Joseph James Cowley was born 7th Feb 1859 in Stevington, Bedfordshire, England and was the second of five children. His father, Jesse White Cowley, was a Cord Wainer and Joseph was a Coachman & Groom.
Joseph married my 2nd Great Grandmother Eliza Keech on 6th May 1881 at St Paul’s Church in Bedford and they had five children, of which my Great Grandmother Millie was the second. The 1911 census indicates there was a sixth unknown child who had died before 1911 but I have found no GRO birth index to confirm this.
Of their children, William worked as a domestic groom but haven’t traced him any further than the 1911 census. My Great Grandmother Millie married my Great Grandfather and had four children. Samuel also worked a groom, enlisted in the Befordshire Yeomanry in 1914 and died just after WWI in 1919 age 29. Lilian married and had one child, and Beatrice married and had two children.
Joseph died 23rd Aug 1935 aged 76 at daughter Millie’s house (Church Road, Biddenham, Bedfordshire, England – where she died herself just two years later). Eliza died 21st Apr 1941 aged 89 at daughter Lilian’s house (Home Park Cottage, Station Road, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, England).
|PARENT (M) Joseph James Cowley|
|Birth||MAR 1859||Stevington, Bedfordshire, England|
|Death||23 AUG 1935||Kempston, Bedfordshire, England|
|Marriage||JUN 1881||to Eliza Keech at Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|
|Father||Jesse White Cowley|
|Mother||Maria Theresa Cox|
|PARENT (F) Eliza Keech|
|Birth||MAR 1852||Turvey, Bedfordshire, England|
|Marriage||JUN 1881||to Joseph James Cowley at Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|
|Father||James William Keech|
|F||Amelia Elizabeth Cowley|
|Birth||MAR 1887||Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|
|Death||JUN 1937||Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|
|Marriage||JUN 1907||to Ernest Benjamin Mayhew at Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|
|M||William James Cowley|
|Birth||JUN 1882||Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|
|F||Lilian May Cowley|
|Birth||29 DEC 1892||Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|
|Death||MAR 1978||Watford, Hertfordshire, England|
|Marriage||JUN 1916||to Frank Gerald Adams at Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|
|F||Beatrice Alice Cowley|
|Birth||26 DEC 1895||Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|
|Death||DEC 1972||Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|
|Marriage||SEP 1920||to Reginald George Milton at Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|
|M||Samuel Jesse Cowley|
|Birth||JUN 1890||Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|
|Death||SEP 1919||Bedford, Bedfordshire, England|