Ann Bishop (née Bowers)
Ann Bishop (née Bowers).

Ann Bailey Bowers

Ann Bowers was the seventh of the eight children of Henry Bowers (1812-1847) and his wife Ann (née Bailey) of Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.

She married labourer James Simpson Bishop (1842-1901) of Wicken, when she was about 17 years old. The couple went on to have eighteen known children.

Ann is noted as a 'Coprolite Labourer' at the time of the 1871 census, although seeing as she was almost continuously pregnant, would have meant it was probably a short-lived career.

When the youngest of her children was just 2 years old, Ann died from Pneumonia, leaving the large, young, family in the care of her widower James, and undoubtedly in the care of her mother (whom she had predeceased by 8 years). Her sister, Sarah Bowers (by then Sarah Farby), was present at her death.

Ann left a personal estate of 60 in her will to her husband.

After Ann's death, her older and childless sister, Sarah stepped in to helped look after the children, and earned herself the affectionate name of "Granny Farby" and continued to look after her niece's and nephew's children as well.

Further Details

1843 at Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.

1843 at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England, and then again later on 8th July 1855, aged 12 years at St. Lawrence's Church, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.





5th March 1889 at Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 45 years.

Cause of Death
'Enteric Fever - Pneumonia (Double)' - certified by S C Harris, Surgeon

8th March 1889 at St. George's Church, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.

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