Thomas Bowker

(before 1600 - )
     Thomas Bowker was born before 1600 in Huntingdonshire. He is unlikely to be the son of the Fletton line - need to re-establish the source of his marriage to Ann and potential son William. 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 Bowker married Ann Unknown after 1609.
     At Whittlesey St Mary, Thomas son of Thomas was baptised 20 September 1615, the entry is only partly legible.
     In Ann Unknown's will dated 22 May 1624 in Fletton, Thomas Bowker was named as heir; In the name of God Amen: I Anne Bowker of Fletton in the county of Huntingdon, widow being sick and weak in body but of good and perfect memory, this 22nd day of May 1624: to make this my last will and testament as follows:
First I commend and bequeath my soul to Almighty God ... and I commend my body to the earth in Fletton churchyard ... and all my goods which God hath given me...
I bequeath to my son-in-law Edward Norton one ... in the millhouse, two bedsteads, one flockbed, one mattress, two coverlets, one blanket, on the same bedsteads, two pairs of sheets hempten, one coffere by the bed, and one linen cupboard:
Item I give and bequeath to his daughter Joan Norton one black heifer, one little kettle, one little spit, a buffet form in the chamber
I bequeath to Samuel Norton, one ewe sheep and 10/- in money
Item I give and bequeath to Richard Norton 10/-
Item I give and bequeath to Anne ... the best cupboard in the hall, one ... in the kitchen
Item I give and bequeath to Mary ... the halfheaded bedstead I ilie in and all the furniture viz, one featherbed, one mattresss, one bolster, two pillows, one coverlet, two blankets, one pair of sheets hempten, the long table in the hall, one form, one s...
I bequeath to Daniel ..., Thomas .... & William ... the three sons of Richard ... my son-in-law, my bed cover, one pair of andirons, one iron bar, and all othe hooks thereunto belonging
Item I give and bequeath unto my two daughters Margaret Norton & Margerie ... all my pewter to be equally divided betwixt them two except one pewter basin, and one pewter aquavita
I give to my son Thomas Bowker, one red coffer, one pewter basin, one pewter aquavita bottle, one red heifer, one grate spit, one great hymnal
Item I give unto my cousin Thomas ... and his 2 sons Thomas & John ... one ewe and one lamb betwixt them
I give unto to my cousin John Manton & his 2 sons John & Thomas Manton to each of them 1 sheep
I give to Edward Gill ...xjs
All the rest of my goods unbequeathed I bequeath to my son Thomas Bowker and to my son in law Richard ... whom I ordain and constitute my two executors of this my last will and testament.

Child of Thomas Bowker and Ann Unknown

Thomas Bowker

( - 11 June 1784)
     Thomas Bowker was the son of Francis Bowker and Ann Drake.
     Thomas was buried on 11 June 1784 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire.

Thomas Bowker

(8 July 1718 - circa 1776)
     Thomas Bowker was christened on 8 July 1718 in Yaxley, Huntingdonshire. The BTs state that he was the son of Thomas the tanner & his wife Sarah!. He was the son of William Bowker and Sarah Squire.
     Thomas Bowker married Mary Harris circa 1742.
     Deeds relating to freehold and copyhold premises in Wistow: FILE - ficial Extract - ref. R7/4/2 - date: Hilary Term, 16 Geo11 [1742]
Of Final Concord. Reade Peacock, gent, v Simon Toseland and Philip, his wife, Thomas Bowker and Mary Ann, his wife, and Jonathen Skinner and Esther, his wife. 1 Messuage, 5 acres of land, 5 acres meadow, 5 acres of pasture, 25 acres of fresh marsh, common of pasture and common of turbary in Wistow, Yaxley, and Ramsey..
     Thomas Bowker made a will dated 15 June 1772 in Peterborough. Gent of Peterborough. Will dated 15 June 1772 with codicils July 1773 & 1 Aug 1773. He gives lands at Yaxley to son William, then mentions all my children viz Thomas, William, Ann, Alexander, Samuel & James. He had previously given his sons Thomas & William a close or ground in Yaxley and Thomas had had several considerable sums of money. Executors were his wife Mary and brother in law Thomas Harris of Rugby Warwickshire, sons Thomas & William. 2nd codical revokes son Thomas as executor. William was the surviving executor.
     Thomas died circa 1776 in Peterborough, Northamptonshire.
     His will was proved on 12 December 1776 at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.

