The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

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Big Birthday!

I began the year with a big birthday with a nought on the end:

The Bowers of Fulham

We had a very exciting start to the New Year:

I was given the book Fulham Old and New for Christmas and I was able to extract details of the years when the family ran a smallholding at Rowberry Mead: (i.e. George Bower, his son William Bower, William's widow Elizabeth Bower and their son George Bower)

Rowberry Mead

On 2 January, I googled Rowberry Mead and found that a Cambridge graduate had written a dissertation on the Bowers of Fulham:

The Bowers of Fulham

In her dissertation, she also gave the Probate number for Elizabeth Bower's will in 1820:

Elizabeth Bower's will

In her will, Elizabeth Bower names her 5 children as:

Sarah White
George Bower
Christopher Bower (my direct line)
William Bower
Mary Bower

which was new information to me.

Parish Records

I undertook a number of searches:

Additional Searches

I may have discovered the death of William Bower in 1812 though it does not give his age. It is about the right year and the burial was at All Saints in Fulham.

I discovered that William Gux Bower was Christopher Bower's brother.

I carried out further searches of the Parish Records using the name Gux and found an exciting entry:

Dartford, Kent (it would be useful to find out the name of the church)

William Bower
married 4.6.1775
Elizabeth Gux

I followed up the Dartford, Kent entry and found the baptisem of William& Elizabeth's eldest son George:

Dartford, Kent

George Bowyer bp 29.5.1776
(Parents Willmn. & Elizabeth Bowyer)

This puzzling, as there is a William Bower (father George Bower) in Fulham in 1764.

We need to find more information about George Bower who lived in the Fulham area and sort out the movements of William Bower.

Fulham Parish Church

In November, we had a short break in Sidmouth.

On a rainy Sunday we visited the Antiques Centre on the quay at Exeter:

and bought a postcard of All Saints Church (Fulham Parish Church):

This is where my ancestor Christopher Bower was christened in 1794 (Parents William & Elizabeth), one of the earliest records we had obtained.

Little did I know that I would be mounting a Mini-Project and learning much more about the family.

Introduction/Index to Mini-Project

Project Summaries

I have been adding a Summary to some of my Projects:

- Sinking of the SS Britannia

Summary

- Find the Lady!

Summary

Towards the end of 2023, I added two more:

- Madeleine Newland, Cassette Tape Recordings Queen

Maddy Summary

- Brecht One-Name Study

Brecht Summary

Following the Mini-Project, I came up with a Summary for the Bower family research to date:

- Bower Family

Summary

Brecht One-Name Study

In writing up the Summary, I added a new article with entries from the London, City Directories 1736-1943:

London, City Directories

Walland Family

A distant cousin contacted me to provide details of Margaret Walland, the sister of Mary Ann Walland, who married George Frederick Brecht:

Margaret Walland

In fact, when Margaret married Caleb Andrews in 1867, her sister Mary Ann Brecht was a witness.

Margaret's branch of the Family Tree is:

William Edward & Susan Walland

Daughter
Margaret Walland born Stepney 1843 died 1913
married
(1) Caleb Andrews from Hampshire in 1867 (Caleb died Marylebone 1884 (age 51)
(2) Edward Cook in Islington in 1887

Daughter
Alice Andrews born St Pancras 1869 Died 1946
married in St Pancras 1869
Henry Wykes

See Parish Records

Walland Parish Records

I had not received any new information on the Walland Family for some 12 years so this was a nice surprise.

Records from 1998 and 2001

In 1998 and 2001 respectively (prior to setting up the website) two correspondents sent me very detailed information about the Wallands.

I decided after all this time to have the documents scanned and have put them into the website:

Correspondence from 1998

I was provided with a family tree from Thomas & Elizabeth Whirland in 1692 to the children of Edward Albert & Nellie Walland who married c 1897.

Early Walland Family Tree

and

5 Family Group Sheets from a relationship database for:
- Edward & Alice (Siggins) Walland who married in 1781
- Their son William who married Sarah Woodhouse in 1806
- Edward (also son of Edward & Susan) who married Mary Reynolds in 1813
- Their son Edward William who married Susannah Hutley in 1837
- Some Notes on Susan Hutley & her family

Walland Family Group Sheets

Corespondence from 2001

This amounted to an index to the Parish Records of Meldreth & Melbourn in Cambridgeshire 1628-1850 which I added to the Parish Records:

Walland Parish Records

There were many references to Abbis Worland which I have extracted separately:

Abbis Worland

Colin Bower
8 February 2024

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