Thomas Bowker

(circa 1810 - )
     Thomas Bowker was born circa 1810 in Leverington, Cambridgeshire. He was the son of David Bowker and Elizabeth Doggit. Thomas Bowker was christened on 27 January 1811 in Parson Drove, Cambridgeshire. In the 1851 census Thomas Bowker was living in the household of his brother-in-law John Johnson in Peterborough, Northamptonshire.
Thomas Bowker married Jane Walker (Booth) on 13 January 1852 in St John, Peterborough, Northamptonshire.

Thomas Bowker

(between 1598 and 1600 - 20 March 1666/67)
     Thomas Bowker was born between 1598 and 1600 in Fletton, Huntingdonshire. He was the son of Thomas Bowker and Ann Unknown.
     Thomas Bowker and Margaret Bowker, Thomas Bowker and Margerie Bowker were beneficiaries in Thomas Bowker's will dated in or before 1609 in Fletton.
     Thomas matriculated at Cambridge University in 1614. It is likely that he is the Thomas Booker admitted to Jesus College, Michaelmas, 1614. who gained a BA 1617-8; MA 1622. He was ordained deacon (Peterborough.) Mar. 1, 1617-8; priest, Sept. 21, 1618.
However he would seem to be unsuuitable to be father of William, which implies William is from another line.
At Whittlesey St Mary, Thomas son of Thomas was baptised 20 September 1615, the entry is only partly legible. Thomas was ordained deacon (Peterborough) March 1, 1617-8; priest, September 21, 1618 at Castor, Northamptonshire, in 1618.
     In Ann Unknown's will dated 22 May 1624 in Fletton, Thomas Bowker was named as heir.
Thomas Bowker married Dorothy Garnar or Gardiner on 20 August 1624 in Castor, Northamptonshire. Licence dated August 7 1624. Thomas was curate at Castor in 1647.
     Thomas died on 20 March 1666/67 in Brinkhill, Lincolnshire.

Children of Thomas Bowker and Dorothy Garnar or Gardiner

Thomas Bowker

(20 September 1615 - )
     Thomas Bowker was christened on 20 September 1615 in St Mary, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. The surname is hard to read and is the only entry for that name until a marriage in 1738. He was the son of Thomas Bowker.

Thomas Bowker

(say 1580 - )
     Thomas Bowker was born say 1580.

Child of Thomas Bowker

Thomas Bowker

(22 August 1835 - )
     Thomas Bowker was born on 22 August 1835 in Battersea, Surrey. He was the son of John Bowker and Elizabeth Higgins. Thomas Bowker was christened on 21 October 1835 in St Mary, Battersea, Surrey.
     Thomas Bowker appeared on the 1841 census in the household of John Bowker and Elizabeth Higgins in Manor Lane, Clapham, Surrey. Edwin, Jane, David, Alfred and Thomas were listed as the children of John Bowker in the 1851 census in Manor Farm Dairy, Clapham.

Thomas Bowker

(29 November 1753 - )
     Thomas Bowker was born on 29 November 1753 in Finsbury, London. He was the son of James Bowker and Elizabeth Unknown. Thomas Bowker was christened on 7 December 1753 in St Luke Old Church, Finsbury, London.

Thomas Bowker

(circa 1852 - )
     Thomas Bowker was born circa 1852 in Stamford, Lincolnshire/Northamptonshire. He was the son of William T Bowker and Elizabeth Horden.

Thomas Bowker

(14 March 1737 - )
     Thomas Bowker was born on 14 March 1737 in London. He was the son of Holden Bowker and Elizabeth Unknown. Thomas Bowker was christened on 2 April 1738 in St Anne, Soho, Westminster.

Thomas Blunson Bowker

(circa 1785 - before 5 September 1828)
     Thomas Blunson Bowker was born circa 1785 in Huntingdonshire, England.
     Thomas died before 5 September 1828 in Alconbury Weston, Huntingdonshire, England. He was buried on 5 September 1828 in Alconbury Weston, Huntingdonshire.

Thomas Burgess Bowker

(20 March 1809 - )
     Thomas Burgess Bowker was born on 20 March 1809 in Water Newton, Huntingdonshire. Born on the 3rd according to his descendant Rachel Fordham. He was the son of George Robinson Bowker and Joanna Aveling. Thomas Burgess Bowker was christened on 12 July 1809 in Water Newton. Thomas was a farmer.
Thomas Burgess Bowker married Rebecca Burnham, daughter of John Burnham and Mary Blunt, on 24 May 1831 in St Mary, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. Married - On Tuesday, the 24th May at Whittlesea (by the Rev S L Pope), Mr Thomas Burgess Bowker of Buckworth, Hunts, to Rebecca, second daughter of John Burnham, Esq, of the former place..
     Thomas Burgess Bowker and Rebecca Burnham were recorded on the 1841 census in Bowker's Lodge, Buckworth, Huntingdonshire. Thomas Bowker, 30, farmer born in the county, Rebecca 30 not born in the county, James 3, Henry 6 months, both born in the county, with 2 female servants.
     Thomas Burgess Bowker arrived per "Arabian" on 13 May 1850 at Port Adelaide, South Australia. Thomas Burgess Bowker, was a signatory to the commendation to the Captain of the barque "Arabian" to express to you the high sense we entertain of your kind and gentlemanlike conduct and deportment towards us, and the unwearied efforts made by you for our comfort and accommodation, as well as for the preservation of ourselves, ship, and cargo. Although the voyage has been rather tedious, yet it has been peculiarly a safe one.
     Thomas died in Australia. He was of f Buckworth and allegedly robbed & murdered in Australia. He was mentioned in his father's codicil dated 5 June 1831.

