Dowsett Family History

This is the extent to my current research into my Dowsett Ancestors. This was created by generating a register report from Reunion 4.0 for Macintosh (produced by LeisterPro ). This report was imported into Word 6.0 with Internet extensions and was converted to an HTML file and marked up by hand. The image of my Great Grandfather, Daniel Dowsett , was scanned in using a MicroTek II ScanMaker into PhotoFlash 2.0 by Storm technologies . Please email me if you'd like more information about these or other Dowsetts in the areas of London and Essex.

First Generation


1. Daniel Dowsett. Born About 1723. Died Before 19 Nov 1781. Buried 19 Nov 1781 in St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex. Occupation Licensed Victualler.

As a widower, he married Margaret Stagg, 20 Jul 1765 in St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex. Born About 1745. Died After 1807. They had the following children:

2 i. Margaret Dowsett

3 ii. Daniel Dowsett

4 iii. David Dowsett

5 iv. Elizabeth Dowsett

6 v. Child Dowsett

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2. Margaret Dowsett. Born 14 Jun 1766 in Bocking,Essex. Christen 13 Jul 1766 in St. Mary's,Bocking,Essex.

3. Daniel Dowsett. Born 2 Aug 1767 in Bocking,Essex. Christen 16 Aug 1767 in St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex. Died Before 24 Jul 1845. Occupation Miller.

Worked for Mr Richard Latimer Dell as a Miller.

Pre-deceased his wife.

He married Hannah Clark, daughter of Samuel Clark & Sarah ?, 23 Nov 1796 in St. Andrew,Halstead, Essex. Born 10 Aug 1777 in Colne Engaine, Essex. Christen 25 Sep 1777 in Colne Engaine, Essex. Died 24 Jul 1845 in Earls Colne, Essex. Death Cause Decay of Nature.

Died aged 68 in Earls Colne. In attendance was her son-in-law Samuel Abrams of Colne Engaine. She was described as Widow of Daniel Dowsett, Miller.

They had the following children:

7 i. Hannah Dowsett

8 ii. Sarah Dowsett

9 iii. Hannah Dowsett

10 iv. Daniel Dowsett

11 v. Rhoda Dowsett

12 vi. Charlotte Dowsett

13 vii. David Dowsett

14 viii. Abraham Dowsett

15 ix. Sophia Dowsett

16 x. Maria Dowsett

4. David Dowsett. Born 22 Feb 1769 in Bocking,Essex. Christen 24 Mar 1769 in St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex.

He married Elizabeth ?. Born About 1775. They had the following children:

17 i. Daniel Dowsett

18 ii. David Dowsett

5. Elizabeth Dowsett. Born 1 Apr 1770 in Bocking,Essex. Christen 29 Apr 1770 in St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex. Died Before 13 Jul 1770 in Bocking,Essex. Buried 13 Jul 1770 in St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex.

6. Child Dowsett. Born About Jun 1774 in Bocking, Essex. Died About Jun 1774 in Bocking, Essex. Buried 3 Jun 1774 in St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex.

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7. Hannah Dowsett. Born 20 Apr 1798 in Halstead, Essex. Christen 3 Jun 1798 in St. Andrews, Halstead, Essex.

8. Sarah Dowsett. Born 28 Apr 1800 in Halstead, Essex?. Christen 25 May 1800 in St. Andrews, Halstead, Essex.

She married James Taylor, 8 May 1821 in St. Andrews,Halstead, Essex. Born About 1800.

9. Hannah Dowsett. Born 7 Apr 1802 in Halstead, Essex?. Christen 6 Jun 1802 in St. Andrews, Halstead, Essex.

She married Samuel Abrams, 12 Nov 1822 in St.Andrews,Halstead, Essex. Born About 1798 in Colne Engaine,Essex. Occupation Miller's Labourer.

