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Harriet Hannah Stone [st.2.2]

Harriet Hannah Stone was the second child of James Stone & Eliza Woolley born at Tipton & christened July 4th, 1824 at St Thomas, Dudley, Worcs.

In 1851 Harriet was living at home at Old Meeting St, West Bromwich with her widowed mother & younger sisters & brothers. She was a ladies nurse.

Harriet married John James Bowater on October 24th, 1854 at the Parish Church of West Bromwich.  Witnesses at the wedding were Hannah’s parents, Eliza & James Stone.  John was born July 16th, 1813 at Quarry Bank, Staffs, the son of Elizabeth & James Bowater, a stocktaker, and had previously been married to Elizabeth Johnson with whom he had 5 children.  Elizabeth died in Jan-March 1854.

In 1861 Harriet & John were living at 50 Hill Top, West Bromwich & John was a pawn broker. At home were the 5 children from John’s first marriage, namely Jane (18), an assistant in the pawn shop, Thomas (16), a roll turner, Sarah (14), Phoebe (11) and John J (8). Also at home was William (5) the son of Harriet and John. Living with them were Hannah’s sisters Elizabeth Stone, also an assistant in the pawn shop, & Eliza Morgan (nee Stone). They had a groom & a general servant.

In 1871 Harriet & John had moved to Queen St, West Bromwich & John was now an oil & tallow merchant. At home were Phoebe, John, an office clerk & William A, an office clerk. With them at the time of the census was Harriet’s widowed step mother Mary (67).

Son William, a cashier, married Mary Lavinia Udall on December 25th, 1876 at St Martin’s, Birmingham.  Mary was the daughter of George Udall, a theatrical manager.  Witnesses at the wedding were James Stone, William’s uncle, & Elizabeth Hudson.  William, Mary & family emigrated to the USA & were recorded in the 1900 census as living in Cook, Illinois.  Later the family moved to Los Angeles, California, where William, aged 78 & Mary Lavinia, aged 99, died. 

John died on November 29th, 1879, aged 66, & was buried on December 5th, 1879 at Heath Lane Cemetery, West Bromwich.  His will was proved at Lichfield on July 19th, 1880 by his sons Thomas, John James & William Alfred Bowater, all ironmasters.  John, who was described as an ironmaster & oil & tallow merchant left a personal estate under £4,000.

In 1880 it appears that John’s company which traded as John J Bowater & Sons at Bush Farm Ironworks, Greet’s Green, West Browmich became bankrupt.  The London Gazette of June 1st, 1880 records that the 3 above named sons were involved in the liquidation of the company.

By 1881 widowed Harriet had set up a lodging house called Montserrat at Holdenhurst, Bournemouth, Hants. Her guests at the time of the census included a professor from Belgium & a retired clergyman & his wife.

In 1891 Harriet had moved to Upper Swinford, Stourbridge, Worcs. She was a boarder at Richmond Court, Love Lane where the head of the household was Hannah Farr, a needle woman. With Harriet, who was living on her own means, was her grand daughter Evelyn Bowater (13), the daughter of son William & his wife Mary Lavinia (nee Udall).

Harriet of Old Swinford died on April 24th, 1892, aged 67 & was buried on April 28th, 1892 at Heath Lane Cemetery, West Bromwich.

The children of Harriet Hannah Stone and John James Bowater were:

st.2.2.1 William Alfred Bowater born July-Sept 1855 at Hill Top, Staffs; buried 1933 at San Gabriel Cemetery, Los Angeles, California


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