Henry Bowers's ancestry remains a mystery, with his earliest appearance occuring in 1832 at the parish church at Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England, when he married Ann Bailey.
The couple soon welcomed the first of their eventual eight children, but tragedy struck about a year after the birth of their final child, Eliza, when Henry died of 'Consumption' (an old term for tuberculosis), aged just 35 years.
This left his 36 year old widow Ann with their eight children under the age of 10 years. After what would have been four difficult years providing for her young family, she re-married in 1851 to widower Jackson Layton, and soon became a mother three more times.
By the end of the 1850s, as his widow was establishing her new family, Henry's older children Emily and Maurice had emigrated to Australia.
- Circa 1812, location not yet known.
- Ann Bailey (1811-1897) on 27th October 1832 at St. Laurence's Church, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Emily Bowers (1833-?) married John Cropley (1828-?)
- Isaac Bowers (1835-1863) married Mary Ann Houghton (1834-1872)
- Mary Bowers (1835-1925) married Robert Gibbins Hinkins (1831-?)
- Elizabeth Bowers (1838-?) married Joseph Ely (1835-?)
- Maurice Bowers (1840-1921) married Eleanor Lyddon (1841-1902)
- Sarah Bowers (1841-1920) married George Farby (1839-1920)
- Ann Bailey Bowers (1843-1889) married James Simpson Bishop (1842-1901)
- Eliza Bowers (1846-1924) married Robert Casburn (1852-19??)
Census and Residence
- 1841: 29yrs, Northup Corner, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 1841: Labourer
- 22nd February 1847 in the presence of his sister-in-law, Sarah Bailey at Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 35 years. Died of consumption.
- 26th February 1847 at St. Laurence's Church, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.