CHARLES HENRY COWELL

 

 

Mayor 1877 – 1878.

 

Member of the Liberal Party.

A member of the established church – Church of England.

Charles was elected to the Council in 1858 as one of the representatives of the St. Clement’s Ward.

 

Born: 29th September 1829, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

 

Father: Charles Cowell, born September 1798, St. Clement’s, Ipswich. A Corn Merchant. After the passing of the Municipal Reform Act, Charles was elected on the 26th December 1835, with 103 votes, as one of the first six representatives of the First or St. Clement’s Ward, as a Liberal. His first term of office extended to November 1838; he was then re-elected without opposition for a further term of three years, when he retired from the Council. Charles died Sunday, 8th May 1842, at Hill House, the home of Nathaniel Byles, Esq., his father-in-law. Laid to rest at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Ipswich.

 

Mother: Marianne Cowell (nee Byles), born December 1801, Hill Street, Ipswich, baptised 26th April 1802 – daughter of Nathaniel Byles Byles and Marianne Byles (nee Byles), of Hill House, Ipswich. Marianne was a subscriber and the vice-president for the Society for Clothing the Infant Poor. Marianne Cowell died 11th January 1871, at her home 14, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Ipswich.

 

Siblings:

 

Edward Byles Cowell, born January 1826, Ipswich. Dr. Edward Cowell died 9th February 1903, Cambridge

 

Marianne Byles Cowell, born 1828, St. Clement’s, Ipswich. On Tuesday, 4th September 1849, at St. Clement’s Church, Ipswich, Marianne married Isaac Palmer Baker, born May 1826, Ipswich. Marianne and Isaac had 4 children. Isaac was a Solicitor, of Lower Brook Street, Ipswich and had been articled to Mr. Simon Batley Jackaman in 1842. Isaac Baker died after a severe illness 10th April 1865, Ipswich. Marianne Baker died 14th March 1894, at Brixton, London.

 

Byles Cowell, born February 1832, St. Clement’s, Ipswich – died March 1832, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

 

Maurice Byles Cowell, born 1st October 1834, St. Clement’s, Ipswich. On the 5th August 1862, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich, Maurice married his paternal cousin, Anna Maria Cowell, born 1st August 1831, 10, Butter Market, Ipswich – youngest daughter of Samuel Harrison Cowell, a printer and stationer, and Emily Cowell (nee Doggett), of  37, Berners Street, Ipswich. Anna’s brother-in-law the Reverend Edward Ind Welldon, of Tonbridge conducted the ceremony. Maurice and Anna had no children. Maurice was educated at Ipswich Grammar School (Dr. Ebden), before moving on to Wadham College, Oxford University. He was ordained 1858, at Lichfield, Staffordshire, and became Curate at Coseley, Staffordshire from 1858 for two years. On the 19th March 1862, Maurice was instituted to the vicarage of All Saint’s Church, Ashbocking, Suffolk, and from 1895, Rural Dean of Claydon, Suffolk. During this time Maurice also acted as a Headmaster/Tutor of his own private school to help young men moving on to public schools. On Wednesday, 19th March 1892, in grateful acknowledgement of 30 years’ faithful and devoted ministry, the parishioners of Ashbocking made a presentation of gifts to Maurice and Anna. During the 30 years of his incumbency, and entirely at his his cost Maurice carried out three restorations of the church. Maurice was a member of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and Natural History Society. Anna Cowell died 19th January 1901, Ashbocking. Reverend Canon Maurice Cowell died 8th January 1919, Ashbocking. Both laid to rest at All Saint’s Churchyard, Ashbocking.

 

Elizabeth Byles Cowell, born September 1838, Ipswich. Elizabeth was educated at Ipswich High School for Girls, before moving on to continue her education at the Ipswich School of Science and Art. In early 1895, at the suggestion of the Head Mistress, Miss Youngman, the Ipswich High School Old Girls Association was formed. Elizabeth became an active member of the first committee. Elizabeth Cowell died 7th July 1921, at Heathfields, Ipswich, of Fernleigh, 77, Levington Road, Ipswich. Laid to rest with her parents at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Ipswich.

 

Clara Byles Cowell, born 1841, Ipswich – died 16th May 1846, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1841   Fore Street, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

 

Charles was 11 years old and living with his parents and siblings.

Charles, 40, a merchant.

Marianne, 35.

Edward, 15.

Marianne, 13.

Maurice, 6.

Elizabeth, 2.

2 female house servants.

 

1851   Fore Street, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

 

Charles was 21 years old, a Corn Merchant. He was living with his widowed mother and siblings.

Marianne, 48, a Corn Merchant.

Maurice, 16.

Elizabeth, 12.

1 cook.

2 housemaids.

 

1861   Clifton House, Spring Lane, Foundation Street, St. Stephen’s, Ipswich.

 

Charles was 31 years old, a Corn Merchant and Malster. He was married and head of the household.

Priscilla, 31.

Anna, 11 months.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

 

1871   Colne House, Henley Road, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

 

Charles was 41 years old, a Malster and Corn Merchant. He was married and head of the household.

Priscilla, 40.

Anna, 10.

Charles, 9.

Ethel, 6.

Catherine, 5.

John, 3.

Mildred, 11 months.

1 nurse.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 under nurse.

 

1881   Colne House, Henley Road, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

 

Charles was 51 years old, a Malster and Corn Merchant. He was married and head of the household.

Priscilla, 51.

Anna, 20.

Charles,18.

Ethel, 16.

Catherine, 15.

Mildred, 10.

1 cook.

2 housemaids.

 

1891   Colne House, Henley Road, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

 

Charles was 61 years old, a Corn Merchant and Malster – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Priscilla, 61.

Anna, 30.

Charles, 28.

Catherine, 25.

Mildred, 20.

1 cook.

1 parlourmaid.

1 housemaid.

 

1901   Colne House, 51, Henley Road, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

 

Charles was 71 ears old, a Grain Merchant – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Priscilla, 71.

Anna, 40.

Catherine, 35.

Mildred, 30.

1 cook.

1 parlourmaid.

1 housemaid.

 

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Image courtesy of Mr. A. Gilbert – Ipswich Borough Council.

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