Mary Bowker

(after 1695 - before 26 January 1705/6)
     Mary Bowker was born after 1695 in Huntingdonshire, England.
     Mary died before 26 January 1705/6 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire. She was buried on 26 January 1705/6 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire.

Mary Bowker

( - 1 October 1690)
     Mary died on 1 October 1690 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire.

Mary Bowker

(8 January 1704 - )
     Mary Bowker was born on 8 January 1704 in Conington, Huntingdonshire, England. She was the daughter of William Bowker and Elizabeth Coles.

Mary Bowker

(29 April 1885 - )
     Mary Bowker was born on 29 April 1885 in Club St, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. She was the daughter of Robert Stanser Bowker and Mary Dove. Mary Bowker was christened on 11 June 1885 in St Mary Magdalene, Sutton in Ashfield.

Mary Bowker

(before April 1822 - 4 July 1854)
     Mary Bowker was born before April 1822 in Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire. She was the daughter of David Bowker and Maria Sampey. Mary Bowker was christened on 2 March 1823 in Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire.
     Mary Bowker was mentioned in the will of James Bowker dated 10 June 1828. Mary and Maria were listed as the children of David Bowker in the 1851 census in Ryhall, Rutland.
The marriage of Mary Bowker and John Lupton Bromhead was registered in Stamford RD in the June 1853 quarter.
     Mary died on 4 July 1854 in Belmesthorpe, Rutland. On the 4 inst, Mary wife of Mrs John Bromhead, jun., and youngest daughter of the David Bowker, Gent of Ryhall, aged 31.

Mary Ann Bowker

(10 July 1797 - )
     Mary Ann Bowker was christened on 10 July 1797 in Alconbury Weston, Huntingdonshire. She was the daughter of Peter Bowker and Mary Marshall.
At Peterborough St John on 30 November 1818 a Polly Bowker named Benjamin Ball of Gloucester Place, London in a Bastardy Bond [PSJ/238/89 #89]
She may be the Mary who married Richard Craddock Thompson in 1826.
Mary Ann Bowker married John Cobb on 24 March 1833 in Woodston, Huntingdonshire. Mary Ann Bowker & John Cob of Alconbury, at Woodstone.
     Mary Ann Bowker and John Cobb were recorded on the 1851 census in Church St, Stilton, Huntingdonshire. John Cobb, 49, cottager, born Alconbury; his wife Mary A, 53, born Alconbury, daughters Eliza 13, Sarah? 11, both scholars, born Stow in Long? Huntingdonshire.
     Mary Ann Bowker and John Cobb were recorded on the 1861 census in High St, Stilton, Huntingdonshire. John Cobb, 59, ag. lab., born Alconbury, his wife Mary A 63, born Alconbury and unmarried daughter Eliza, 23, formerly house servant, born Stow Long.

Mary Ann Bowker

(say 1800 - )
     Mary Ann Bowker was born say 1800 in England. She was the daughter of David Bowker and Elizabeth Doggit. Mary Ann Bowker was christened on 1 September 1802 in Paston, Northamptonshire.
This may be the Polly Bowker who named Benjamin Ball of Gloucester Place, London as the father of her child on 30 Nov 1818 at St John's parish, Peterborough [PSJ/238/89].
Mary Ann Bowker married William Underwood on 28 November 1820 in Paston, Northamptonshire.

Mary Ann Bowker

(16 September 1819 - )
     Mary Ann Bowker was christened on 16 September 1819 in Lt Plumstead, Norfolk. She was the daughter of Alexander Bowker and Eliza or Elisabeth Unknown.

Mary Ann Marshall Bowker

(30 July 1792 - 16 September 1792)
     Mary Ann Marshall Bowker was born on 30 July 1792 in Alconbury Weston, Huntingdonshire. She was the daughter of Peter Bowker and Mary Marshall. Mary Ann Marshall Bowker was christened on 30 August 1792 in Alconbury Weston.
     Mary was buried on 16 September 1792 in Alconbury Weston, Huntingdonshire.

