The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

Family History

Other Names - Progress 2009

1911 Census

The year started off with the publication of the 1911 Census, two years early.

The web-site proved to be user friendly and I found entries for the following families:


London Parish Records

Later Ancestry enhanced their data services by making available some of the Parish Records held by the London Metropolitan Archives, which enabled me to fill in gaps in the Gardner and Gardiner Family Trees to complete the list of thity two 2 x Great Grandparents of Chris and I!

Visit to Islington

I made a long-overdue visit to Islington and saw Holy Trinity Church where Henry Hayes married Charlotte Gardner in :

Visit to Islington

Walland Family

The organisation FONS sent me the text of an article in the Times on 16 July 1856 in which dwelling houses with shops at 65 and 67 High-street, Shadwell were to be sold at auction. The properties had been let to a Mrs Brecht (not clear which one), and Heinrich Brecht's son Henry had run coffee rooms there shortly before his untimely death in 1855 (age 22).

The Walland family had lived in Shadwell for many years, where they ran a dairy. Grorge Frederick Brecht became a milkman and married Mary Ann Walland in 1856. So a number of events within two years. In researching the link between the two families, I found two further census entries for Wallands in Shadwell, one in the name of Warren and the other Whallender!

Coller/Lotz Family

I continue to receive a number of enquiries about the name Collier.

Elizabeth Emma (Collier) Lotz

A descendant of Charles & Matilda Collier (via their daughter Elizabeth Emma Colier) found my website and made contact.

I was delighted to be able to send her a photo of Elizabeth Lotz and a copy of Ted Collier' Tree.

Ted Collier's Family Tree

Peryer/Perrier Family

Clandon Park in West Surrey mounted a small exhibition which included an album signed by or for James Perrier and Mrs Perrier (Martha (Smith) Perrier). Unfortunately Chris and I were unable to visit Clandon House but they were kind enough to send an image of the page on which the signatures appear:

A contact via Genes Reunited claimed that James Peryer's Great Grandfather was John Peryer born 1732 who married Sarah Trigg (born c 1730) on 29.10.1753 at Alford, Surrey.

Colin Bower
31 January 2010

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