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Elizabeth Bowmaker 1836 - 1876

The bit following was done to try and show how I worked out that Kim's 2x Great Grandfather had two wives and from whom Kim is descended. I have taken it from an old web site which I no longer use or update.


Kim Paton's GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER - Thomas Hornby - I have him as married to a Rose Anne [
     or  Rosanna]
    * This would appear correct but I now found out that she may well be his SECOND wife and Kim 
is actually descended from his FIRST WIFE
    * His FIRST WIFE looks likely to be an ELIZABETH BOWMAKER
    * I think Thomas married Elizabeth in 1861
    * I think she [Elizabeth] died in1876
    * and Thomas  re-married in 1879 to Rose Ann Finlay [just found out her name had been Finlay - 
more on this below]

You have to be a bit of a "Miss Marples" at this! So how did I come by this?

    * I was looking for Thomas Hornby and Rose in the 1891 Census and found them ok
    * I was looking for them also in the 1881 census and found them both with family.
    * However, search as I could - no sign of Thomas Hornby and Rose in the 1871 census?
    * Now the children I knew about were born 1868, 1869, 1872 and 1874 so they had to be 
    * I then just did a search for Thomas on his OWN [without ROSE] in the 1871 CENSUS. and found 
who appeared to be him but with the wrong wife - an ELIZABETH but they seemed to have the CORRECT 
children e.g. the two born 1868 and 1869?

    * I then checked for marriages of Thomas Hornby in the Northumberland area between about 1860 
and 1881[he is married to Rose at the 1881 census]
    * I got TWO results for this search for Thomas Hornby getting married between these dates and 
by clicking on the First result I obtained the following information:

 Surname  First name(s)    District  Vol  Page 
Marriages Mar 1861   (>99%)
 Bowmaker  Elizabeth    Tynemouth  10b 225   
Gillis  George     Tynemouth  10b 225   
Hornby  Thomas     Tynemouth  10b 225   
Middlemass  Mary     Tynemouth  10b 225   

The above information is an index to people featured on the page of a  Marriage register. There 
are usually two marriages on a page. Unfortunately, from experience the index above does not tell 
you who is married to whom. Although I know that the 1871 census (Click on Photo above) of the 
area shows Thomas Hornby 
staying with an Elizabeth [Hornby -as she is married by 1871] so it looks like above George is 
married to Mary and Thomas is married to Elizabeth. To prove this I would need to see the marriage 
certificate, see the photo:

The certificate confirms my findings above, and tell us Thomas's fathers 
name, which is John Hornby. It also shows Elizabeth Bowmaker's Father called Robert.They are both 

    * I them wondered if Elizabeth had died? Therefore, I did a search of deaths in the area for 
an Elizabeth Hornby death.
    * I came up with one result, see below:

Deaths Sep 1876   (>99%)
HORNBY  Elizabeth  42  Tynemouth  10b 98

Similar to the marriages above this is an index to a death entry, to obtain the certificate you 
would apply as above, again gaining more information if indeed it was the correct one, the index 
entry seems to tie in regards her age of 42.

    * So our Thomas is now on his own but meets Rose and they appear to get married in 1879 [three 
years later]
    * This is info from the second result of my search for Thomas getting married... see below:

Surname  First name(s)    District  Vol  Page 
Marriages Dec 1879   (>99%)
Andrews  Henry    Tynemouth  10b 297   
FINLAY  Rose Ann     Tynemouth  10b 297   
HORNBY  THOMAS     Tynemouth  10b 297   
Ringwood  Sophia     Tynemouth  10b 297   

Once again as explained earlier FOUR people on a page e.g. two marriages. However, indeed, there 
is Thomas and Rose BUT now I know her maiden name of FINLAY. Once again the actual marriage 
document would provide collaborative information and once again would name Thomas's fathers name, 
which if this IS the second marriage, his father’s name should match the first marriage cert. 
providing proof of the same Thomas. Other details such as occupation etc would also match.

As you can see, you need a bit of the "Miss Marples" or "Sherlock Holmes" to figure this lot out.

Also just found out from another family tree that Elizabeth Gray born 1897 daughter to Thomas Gray 
& Sarah Elizabeth Hornby is actually called Elizabeth "BOWMAKER" Gray so seems to be named after 
her granny, and helps confirm my thoughts on this matter?


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