at: 17 Cottage Lane, Stepney (Date: 23.6.1847)
Father: John Jones (Occupation:Dock Laborer)
Mother: Elizabeth Jones (Maiden Name: Counter)

Full Name: George Christopher Bower (of: 42 Vincent Street )
Occupation: Baker (Age: 21) Father: Benjamin Bower, Photographer
Married at: Register Office, Mile End Old Town (Date: 30/8/1864 ) Spouse: Martha Hannah Jones (of: 42 Vincent Street)
Occupation: (Age:20)
Father: John Jones, Laborer
Relevant Witnesses: John Jones

Full Name: Frederick Hennenn (of: 22 Charles Street )
Occupation: Carman (Age: 23)
Father: Frederick Hennenn, Carman
Married at: St Thomas Church, Stepney (Date: 1/2/1880 )
Spouse: Martha Hannah Bower Widow (of: 23 Charles Street )
Father: John Jones, Foreman in Docks

Occupation: (Age: 33)
Relevant Witnesses: Selina Hennenn

Full Name: Martha Hennenn (formerly Bower born Jones of: 19 Eastfield Street (Age: 40 )
Occupation: Wife of Frederic Hennenn, Carman at Builders
Died at: 19 Eastfield Street, Limehouse (Date: 15/5/1889 )
Cause: Bronchitis Apoplexy
Informant: A Blake, Daughter (of: 24 Eastfield Street, Limehouse )

Note

It fascinates me how some families stayed living close by:

Bower/Jones/Hennenn Family

One such family was the Bower/Jones/Hennenn Family:

*1881 Census – 19 Eastfield St, Limehouse

Elizabeth Hennenn Widow Age 49
- lodging there was a George Blake, Ostler

1889 Death Certificate – Martha Hannah Jones – 19 Eastfield Street, Limehouse
Martha Hennenn (formerly Bower born Jones) died age c 40
- witness was Alice Blake (daughter Alice who married George Blake) 24 Eastfield St

*1891 Census – 18 Eastfield St, Limehouse

Charles Hennenn Head (age 30) son of Elizabeth Hennenn (above)
- Alfred & Charles Bower (sons of Martha) were boarding there

*1891 Census – 28 Eastfield St Limehouse

George & Alice (Bower) Blake
- Louisa Bowers (another of Martha’s daughters) was lodging there

*see Census Records Obtained below

2. Census Records Obtained

1841 Census

(?) Bird Cage Walk, Hackney Road, Bethnal Green

John Jones (30) Warehouseman (not born in Middlesex)
Elizabeth Jones (26)(not born in Middlesex)

1851 Census

35 Jubilee Place, Stepney – staying with Thomas & Mary Goodman

Thomas Goodman Head 32 Copper plate printer born Whitechapel, Middx
Mary Goodman Wife 30 Waistcoat worker born Stepney, Middx
Mary Maria Goodman Daughter 4 born Stepney, Middx
Thomas Goodman Son 1 born Stepney, London
John Jones(40) Widower Head Laborer born Yorkshire (Brother in law)
Elizabeth Jones (8) born Stepney, Middx (Niece)
Martha Jones (6) born Stepney, Middx (Niece)
John Jones (3) born Stepney, Middx (Nephew)

1861 Census

16 Dempsey Street, Stepney

John Jones (50) Widower Labourer Docks born Yorkshire
Martha Hannah Jones (16) Dress Maker born London

John Richard Jones (13) Scholar born London

1871 Census

John Richard Jones staying with sister Martha (Jones) Bower

6 Edinboro Road, Tower Hamlets

Edward Beitchford (?) Head 27 Baker born Middx St Luke’s
Mary Ann Beitchford Wife 23 born St George’s
Elizabeth Beitchford Daughter 3 Scholar born Bethnal Green
William Beitchford Son 2 born Mile End
Alice Beitchford Daughter 2 mos born Mile End
George Bower Head 29 Pastry Cook born Fulham
*Mary Ann Bower Wife 27 Dress Maker born Whitechapel

George J Bower Son 5 Scholar born Middx Stepney

William Bower Son 4 born Middx Stepney
Alice Bower Daughter 9 born Middx Stepney
Louisa Bower Daughter 1 born Middx Stepney
John R Jones Brother in Law 26 Foreman in Docks born Middx Stepney

Note:
*Should have been Martha Hannah Bower

1881 Census

Martha Hennenn (formerly Bower born Jones) had married Frederick Hennenn

6 Edinboro Road, Tower Hamlets

*Frank Henham or Henhem Head 27 Carman born Middx Stepney
*Martha Henham or Henhem Wife 35 Confectioner born Whitechapel
Alice C Bower Step Daughter 18 or 19 born Mile End Old Town (see Note)
George J Bower Step Son 15 Carman born Mile End Old Town
Louisa Bower Step Daughter 11 Scholar born Mile End Old Town
Alfred Bower Step Son 9 born Mile End Old Town
John Bower Step Son 7 born Mile End Old Town
Charles Bower Step Son 4 born Mile End Old Town
*Fredk Henhem Son 5 mos born Mile End Old Town
Alfred Pearce Lodger 19 Carman born N K (see Note)