Children of Thomas Burgess Bowker and Rebecca Burnham

Thomas Burgess Bowker

(5 March 1882 - 14 March 1931)
     Thomas Burgess Bowker was born on 5 March 1882 in Timaru?, New Zealand. He was the son of Charles Bowker and Anna Elizabeth Whitla.

     Thomas was registered as Thomas Burges Bowker, farmer at Rolleston, Courtenay, Wellington, New Zealand, on the between 1905 and 1906 electoral roll.
Thomas Burgess Bowker married Annie Maud Florence Bowker, daughter of Henry Layton Bowker and Margaret Agnes Dudley, in 1909 in New Zealand.
     Thomas was registered as Thomas Burgess Bowker, farmer at Dunback, Oamaru, Otago, on the between 1911 and 1928 electoral roll.
     Thomas Burgess Bowker served in the War between 1914 and 1918 in Dunback, Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand. In the Researve Rolls 1916-1917, he was listed as: Thomas Burgess Bowker, sheep farmer, 'Matenui', Dunback, North Otago.
     Thomas died on 14 March 1931 in Dunedin Hospital, Dunedin, New Zealand, aged 49.
     His will was proved in 1931 at Dunedin.
     Thomas may have died in 1939 in Makikihi, Merrybrook, New Zealand. There is no registration at this date.

Child of Thomas Burgess Bowker and Annie Maud Florence Bowker

Thomas Cliff Bowker

(15 December 1849 - 4 July 1850)
     Thomas Cliff Bowker's birth was registered in the quarter ending on 15 December 1849 in Stamford RD. He was the son of William Bowker and Jane Cliff.
     Thomas's death was registered in the quarter ending on 4 July 1850 in Stamford RD .

Thomas Cliff Bowker

(21 April 1853 - 1943)
     Thomas Cliff Bowker's birth was registered in the quarter ending on 21 April 1853 in Stamford RD. He was the son of William Bowker and Jane Cliff. William, Thomas and James were listed as the children of William Bowker in the 1861 census in 45 Broad St, Ratcliffe, Stepney.
     Thomas died in 1943 in Canada.

Thomas Dawson Bowker

(before September 1779 - 21 March 1858)
     Thomas Dawson Bowker was born before September 1779 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire. He was the son of Thomas Bowker and Elizabeth Dawson. Thomas Dawson Bowker was christened on 20 July 1780 in Yaxley.
     Thomas Dawson Bowker was mentioned in the will of Rev William Dawson dated 28 June 1791.
     Thomas matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge University, on 27 September 1799. He was admitted pensioner aged 20, Sep 27 1799 Trinity Hall Cambridge University; matriculated Michaelmas 1799, scholar.
He was described as "a scholar from Hatfield" [JNB]; an "Irish gentleman, a gambler who lost 2-3 fortunes, married a few rich wives. Owned considerable estates in Yorkshire including Kempsalt/Campsall?" [JWD H-J].
Thomas Dawson Bowker married Margaret Johnston on 30 May 1801 in St Pancras, London. They were both of this parish, the witnesses were James & Maria Newton.
     Thomas Dawson Bowker was mentioned in the will of Thomas Bowker dated 24 February 1802.
     Thomas Dawson Bowker and Elizabeth Steer obtained a marriage licence on 12 August 1811 in Hatfield, Yorkshire. Appeared personally Thomas Dawson Bowker esquire and made oath that he of Hatfield, Yks ... a widower and intendeth to marry with Elizabeth Steer of the parish of Hatfield, a spinster of the age of 21 and upwards... Signed Thos Dawson Bowker.
Thomas Dawson Bowker married secondly Elizabeth Steer on 21 August 1811 in Hatfield, Yorkshire. By licence. He was described as a widower and the marriage was witnessed by Wm Duncan Campbell & Mary Robinson.
The Leeds Intelligencer on 26 August 1811 reported: On Wednesday, Thomas Dawson Bowker, Esq: to Elizabeth, youngest daughter of the late Richard Ryther Popplewell Steer, Esq: of Bawtry.