Children of Thomas Bowker and Mary Harris

Thomas Bowker

(12 May 1776 - 13 August 1776)
     Thomas Bowker was christened on 12 May 1776 in Moulton Near Spalding, Lincolnshire. He was the son of William Bowker and Elizabeth Gibbs.
     Thomas died on 13 August 1776.

Thomas Bowker

( - before 31 January 1796)
     Thomas died before 31 January 1796 in Peterborough, Northamptonshire. He was buried on 31 January 1796 in Peterborough.
     His will was proved in 1796 at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Thomas Bowker, gentleman of Peterborough.

Thomas Bowker

(16 August 1745 - 1774)
     Thomas Bowker was christened on 16 August 1745 in Peterborough, Northamptonshire. He was the son of Thomas Bowker and Mary Harris.
     Thomas died in 1774 in England.

Thomas Bowker

(1836 - 1897)
     Thomas Bowker was christened in 1836 in St Mary, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. He was the son of Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire and Sarah Eagles Cowley.
     Thomas Bowker appeared on the 1841 census in the household of Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire in the Manor House, Market Place, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. Francis, Catherine, William, Sarah, Thomas and Charles were listed as the children of Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire in the 1861 census in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.
     Thomas Bowker was employed was a solicitor of Gray's Inn in 1865.
     Thomas Bowker married Eliza Jane Cross on 18 January 1865 in St Martin in the Fields, Westminster. Thomas Bowker was an executor of William Bowker's estate on 25 April 1867 in the Principal Probate Registry.
     Administration of the estate of Capt Frederick Bowker was granted to Thomas Bowker, on 20 September 1869 in PPR Frederick Bowker, late of Whittlesey, Capt in 109th Regt, a bachelor who died 6 August 1869 at 'Charing Cross', Hotel Strand, Mdx, granted to Thomas Bowker, the younger, solicitor, brother.
     Thomas Bowker and Eliza Jane Cross appeared on the 1881 census in 28 Tregunter Road, Kensington. Thomas Bowker, head, aged 45, born Whittlesea, Cambridge, solicitor with his wife Eliza Jane, aged 39, born at St Martin's in the Fields, Middlesex and two servants. Thomas Bowker was an executor of Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire's estate on 19 June 1882 in PPR.
     Thomas Bowker lived at Kensington, between 1890 and 1897.
     Thomas died in 1897.

Thomas Bowker

     Thomas Bowker married Judith Scofield on 2 February 1694/95 in the Cathedral, Manchester, Lancashire.

Children of Thomas Bowker

Thomas Bowker

     Thomas Bowker was the son of Thomas Bowker.
     Thomas Bowker married (?) Brabbin.

Child of Thomas Bowker and (?) Brabbin

Thomas Bowker

(18 September 1726? - )
     Thomas Bowker was born on 18 September 1726? In Blackley or Clitheroe, Lancashire. He was the son of Thomas & Miss Brabbin. On 15 Jan 1726 a Thomas Bowker, son of Robert & Ellen was baptised at Clitheroe. There are others born the same year. He was the son of Thomas Bowker and (?) Brabbin.
     He was educated at the expense of Miss Minchin and went to school at Clitheroe Castle. She called him her heir, but later married 'Spanking Roger' (Sir Roger Alton), so Thomas went to his 'uncle Greatrex' with whose son he was in partnership. As a manufacturer of woollen and ship owner, he traded with European ports .He spent a lot of money on Deckham hall where he entertained lavishly.
     Thomas Bowker married Dorothy Monkhouse on 16 July 1754 in Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland.
     Thomas Bowker was mentioned in the will of Holden Bowker dated 24 February 1775. Thomas Bowker was listed in a directory dated 1795 as Thomas Bowker, merchant at Deckham's Hall, Gateshead, Durham.
     He was of Deckham's Hall, Gateshead, Durham and descended from Ralph Bowker of Blackley, Lancs.

