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Joseph James Cowley & Eliza Keech
2nd Great Grandparents
Husband:
 
Joseph James Cowley
Born:
  1859
in:
  Stevington, Bedfordshire
Christened:
  30 March 1859
in:
  Stevington, Bedfordshire
Marriage:
  1881
in:
  Bedford, Bedfordshire
Died:
  23 August 1935
in:
  Kempston, Bedfordshire
     
Father:
 
Jesse White Cowley
Mother:
 
Maria Hide nee Cox
     
Occupation:
  Domestic Coachman
 
Wife:
 
Eliza Keech[1]
Born:
 
1852
in:
 
Turvey, Bedfordshire
Christened:
 
28 March 1852
in:
 
Turvey, Bedfordshire
Died:
 
[to find]
in:
 
[to find]
     
Father:
 
James William Keech[1]
Mother:
 
Joanna Cotton
     
Occupation:
  Nurse & General Domestic Servant (prior to marriage)
 

Joseph James Cowley was born in 1859 in Stevington, Bedfordshire and was one of five children. He worked as a Domestic Coachman while his father was a Cord Wainer.

Eliza Keech was born in 1852 in Turvey, Bedfordshire and was one of six children. Before marrying she worked as a Domestic Servant and Nurse, her father was a Master Tailor.

Joseph James Cowley
Joseph and son Samuel's grave in
Kempston, Bedfordshire

Children
Joseph and Eliza had five children, my Great Grandmother being the second.

1
Name:
 
William James Cowley
M
Born:
  1882
in:
  Bedford, Bedfordshire
 
Christened:
  26 March 1882
in:
  St Mary's, Bedford, Bedfordshire
 
Marriage:
  [to confirm]
in:
  [to confirm]
 
Died:
  [to confirm]
in:
  [to confirm]
       
 
Occupation:
  Groom [1901 Census]

I have yet to find out if William married and when he died.

2
Name:
 
F
Born:
  1887
in:
  Bedford, Bedfordshire
 
Marriage:
  1907
in:
  Bedford, Bedfordshire
 
Spouse:
 
 
Died:
  1937
in:
  Bedford, Bedfordshire

Ernest and Millie had four children, my Grandfather being the first. After Millie died in 1937, Ernest swiftly remarried but had no more children.

3
Name:
 
Samuel Jesse Cowley
M
Born:
  1890
in:
  Bedford, Bedfordshire
 
Marriage:
  [unmarried]
   
 
Died:
  19 September 1919
in:
  Kempston, Bedfordshire
 
Buried:
  1919
in:
  Kempston, Bedfordshire
       
 
Occupation:
  Groom

Sam was a groom and served in the Bedfordshire Yeomanry in WW1. He earned three campaign medals and went to France in 1915. In 1916 he began to suffer from osteomyelitis, a bone marrow disease. He was invalided out in 1917 and suffered for another 2 years before he died of the disease and septic arthritis in September 1919. He is buried along with his mother and father in a large plot in Kempston Cemetery.

Sam and his father's grave in
Kempston, Bedfordshire

4
Name:
 
Lilian May Cowley
F
Born:
  29 December 1892
in:
  Bedford, Bedfordshire
 
Marriage:
  1916
in:
  Bedford, Bedfordshire
 
Spouse:
 
Frank Gerald Adams (1892-1962)
 
Died:
  1978
in:
  Watford (district), Hertfordshire

May and Frank had one son. Frank died in 1962 aged 69 and Lilian died in 1978 aged 85.

  1. Jesse Oliver Gerald Adams (1921-2002), married Mary S Walker.

5
Name:
 
Beatrice Alice Cowley
F
Born:
  26th December 1985
in:
  Bedford, Bedfordshire
 
Marriage:
  1920
in:
  Bedford, Bedfordshire
 
Spouse:
 
Reginald George Milton (1897-1971)
 
Died:
  1972
in:
  Bedford, Bedfordshire

Beatrice and Reginald had two children. Reginald died in 1971 aged 75 and Beatrice died a year later in 1972 aged 75.

  1. Eric George Milton (1922-1990)
  2. Reginald John Milton (1926-2002), married June M Lincoln.

Census Information

Joseph James Cowley:

  • 1861: Son (age 2) - Sloer Street, Stevington, Bedfordshire
  • 1871: Scholar (age 12) - Son - 24 Church Street, Stevington, Bedfordshire
  • 1881: Coachman: Domestic Servant (age 23) - Lodger - 3 Duck Mill Land, Bedford St Mary, Bedfordshire
  • 1891: [family not found]
  • 1901: Coachman: Domestic (age 45) - Head - The Stables, Kempston House, Kempston, Bedfordshire


Eliza Keech:

  • 1861: Daughter (age 9) - 7 Mill Green, Turvey, Bedfordshire
  • 1871: General Domestic Servant [for Farmer] (age 19) - Main Street (north side), Turvey, Bedfordshire
  • 1881: Nurse: Servant [for Wine Merchant, Hotel Keeper & Farmer] (age 28) - 1 High Street Swan Hotel, Bedford St Paul, Bedfordshire
  • 1891: [family not found]
  • 1901: Coachman's Wife (age 49) - The Stables, Kempston House, Kempston, Bedfordshire

(1) William James Cowley:

  • 1891: [family not found]
  • 1901: Groom (age 19) - Servant [for Bertram W A Heppel, living on own means] - The Stables, Bromham Hall, Bromham, Bedfordshire

(2) Amelia Elizabeth Cowley:

  • 1891: [family not found]
  • 1901: Daughter (age 14) - The Stables, Kempston House, Kempston, Bedfordshire

(3) Samuel Jesse Cowley:

  • 1891: [family not found]
  • 1901: Son (age 11) - The Stables, Kempston House, Kempston, Bedfordshire

(4) May Cowley:

  • 1901: Daughter (age 8) - The Stables, Kempston House, Kempston, Bedfordshire

(5) Beatrice Alice Cowley:

  • 1901: Daughter (age 5) - The Stables, Kempston House, Kempston, Bedfordshire

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