Worked in Bershot Mill in Colne Engaine in 1851 and was iving with wife, 2 children and one niece (Emma Wash) when the census was taken

They had the following children:

19 i. Hannah (or Ann) Abrams

20 ii. Samuel Abrams

21 iii. Joseph Abrams

10. Daniel Dowsett. Born 6 Dec 1803 in Halstead, Essex?. Christen 3 Apr 1804 in St. Andrews, Halstead, Essex. Died After 1881. Occupation Miller.

He married Ann Noon, 4 Jun 1827 in Aldham, Essex. Born About 1805 in Aldham,Essex or Scotland!. Died 22 Jun 1871 in Chapel, Essex. Buried in Countess of Huntingdon Chapel,Fordham,Essex. Death Cause Apoplexy.

According to the censuses she was born either in Aldham in Essex, or in Scotland!

They had the following children:

22 i. Daniel Dowsett

23 ii. William Dowsett

24 iii. David Dowsett

25 iv. Ann Dowsett

26 v. Joseph Dowsett

27 vi. Sarah Dowsett

28 vii. George Dowsett

29 viii. Walter Dowsett

30 ix. Ephraim Dowsett

11. Rhoda Dowsett. Born 12 Mar 1806 in Halstead,Essex.

12. Charlotte Dowsett. Born 2 Aug 1808 in Halstead,Essex.

She married Thomas Wash, 6 Mar 1832 in Earls Colne, Essex. Born About 1808. Occupation Labourer. They had the following children:

31 i. Thomas Wash

32 ii. Anna Wash

33 iii. Philip Wash

34 iv. David Wash

35 v. Sarah Wash

36 vi. Walter Wash

37 vii. Emma Wash

13. David Dowsett. Born 17 Dec 1810 in Halstead,Essex.

14. Abraham Dowsett. Born 4 Nov 1813 in Halstead,Essex. Died 23 Feb 1870.

He first married Ann Mead, 1837 in Blackmore,Essex,England. Born 12 May 1814 in Blackmore, Essex. Died 18 Nov 1848. They had the following children:

38 i. Charles Dowsett

39 ii. Frederick William Mead Dowsett

40 iii. Sophia Ann Dowsett

41 iv. Jessie Levina Louisa Dowsett

42 v. Ann Mead Dowsett

He second married Eliza Susannah King, About 1849. Born 28 Jan 1816 in Clapham, Surrey, England. Died 29 Mar 1881. They had the following children:

43 i. David Dowsett

44 ii. Emily Susannah Dowsett

45 iii. Charlotte Eliza Dowsett

46 iv. Sarah Ann Dowsett

47 v. Alice Louisa Dowsett

15. Sophia Dowsett. Born 21 Feb 1816 in Halstead,Essex.

Prob. mentioned in the 1827 Halstead "census" as girl of 11.

16. Maria Dowsett. Born 15 Mar 1818 in Halstead,Essex. Died After 1881.

Mentioned living with Hannah Dowsett (nee Clark) in Earls Colne in the 1841 census. Also prob. mentioned in the 1827 Halstead "census" as girl of 9.

She married John Claydon, son of John Claydon & Rebecca ?, 10 Aug 1841 in Earls Colne, Essex. Born About 1812. Died Before 1881. Occupation Labourer. They had the following children:

48 i. Abraham Claydon

17. Daniel Dowsett. Born 22 Dec 1794 in Bocking, Essex. Christen 8 Mar 1785 in St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex.

18. David Dowsett. Born 25 May 1796 in Bocking, Essex. Christen 4 Sep 1796 in St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex.

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19. Hannah (or Ann) Abrams. Born About 1828 in White Colne, Essex. Occupation MapMaker.

20. Samuel Abrams. Born About 1831 in White Colne, Essex. Occupation Miller's Labourer.

21. Joseph Abrams. Born 24 Feb 1835 in White Colne, Essex.

Living with family in White Colne during 1841 census, but was missing from 1851 census when the rest of the family were living in Colne Engaine (at which time he would have been about 16, so he could have been away working...)

22. Daniel Dowsett. Born 28 May 1828 in Chapel, Essex. Christen 29 Jun 1828 in Fordham, Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion chapel. Died Between 1881/1891. Occupation Miller, later Carpenter.