An 1863 affidavit of Joseph Callidine of Bulwell Nottingham, gentleman aged 65 states: I have known for many years well and intimately acquainted with Thomas Dawson Bowker and Elizabeth his wife formerly Elizabeth Steer, spinster, that they were as I have been informed and believe married at Hatfield Yorks August 1811 and then and for some time afterwards resided there, that they afterwards removed and for many years resided at Bulwell afsd...
Prayers: ..., Writ of Error brought into this House on Friday 19 Feb last, wherein William Duncan Campbell & Thomas Dawson Bowker are plaintiffs and Andrew Todd Patterson is defendant in order to reverse a judgement ....
Thomas Dawson Bowker was declared bankrupt on 2 June 1819 in Warmsworth, Yorkshire. In the bankrupts column of the Times: T D Bowker, Warmsworth-house, Yorkshire, merchant, June 28, 29, July 13 at the George Inn, Newcastle upon Tyne: Attorney Mr Plumptre, Temple. The London gazette reported:
The creditors who have proved their debts ... against Thomas Dawson Bowker, late of Warmsworth House, merchant are to meet on 6 Dec 1819 at the George Inn, Newcastle on Tyne ... to ajust the accounts of the said bankrupt
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     Thomas Dawson Bowker was mentioned in a civil court action in 1821 in the Court of Chancery, London. Campbell v Barker. Document type: Answer only. Plaintiffs: William Duncan Campbell and wife and others. Defendants: Thomas Dawson Bowker, Samuel Barker and William Kinnard. Amended by an order dated 12 March 1822: Richard Bradley Wainman, Joseph Monkhouse, James Bowker, Edward Walton Chapman, Isaac Eyton, Thomas Newbound and Elizabeth Bowker added as defendants.
revived Hilary 1822
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Thomas Dawson Bowker was declared bankrupt between February 1821 and November 1824. The creditors who have proved their debts ... against Thomas Dawson Bowker, late of Warmsworth House, York, merchant, are to meet on 5 March, at the George Inn, Newcastle, concerning the mortgagees settling by public auction at Epworth, Lincs, or some other place near the situation of the property, the real estates of the said bankrupt ....
BELTON, Lincolnshire. To be SOLD by AUCTION, (By order of the Assignees of Thomas Dawson Bowker, a bankrupt, and with the consent of the Mortgagees) By E. G. Woodhead, At the house of Mr. Laughton, the Red Lion Inn, in Epworth, in the county of Lincoln, on Thursday the 7th day of June next, between the hours of 4 and 5 the afternoon, subject to such conditions of sale shall be then produced; A Desirable Freehold ESTATE, the greater part of which is Tithe-free, situate at Belton, in the county of Lincoln, in the following or such other .lots as may be agreed upon at the time of sale: viz. Lot 1. A Messuage or Tenement, and suitable a. r. p. Out-buildings, with the Little Croft and Sand Close thereto adjoining, containing together ... 3 1 0 Also a Close or Piece of Arable Land, adjoining the above-mentioned Sand Close on the East 2 2 0 Lot 2. A Messuage or Farm-house, Barns, Stables, and other convenient Out-buildings thereto belonging, with the Orchard or Homestead adjoining, containing 5 Close or Piece of Meadow or Pasture Ground, called the Little Pasture Close 10S5 Also Close or Piece of Arable Land, called the Great Pasture Close , 3 3 0 The last-mentioned lot is in the occupation of John Robinson, under a lease for 7 years from the 11th day of October, 1816, and is intended to be sold subject to such lease. Lot 3. A Close or Piece of Arable Land, called the Plough Close «. 6 0 10 A Close of Arable Land, called the Long Close 1 37 A Close of Arable Land, called Seaton Close 8 A Close of Arable Land, called Nook Close... 5 2 36 A Close of Arable Land, called the Garden Close 50 Lot 4. A Close or Piece of Arable Land, called the Pond Close 4 88 This lot is in the occupation of Robert Scott, the yearly rent of 22/. Lot 5. A Close of excellent Arable Land, called the Gares Bottom Close .71 0 Another Close of Arable Land, called the Gares Top Close 8 10 Lot 6. A Close or Piece of Arable Land, on the North Moor, called the Bottom Common Close 00 Another Close or Piece of Arable Land, adjoining to the last-mentioned close, called the Top Common Close 8 0 0 Lot 7. A Close of Arable and Meadow Land, called the Shaw Close 0 Lot 8. A Close or Piece of Arable Land, called the Gell Close 0 22 Lot 9. An excellent Meadow or Pasture Close, called the Stools, in the occupation of John Birtwistle.. „ 1 2 20 Lot 10. A Close of Arable Land, called the Shaw Nook Close 4 0, Lot 11. A Close or Piece of Arable Land, late in the occupation of Marmaduke Robinson 0 Lots 1, 5, 6, 7, 10, and 11, are in the occupation of Anthony Robinson. Lots 2, 3, and 8, are in the occupation of John Robinson. Possession may be had of all the above lots, except lot 2, at Old Michaelmas next.' There is a small Land-tax payable out of the above estate. The Parochial Rates are very moderate. 55- The tenants will show the lots in their respective occupations; and further particulars may be obtained of Messrs. Walters and Ellison, solicitors, Newcastle upon Tyne; or of Mr. Nottingham, solicitor, East Retford, Notts. May, 1821.