Mary Ann Marshall Bowker

(10 October 1793 - 10 October 1793)
     Mary Ann Marshall Bowker was christened on 10 October 1793 in Alconbury Weston, Huntingdonshire.
     Mary was buried on 10 October 1793 in Alconbury Weston, Huntingdonshire. She was the daughter of Peter Bowker and Mary Marshall.

Mary Anne Bowker

(13 October 1740 - )
     Mary Anne Bowker was christened on 13 October 1740 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire. She was the daughter of Thomas Bowker and Mary Ann Riss.

Mary Edna Steer Bowker

(September 1894 - December 1971)
     Mary Edna Steer Bowker was also known as Edna Mary Steer in records. She's birth was registered in the quarter ending in September 1894 in Pontnewydd, Pontypool RD, Gwent/Monmouthshire, Wales. She was the daughter of Dr Charles Stanser Bowker and Mary Sarah Hale Scudamore Bond. Robert, Mary and Richard were listed as Mary Sarah Hale Scudamore Bond's children in the 1901 census in 40 Chepstow Rd, Newport, Gwent/Monmouthshire, Wales. Mary was a teacher, Newport, Gwent/Monmouthshire, Wales. She taught for many years at Newport Technical College.
She inherited Cumbran house and gave it to the County Council who run it as an old people's home. She was an executor of Dr Charles Stanser Bowker's estate on 1 June 1937 in the Principal Probate Registry, Wales.
     Mary died in December 1971 in England aged 77.

Mary Elizabeth Bowker

(5 January 1818 - 1899)
     Mary Elizabeth Bowker was born on 5 January 1818 in Newton South, Wiltshire, England. She was the daughter of Miles Bowker and Anna Maria Mitford. Mary Elizabeth Bowker was christened on 22 February 1818 in Newton South, Wiltshire. Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Miles, farmer & Ann Maria.
     Mary died in 1899.

Mary Joyce Bowker

(27 September 1914 - )
     Mary Joyce Bowker was born on 27 September 1914 in 29 Holland Rd, Willesden, Middlesex. She was the daughter of Ashley Hugh Bowker and Eleanor Martha Harris.

Mary Layard Bowker

(26 April 1863 - 8 March 1928)
     Mary Layard Bowker was born on 26 April 1863 in Cape Town, South Africa. She was the daughter of Thomas Holden Bowker and Julia Eliza MacGowan.
Mary Layard Bowker married Henry Mitford Barber Mitford Barberton on 28 March 1894 in Bathurst, South Africa.
     Mary died on 8 March 1928 in Kenya aged 64.

Mary Louisa Bowker

(23 November 1843 - )
     Mary Louisa Bowker was born on 23 November 1843 in Christ's Hospital, London. She was the daughter of Henry Francis Bowker and Eliza Alice Keep. Mary Louisa Bowker was christened on 17 January 1844 in Christ Church, Newgate St, (Greyfriars), London. Alice, Mary, Ellen, Alfred and Edith were listed as the children of Henry Francis Bowker in the 1851 census in 37 Amwell St, Clerkenwell, St James, Middlesex.
     Mary Louisa Bowker married Arthur Henry Easten as his second wife, in 1874 in Camberwell RD, Surrey. He maried his first wife Eliza Gray Lunn in the March quarter of 1871 who died in the Dec quarter of 1871.
     Mary Louisa Bowker and Arthur Henry Easten were recorded on the 1881 census in 5 Albemarle Ter, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire. Arthur H. Easten 33, Furnish warehouseman?, born Hull, Mary Louise Easten 28, born London, Violet Bowker Easten 6, Edith Mary Easten 5, Henry Paget Easten, all born Hull; Edith Annie Booker 23, sister in law, unmarried, born London ;servants - Fanny Maria Burton 26, Ellen Ward 22, Betsey Robinson 23, Sarah Green 51.