Research: South Lambeth Rd, Lambeth,Surrey

He married Harriett Ann Wort, daughter of James Wort & Ann, 21 Dec 1845 in St Marks, Kennington,Lambeth, Surrey. Born About 1824. Christen 15 Jan 1826 in St Mary, Battersea, Middx. Died 4 Nov 1899 in 25 Hartington Rd,Lambeth,Surrey.

Note found in Daniel Dowsett (son)'s diaries regarding his mother's death.

Research: Simpson St,Lambeth,Surrey

They had the following children:

49 i. Daniel Dowsett

50 ii. William Dowsett

51 iii. James Dowsett

52 iv. David Dowsett

53 v. Joseph Dowsett

54 vi. George Dowsett

55 vii. Harriett Ann Dowsett

56 viii. Sarah Jane Dowsett

57 ix. Walter Dowsett

58 x. Esther Caroline Dowsett

59 xi. William D. Dowsett

60 xii. Charles Dowsett

23. William Dowsett. Born 11 Jun 1830 in Chapel, Essex. Christen 18 Jul 1830 in Fordham, Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion chapel.

24. David Dowsett. Born 11 Aug 1832 in Chapel, Essex. Christen 9 Sep 1832 in Fordham, Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion chapel.

25. Ann Dowsett. Born 30 Oct 1834 in Chapel, Essex. Christen 30 Nov 1834 in Fordham, Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion chapel.

26. Joseph Dowsett. Born 29 Nov 1836 in Chapel, Essex. Christen 12 Mar 1837 in Fordham, Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion chapel.

27. Sarah Dowsett. Born 22 Aug 1839 in Chapel, Essex. Christen 29 Sep 1839 in Fordham, Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion chapel.

28. George Dowsett. Born 12 Dec 1841 in Chapel, Essex. Christen 10 Apr 1842 in Fordham, Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion chapel.

29. Walter Dowsett. Born 24 Mar 1844 in Chapel, Essex. Christen 28 Apr 1844 in Fordham, Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion chapel.

30. Ephraim Dowsett. Born About 1847.

Children:

61 i. Ephraim John Dowsett

31. Thomas Wash. Born 17 Jul 1833 in Earls Colne, Essex.

32. Anna Wash. Born 10 Jun 1835 in Earls Colne, Essex.

33. Philip Wash. Born 1 Jan 1838 in Earls Colne, Essex. Christen 4 Aug 1844 in Earls Colne, Essex.

34. David Wash. Born 1 Apr 1839 in Earls Colne, Essex. Christen 4 Aug 1844 in Earls Colne, Essex.

35. Sarah Wash. Born 13 Oct 1840 in Earls Colne, Essex. Christen 4 Aug 1844 in Earls Colne.

36. Walter Wash. Born 7 Dec 1842 in Earls Colne, Essex. Christen 4 Aug 1844 in Earls Colne, Essex.

37. Emma Wash. Born 22 Feb 1845 in Earls Colne, Essex.

38. Charles Dowsett. Born 28 Nov 1838 in Blackmore, Essex.

39. Frederick William Mead Dowsett. Born 16 Feb 1841 in Blackmore,Essex,England. Died 18 Sep 1914. Buried in Newman, Ekelahuma, New Zealand. Occupation post-office proprietor, baker.

According to Jean Smith FWM Dowsett came to New Zealand in 1857 whilst working as a steward on a man-o-war.

He married Mary Ann Harris, 3 Dec 1863 in St. Peter's Church, Wellington, New Zealand. Born Mar 1845 in Wellington, New Zealand. Died About 1937. Buried in Newman, Ekelahuma, New Zealand. They had the following children:

62 i. Frederick William Mead Dowsett

63 ii. Walter Dowsett

64 iii. Emily Elizabeth Dowsett

65 iv. Walter Dowsett

66 v. Charlotte Dowsett

67 vi. Rosina Dowsett

68 vii. Alice Levina Dowsett

69 viii. Albert John Dowsett

70 ix. George Ernest Dowsett

71 x. Ernest George Percival Dowsett

40. Sophia Ann Dowsett. Born 29 Nov 1843 in England.

She married Henry Newson, 9 Aug 1863 in Abraham Dowsett's house, Wellington, New Zealand.

