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52 Ancestors: Week 37- On the Farm

I am taking part in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge for 2021. The challenge is organised by Amy Johnson Crow who provides a weekly writing prompt. I should by now be writing week 52, but study, work and life got in the way. I’m aiming to catch up over the 12 days of Christmas.

I really should have looked at this prompt before writing my last blog! However, I do have other farmer ancestors. I have chosen my 2nd great grandfather Charles Frederick Bowler to write about today. He was born on 30 November 1839 in Broomyshaw, a hamlet near Cauldon, Staffordshire. He was the son of Charles Bowler, farmer, and Elizabeth Milward. [1]

In his adult life Charles Bowler described himself variously as a farmer and a cattle dealer. In 1891 when the census enumerator called he used both to describe his occupation.[2]

Extract from the 1891 Census[2]

Charles married three times, and was widowed twice. He was married to Elizabeth Johnson in 1876, to my 2nd great grandmother Esther Ellis in 1884 and finally in 1891, two months after the above census extract, he married Mary Jane Spiller. In total he had 13 children.

At the time of the census, 05 April 1891, Charles was living at Rake House, but by 1900 he was at Manor Farm, just outside Belper. It is likely that he took on the farm in 1897 when Mr Hall gave up farming.[3]

Derbyshire Times. 13 February 1897[3]

The newspapers tell us much about the farm, from the sale notice there were cows, and enough work for 3 cart horse. There were damson trees[4]

Belper News 05 October 1900[4]

and some land was let out grazing horses.[5]

Belper News and Derbyshrie Telephone 08 July 1904[5]

Charles didn’t have long at Manor Farm, probably less than 10 years. He died there on 1st March 1906. A year later his son William made an attempt to sell the farm, giving us a further insight into the farm activities.[6]

So, he farmed a variety of animals and crops.

Manor Farm
Approximately 2.02 miles from Belper in Derbyshire · © Alan Murray-Rust Photos kindly supplied by Geograph, and may be reused subject to this creative commons usage licence

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[1] Births. England. SD Alton. RD Cheadle, Staffordshire. 30 November 1839. BOWLER, Charles Frederick. Vol 017. p. 28.

[2] Census Records. England. Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire. 05 April 1891. BOWLER, Charles (Head). RG12/2756. FL. 85. p. 15 SH. 105.

[3] Derbyshire Times. (1897) Derbyshire Times. 13 February. p. 4f. : accessed 27 December 2021.

[4] Belper News. (1900) Belper News. 05 October. p. 7c : accessed 27 December 2021.

[5] Belper News and Derbyshire Telephone. (1904) Belper News and Derbyshire Telephone. 08 July. p. 8d. : accessed 27 December 2021.

[6] Ashbourne News Telegraph. (1907) Ashbourne News Telegraph. 18 January. p1b. accessed 27 December 2021.

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