Children of Mary Louisa Bowker and Arthur Henry Easten

Maryann Bowker

(11 October 1772 - )
     Maryann Bowker was christened on 11 October 1772 in Moulton Near Spalding, Lincolnshire. She was the daughter of William Bowker and Elizabeth Gibbs.

Matilda Hodgson Bowker

(circa 1818? - 5 August 1887)
     Matilda Hodgson Bowker was also known as Matilda Hodson in records. She was born circa 1818?. She was the daughter of James Bowker and Elizabeth Hodgson. Matilda Hodgson Bowker was christened on 9 April 1818 in Stamford St John, Lincolnshire. Matilda Hodson, daughter of James & Elizabeth, grocer.
Matilda Hodgson Bowker married John Bunning on 24 December 1849 in St John, Stamford, Lincolnshire. She was the daughter of James and he was the son of John.
     Matilda Hodgson Bowker and John Bunning were recorded on the 1861 census in Waltham On The Wolds, leicestershire, England. John Bunning 40, farm bailiff, born Ketton & his wife Matilda H Bunning 48, born Stamford.
     Matilda Hodgson Bowker was recorded on the 1871 census in Ketton, Rutland. Matilda Bunning head, widow, 49, governess, born Stamford.
     Matilda's death was registered in the quarter ending on 5 August 1887 in Woburn RD, Bedfordshire.
     Her will was proved on 17 September 1887 at the Principal Probate Registry.

May Bowker

(1 September 1874 - 1 January 1894)
     May Bowker was born on 1 September 1874 in London, England. She was the daughter of Francis William Bowker and Susannah Turner.
     May died on 1 January 1894 in South Africa aged 19.

May Wembridge Bowker

(circa 1887 - )
     May Wembridge Bowker was born circa 1887 in Swindon, Wiltshire. She was the daughter of Arthur Bowker and Susanna Crossley.