BELTON, Lincolnshire. To be SOLD by AUCTION, (By order of the Assignees of Thomas Dawson Bowker, bankrupt, and with the consent of the Mortgagees) By E. G. Woodhead, At the house of Mr. Laughton, the Red Lion Inn, in Epworth, in the county of Lincoln, on Thursday the 7th day of June next, between the hours of 4 and 5 in the afternoon, subject to such conditions of sale as shall be then produced; A Desirable Freehold ESTATE, the greater part of which is Tithe-free, situate Belton, in the county of Lincoln, in the following or such other lots as may be agreed upon at the time of sale: viz. Lot 1. A Messuage or Tenement, and suitable r. p. Out-buildings, with the Little Croft and Sand Close thereto adjoining, containing together ...SI 0 Also a Close or Piece of Arable Land, adjoining the above-mentioned Sand Close on the East 2 0 Dot 2. A Messuage or Farm-house, Barns, Stables, and other convenient Out-buildings thereto belonging, with the Orchard or Homestead adjoining, containing 2 0 A Close or Piece of Meadow or Pasture Ground, called the Little Pasture Close 1 0 35 Also a Close or Piece of Arable Land, called the Great Pasture Close 3 3 0 The last-mentioned lot is in the occupation of John Robinson, under a lease for 7 years from the 11th day of October, 1816, and is intended to be sold subject to such lease. Lot 3. A Close or Piece of Arable Land, called the Plough Close 6 0 10 A Close of Arable Land, called the Long Close 4 1 37 A Close of Arable Land, called Seaton Close 8 16 A Close Arable Land, called Nook Close... 5 2 36 A Close of Arable Land, called the Garden Close '. 5 0 5 Lot 4. A Close or Piece of Arable Land, called the Pond Close 4 3 38 This lot is in the occupation of Robert Scott, the yearly rent of 22/. Lot 5. A Close of excellent Arable Land, called the Gares Bottom Close 7 10 Another Close of Arable Land, called the Gares Top Close .-. 8 1 0 Lot 6. A Close or Piece of Arable Land, on the North Moor, called the Bottom Common Close 7 0 0 Another Close or Piece of Arable Land, adjoining to the last-mentioned close, called the Top Common Close 8 0 0 Lot 7. A Close of Arable and Meadow Land, called the Shaw Close 5 0 5 Lot 8. A Close or Piece of Arable Land, called the Gell Close 6 0 22 Lot 5». An excellent Meadow or Pasture Close, called the Stools, in the occupation of John Birtwistle 4 2 20 Let 10. A Close of Arable Land, called the Shaw Nook Close 4 2 0 Lot 11. A Close or Piece of Arable Land, late in the occupation of Marmaduke Robinson 2 0 0 Lots 1, 5, 6, 7, 10, and 11, are in the occupation of Anthony Robinson. Lots 2, 3, and 8, are in the occupation John Robinson. Possession may be had of all the above lots, except lot 2, at Old Michaelmas next. There is a small Land-tax payable out of the above estate. The Parochial Rates are very moderate. The tenants will show the lots in their respective occupations; and further particulars may be obtained of Messrs, Walters and Ellison, solicitors, Newcastle upon or of Mr. Nottingham, solicitor, East Retford, Notts. May, 1821.
     Thomas Dawson Bowker was recorded on the 1841 census in College St, Marylebone, Middlesex. He is possibly the Thomas Bowker aged 61, Independent, not born in the county.
His son Richard went back to England to help him but found him riding "4 in hand" in Rotten Row, so he turned around and returned to NSW. He is not identifiable in the 1851 census.
The London Evening Standar reported on 2 March 1847: It was an action in trover to recover a £500. bill, for which, as was alleged, the plaintiff had given some consideration, that it had passed into the hands of the defendant, and that he bad detained it, and refused to give it up. Mr. Serjeant Shee opened the case, and called Thomas Dawson Bowker, who deposed. — l am a money agent. Mr. Wilkinson is a bill-discounter. In September last I received from him a 500.. bill, and on the 11th I gave it to the defendant for the purpose of discount. He said he would get it done for me. I afterwards met the defendant on 'Change, in the presence of Wilkinson; Mr. Hemsworth handed me the bill; and immediately, at Wilkinson's desire, I handed it back to Mr. Hemsworth. Cross-examined by Mr. Hurafrey.— l was first applied to about this bill by Wilkinson on the 15th or 16th of August. He requested me not to make any personal inquiries respect-ing the parties who had drawn and accepted the bill. I told Wilkinson that I had heard of handbills cautioning persons not to take tbis and other bills which were described, as they had been obtained by fraud. I said the circumstance ought to be mentioned to Mr. Hemsworth before he discounted the bill, but Wilkinson told me I was not to mention it, as such things were better kept quiet. The same morning the drawer of the bill and bis attorney had given me notice that I was not to part with it, on tbe ground that it had been fraudulently obtained ; and this was stated by the same parties to Mr. Hemsworth in Wilkinson's presence. After some dispute it was arranged that Mr. Hemsworth was to keep the bill until Wilkinson could satisfy him that he (Wilkinson) had given value for it, Wilkinson undertaking to do so next morning. Wilkinson offered it to me at 40 per cent, discount. I said I could not do it under 60 per cent. It was after-wards arrranged that whatever I did at above 30 per cent, was to be divided between Wilkinson and me. I heard the name of Chandler mentioned at some time. I think Wilkinson said he had given that person money for it. Mr. Hemsworth certainly wished bim to show that be bad done so before he gave it up. In answer to questions in re-examination by Mr. Serjeant Shee, the witness said, — I told Mr. Hemsworth when I asked him to discount the bill that he could not have more than 30 percent. Wilkinson said I was to get it done; for instance, I agreed to get it done for 60 per cent, lf I got it done at 30, I was to keep the other 30, to be divided etween Wilkinson and myself. Wilkinson did not then say that (handler had had 3501. for the bill. He had told me in a letter that he bad given "'some money" for the bill. He said to Mr. Hemsworth that the bill belonged to him and his party, and money had been paid for it. Thomas Jones, clerk to Mr. Brown, attorney, Sackville- street, said he went with Wilkinson to Mr. Hemsworth, and saw him and Mr. Milbourne..
Thomas Dawson Bowker was declared bankrupt in January 1848. Nathaniel Ellison, esq. HM Commissioner of the Newcastle upon Tyne District Court of Bankruptcy... awarded and issued forth against Thomas Dawson Bowker, late of Warmsworth House, co. York, merchant, to sit 17 Feb next ... to audit the accounts... of the said bankrupt.
     Thomas Dawson Bowker was recorded on the 1851 census. He may be the TB of Huntingdonshire, aged 45, labourer, in the Bedford Lunatic Asylum, but the age is way out; he is unidentifiable otherwise.
     Thomas died on 21 March 1858 in 40 Luard St, Caledonian Rd, Islington, London. Aged 78, a gentleman. He was buried after 21 March 1858 in Islington. It was a paupers' grave.

