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John DOWLEN (1732-1810)

and Jane TURNER (1744-1805)

 

John Dowlen and Jane Turner married by banns on 29 April 1769 in Itchingfield, Sussex.  John was then a bachelor of Cowfold, Sussex and Jane was of Itchingfield.  They were both able to sign their names.  The witnesses to their marriage were Sarah Turner and Martha Turner who both signed their names.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  John was the brother of my 4x Great Grandfather, Charles Dowlen.)

John Dowlen was born on 23 March 1732 and baptised on 1 April 1732 (these dates have come from a chart held at the Sussex Family History Group's library in Lewes - the location was not recorded and the baptism does not seem to have been recorded in the Cowfold registers).  He was the eldest son and second child of Edward Dowler (1700-1787) and Jane Grant (1709-1783).  John was a yeoman farmer.  He died at Shipley, Sussex and was buried on 4 July 1810 in Horsham, Sussex.

Jane Turner was baptised on 4 October 1744 in Itchingfield.  She was the daughter of Richard Turner and Mary Geere.  Jane was buried on 13 April 1805 in Horsham.

In 1790 John took on William Figg as an apprentice.

 

John Dowlen and Jane Turner had 3 or 4 children:

  1. Edward Dowlen was baptised on 21 April 1771 in Ashurst, Sussex.  He died after January 1846.

    Edward married twice.  Firstly to Elizabeth Morley by licence on 26 February 1797 in Horsham, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor of Falmer, Sussex and she was a spinster of Horsham.  The witnesses to their marriage were Elizabeth Dowlen and William Joanes.

    Edward and Elizabeth may have had the following children:

    1. Elizabeth Dowling was born on 15 November and baptised on 18 November 1798 in Falmer.

    2. Jane Dowling was baptised on 7 August 1803 in Falmer.  She may have married William Streeter by banns on 3 February 1831 in Brighton, Sussex.  She was then a spinster and he a bachelor and they were both then of Brighton.

    3. Ann Dowlen may have married Thomas Wadey on 30 April 1836 in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.

    4. Mary Dowlen married Richard Arnold a professional soldier in the Royal Horse Guards.  They spent time in Dublin and most probably France, and had left England before 1846.

      Richard and Mary had 6 known children:

      1. Elizabeth Arnold was baptised on 21 December 1823 in Ringmer, Sussex.

      2. Edward Charles Arnold was baptised on 26 February 1826 in Ringmer, Sussex.  Edward joined the Navy, but jumped ship in Australia where his sister Harriet was living.  They settled in the goldfields of Victoria.

        Edward married Maria and they named one of their sons Charles Edward Arnold.  His son George Edward Arnold unfortunately ended the line when he died in a mining accident in 1914.

      3. John Arnold

      4. William Arnold

      5. Harriet Arnold was born in Fountainblue, France and died in New Zealand.  She married William John Routledge in Australia.

      6. Margaret Arnold

    As a widower, Edward married Hannah Carey on 9 July 1811 in Falmer.  She was then a spinster and they were both of Falmer.

    Edward and Hannah may have had the following children:

    1. Edward Dowlen was born on 24 June and baptised on 16 August 1812 in Falmer.  He may have died aged 64 years in the first quarter of 1877 in the Brighton registration district.  When the 1841 census was recorded Edward was a 30 year old agricultural labourer living in the home of John Hicks at Wheel in Burwash.

      Edward married Lucy before or about 1843.

      Lucy was born about 1815 in Hamsey, Sussex and died aged 68 years in Brighton in the third quarter of 1882.

      When the 1861 census was recorded the couple were living at Wheel in Burwash, Sussex and Edward was then a Road Surveyor.

      Edward and Lucy had the following children:

      1. Lucy Ann Dowlen was baptised on 5 February 1843 in Burwash.

      2. Edward Dowling was baptised on 8 September 1844 in Burwash.

        Edward married Caroline Lade on 19 May 1877 in Mayfield, Sussex.

        Caroline was born about 1846 in Mayfield and was the daughter of Richard Lade.

        When the 1881 census was recorded the couple were living at 3 Hollingdean Road in Brighton, Sussex and Edward was then a harness maker.  Also in their household at the time was their 1 month old son Edward T. Dowlen, 66 year old widow and lodger Lucy Dowlen and 10 year old scholar and lodger Nelly Clark.

