The children of Joseph Bowman and Jessie Jack

In the last three posts, I’ve written about the children of Joseph Bowman (1836-1893) and his first wife Elizabeth (born 1839). Joseph had five more children with his second wife, Jessie Jack (1845 – 1914).

Jane Caroline Bowman, who was born in 1867, got married in the last quarter of 1890, when she was about 33, in Mile End Old Town. However, I haven’t yet established the identity of her husband.

Frederick John Bowman, who was born in 1872 and worked as a packing-case maker like his father, married Emily Maddin at Holy Trinity church, Stepney, on Christmas Day 1897. Emily, who worked as a waterproofer, was the daughter of fibre-presser Henry Robert Maddin, and lived at 2 Mossford Street, Mile End Old Town.

In 1901 Frederick, Emily and their two-year-old son, also Frederick, were living with Frederick senior’s widowed mother Jessie and two of his younger brothers at 50 Edwards Road, Mile End Old Town. They were still at the same address ten years later, but in addition to 13-year-old Frederick, they now had four other children: Alfred Walter, 10, Jessie, 6, Grace, 3, and Henry Joseph, 1 month.

Frederick Bowman died in 1928, at the age of 55. Emily died in 1954, at the age of 83.

George Bowman was born in 1875 and died in 1887 at the age of 11.

I’ve been unable to find out what became of James Frederick Bowman, who was born in 1877.

The youngest of Joseph and Jessie Bowman’s children, Alfred, who was born in 1881, married Florence Louisa Gardner on 20 September 1909 at Holy Trinity Church. Alfred, 28, was working as a groundsman, and Florence, 21, was the daughter of tinplate worker Albert Gardner.

Grenadier Guards waiting to go off to war, 1914

Two years later, when the 1911 census was taken, Alfred, Florence, their baby daughter Florence, and Florence senior’s 9-year-old sister Amy, were living at 3 Westmoreland Place, Lupus Street, in Pimlico. Alfred was now a lance-corporal in the Grenadier Guards. Records show that he served with the 2nd Battalion in the First World War, leaving with the rank of sergeant.

Alfred Bowman died in 1946 in Farnborough, Kent, and Florence in the following year in Bexley.

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3 Responses to The children of Joseph Bowman and Jessie Jack

  1. Martin,

    I wonder if you’d mind me taking a copy of the postcard of the Grenadier Guards for my website about the men of my Scout Troop who were killed in WW1?
    One of the men served in the Guards and was killed within a month or so of the War starting see http://bit.ly/M71v4U
    I have no photo of him, but this photo shows what he and his comrades would have looked like so it is of much interest.

    Thanks in anticipation.

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