BOWYER AND HEATH boatman

Genealogy for the Heath family's of Saffordshire and surrounding areas.

BOWYER AND HEATH boatman

Postby Denise E Johnson » Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:41 pm

Jemima or Jemimah Heath the daughter of John Heath and Mary was baptised in Wolstanton St Margaret on the 1st January 1775. Jemimah Heath married Samuel Boyer or Bowyer in Stoke-on-Trent on the 27th August 1797. Samuel’s occupation was a boatman. (There are many variants of spelling for Bowyer). A number of children including:-

Joseph Bowyer was born at Stanley on the 24th January 1818 and died on 28th December 1903. He was the youngest son of Mr Samuel Bowyer. He first attended a dame’s school at Stanley, taught by Mrs Willott, and afterwards the Parochial School at Endon Bank, leaving at the age of eight to go with his father’s boat.
He was among the first to attend the Sunday School conducted by the Parish Clerk (Mr James Baddeley) in one of the stone-built cottages in the village of Endon, whence the children were taken to service at the Parish Church.
His earliest years of labour were devoted to the boating of limestone from Froghall, for Joseph Brindley of Longport, varied by occasional journeys with the boat into the Black Country of South Staffordshire.
When sixteen years of age, his father died, and Joseph took charge of the boat in his own account, bringing his earnings to his mother with whom he continued to make a home, and carrying limestone from Froghall as before. Three years later, when only nineteen years old, he made an expedition in charge of his boat to London, the object of his journey being to fetch some carved stone for the entrances to the great mansion at Trentham which the Duke of Sutherland was then building. Being detained for eleven days at Paddlington canal basin, Joseph had opportunities for sight-seeing iun the great city, and appartently turned them to account, for to the last he retained a recollection of the places of interest which came under his observation.
Returning to Trentham he was a participator in the young Duke’s coming of age functions.
During a period of seven years, Joseph found employment under Mr Trubshaw, the contractor, in boating stone and other materials from various parts of the country for the building of Trentham Hall, so that he could boast of having a had a not inconsiderable hand in the rearing of the present magnificent pile.
Stone flags from Yorkshire, anddd slates from Wales, formed some of the cargoes he carried, as he pursued the even tenor of his way along the canal system.
Later, on, he conveyed stone blocks on which to rest the metals of one of the earliest railways in the country – that from Crewe to Stafford – only to find in a few years those blocks supersede by wooden sleepers.
Going back somewhat, Joseph was married to his first wife, Jane Wakefield of Ladderedge at Leek Parish Church at the age of twenty three. He took her to live at Post Bridge, Endon, where she died in less than three years afterwards and was buried at Endon, leaving behind two children. After completing his job at Trentham, and for the railway contractor, Jospeph once more undertook the boating of lime and limestone, this time for Mr Edward Heaton, who then had kilns at Post Bridge, Endon, and in whose service he remained until Mr Heaton relinquished his business.
Seven years after the decease of his first wife Joseph married Sabra Sheldon of Brown Edge. The marriage took place at Stoke Church and in due course they had thirteen children of whom, however, only four survived.
Sometime later he boated coal and slack for Richard Deane, colliery proprietor of Norton, who owned as many as twelve boats.
His leisure time was spent in a becoming and orderly manner, for many years he was a member of Robert Heath’s Bible Class at Brown Edge, a communicant and a great believer in the due and proper observance of the Sabbath. ‘Not slothful in business, serving the Lord’ may well be written as his epitaph and may the example he left behind be a pattern for many of the younger generation in Brown Edge and the neighbourhood.

The above was an account written New Year’s Eve 1903 by G. H. Heaton.

Joseph and Sabra eldest child Caroline was aged three weeks at the time of the 1851 census Brown Edge, living with her mother and grandparents. Caroline’s first married Josiah Sheldon on the 30th December 1872 at Brown Edge St Anne’s. Caroline and Josiah had a number of children including
[color=#000040]Jesse Sheldon born Brown Edge. Jesse married Louisa Davenport a number of children. Before enlisting on the 29th August 1904 at Burslem, Jesse was working for Heath &Sons Ltd. Sneyd Colliery, Burslem.
Jesse was discharged from the North Staffordshire Regiment on the 19th October 1918 with ill health due to serving in the forces.
Jesse died on the 29th October 1918 aged 38 years of 46 Navigation Road Burslem.
Jesse is buried with Honour at Stoke-on-Trent Cemetery Burslem.
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Caroline Sheldon nee Bowyer second marriage was to Ephraim Sherratt in 1894 Civil Marriage Wolstanton. Ephraim and Caroline had a son Ephraim Sheldon.
There is a lovely photograph of Caroline Bowyer wearing a bonnet and shawl and holding a clay play in her hand. Source A Brown Edge History by Alan Pointon 1908 – 1981.
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