      3. Sarah Anne Dowling was baptised on 16 August 1846 in Burwash.

        Sarah married Henry Gorringe on 28 March 1880 at St. Peter's in Brighton, Sussex.  She was then 35 years old and he was 31 years old.

        When the 1881 census was recorded the couple were living at 13 Park Cottage in Hurstpierpoint, along with there 2 month old son Thomas H. Gorrings and 25 year old unmarried sister Rebecca Dowton.

        Henry was born about 1849 in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex and was the son of John Gorringe.  In 1881 Henry was a rural postman.

      4. Frances Dowlen was baptised on 9 March 1851 in Burwash.  In 1861 she was a 10 year old scholar living with her parents.

      5. Elizabeth Dowlen was baptised on 15 May 1853 in Burwash.  In 1861 she was an 8 year old scholar living with her parents.

      6. Rebecca Dowlen was baptised on 19 August 1855 in Burwash.  In 1861 she was a 5 year old scholar living with her parents.  In 1881 she was an unmarried Dressmaker living with her married sister Sarah.

    2. Mark Dowlen was baptised on 5 December 1813 in Falmer.

      Mark married Mary Davey on 19 April 1841 in Bolney, Sussex.

      Mary was born about 1817 in Bolney and was the daughter of Benjamin Davey.

      In 1851 the couple and their children were living at 43 High Street in the Holy Trinity parish of Guildford, Surrey.  Mark was then a 37 year old saddler and harness maker.  Also living with them were his widowed mother and younger brother.  When the 1881 census was recorded Mark was living at 118 High Street, Guildford, Surrey along with his unmarried 37 year old daughter Fanny Dowlen and 13 year old General Servant, Fanny M. Shepard.

    3. Thomas Dowlen was baptised on 14 May 1815 in Falmer.  When the 1881 census was recorded he was a 65 year old widower and printer, boarding in the home of Edward Weeden at 82 Camden Street, London.

    4. John Walter Dowlen was born on 25 May and baptised on 15 September 1816 in Falmer.  He died aged 82 years in the first quarter of 1899 in the Barnet registration district.

      John Walter married Isabella Black on 15 July 1841 at St. James in Westminster, London.

      When the 1881 census was recorded the couple were living at the Grocers Shop in Market Place, Finchley, London, along with their 2 children, Walter Charles Dowlen aged 28 who was an unmarried Navy Agent Clerk and Alice Isabella Dowlen an unmarried 26 year old, and 23 year old unmarried nephew James A. Black who was a grocer's assistant.  John Walter was then a master grocer.

      Isabella died aged 81 years in the second quarter of 1897 in the Barnet district.

    5. Hannah Dowlen was born on 2 August and baptised on 31 August 1817 in Falmer.  She died aged 78 years and her death was registered in the first quarter of 1895 in the Brighton registration district.

      Hannah married/set up home with Henry Kenward Boakes who was a widower.  As Henry Kenward Boaker he had first married Jane Garston on 28 June 1834 in Heathfield, Sussex.  She was killed in the snow avalanche in Lewes on 27 December 1836.  Their small daughter, Fanny, was pulled out of the wreckage of the houses wearing a little white dress, which is on display at the Lewes Anne of Cleves Museum.  When the 1841 census was recorded, Fanny was 6 years old and living with, who was believed to be her grandmother, Fanny Sherlock.  They were living together in South Street, South Malling, Sussex and Fanny (senior) was a laundress.  In 1851, 16 year old Fanny was a servant cook living in the High Street in the parish of St. Anne's, Lewes in the home of Mary Mannington, a landed proprietor.

      Henry was born about 1812 in Firle, Sussex and was the son of Fanny Boakes, who married James Sherlock in 1815.  Fanny may have been the daughter of Richard Boaks and Mary Hope who had married in Firle in 1782  Henry died aged 82 years and his death was registered in the fourth quarter of 1894 in the Horsham registration district.

      At the time of the 1841 census, Henry and Ann, and their baby son were living in Portslade village.  When the 1851 census was recorded Henry and Hannah and their 4 children were living in the High Street of the St. Anne's parish of Lewes.  Henry was then an agricultural labourer.  In 1861 the couple and 2 young children were living at 61 Brick Kiln in West Firle.  By 1871 the couple and their youngest child had moved to Combe Bottom, Woodingdean in the parish of Rottingdean, Sussex.  They had moved again by 1881 and were living at Champions Gate in West Grinstead, Sussex along with their youngest son.  In 1891 the couple were living alone at Champions Gate.

