Thomas Alfred STOWELL


Thomas Alfred STOWELL(68) was the second of eight children1 of Canon Hugh STOWELL (70) and Anne Susannah ASHWORTH(71). He was born in Salford, Lancashire, on 15 Jul 1831 and baptised2 by his father at Christ Church, Salford, on 07 Dec 1831, just a month after the consecration of that church (04 Nov 1831) and his father being appointed its first Incumbent3.

  T A  Stowell  

I do not have much information on his early years, but he apparently attended Manchester Grammar School4 . There is no record of entrants to Manchester Grammar School before 1888, and only since WW2 has the school kept systematic records5, so there is no other information on his time there. He was a Bridgman Exhibitioner at Queens College, Oxford, where he matriculated on 14 Mar 1850, aged 186. He took his BA with honours in Lit. Hum. and Law in 1855 and his MA in 1856.

Thomas was ordained Deacon (in the Church of England) in 1857, and a Priest of the Diocese of Ripon in 1858. He was curate of Bolton, Calverley, Yorkshire from 1858-1860, when he was appointed Perpetual Curate at St. Stephen's, Bowling, Bradford7. He is so described in the 1861 census8 , when, aged 29, unmarried, he was head and sole member of the household at 6 Lansdowne Place, Bradford. At the same address were Stephen ASHLEY, his wife and two children, so presumably Thomas was renting a room. Also in 1861 he was registered in the Electoral Ragister with address 11 Howard Street, Horton, his qualification being freehold pew rents and church yard9 .

On 8 Oct 1861, when he was still at Bradford, he married Emma TATHAM(69) at Thornton-in-Lonsdale in the West Riding of Yorkshire8. The officiating minister was Thomas's father, Hugh STOWELL. There were five witnesses; Dora TATHAM, prseumably Emma's sister, Mary Anne GIBSON, George WOOD, D. H. ELLETSON(?) and Henry John WARE. The first three of Thomas and Emma's fourteen children were born in Bradford (see below). Then in 1865, on the death of his father Canon Hugh STOWELL(70), Thomas was appointed Rector of Christ Church, Salford, his late father's living. There he remained until 1890, when he became Rector of Chorley, Lancashire, having been made an honorary Canon of Manchester Cathedral in 1889. His remaining eleven children were all born in Salford.

At the time of the 1871 census 9 the family was at 27 the Crescent, Salford, and there were six children present, the youngest being Hugh, aged 1. Hugh Richard, their fourth child, had died in infancy in 1868. By the time of the 1881 census10, all thirteen of their surviving children were present, all but the youngest two attending school.

The fourteen children, of whom thirteen survived to adulthood, were:

In July 1891 Thomas was appointed acting chaplain to the 3rd Lancashire Artillery Volunteers11. His life, but not of course his marriage and family, up to the point where he removed to Chorley, is described in an article in the publication Manchester Faces and Places of July 1890. He retired from the living of Chorley in 1907, and there is in existence a family photograph taken I understand in 1911.

  T A Stowell and family  
T A Stowell and family

Thomas Alfred Stowell died at Southport, Lancashire, on 10 Feb 1916, where his address was 10 Morley Road. An obituary appeared in the Manx Quarterly of Feb 10, 1916. Probate on his estate was granted in London on 25 March 1916 to Leonard TATHAM gentleman, his brother-in-law, Alfred STOWELL, merchant, his eldest son, and Richard Tatham STOWELL solicitor.


1) Families of Rev. Hugh STOWELL (1768-1835) and Canon Hugh STOWELL (1799-1865), descendant chart B-S768 drawn up by J. A. Stowell, Nov 1993.
2) Baptismal register of Christ Church, Salford, microfilm MFPR 171, Manchester Central Library. The baptismal record has also been extracted as part of the Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Project, based on FHL microfilm 1786366. His entry is in the baptism register 1831-1854, p.1, entry 6. The register also records his date of birth as 15 Jul.
3) The story of Christ Church was told on a page of the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal Web site, but this website no longer exists and the history of the church, and to an extent of Thomas's father, is now on a page at Familysearch.
4) Manchester Faces and Places, Vol. 1.
5) Manchester Grammar School: A biographical register of Old Mancunians 1888-1951. Manchester, H. Rawson & Co. Ltd., 1965, p.6.
6) Alumni Oxonienses: the members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886, Later series, S-Z. Arranged, revised and annotated by Joseph Foster, Parker & Co., Oxford and London, p.1362.
7) Crockford's Clerical Directory,1874.
8) 1861 England census, Bradford, Yorkshire, RG9, piece 3328, folio 17, p.27, through
9) West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962; Bradford Polling District, No.74 - Bowling, 1861, through
8) Marriage certificate. The marriage was registered at Settle, Yorkshire, Dec quarter of 1861, vol.9a, p.25.
9) 1871 England census, Salford, Lancashire, RG10, piece 4023, folio , p.34.
10) 1881 England census, Salford, Lancashire, RG11, piece 3966, folio 37, p.11.
11) The Times, 09 Jul 1891, quoting the Manchester Guardian.

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