41. Jessie Levina Louisa Dowsett. Born 14 Aug 1846 in England.

She married James Henry Overend, 4 Aug 1864 in Wellington, New Zealand.

42. Ann Mead Dowsett. Born 9 Nov 1848 in England.

43. David Dowsett. Born 24 Sep 1850 in Clapham, Surrey, England. Died 8 Aug 1871.

44. Emily Susannah Dowsett. Born 29 Jun 1852 in Clapham, Surrey, England.

45. Charlotte Eliza Dowsett. Born 26 Aug 1854 in Clapham, Surrey, England.

She married F.W. Bills.

46. Sarah Ann Dowsett. Born 4 Dec 1856 in Clapham, Surrey, England.

47. Alice Louisa Dowsett. Born 6 May 1859 in Clapham, Surrey, England.

48. Abraham Claydon. Born About 1858 in Earls Colne, Essex.

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49. Daniel Dowsett. Born 3 Nov 1846 in 1 Wellington Place, South Lambeth, Lambeth, Surrey.. Christen 20 Dec 1846 in St. Marks, Kennington. Died 31 Mar 1926 in 57 Woodstock Avenue, West Ealing, Middx. Occupation Professor of Music. Military 14th Hussars followed by Scots Guards.

We have lots of his diaries & some books that date back to his birth, including a bible given to him by his maternal grandfather (James Wort)

14th Hussars for 9 years 91 days.

1st Battalion Scots Guards (Band Corp) from 26 Nov 1875 to 30 Apr 1897 (21 years 156 days).

Height 5' 7.5". Eyes Brown Hair Brown

No. 3488 Serg. Band.

Medical: Letter from X to Dan on 23 Oct 1875 regarding his discharge from the 14th Hussars, so that he could go into the Scots Guards. Mr Y would lend him £10 for this.

Research: Spring Grove, Lambeth (1878)

38 Coniger Rd, Fulham, Surrey

He married Susannah Sturgess, daughter of William Sturgess & Anna, 25 Dec 1878 in Christ Churh,Paddington, Middx. Born 1 Feb 1852 in Ridgemont, Bedfordshire. Christen 9 May 1852 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire. Died 15 Feb 1922 in 57 Woodstock Ave, Ealing, Surrey. Buried in Ealing Cemetery, Surrey.

Known as suzie in Dan's diaries.

Confirmed at S. Giles Church, Oxford 27 Mar 1869

Research: Craven Hill (1878)

They had the following children:

72 i. Daniel William Dowsett Corporal

73 ii. Augustus George Dowsett (married May Beatrice Watson ).

74 iii. Ernest Charles Dowsett

75 iv. Frederick James Dowsett

76 v. Bertie Francis Dowsett

The family were quite artistic and there are quite a few cartoons making light hearted fun of members of the family. The following example depicts "How the D's [Dowsetts] Go To Churh". It seems to say that Dan liked a drink, Ernie liked the women, Gus (the second Eldest) was always late, and Bertie was rather shy.

Daniel William and Ernest Charles were killed in the First World War in 1916. Below is a picture taken in early 1916 in Ealing, showing Daniel and Suzannah (in the middle) with:-

50. William Dowsett. Born 19 Aug 1848 in Lambeth, Surrey. Christen 1 Oct 1848 in St. Marks, Kennington.

51. James Dowsett. Born 2 May 1850 in Lambeth, Surrey. Christen 2 Jun 1850 in St. Marks, Kennington. Died 29 Mar 1931.

Daniel's diarys mention a Jem/Jim with date of birth given

Address 64 Olive Rd., Plaistow, Essex.