      Henry and Hannah had the following known children:

      1. James Edward Boakes was baptised on 7 March 1841 in Portslade, Sussex.  He was 5 months old when the 1841 census was recorded.  In 1851 he was a 10 year old scholar.  He died in 1852.

      2. John Boaks was baptised on 1 September 1842 in Portslade and buried there on 9 September 1842.

      3. Sarah Ann Elizabeth Boakes was born in the first quarter of 1844 in Brighton, Sussex and baptised on 17 March 1844 at St. Peter's in Brighton.  She was a 7 year old scholar in 1851.

      4. William Boakes was baptised on 1 March 1846 in Southwick, Sussex.  He was a 5 year old scholar in 1851.

      5. Ann Boakes was born in the first quarter of 1848 in Lewes.  When the 1851 census was recorded she was 3 years old.

      6. Richard Boakes was baptised on 14 April 1850 at St. Anne's in Lewes.

      7. Ellen Boakes was baptised on 20 July 1851 at St. Anne's in Lewes.

      8. Mary Ann Boakes was baptised on 1 December 1852 at St. Anne's in Lewes.

      9. Edwin Boakes was born in the first quarter of 1854 in Lewes and baptised on 9 April 1854 at St. Anne's.  He was a 7 year old scholar in 1861.  He may have died in 1865.

      10. Charles Mark Boakes was born about 1859 in Firle.  His birth may have been registered as Mark Boakes in the third quarter of 1858.  In 1861 Charles was 2 years old.  He was a 12 year old agricultural labourer in 1861 and the only one of his siblings living at home with his parents.  The 1881 census records his name as Mark and he was a 22 year old gardener, living with his parents.

    6. Sarah Dowlen was born about 1820.  When the 1841 census was recorded she was the eldest of her siblings living at home.

    7. Elizabeth Dowlen was born about 1820 in Lewes (not sure she was a daughter of Edward and Hannah).  She married Joseph Back on 23 October 1843 in Brighton.  Her father was then named as Edward Dowlen and his as Daniel Back.

    8. William Dowlen was born about 1825 in Lewes.  He was a 15 year old agricultural labourer in at the time of the 1841 census.

      William married Martha French on 29 December 1844 at St. Nicholas in Brighton.  His father was then named as Edward Dowlen and her's as William French.

      William was a widower by 1881 and he was then an agricultural labourer living in Falmer, Sussex.

      William and Martha had the following children:

      1. William Henry Dowlen was baptised on 11 October 1846 at St. Anne's in Lewes.

        William married Emily Hale on 26 May 1867 at St Mary's in Lambeth, Surrey.

        Emily was born about 1846 in Camberwell, Surrey and was the daughter of William Henry Hale.

        When the 1881 census was recorded the couple were living at 33 Parkside Street in Battersea, London.  Also in the household was their 8 year old daughter Ada F. Dowlen who had been born in Newington, Surrey, and William's 19 year old brother-in-law, Alfred Hale who was a House Decorator.  William was a shopman in a provisions store in 1881.

      2. Edward Dowlen was baptised on 20 February 1848 at St. Anne's in Lewes.

      3. John Walter Dowling was baptised on 16 December 1849 at St. Anne's in Lewes.

        John Walter married Emily Louisa Buckwell Pelling on 26 December at St. Michael's in Lewes.

        Emily was born about 1849 and was the daughter of Thomas Pelling.

        When the 1881 census was recorded the couple were living at 1 Western Terrace in Portslade, Sussex, along with their 3 children:  Emily Dowlen (9), Walter Dowlen (7) and Anne Dowlen (1).

      4. James Dowling was baptised on 28 November 1852 at St. Anne's in Lewes.

        James married Eliza.

        Eliza was born about 1850 in Five Ashes, Sussex.

        When the 1881 census was recorded the couple were living with his widower father in Falmer, along with 1 year old Annie Dowlen.  James was a groom in 1881.

    9. Charles Dowlen was born about 1828/9 in Lewes.  In 1841 he was a 13 year old agricultural labourer.  In 1851, he was a 22 year old harness maker journeyman, living with his elder brother Mark.