Miles Bowker

(19 September 1758 - 1838)
     Miles Bowker was christened on 19 September 1758 in All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. He was the son of Thomas Bowker and Dorothy Monkhouse.
Miles Bowker married Anna Maria Mitford on 8 March 1800 in Mitford, Northumberland.
He was of Deckhams Hall and Tharfield, Sth Africa. He headed "Bowker's party" in 1820 to the Cape of Good Hope on teh SS Weymouth.
He was a ship owner, successful sheep farmer iin Cheviot and later merinos in Devon, had Cherborough Park for 8 years. Leased manor farm from Earl of Pembroke for 3 years.
They settled at Lower Albany - Olive Burn which was extended to become 'Tharfield'.
. Miles Bowker was buried in Tharfield, near Bathurst, South Africa.
     Miles died in 1838.
The Bowkers, who were among several 1820 Settler families in the Eastern Cape fortunate to be given a land grant in the attractive and sought after Albany district, found their homesteads bitterly besieged during the numerous Kaffir and Frontier wars of the last century.
The homestead at Thorn Kloof, the well-known Bowker farm in the Grahamstown district, which now belongs to Mr. Francis Bowker, was destroyed during the War of the Axe in 1846-7. The farmhouse had formed a valuable laager and refuge for other neighbouring members of the Bowker family during these Kaffir Wars, as it was best suited for protection purposes.
Several other farmhouses, belonging to the Bowkers, were burnt down in this period. Today there are few Bowkers left in the Albany district. This large and respected family, with a long line of distinguished personalities, has now scattered to various parts of the Eastern Cape and South Africa. The adventuring lust was evident among the Bowkers from the early days.
During the diamond and gold rushes of the second half of the last century, several Bowkers tried their luck at finding a fortune. Other members of the family, not content to stay still, ventured outside South Africa, some going as far as Kenya to farm and settle. Farming has always been the main occupation of the Bowkers, and they have been efficient, model farmers. Thorn Kloof is a fine example.
Thorn Kloof also contains a lot of history. Next to the main farmhouse, built in 1935, stand two others built about the middle of the last century - the one being rebuilt on original walls of even earlier date. These old buildings are full of valuable Africana, portraits of Bowker ancestry, old hunting trophies and relics of peace and war on the frontier.
Other direct descendants of Miles Bowker, the Wiltshire landowner who led his party of 23 which arrived at Algoa Bay aboard the Weymouth in early 1820, today farm at Schoombee, near Middelburg, and at Cathcart and Bedford. Miles Bowker had nine sons and two daughters.
They and their descendants were to play a key role in the early colony's growth. They made their impression in agriculture, administration, politics, science and war.
Tharfield, is regarded as the original Bowker homestead in South Africa, and now belongs to Mr. Thomas Guard Webb, of Bathurst. The house in which the Webbs stay was built in 1835, and not much has been changed since then, as it was built in stone. The farm is situated in the undulating countryside between the Riet and Kleinemond Rivers, near the coast. The Webb family acquired it in 1925. It is at Tharfield that Miles and his wife are buried. The small cemetery is still there.
There are two Bowker families now owning farms in the Cathcart district. John is the head of Dunskye and Julian of Oakdene.
Four of the sons of Miles were members of the Cape Parliament.
One of the best stories concerning the Bowkers is that of the lost family silver, which had been missing for 138 years. It was bundled up hastily in a tablecloth, straight off the dinner table when the family fled from the invading Xhosa hordes in the Kaffir War of 1835. Four of the sons of Miles Bowker buried it in an antbear hole - and never found it again.
Since then, several Bowkers have enlisted the help of witchdoctors in an effort to trace the spot where the missing silver was buried, but all to no avail. The incident happened when the Bowkers still farmed at Tharfield. At first the 70-year-old Miles refused to leave, and it was only when his sons threatened to drag him away bodily, tied to a horse, that he reluctantly took refuge in the church at Bathurst along with the other families of the district. Miles Bowker was the first settler to introduce merino sheep to South Africa from England. However, they were unsuited for the area at Tharfield and were moved to the north in the valley of the Koonap River.
Other families with close ties with the Bowkers are the Atherstone and Mitford Barbertons from the marriage of Miles Bowker's two daughters, Anna Maria and Mary Elizabeth.


Transcribed from scrapbooks at the Port Elizabeth library that contains miscellaneous newspaper cuttings pertaining to the 1820 Settlers, by
Becky Horne, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Children of Miles Bowker and Anna Maria Mitford

Miles Brabbin Bowker

(27 January 1805 - 1864)
     Miles Brabbin Bowker was born on 27 January 1805 in Mitford?, Northumberland. He was the son of Miles Bowker and Anna Maria Mitford. Miles Brabbin Bowker was christened on 15 January 1807 in Mitford. He was christened on 4 October 1813 in Almer, Dorset.
     Miles died in 1864. He was buried at 'Thorn Kloof', of Tharfield, Thorn Kloof & Groenfontein. He marreid Barbara Petronella Oosthuisen c. 1830 who died 1895 aged 87 and is buried with him. They had no issue and his property was left to his nephew Miles Robert.
Mr Francis Bowker is a descendant of the Hon. William Monkhouse Bowker, MLA, the second son of Miles. William and his younger brother, Miles Brabbin, showed their quick assimilation to a South African way of life - they were young men in their late teens when they made the voyage on the Weymouth - by marrying Oosthuizen sisters, daughters of a friendly Dutch wagoner who transported the Bowker family to their first farm, Oliveburn, which was soon rejected for Tharfield.
The Bowkers at Cathcart are closely related to the Thorn Kloof Bowkers, for they also descend from William Monkhouse Bowker. His grandson, Meyrick Brabbin Bowker, inherited the farm Dunskye, at Cathcart in 1913, after the death of his father, Miles Meyrick Bowker who had previously run the farm.