Children of Thomas Bowker and Dorothy Monkhouse

Thomas Bowker

(before March 1811 - )
     Thomas Bowker was christened in 1811 in Parson Drove, Cambridgeshire. He was born before March 1811 in Leverington, Cambridgeshire. He was the son of David Bowker and Elizabeth Doggit. 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; In the name of God Amen: I Anne Bowker of Fletton in the county of Huntingdon, widow being sick and weak in body but of good and perfect memory, this 22nd day of May 1624: to make this my last will and testament as follows:
First I commend and bequeath my soul to Almighty God ... and I commend my body to the earth in Fletton churchyard ... and all my goods which God hath given me...
I bequeath to my son-in-law Edward Norton one ... in the millhouse, two bedsteads, one flockbed, one mattress, two coverlets, one blanket, on the same bedsteads, two pairs of sheets hempten, one coffere by the bed, and one linen cupboard:
Item I give and bequeath to his daughter Joan Norton one black heifer, one little kettle, one little spit, a buffet form in the chamber
I bequeath to Samuel Norton, one ewe sheep and 10/- in money
Item I give and bequeath to Richard Norton 10/-
Item I give and bequeath to Anne ... the best cupboard in the hall, one ... in the kitchen
Item I give and bequeath to Mary ... the halfheaded bedstead I ilie in and all the furniture viz, one featherbed, one mattresss, one bolster, two pillows, one coverlet, two blankets, one pair of sheets hempten, the long table in the hall, one form, one s...
I bequeath to Daniel ..., Thomas .... & William ... the three sons of Richard ... my son-in-law, my bed cover, one pair of andirons, one iron bar, and all othe hooks thereunto belonging
Item I give and bequeath unto my two daughters Margaret Norton & Margerie ... all my pewter to be equally divided betwixt them two except one pewter basin, and one pewter aquavita
I give to my son Thomas Bowker, one red coffer, one pewter basin, one pewter aquavita bottle, one red heifer, one grate spit, one great hymnal
Item I give unto my cousin Thomas ... and his 2 sons Thomas & John ... one ewe and one lamb betwixt them
I give unto to my cousin John Manton & his 2 sons John & Thomas Manton to each of them 1 sheep
I give to Edward Gill ...xjs
All the rest of my goods unbequeathed I bequeath to my son Thomas Bowker and to my son in law Richard ... whom I ordain and constitute my two executors of this my last will and testament.

     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 appeared 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 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 in Rolleston, Courtenay, Wellington, New Zealand, on the electoral roll dated between 1905 and 1906.
     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 in Dunback, Oamaru, Otago, on the electoral roll dated between 1911 and 1928.
     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, YKS. 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 DSteer, 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 ofn 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
.
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 ....
     Lands in Belton were advertised for sale on 15 May 1821 due to his bankruptcy.
     The Stamford mercury newspaper reported: Belton, Lincolnshire: To be sold by auction (by order of the assignees of Thomas Dawson Bowker, a bankrupt & with the consent of the mortgagees).
At the house Mr Laughton, the Red Lion Inn, in Epworth on Thursday 7 June next ... A desirable freehold estate, the greater part whichis tithe-free, situate in Belton. 7 lots - 6 in the occupation of Anthony Robinson, 3 in the occupation of John Robinson.
     Thomas Dawson Bowker appeared 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.
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 appeared 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. He was listed in a directory dated 1851 as an Esquire at the Manor House, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.
     Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire appeared 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.
     Thomas Bowker J.P., Squire appeared 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 appeared 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. 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