  2. Ann Dowlen was baptised on 12 September 1774 in Ashurst.

  3. Mary Dowlen was baptised on 29 September 1776 in Ashurst.

  4. Sarah Dowlen may have been born about 1782.

    Sarah married James Ellis by licence on 16 September 1812 at St. Nicholas in Brighton, Sussex.  She was then a spinster and he a bachelor and they were both of Brighton.  Their marriage licence was issued on 14 September 1812 by the Archdeaconry of Lewes, which recorded that Sarah was aged 30 years and upwards, whilst James was a yeoman aged 33 years and upwards.

    James and Sarah may have had the following child:

    1. Jane Ellis was born on 2 July and baptised on 26 November 1816 at the Chapel Street Independent in Worthing, Sussex.

    On 14 January 1846, S. Ellis wrote a letter to her niece Mary, in which she mentioned that Edward was her only brother.  Also mentioned was Mary's sister Ann and their dear father.

 

Many thanks to the following:

Narelle Howard for the details about the Arnold family.

Debby Jones for details about the Boakes family.

 

 

1841 census - Ashcombe, St. Ann, Lewes, Sussex (HO107/1120, folio 17, page 26)

Edwd Dowlen, 70, Publican, born in Sussex

Hannah Dowlen, 50, born in Sussex

Willm Dowlen, 15, Ag Lab, born in Sussex

Charles Dowlen, 13, Ag Lab, born in Sussex

Sarah Dowlen, 20, born in Sussex

 

1841 census - Village, Portslade, Sussex (HO107/1112, folio 8, page 11)

Henry Boakes, 29, born in Sussex

Ann Boakes, 24, born in Sussex

James Boakes, 5 months born in Sussex

 

1851 census - 43 High Street, The Holy Trinity, Guildford, Surrey (HO107/1594, folio 588, page 29)

Mark Dowlen, Head, Mar, 37, Saddler & Harnes maker, born Sussex, Falmer

Mary Dowlen, Wife, Mar, 34, born Sussex, Bolney

Fanny Dowlen, Daur, 9, Scholar, born Surrey, Guildford

Angelina Dowlen, Daur, 7, Scholar, born Surrey, Guildford

Ethelbert Dowlen, Son, 1, born Surrey, Guildford

Hannah Dowlen, Mother, W, 62, Formerly Gate Keeper, born Sussex, Hailsham

Charles Dowlen, Brother, U, 22, Harnes maker journeyman, born Sussex, Lewes

 

1851 census - High Street, St. Ann, Lewes, Sussex (HO107/1643, folio 373, page 29)

Henry Boakes, Head, Mar, 38, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Firle

Han Boakes, Wife, Mar, 33, born Sussex, Falmer

Jas E Boakes, Son, U, 10, Scholar, born Sussex, Portslade

Sa E Boakes, Daur, U, 7, Scholar, born Sussex, Brighton

Wm Boakes, Son, 5, Scholar, born Sussex, Southwick

Ann Boakes, Daur, 3, at home, born Sussex, Lewes

 

1861 census - 61 Brick Kiln, West Firle, Sussex (RG9/588, folio 61, page 9)

Henry Boakes, Head, Mar, 49, Agri Lab, born Sussex, Westfirle

Hannah Boakes, Wife, Mar, 43, born Sussex, Falmer

Edwin Boakes, Son, Un, 7, Scholar, born Sussex, Lewes

Charles M. Boakes, Son, Un, Son, 2, born Sussex, Westfirle

 

1871 census - Combe Bottom, Woodendean, Rottingdean, Sussex (RG10/1071, folio 30, page 17)

Henry Boakes, Head, Mar, 53, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Firle

Hannah Boakes, Wife, Mar, 51, born Sussex, Falmer

Charles Boakes, Son, Unm, 12, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Firle

 

1881 census - Champions Gate, West Grinstead, Sussex (RG11/1106, folio 65, page 8)

Henry Boakes, Head, Mar, 68, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Firle

Hannah Boakes, Wife, Mar, 64, born Sussex, Falmer

Mark C Boakes, Son, Unm, 22, Gardener, born Sussex, Firle

 

1891 census - Champions Gate, West Grinstead, Sussex (RG12/826, folio 56, page 10)

Henry Boakes, Head, M, 79, Farm Labourer, born Sussex, Firle

Hannah Boakes, Wife, M, 73, born Sussex, Falmer

 

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