Miles Egerton Bowker

(1860 - 1933)
     Miles Egerton Bowker married Katherine Mitford Bowker, daughter of Thomas Holden Bowker and Julia Eliza MacGowan. Miles Egerton Bowker was born in 1860. He was the son of Robert Mitford Bowker.
     Miles died in 1933.

Child of Miles Egerton Bowker and Katherine Mitford Bowker

Myrtle Mary Bowker

(28 May 1885 - )
     Myrtle Mary Bowker married Patrick MacIntyre. Myrtle Mary Bowker was born on 28 May 1885. Mary Myrtle?. She was the daughter of Francis William Bowker and Susannah Turner. Myrtle Mary Bowker was the informant at the death of Francis William Bowker, on 24 November 1929.

Nancy Wharton Bowker

(1924 - )
     Nancy Wharton Bowker was christened in 1924 in St Mary, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. She was the daughter of John Weldon Bowker and Annie Wharton.
Lady of the Manor of Whittlesey.

Nicholas Bowker

( - circa 1498)
     Nicholas died circa 1498.
     His will was proved in 1498. Nicholas Bowker, fuller of Northampton..

Octavius Bourchier Bowker

(27 May 1815 - 1899)
     Octavius Bourchier Bowker was christened on 27 May 1815 in Almer, Dorset, England. He was the son of Miles Bowker and Anna Maria Mitford.
     Octavius died in 1899. He married Mary Anne Wilmot and had 5 known children.

Patty Bowker

(11 June 1756 - )
     Patty Bowker was christened on 11 June 1756 in Farcett, Huntingdonshire. She was the daughter of David Bowker and Lydia Jennings.
     A marriage settlement between Patty Bowker and Samuel Wells was made on 7 March 1774. Deeds relating to a farmhouse and 144 acres in Middlemoor district, Ramsey... (And subsequent deeds) (for the purpose of showing Mrs Wells is barred of her dower.) Samuel Wells, eldest son and heir at law and devisee named in the will of the late William Wells, to William Bowker and Daniel Gray, trustees. In consideration of the marriage intended between Wells and Patty Bowker and £500 paid by David Bowker as a marriage portion for his daughter Patty. His estate called Honey in the hamlet of Wimblington, Isle of Ely, Cambs., to hold to certain users, including, on the death of Wells, to use of themselves to the intent that Patty Bowker might receive out of the premises an annuity of £650 in lieu of all dower which might have out of Wells's real or personal estates.
Patty Bowker married Samuel Wells on 22 March 1774 in Farcett, HUN. Married by licence.

Child of Patty Bowker and Samuel Wells

Patty Bowker

(before August 1789 - before 4 August 1819)
     Patty Bowker was born before August 1789 in Walton, Northamptonshire. She was the daughter of James Bowker and Anne Lowe. Patty Bowker was christened on 19 April 1790 in Paston, Northamptonshire.
     Patty died before 4 August 1819 in Peterborough, Northamptonshire. She was buried on 4 August 1819 in St John the Baptist, Peterborough.

Peter Bowker

(circa 1766 - 18 June 1819)
     Peter Bowker was born circa 1766 in Huntingdonshire. No record of baptism has been found. He was the son of Burgess Bowker and Elizabeth (Mary) Higby. Peter was a farmer in Alconbury Weston, Huntingdonshire.
     In Burgess Bowker's will dated 21 October 1790 in Alconbury Weston, Peter Bowker was named as heir. He was an executor of Burgess Bowker's estate on 27 December 1790 in Huntingdonshire.
Peter Bowker married Mary Marshall on 24 October 1791 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire. Married by licence.
     Peter died on 18 June 1819 in Alconbury Weston, Huntingdonshire. He is buried with his wife Mary and his memorial inscription states Peter Bowker who departed this life 1st June 1819 aged 53. He was buried on 21 June 1819 in Alconbury Weston.

Children of Peter Bowker and Mary Marshall