He married Emma Eliza ?. They had the following children:

77 i. Herbert Edward Dowsett

78 ii. Ellen Susan Dowsett

79 iii. Edith Dowsett

52. David Dowsett. Born 6 May 1852 in Lambeth, Surrey. Christen 11 Jul 1852 in St. Marks, Kennington, Surrey.

53. Joseph Dowsett. Born 3 Apr 1855 in 2 Wallington Place, Lambeth, Surrey. Died About 19 Mar 1926 in Edmonton,Middx. Occupation Signalman / Ticket Collector.

He married Mary Ann Wort, daughter of John Thomas Wort & Rebecca Bishop, 15 Jul 1879 in St Barnabas Church, South Kennington, Surrey. Born 5 Oct 1854 in 10 Neptune St., Lambeth, Surrey. Christen 26 Nov 1854 in St Marks, Kennington, Surrey. They had the following children:

80 i. Mary A. Dowsett

81 ii. Joseph E. Dowsett

82 iii. Herbert H. Dowsett

83 iv. Emily Rebecca Dowsett

84 v. Harriet F. Dowsett

54. George Dowsett. Born About 1857.

In Dec 1856 St. Catherine's House Birth Index (ref 1d 310)

Witnessed Daniel's Marriage in 1878?

He married Jane ?. They had the following children:

85 i. Grace Dowsett

55. Harriett Ann Dowsett. Born 22 Apr 1858 in 23 Neptune Street, Wandsworth Road, Lambeth, Surrey.

Probably Married someone called Clark, since there was a condolense letter from Aunt Harriet Clark to Augustus George when Daniel Dowsett (her brother) died.

She married C. Long.

56. Sarah Jane Dowsett. Born 8 Oct 1861 in 13 Cedar Terrace, South Lambeth, Lambeth, Surrey.

She married Walter George Hickmott, About Dec 1882 in Lambeth,Surrey. They had the following children:

86 i. Daniel H. Hickmott

57. Walter Dowsett. Born About 1864.

58. Esther Caroline Dowsett. Born Before 30 Sep 1866 in Kennington, Surrey. Christen 30 Sep 1866 in St. Marks, Kennington, Surrey.

59. William D. Dowsett. Born About 1869 in Lambeth,Surrey. Occupation Railway Parcels Porter.

60. Charles Dowsett. Born Before 16 Apr 1871 in Lambeth, Surrey. Christen 16 Apr 1871 in St. Marks, Kennington, Surrey. Occupation Railway Guard.

61. Ephraim John Dowsett. Born 7 Jan 1887 in Limehouse, London.

Children:

87 i. Ephraim John Dowsett

62. Frederick William Mead Dowsett. Born 26 May 1864. Died 6 Sep 1912.

Children:

88 i. Harold Henry Dowsett

63. Walter Dowsett. Born 11 Jan 1866. Died 24 Jan 1866.

64. Emily Elizabeth Dowsett. Born 16 Sep 1867 in Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. Died 29 May 1947 in Pahiatna, Wellington, New Zealand. Buried 30 May 1947 in Ekatahuna, Wellington, New Zealand.

She married Albert George Edmonds, 1 Jan 1890 in Newman, New Zealand. Born About 1860 in Kent. Died 17 Jun 1922 in Nacora St, Ekatahuna, Wellington, New Zealand. Buried 19 Jun 1922 in Ekatahuna, Wellington, New Zealand. They had the following children:

89 i. Albert Edmonds

90 ii. Elsie Edmonds

91 iii. Louis Edmonds

92 iv. Stanley Edmonds

93 v. Alex Edmonds

94 vi. May Edmonds

65. Walter Dowsett. Born 29 Aug 1869.

66. Charlotte Dowsett. Born 24 Apr 1871.

67. Rosina Dowsett. Born 9 Feb 1873. Died 25 Feb 1874.

68. Alice Levina Dowsett. Born 30 Mar 1874. Died 22 Mar 1875.

69. Albert John Dowsett. Born 10 Jan 1876. Died 10 Aug 1886.

70. George Ernest Dowsett. Born Sep 1879. Died 7 Sep 1879.

71. Ernest George Percival Dowsett. Born 10 Mar 1882.

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