Children of Thomas Dawson Bowker and Elizabeth Steer

Thomas Holden Bowker

(24 February 1807 - 1885)
     Thomas Holden Bowker was born on 24 February 1807 in Dorset, England. He was the son of Miles Bowker and Anna Maria Mitford. Thomas Holden Bowker was christened on 4 October 1813 in Almer, Dorset.
Thomas Holden Bowker married Julia Eliza MacGowan on 18 October 1854 in Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa. They had 7 children, 3 of whom married Bowker cousins.
     Thomas died in 1885.
The Hon. Thomas Holden Bowker, MLA, the fourth son of Miles, was probably the most famous. He stood for presidency of the Free State in 1863, but was beaten by Jan Brand. Holden was also a commandant during the Kaffir Wars, and the founder of Queenstown. He designed the hexagonal layout of the town as a defence against the Kaffir attacks. Bowker's Kop in Queenstown is named after him. Holden inherited Tharfield after the death of Miles, at the age of 74, in 1838. However, he was not all that interested in farming. He became known as "Compensation Bowker" because of his efforts to get compensation for settlers who lost possessions during the Kaffir Wars.

Children of Thomas Holden Bowker and Julia Eliza MacGowan

Thomas Holden Bowker

(1857 - 10 July 1932)
     Thomas Holden Bowker was born in 1857 in Somerset East, South Africa. He was the son of Thomas Holden Bowker and Julia Eliza MacGowan.
     Thomas died on 10 July 1932 in Kitale, Kenya. He farmed at Tharfield, served in the Gaika War and moved to Kenya. He left no issue.

Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire

(8 August 1791 - 10 May 1882)
     Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire was born on 8 August 1791 in Peterborough, Northamptonshire. He was the son of Samuel Harris Bowker and Catherine Goodman.
Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire married Sarah Eagles Cowley on 28 July 1827 in Winslow, Buckinghamshire.
     Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire was recorded on the 1841 census in the Manor House, Market Place, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. Thomas Bowker, 50 farmer, not born Cambs; Catherine 13 Yes, Eliza 11 Y, Thomas 5 Y, Henry 4 Y, Sarah 3 Y, Frederick 1 Y, plus a governess & 4 servants. There is also a James aged 40 living alone. He was widowed on 1 May 1848 on the death of his wife Sarah Eagles Cowley.
     Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire was recorded on the 1851 census in the Manor House, Market Place, Whittlesey. Thomas Bowker, head, widower, 60 magistrate, farmer of 400 acres employing 16 labourers, born Peterborough; Catherine Bowker, unmarried daughter 22 b. Whittlesey; Sarah daughter 12 ditto, Charles Edward son 6 ditto, & 3 servants.
Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire was listed in a directory dated 1851 as an Esquire at the Manor House, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.
     Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire was recorded on the 1861 census in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. Thomas Bowker, head, widower, 70 magistrate, farmer 286 acres employing 10 men, born Peterboro; Catherine daughter., unmar, 32 born Whittlesey; William Harris Bowker, son unm, 27 farmer 130 acres employing 6 men 1 boy, born Whittlesey, Thomas son, unm 25 solicitor's clerk, ditto; Francis son 15 farmers son, ditto; Sarah daughter 22, ditto; Charles F son 16, ditto; 2 servants. He was an executor of William Harris Bowker's estate on 24 July 1869.
     Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire was recorded on the 1871 census in Market Place, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. Thomas Bowker, widower, 79 JP and Deputy Lieutenant for the co. of Cambridgeshire, born Peterborough; Catherine Bowker, daughter. unmarried 42, born Whittlesey; Mary Elizabeth Cowley, visitor, 11, born Camberwell Surrey; 2 servants.
     Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire were recorded on the 1881 census in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. Thomas Bowker, head, widower 89 Justice of the Peace, born Peterborough; Catherine, daughter. unmar. 52, born Whittlesey; 3 servants.
     Thomas died on 10 May 1882 in Whittlesey RD, Cambridgeshire, aged 90. Memorial to the late Thomas Bowker, Esq. A very costly and beautiful memorial has this week been placed in the chancel of St. Mary's Church, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, to the memory of the above gentleman. The memorial was designed by W P Crisp Esq. architect, 88 Chancery-lane, London, and to say the least of it, displays an amount of art and architectural ability seldom shown on works of a similar nature. Mr. Crisp has clearly studied the motto of the Bowker family, viz:-attempt nothing you cannot perfect. When it is considered that Mr. Crisp has taken his design from different parts of the church, and moulded them into a beautiful whole, the credit is greater to him.
The memorial as a whole is a fit one to perpetuate the memory of so honoured a townsman as the deceased gentleman, and reflects the highest credit upon the surviving members of the family, and upon all in any way connected with it.
The following is a description of the memorial. It is composed of Caen stone and polished statuary, and Purbeck marbles, and the motive of its design has been sought in the beautiful architecture of the tower of the church itself. This we believe was a suggestion of one of the family, A glance at the south window of the tower and the window below it, will show that a combination of the recessed opening of the one, and the ornamented pinnacles of the other, forms the nucleus of the design. The carving is somewhat more elaborated to suit a position closer to the eye. The hood was adapted from the canopy in the west front of the tower. The battlements are also taken from the tower, and indeed every portion of the new work can be traced to some portion of the old. The inscription is in lead letters, on a slab of statuary marble, and is a follows:- "In loving memory of Thomas Bowker, for 67 years a resident in this parish wherein be held many offices of trust, and who was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the Isle of Ely in 1825, and a Deputy-Lieutenant for the County of Cambridge in 1852. Born, 8th. August 1791. Died, 10th. May 1882''
Over the inscription is a shield bearing the coat of arms, the crest and motto, the whole carved in high relief in statuary marble. The Arms: Quarterly 1st, and 4th. Argent, on a boss engrailed gules between three boar's heads, erect and erased proper across, or 2nd. or 3rd. or a chief gules. The crest: An arm embowed in armour fenways, couped at the shoulder, holding in the hand a bow-stringed proper. The motto; "Aut nunquam tentes aut perfice* (attempt nothing you cannot perfect)
Below the inscription slab is a carved cornice of Caen stone forming a shelf for floral decorations. The lower portion of the memorial is of polished Purbeck, following the form of the vestry doorway. In the recess is carved a riband, on which is given the text of the vicar's funeral sermon, "Thou shalt go to thy Fathers in peace, thou shall be buried in a good old age" Genesis xv., 16. The Purbeck marble corbels, bearing initials T.B., and built far into the chancel walls, support the whole memorial.
The memorial has been executed by Mr. F G Anstey, of Regent's Park, London, sculptor, from Mr. Crisp's drawing
. He was buried in St Mary, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.
     His will was proved on 19 June 1882 at the Principal Probate Registry, London. The will with 2 codicils of Thomas Bowker, late of Whittlesey, Cambs, esquire, who died 10 May 1882 at Whittlesey was proved by Catherine Bowker of Whittlesey, the daughter, and Thomas Bowker, of 1 Grays Inn Square, Mdx, gentleman, the son, the executors.
A letter from Marjorie Harrison dated 17 Dec 1990 states that she descends from Thomas Marshall, born in 1838, the illegitimate son of Eleanor Marshall. The local story was that he was the son of the Squire of Whittlesey (Thomas Bowker at the time when Eleanor worked at the manor house). His baptismal certificate gives Thomas Speechly as the father, but he didn't use his name..

