Forest miners going to Wigan (Parish Records)

by Jefff @, West London, Middlesex, Thursday, January 25, 2018, 22:05 (687 days ago) @ JaneyH

Henry Bowdler (1851-1929) was a 3x great uncle of mine and born in Sutton/Flaxley depending on which records you look at. The 1881 Census shows him as a coalminer living in Stockwell Green near Newnham with his young family.

Hi again Janey,
I would have emailed you the following tiny detail offline but it appears you don't want to receive direct emails - or at least the envelope icon doesn't display against your name ?.

I'm pleased you also have some Wigan ancestors, intriguing isn't it.

I stand to be corrected (I often am !), but I think I'm right in saying that your Henry wasn't living in or even particularly near Newnham in 1881. I cannot find a "Stockwell Green" near there, but I do know there is such an address in the "old" end of Cinderford near St John's Church, so very near Ruspidge then Soudley etc. I've looked-up Henry on the 1881 Census and it states "East Dean", which infers Cinderford or the immediate surrounds such as Drybrook or maybe Littledean. As I'm sure you know Newnham is abt 3 miles from Cinderford and is down on the Severn. They are separate Registration Districts.
https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/reg/districts/forest%20of%20dean.html

I'm sure this is probably just a "typo" on your part, but thought I'd mention it just in case.

Before posting I searched to see if Henry has been covered on old threads in the forum, as didn't want to tell you what you already knew. I cannot find him, but I did find this sad mention of another Henry Bowdler who I suspect is in your tree. It was posted before you joined the forum, so I wondered if you've seen it, a rather unusual and very sad tale...
http://forum.forest-of-dean.net/index.php?id=16676

Hoping this is of interest, J.


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