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David DOWLEN (1848-1927)

and Matilda WOOLGAR (1859-1916)

 

David Dowlen and Matilda Woolgar married on 21 August 1875 in Henfield, Sussex.  The witnesses to their marriage were Abraham Woolgar and Caroline Slatter.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  David was the brother of my 2x great grandfather, Charles Dowlen, and Matilda was the great niece of my 4x great grandfather, William Woolgar.)

David Dowlen was born on 10 April 1848 and baptised on 11 June 1848 in Henfield.    He was the youngest son of 5 23 John Dowlen (1802-1875) and Elizabeth Mansbridge (1808-1879).  David died aged 78 years and his death was registered in the first quarter of 1927 in the Cuckfield registration district.  The 1851 census recorded that he was 3 year old David Bray and he was living with his mother and her new partner and their young daughter in Crowhurst, Sussex.  In 1861 David Dowlen was a 12 year old scholar and living with his father in Henfield.  The 1871 census recorded that he was an unmarried 23 year old agricultural labourer and living with his father at Cannons in Henfield.

Matilda Woolgar was baptised on 12 June 1859 in Henfield.  She was the daughter of Stephen Woolgar (1820-?) and Harriet Edwards (1826-1901).  In 1871 she was an 11 year old scholar and living with her parents at Cannons, next door to the Dowlen family.  Matilda died aged 57 years and her death was registered in the fourth quarter of 1916 in the Steyning registration district.  She was a witnesses to the 1890 marriage of James Stillaway (1860-?) and Kate Caroline Slaughter (c1871-?).

When the 1881 census was recorded the couple and 5 children (David S., Matilda S., Ada M., John and Charles) were lodging with Matilda's parents at Cannons in Henfield.  David was a 32 year old coal merchant's labourer and Matilda was 22.  All the family were born in Henfield.  The next family on the census enumerators route and also at Cannons, was that of David's sister Ann West Coles.

In 1891 the couple and 9 children (Ada M., John, Charles, Mark, Annie, Frank, Kate, Arthur and Harriet) were living at Cannons, next door to Matilda's parents.  David Dowling was then a 42 year old coal merchant's labourer and Matilda was 32.

At the time of the 1901 census the couple and 8 children (John, Charles, Mark, Frank, Arthur, Harriett, Emily and Frederick Roy) were living at West Ends, Cannons, Henfield.  David was a 52 year old gardener and labourer and Matilda was said to be 47.

The couple and 4 children (Frank, Arthur, Emily and Frederick Roy) were still at Cannons in 1911.  David was a 62 year old farm labourer and Matilda was 57.  The said they had been married 16 years and had had 16 children, 8 of whom were living and 8 had died.

 

David Dowlen and Matilda Woolgar had 16 known children:

  1. David Stephen Dowlen Woolgar was baptised on 9 March 1874 in Henfield as the illegitimate son of Matilda.  He died aged 9 years and was buried on 9 October 1883 in Henfield.  When the 1881 census was recorded he was a 7 year old scholar.

  2. Matilda Sophy Dowlen was baptised on 12 December 1875 in Henfield.  She may have died aged 7 years and have been buried on 19 August 1883, by the name of Sophia Amelia Dowlen.  (Her birth was registered as Matilda Sophy.)  In 1881 she was a 5 year old scholar.

  3. Ada Maria Dowlen was baptised on 17 June 1877 in Henfield.  She was 3 years old in 1881.  In 1891 she was a 13 year old scholar.  When the 1901 census was recorded she was an unmarried 23 year old general domestic servant in the home of Samuel Moorhouse at Reaholm, London Road, Patcham, Sussex.

    As Ada May Dowlen she married William Cole in the second quarter of 1906 in the Steyning registration district.

  4. John Dowlen was baptised on 9 December 1878 in Henfield.  He was 2 years old in 1881.  When the 1891 census was recorded he was an 11 year old scholar.  In 1901 he was living with his parents and he was a cowman on a farm.  His age was recorded in the the census as 27 years, making his birth about 1874.

    John married Jane Emsley in the second quarter of 1903 in the Steyning registration district.

    Jane was born in the second quarter of 1882 in Henfield and was the daughter of William Emsley (1840-1882) and Emily Hoad (1844-?).  When the 1891 census was recorded Jane was an 8 year old scholar and living with her widowed mother and siblings in Church Street, Henfield.  Her grandparents were Richard Emsley and Sarah Purvey (c1819-1893), and James Hoad and Sarah Parsons.

    At the time of the 1911 census the couple and young son were living at 7 Eastern Terrace in Henfield.  John was a 32 year old under cowman (milking) and Jane was 38.  They were all born in Henfield.  John and Jane said they had been married 7 years and had had 4 children, 1 of whom was living and 3 had died.

    John and Jane had the following known child:

    1. James Frederick R. Dowlen was born about 1907 in Henfield.  When the 1911 census was recorded he was 3 years old.

  5. Charles Dowlen was baptised on 12 December 1880 in Henfield.  At the time of the 1881 census he was 6 months old.  He was a 9 year old scholar in 1891.  In 1901 he was a 20 year old cowman on a farm living with his parents.

    Charles married Annie Harris in the second quarter of 1909 in the Bromley registration district.

    Annie was born about 1889 in Bromley, Kent.

    When the 1911 census was recorded the couple and young son were living in 4 rooms at 2 Coleschilds Cottage in Bromley.  Charles was a 20 year old labourer on an estate and Annie was 22.  They said they had been married for 2 years and had had 1 child.  Charles gave  his place of birth as Henfield and Annie their son as Bromley.