Note:
Alice Bower married Alfred Pearce in 1882 (see George & Alice Blake in 1891)
* Spelling should have been Hennenn

44 Culford Road, Hackney

John R Jones Head 29? Warehouseman Docks born Middx Stepney
Matilda Jones Wife 26 born Middx, St Lukes
John R Jones 3 born Middx, Shoreditch
Herbert Jones 1 born Middx Hackney
Matilda Jones 5 born Middx Shoreditch

1891 Census

28 Eastfield St, Limehouse

George Blake Head 30 Horse Keeper Groom born Shoreditch, London
Alice Blake Wife 29 born Stepney, London
Louisa Blake Daughter 1 born Stepney, London
Louisa Bowers Sister in Law 21 Wholesale Confectionery Factory Hand born Stepney, London

Note:

In 1889 the address given for the Blakes was 24 Eastfield St

34 Featherstone Street, St Lukes, Finsbury

John R Jones Head 38 Grocer born London St Lukes
Matilda A Jones Wife 35 born London, St Lukes
John R Jones 13 born London St Lukes
Herbert Jones 11 born London St Lukes
Matilda Jones 15 born London St Lukes
Jenny Jones 8? born London St Lukes
Martha Jones 6? born London St Lukes

1901 Census

7 Eastbourne Road, Tottenham

John Richard Jones Head 51 Grocer& Provision Dealer born London
Matilda Jones Wife 35 born London
Matilda M Jones 15 Grocers Assistant born London
Jennie Jones 18 Cardboard Box Maker born London
Martha Jones 16 Milliner born London

1911 Census

The Broadway, London Road, Hadleigh, Essex

John Richard Jones Head Widower 64 Grocer born London, Stepney
Ernest William Davis Son in Law 27 Shop Assistant born London, Barnes
Martha Davis Daughter 26 born London, St Lukes
Ernest John Davis Grandson 1 born Baldock, Herts

3. Misc Information/Documents Held

Unwanted Certificates Held

Full name: Martha Jones
Born at: 111 Brick Lane, Bethnal Green (Date: 24/12/1844)
Father: John Henry Jones (Occupation: Green Grocer)
Mother: Martha Jones (Maiden Name: George)

Full name: John Robert Jones
Born at: 8 Raven Street, Whitechapel (Date: 2/9/1846)
Father: Robert Jones (Occupation: Excise Officer)
Mother: Elizabeth Jones (Maiden Name: Jones)

Note:

My ancestor Benjamin Bates Bower died in Raven Street, Whitechapel

Census Records Obtained

1881 Census

19 Eastfield St, Limehouse

Elizabeth Hennenn Head Widow age 49 born Stepney, Middlesex
Charles Hennenn son Carman age 20 born Whitechapel, Middx
William Hennenn son Umemployed age 18 born St Georges East, Middx
Clara Hennenn daughter Scholar age 11 borm St Georges East, Middx
Lodgers included
George Blake lodger Ostler, age 21 born Shoreditch, Middx

1891 Census

91 Cleaves Road, East Ham

Frederick Hennan Head 35 Carman born Stepney, Middx
Amelia Hennan Wife 25 Metal(?) Machinest born Poplar, Middx
Frederick Hennan son 10 Scholar born Stepney, Middx
Henry Hennan son 4 born Stepney, Middx

Note:
Should be Hennenn throughout

18 Eastfield St, Limehouse

Charles Hennenn Head 30 Carman born Shadwell, London
Elizabeth Hennenn Wife 28 Tailoress born Limehouse, London
Elizabeth E Hennenn Daughter 7 Scholar born Limehouse, London
Herbert Hennenn Son 2 born Limehouse, London
Caroline E Hennenn Daughter 1 born Limehouse, London
Thomas Block Boarder Dock Laborer born Shadwell, London
Elizabeth Burton Head Widow 60 born Shadwell, London
George J Burton Son 24 Carman born Limehouse, London
Alfred Bower Boarder 19 Goods Porter – Railway born Stepney, London
Charles Bower Boarder 14 Errand Boy – Clothes Warehouse born Stepney, London

1901 Census

Near Trinity Street, West Ham

Frederick Hennen Head 45 Brick Setter born Stepney, Middx
Amelia Hennen Wife 31 Shirt Maker born Poplar, Middx
Henry Hennen son 14 Sail Maker born Stepney, Middx

Parish Records

St Matthews, Bethnal Green

Elizabeth Counter born 10.11.1815, bp 3 or 8.12.1815
(Parents Richard & Elizabeth Counter of Collingwood St)

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