Stowell

Surname Saturday – Stowell

The Stowell surname in my tree is from my maternal side of the family.  The earliest person with this surname that I have been able to find so far is my 3x great grandfather William Stowell.  As far as I can tell he was born about 1802 in the small hamlet of Bell Busk in the Yorkshire Dales, England.

I have a total of 23 Stowell’s including my 2x great grandfather John Stowell and his daughter Ellen Stowell, my great grandmother.

Since then the name has been given as a first name to one of my uncles.

According to surnamedb Stowell is a locational name from a number of places named with the Olde English pre 7th Century “stan”, meaning stony, and “wella”, meaning a spring or stream.

These places include Stowell near Northleach in Gloucestershire, recorded as Stanuuella in the Domesday Book of 1086; Stowell in Somerset, appearing as Stanwelle in the Domesday book; Stowell in Wiltshire, entered as Stowelle in the Charter Rolls of that county in 1300; and also Stawell near Bridgewater in Somerset, recorded as Stawelle in the Domesday Book and Stanwelle in the 1279 Hundred Rolls of Somerset.

My Stowell’s migrated across the Pennines in the 19th Century and latterly are to be found in the Burnley and Padiham areas of Lancashire.

There are few variant spellings of the name including Stawell and Stowelle.

Early example of the surname include: Richard de Stawell (Wiltshire, 1273) and Lecia Stowelle (Cambridgeshire, 1273).  In 1591, one John Stowell of Somerset was entered in the “Oxford University Register”.  The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Adam de Stawell.  This was dated 1272, in the Hundred Rolls of Somerset

Addingham – Postcard #5

This is a postcard of St. Peter’s church in Addingham, West Yorkshire. The card is unused and the condition is not very good. In fact I would go so far as to say that all is not as it seems at first glance.

The front of the postcard says that it is published by the Skipton Stationery Co. The back of the card appears to be from something else all together. There is an inscription which says – No 4046 published by Portland Post Card Co., Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. (Made in Germany).

The Portland Post Card Co. (1908-1916) published many scenes from the American west coast including Alaska. They were the official publisher of postcards for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909. But I doubt very much that they ever published a postcard of St. Peter’s church, Addingham.

I haven’t yet been able to find an image of Portland Post Card No. 4046. If anyone else happens to spot one I would be interested to have a look.

So then I have a postcard that is almost certainly not in its original state. Nevertheless I got it for the picture of the church so it adequately meets that requirement.

St. Peters, Addingham has its own website with lots of history about Christian worship on the site in three millennia dating back to the 9th century.

My interest in Addingham is that it is the birth place of my 2x great grandfather, John Stowell (1828-1885) and some of his siblings. They didn’t stay there very long and certainly by the time of the 1851 census they had moved across the Pennines to Burnley in Lancashire.

I haven’t yet been to the records office to look for the baptism’s of my Stowell ancestors but I am guessing that they were probably baptised at St. Peter’s.

Ancestor Profile – William Stowell (c1801-1870)

William Stowell is my 3 x great grandfather on my mother’s side of the family.  He was born around 1801 in Bell Busk, Yorkshire.

My first record of William is in Burnley, Lancashire in the 1841 census.  He is living with his wife Ellen and six children

Nancy (born about 1826)

John (born about 1828) – my 2 x great grandfather

Thomas (born about 1831)

Alexander (born about 1834)

Francis (born about 1837)

Lawrence (born about 1840)

William is working as a “cotton spinner”.

So far I haven’t been able to locate a marriage record for William and Ellen – so this is an unresolved issue to be dealt with.

Ten years later in the 1851 census William and Ellen can be found at an address called “Old Duke” in the parish of Whalley, which is part of Burnley.  Living with them are their children from the 1841 census Thomas, Alexander and Francis plus Norena aged 12.  This suggests that if Norena’s age is accurate she must have been somewhere else when the 1841 census was taken.  So far I haven’t been able to locate her.

All the children have “Addingham, Yorkshire” recorded as their place of birth in the census.  So at the moment I am not clear exactly when the family made the move across the Pennines from Yorkshire to Lancashire.

The 1851 census also shows three other families living at “Old Duke”.  This includes Peter Haworth, his wife Nancy and their three children.  This is William’s daughter and her family.  A total of 24 people are living at “Old Duke”.

I have tried a Google search for the address / premises and have come up with the abandoned public house shown in the photograph – perhaps they were all living here – it is certainly in the right area.   

The census entry immediately before that for Peter Haworth and Nancy is for John Stowell and his wife Ann.  This is William’s son who was clearly near by – probably next door.

The other child Lawrence seems to have disappeared.  A quick check of the census and death records have drawn a blank – so another loose end to be followed up when I have time.

Moving on another ten years to 1861 we see William as a widower.  His wife Ellen had died sometime in Q1 of 1861 and was buried on 11th January at Briercliffe Church in Burnley.

William is living with his grandson Sandy Haworth at 51 & 53 Anne Street, Burnley.  His occupation is described as “grocer and beer seller”.  The address no longer exists so I don’t know what sort of property it is – but perhaps two houses together suggests it might be a residence and shop premises.

William didn’t survive to the next census – he died sometime in Q4 1870.  Information I found on the Briercliffe Society website suggests that when William died he was living in the Burnley Workshouse and was buried on 18th October 1870 at Briercliffe Church.

 

Tied the knot 130 years ago today

St James Church, Clitheroe

Today in 1880 my great grandparents married in the Parish Church of St. James in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove was 20 and Ellen Stowell was 19.

Thomas was a bachelor and worked as a spinner. Ellen was a spinster and her occupation is described as a carder. At the time of their marriage they were both living in Clitheroe, although Thomas was born in Darwen (about 16 miles away) and Ellen was born in Burnley (about 11 eleven miles away).

The two witnesses at the marriage were John Simeon Lord and Sarah Ellen Aspin. I don’t know anything about these two people. They don’t appear in my family tree so I am guessing that they were either friends or relatives that I haven’t traced yet.

In the 1891 census they were living at 79 Moor Lane, Clitheroe. Thomas was working as a cotton cloth marker and Ellen still as a cotton carder. In 1901 they were living at 62 Moor Lane, Clitheroe and Tomas was a cotton spinner.

Thomas and Ellen had seven children

Ellen 1881-1961

Mary Alice 1886-1952

Harry 1889-1976

Annie 1895-1989

Fred Ainsworth Stowell 1898-1975 – my grandfather

Robert 1885

Joseph Ainsworth Stowell 1888

 Happy anniversary Thomas and Ellen.