    Charles and Annie had the following known child:

    1. Charles Harris was born about 1908 in Bromley.  He was 3 years old when the 1911 census was recorded.

  6. Mark Dowlen was baptised on 8 October 1882 in Henfield.  He was an 8 year old scholar in 1891.  In 1901 he was an 18 year old farm labourer living with his parents.

    Mark married Florence Maud Gilbert in the fourth quarter of 1907 in the Sevenoaks, Kent registration district.

    Florence Maud was  born about 1886 in Sevington, Kent.

    When the 1911 census was recorded the couple were living in 3 rooms at 26 Beechfield Cottages, Widmorehill, Bromley.  He was then a 28 year old cowman on a dairy farm and she was 25.  They had been married for 3 years and had had no children.

  7. Annie Dowlen was baptised on 9 March 1884 in Henfield.  She died aged 15 years and was buried on 14 December 1899 in Henfield.  The burial register noted that she was from Cannons in Henfield.  When the 1891 census was recorded she was a 7 year old scholar.

  8. Frank Dowlen was baptised on 14 February 1886 in Henfield.  Frank died aged 66 years and his death was registered in the fourth quarter of 1951 in the Lewes registration district.  He was a 5 year old scholar in 1891.  In 1901 he was a 15 year old living with his parents and he was a cowman on a farm.  When the 1911 census was recorded he was an unmarried 25 year old farm labourer.

    Frank married Ellen S. Barrett in the second quarter of 1919 in the Newhaven registration district.

    Ellen was born about 1883.  She died aged 72 years and her death was registered in the second quarter of 1955 in the Cuckfield registration district.

    Frank and Ellen had the following children:

    1. John C. Dowlen

    2. Frank D. Dowlen

    3. Ernest Charles Dowlen

  9. Edith Kate Dowlen was baptised on 12 October 1887 in Henfield.  She died aged 12 years and was buried on 4 December 1899 in Henfield.  The burial register noted that she was from Cannons in Henfield.  At the time of the 1891 census she was 3 year old Kate Dowling.

  10. Arthur Dowlen was baptised on 11 August 1889 in Henfield.  In 1891 he was a year old.  He was an 11 year old in 1901.  In 1911 he was a 21 year old farm labourer.

    Arthur married Harriet Ayling.

    1. Arthur David Dowlen

    2. Charles Frank Dowlen

    3. Frederick Ernest Dowlen

    4. Edward George Dowlen

    5. Ivy May Dowlen

    6. John Henry Dowlen

  11. Harriet Dowlen was baptised on 10 May 1891 in Henfield  When the 1891 census was recorded she was 8 months old..  She was 10 years old in 1901.

  12. Ethel Dowlen was baptised on 10 September 1893 in Henfield.  She died aged 6 years and was buried on 14 December 1899 in Henfield.  The burial register noted that she was from Cannons in Henfield.

  13. Ernest Dowlen was baptised on 19 March 1895 in Henfield.  He died aged 19 days and was buried on 22 March 1895 in Henfield.  The burial registered noted that he was from Cannons in Henfield.

  14. Emily Dorothy Dowlen was baptised on 13 December 1896 in Henfield.  She was 4 years old in 1901.  In 1911 she was 14 years old.

  15. Frederick Roy Dowlen was born in the first quarter of 1900 in Henfield.  He died in 1969.  In 1901 he was a year old and the youngest child at home.  At the time of the 1911 census he was an 11 year old scholar.

    Frederick married Bessie Catherine Ashdown.

    Frederick and Bessie had the following children:

    1. Bessie Catherine Dowlen

    2. Frederick George Dowlen

  16. There was a 16th child according to the 1911 census.

 

 

1851 Census, Cannons, Henfield, Sussex (HO107/1647, folio 517, page 3)

John Dowlen, Head, Mar, 50, Ag. Lab, born Sussex, Cowfold

Mark Dowlen, Son, U, 21, Ag. Lab, born Sussex, Slaugham

Anne W. Dowlen, Daur, 14, Housekeeper, born Sussex, Cowfold

Emily Dowlen, Daur, 11, Scholar, born Sussex, Henfield

Ester Dowlen, Daur, 5, Scholar, born Sussex, Henfield

 

1851 Census, ? Street, Crowhurst, Sussex (HO107/1636, folio 135, page 15)

William Bray, Head, Mar, 30, Railway Labourer, born Henfield

Elizabeth Bray, Wife, Mar, 34, born Boney

David Bray, Son, 3, born Henfield

Lewcy Bray, 3mo, born Crowhurst, Sussex

 

1861 Census, West End, Henfield, Sussex (RG9/606, folio 134, page 4)

John Dowlen, Head, Widr, 59, Ag Lab, born Cowfold, Sussex

David Dowlen, Son, 12, Scholar, born Henfield, Sussex

Mark Dowlen, Head, Mar, 32, Ag Lab, born Slaugham, Sussex

Ann Dowlen, Wife, Mar, 27, born Chailey, Sussex

Clarissa Dowlen, Daur, 7, Scholar, bron Brighton, Sussex

Ann Dowlen, Daur, 5, born Cowfold, Sussex

Mark Dowlen, Son, 2, born Henfield, Sussex

 

1871 Census, Cannons, Henfield, Sussex (RG10/1095, folio 60, page 10)

John Dowlen, Head, Widr, 70, Ag Lab, born Cowfold, Sussex

David Dowlen, Son, Unm, 23, Ag Lab, born Henfield, Sussex

on the previous page, Cannons, Henfield (RG10/1095, folio 60, page 9)

Stephen Woolgar, Head, Mar, 50, Ag Lab, born Henfield, Sussex

Harriet Woolgar, Wife, Mar, 44, born Shipley, Sussex

Matilda Woolgar, Daur, 11, Scholar, born Henfield, Sussex

 

DOWLEN          WOOLGAR

This page was updated on 23 July 2012