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Robert Mitford Bowker

Robert Mitford Bowker[1, 2, 3]

Male 1810 - 1892  (82 years)

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  • Name Robert Mitford Bowker 
    Born 30 Aug 1810  Newcastle-On-Tyne, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 4 Oct 1813  Parish Church of Saint Mary, Almer, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • Parish of Almer
      BAPTISMS 1731 - 1879
      These records have been transcribed from the Bishop's Transcripts.
    • Parish of Almer
      BAPTISMS 1731 - 1879
      These records have been transcribed from the Bishop's Transcripts.
    1820 Lineage Yes 
    Residence 1816  'Manor Farm', South Newton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    1820 Settler 7 Jan 1820  Portsmouth, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Bowker's Party on the Weymouth 
    Settler ID 108 
    Name Robert Mitford Bowker 1820 
    Residence 25 Jun 1820  Olive Burn farm, Kleinemonde, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Abt 1847  'Craigie Burn', Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Abt 1847  Craigie Burn farm, Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 23 Sep 1892  'Glen Avon', Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • DEPOT KAB
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      DESCRIPTION BOWKER, ROBERT MILFORD. DEATH NOTICE.
      STARTING 18920000
      ENDING 18920000

      DEATH NOTICE:
      MOOC 6/9/308 R2995
      Name of the Deceased: Robert Mitford BOWKER
      Place of Birth of Deceased: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland
      Names of Parents of Deceased: Father: Miles BOWKER
      Mother: Anna Maria MITFORD
      Age of the Deceased: 82 years
      Widower
      Name of pre-deceased Spouse: Sarah Elizabeth HART
      Date of Death: 23 September 1892
      Place of Death: 'Glen Avon', Somerset East
      Names of Children and whether major or minor:
      Ellen BOWKER married Robert HART (deceased)
      Ann Stretch BOWKER married James Scott PRINGLE
      James Frederick Fleischer BOWKER
      Robert Mitford BOWKER
      Effie Mitford BOWKER (deceased) married John Ward STEVENS
      Septimus Bouchier BOWKER
      William Henry BOWKER
      Sara Elizabeth BOWKER married John Mitford BOWKER
      Robert Hart BOWKER
      Oliver Osbaldiston BOWKER
      Miles Egerton BOWKER
      Signed J.F.F. BOWKER, Son
    Buried Craigie Burn farm, Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1004  Bourchiers
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2020 

    Father (8) Miles Bowker,   b. Abt 1758, Deckhams Hall, Gateshead, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1839, Tharfield farm, Kleinemonde, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Anna Maria Mitford,   b. 1782, Mitford Manor, Mitford, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1868, 'Kruisfontein', Alexandria, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 8 Mar 1800  Morpeth, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    Family ID F253  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Elizabeth Hart,   b. 16 Jun 1820, Somerset Farm, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1875, 'Craigie Burn', Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 19 Dec 1838  'Glen Avon', Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Oliver Osbaldiston Bowker,   b. 29 Sep 1857, Craigie Burn farm, Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1951, Glen Craig farm, Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F465  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Bowker, Robert Mitford
    Bowker, Robert Mitford
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  • Notes 
    • Initially thought that Robert was born at Morpeth in Northumberland, but then discovered that Miles and Anna and their sons must have moved to Charborough Park in Devon sometime in 1810, as I discovered that Miles was paying 'Land Tax' for rented lands at Lythchett Matravers from a William Trenchard, Esq. from 1811 through to at least 1816. Miles also paid £32 tax for the tithing of Charborough on 3rd May 1811, owned by the Earl Drax Grosvenor, Esq. When we found a transcription Robert's Death Notice, it stated that he was born in Newcastle, ie Deckhams Hall, which means that Miles and family would have only 'gone south' in the latter part of 1810.

      Robert married Sarah Elizabeth Hart of the farm Glen Avon, Somerset East. He farmed at Craigie Burn, Somerset East, which was formerly a part of Glen Avon. Craigie Burn was up in the Bosberg mountains above Glen Avon, and as it was isolated it remained unmolested throughout the many Kaffir Wars. It was used as a place of refuge for the rest of the family, and Robert's brothers often brought their stock, wives, families and left them there while they went to the wars.

      On our (Janet & Paul TT) trip to South Africa in May 2014, we stayed at Glen Avon, and managed to get up the pass to Craigie Burn. The original house was in the process of being renovated by the current owners, Petri and Suzanne Snyman. We had parked our hire car, a VW Polo, at the entrance gate to the farm, and walked down to the house, as the humps and gulleys on the drive would have left our car high and dry. We met Suzanne briefly, and she advised that any non-4wd vehicle would not get further up the road towards Glen Craig!

      Robert took part in the campaign against the M'fecani in 1828, and served in the war of 1850-1853. . Member of the House of Assembly from 1854 - 1873 and Member of the Legislative Council from 1879 to 1883.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S12] "The Settler Handbook", M D Nash, (Chameleon Press ISBM 0 620 10940 8), p 47, 11 Feb 2003.

    2. [S418] BOWKER 1820 GEDCOM, Tanner - Tremaine, Paul, (http://www.geocities.com/settlers1820).

    3. [S12] "The Settler Handbook", M D Nash, (Chameleon Press ISBM 0 620 10940 8).

    4. [S226] Baptism Records - 1813, Parish of Almer, Dorset.

    5. [S1898] Parish of Almer baptisms.

    6. [S1899] Baptisms - Parish of Almer, Dorset.

    7. [S503] "1820 Settler Women", Shuttleworth, Stanley G.

    8. [S369] Register 29/3/1822 -1860, Grahamstown Methodist - Commemoration Chapel, (CORY MS 15 899/1).

    9. [S18] "Some Frontier Families", Ivan Mitford-Barberton & Violet White, (1968, Human & Rousseau Publishers, Cape Town, South Africa).

    10. [S1891] South African Genealogies Vol 02, page 267+ (Reliability: 3).