Children of Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire and Sarah Eagles Cowley

Thomas Layton Bowker

(4 March 1911 - 23 October 1942)
     Thomas Layton Bowker was born on 4 March 1911 in New Zealand. He was the son of Thomas Burgess Bowker and Annie Maud Florence Bowker.
     Thomas Layton Bowker served in the War between 1939 and 1942.
     Thomas died on 23 October 1942 in France aged 31. He was buried in Communal Cemetery Extension, Abbeville, France.
     His will was proved in 1943 at Dunedin.

Thomas Mark Bowker

(circa 1845 - before 18 October 1852)
     Thomas Mark Bowker was born circa 1845 in Stanground, Peterborough RD, Huntingdonshire. He was the son of George Bowker and Sarah Deacon. Deacon, Elizabeth and Thomas were listed as the children of George Bowker in the 1851 census in Stanground.
     Thomas died before 18 October 1852 in Stanground, Huntingdonshire. He was buried on 18 October 1852 in Stanground.

Thomas Bowker or Booker

(before 1640 - before 28 March 1671)
     Thomas Bowker or Booker was born before 1640 in England. He was the son of William? Bowker and Ann Unknown.
Thomas Bowker or Booker married Frances Harris on 2 March 1657/58 in Upwood, Huntingdonshire.      
Thomas Bowker or Booker paid 2/- for the Hearth tax in 1664 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire. There was only one Thomas Bowker listed in the parish in 1664.      
Thomas Bowker or Booker paid the hearth tax in 1666 in Yaxley. There were 2 Thomas Bowkers paying the Hearth Tax in Yaxley by 1666.
     His will was proved in 1670 or 1676. He may be the Thomas Bowker of Yaxley, whose will was probated c. 1670, Achdeaconry of Huntingdon AH19/1/15; but there is another reference, dated 13 Sep 1676 A19/1/52`.
     Thomas died before 28 March 1671 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire. His wfie is possibly the Frances Booker who married John ... at Sawtry All Saints in 1671. He was buried on 28 March 1671 in Yaxley.

Children of Thomas Bowker or Booker and Frances Harris

Thomas William Bowker

(31 January 1879 - 23 August 1879)
     Thomas William Bowker was born on 31 January 1879 in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada. He was the son of Francis Bowker and Margaret Ellen Peed.
     Thomas died on 23 August 1879 in Lakefield, ONT, CAN.

Unknown Bowker

(before 1550 - )
     Unknown Bowker was born before 1550 in England.

Children of Unknown Bowker

Unknown Bowker

      There were no Bowkers listed in the Yaxley or Fletton subsidy rolls for 1327, 1541/2, 1558, 1568, nor Whittlesey. In 1523/4 there were 4 Bykers in Whittlesey (Thomas, William & Robert) each payiing twopence.
Unknown Bowker married Margaret Unknown.
There were no Bowkers in the muster rolls for Yaxley or Fletton.

Children of Unknown Bowker and Margaret Unknown

Child of Unknown Bowker

Vernon Bowker

(12 September 1897 - 7 March 1974)
     Vernon Bowker was born on 12 September 1897 in New Zealand. He was the son of Charles Bowker and Harriet Anne Warrington.
     Vernon Bowker served in the War between 1914 and 1918.
Vernon Bowker married Penelope Baker in 1923 in New Zealand. They had no issue. Vernon was a farmer in South Canterbury.
     Vernon died on 7 March 1974 in Geraldine, New Zealand, aged 76.
     His will was proved in 1974 at Timaru.

Violet Bowker

(20 October 1878 - 31 May 1952)
     Violet Bowker was born on 20 October 1878 in New Zealand. She was the daughter of Henry Layton Bowker and Margaret Agnes Dudley.
Violet Bowker married David Campbell Cryer Gebbie, son of John Gebbie and Ellen Cryer, in 1923 in New Zealand.
     Violet died on 31 May 1952 in New Zealand aged 73.

Violet Gladys Bowker

(September 1890 - )
     Violet Gladys Bowker's birth was registered in the quarter ending in September 1890 in Chelmsford RD, Essex. She was the daughter of Herbert Bowker and Annie? Mabel Lybbe. Herbert and Violet were listed as the children of Herbert Bowker in the 1891 census in Chelmsford, Essex.

Violet Helen Bowker

(27 April 1883 - )
     Violet Helen Bowker married Ernest Robert Angell Green. They had 3 children. Violet Helen Bowker was born on 27 April 1883. She was the daughter of Francis William Bowker and Susannah Turner.

Which Bowker

(say 1795 - )
     Which Bowker was born say 1795 in Northamptonshire. He was the son of James Bowker and Anne Lowe.

Child of Which Bowker

William Bowker

(circa 1625? - before 21 May 1668)
     William Bowker was born circa 1625? In England. He was the son of William? Bowker and Ann Unknown.      
William Bowker and William? Bowker were listed in the Protestation returns as William Bowker in March 1641/42 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire. There was also a Willyam Barker.
William Bowker married Susanna Unknown before 1646.      
William Bowker paid tax of either 1 shillling or 4 shillings for the Hearth Tax in 1664 in Yaxley. There were 2 William Bowkers in the 1664 return.      
William Bowker and William Bowker was taxed for hearth money in 1666 in Yaxley. There were 3 William Bowkers paying tax in Yaxley at this date.
     William Bowker made a will dated before 21 May 1668 in Yaxley. In the name of God Amen: I William Bowker of Yaxley being sick in body but in perfect remembrance ...
Imprimis I give to Thomas Bowker my youngest son ye field messuage or tenement now in the possession of John Coward together with the .. in the ... to it and all other rights and privileges belonging to it, also I give to my son Thomas Bowker £120 to be given to him at one & twenty years of age, Also I give my son Thomas half of my household goods; Also my executor shall bring him unto school and provide for him all other necessary out of the rents and interest of the afsd legacies; Thomas is not have anything that is .... the house
Imprimis I give to Ann Bowker my mother her dwelling where she now dwellelth and twenty shillings a year during her natural life
Also I give all the rest of my goods and chattels unbequeathed to William Bowker my eldest son whom I make sole executor of this my last will and testament
Also I make Thomas Bowker & Frances Palmer ... in ... executors at age also of around twenty years... I order that the ... shall have power to buy, sell ... all rights dues whatsoever adn pay all my debts giving account, and for their pains I give them tenshillings apiece.
Will. Bowker, witnesses: James Smith, Emma?? Bowker?, William Fo??

     William died before 21 May 1668 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire. He was buried on 21 May 1668 in Yaxley.
     His will was proved on 10 August 1668 at Lincolnshire.

Children of William Bowker and Susanna Unknown

William Bowker

(before 1647 - before 15 December 1705)
     William Bowker was born before 1647 in Huntingdonshire. He was the son of William Bowker and Susanna Unknown.      
William Bowker and William Bowker was taxed for hearth money in 1666 in Yaxley. There were 3 William Bowkers paying tax in Yaxley at this date.
     William Bowker and Thomas Bowker and Ann Unknown were beneficiaries in William Bowker's will dated before 21 May 1668 in Yaxley. William grazier & butcher in Yaxley.
William Bowker married Mary Clark on 18 June 1674 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire.      
William Bowker paid the hearth tax in 1674 in Yaxley. There were 3 William Bowkers paying the Hearth tax at Yaxley.
He is probably the William Bowker mentioned in Holme & Yaxley parish documents at the Huntingdon Record Office AH13/268/35 dated 12 Sep 1683 Schedule of excommunication: Citations against ... William Bowker for refusing to pay the customary fee for breaking the ground and for the burial of two of his children in the church of Yaxley. Citation served 2 Jun 1683 by John Eaton, apparitor.
He may be the William Bowker who was a defendant in an Equity Pleadings case in 1697 in which the plaintiff John Edmonds sought a judgement on his entitlement to a close of fenland (Sedge Fen, Yaxley) that he had purchased from George Greene who had purchased it from the late George Palmer. Edmonds had spent a considerable sum in impoving the land.
     William Bowker made a will dated 8 December 1705 in Yaxley. Will of William Bowker of Yaxley grazier, sick in body, bequeaths to son William "all my freehold and coppyhold lands & tenements situate & lying in Yaxley afsd during his natural life and after his decease to Elizabeth his wife for life and after their decease to the use of the heirs of their two bodys lawfully begotten or to be begotten & for want of such issue then to the heirs of my son Edward Bowker forever. Item I give and bequeath to Edward Bowker my son all my coppy hold land lyeing in the bounds and mannor of Stanground and also my copyhold lands with the Mannors of Farcet and also all my freehold lands lyeing within the manners, bounds, precincts of Whittlesey, Cambs. during his natural life & after his death to the heirs of the body of the said Edward and for the want of such issue to the use of the heirs of the body of my son William lawfully begotten. Item I give unto my son Edward Bowker £400 to be paid by my executrix within 3 months after my decease. Item I give unto the poor of the parish of Yaxley £5 to be paid within 1 month after my decease. Item I give unto Mary Palmer, widow, 20/- a year during life or else the dwelling house where she now lives which she pleases. All the rest of my goods and chattels unbequeathed I give unto my son William Bowker he apying my debts etc. and I dowe make him sole executor of this my last will and testament" Dated 8 December 1705 ... in the presence of Tho: Bowker ...
     William died before 15 December 1705 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire. He was buried on 15 December 1705 in Yaxley.
     His will was proved on 3 January 1705/6 at Huntingdonshire. An inventory for Wm Bowker, Yaxley, gent exists.
William Bowker was mentioned in 1708.

Children of William Bowker and Mary Clark