Leonard STOWELL was born on 5 Jul 1879, the thirteenth of the fourteen children of Rev Thomas Alfred STOWELL and Emma TATHAM. He was baptised by his father at Christ Church, Salford, on 7 Sep 18791. He died on 10 Oct 1959.

At the 1881 census, aged 1, he was at the parental home, 46 The Crescent, Salford, with his parents and his 12 surviving siblings2. In 18913, when he was 11, the family was at the Rectory in Chorley, where his father had become Rector in 1890. He went to Rossall School in the first term of 1893, and was also in Fleur-de-Lys house like his older brother Edwin. He left at the end of the third term of 18964.

Leonard became a chartered accountant, and passed the Preliminary Examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Jun 18975. I have not found him in the 1901 census, but in 1911 6, he was 21, a Chartered Accountant, with his parents at 10 Morley Road, Southport, Lancashire. His brothers Hugh and Herbert were also there. All three were single.

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This photograph comes from a family photograph taken in about 1911 of Leonard's parents, siblings and in-laws.

On 23 Oct 1915 Leonard married Mary Noël Lovell CLARE, the daughter of Mr E. Lovell Clare, at St Luke's Church, Southport. The Times announcement read7:

MR. L. STOWELL AND MISS LOVELL CLARE The marriage arranged between Leonard, youngest son of the Rev. Canon Stowell, and Mary Noel Lovel, youngest daughter of Mr. E.Lovell Clare, will take place on October 23 at St. Luke's, Southport. Owing to the war no invitations will be issued.

And a few days later the Manchester Guardian8 reported:

STOWELL : CLARE - On the 23rd inst. At St. Luke's, Southport, by the Rev. R. Stowell, assisted by Rev. the Hon. S. G. W. Maitland, vicar of the parish, LEONARD, youngest son of the Rev. Canon STOWELL, to MARY NOËL LOVELL, youngest daughter of E. Lovell CLARE.

Thus they were married by Leonard's older brother Rex, but so far as I know, they had no children. According to family information, another woman lived with Leonard and Mary, but I have no idea what this is supposed to mean.

As a chartered accountant, Leonard's office was at 1 Booth Street, Manchester, where he was a partner in the firm Stowell and Bayley together with Hugh BAYLEY. From newspaper mentions, he seems often to have been involved with the winding up of companies. He was also interested in the Manchester Ear Hospital, as chairman of the General Committee9.

On 30 May 1956, he and Mary arrived on the SS Manchester Port from the east coast of the US, as two of four first class passengers 10. Their address was given as 17 Lulworth Street, Southport.

When he died, on 10 Oct 1959 aged 79, he was at 25 Park Road, Southport, but his address was still 17 Lulworth Road, Birkdale, Southport. Probate on his estate was granted at Manchester on 10 Dec 1959 to Frances David Marshall, chartered accountant11. His effects were 67,849 10s 7d. I wonder whether Frances Marshall was the son of John Kenneth Knowles Marshall and Catherine Stowell, and so his nephew. Leonard was survived by his wife.


1) Manchester, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915, Christ Church, Salford, baptism register, 1872-1882, p.235, entry no.1808, page image through Ancestry.com, accessed 7 Aug 2016. The register shows date of birth and of baptism. His birth was registered at Salford, Sep quarter 1879, vol.8d, p.165.
2) 1881 England census, RG11, Salford, Lancashire, piece 3966, folio 37, p.11.
3) 1891 England census RG12, Chorley, Lancashire, piece 3423, folio 40, p.3, through Ancestry.com, accessed 28 May 2013.
4) The Rossall School Register, 7th edition, 1871-1939, printed for the Corporation of Rossall School at the University Press, Cambridge, 1940, p.142.
5) The Times, 19 Jul 1897.
6) 1911 England census, Southport, Lancashire, Ormskirk District, 457, ED53, piece no. 22919.
7) Marriages." Times [London, England] 30 Sept. 1915: 9. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 6 Aug. 2016.
8) MARRIAGES. (1915, Oct 25). The Manchester Guardian (1901-1959) Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.www.elgar.govt.nz/docview/475909801?accountid=40858.
9) Manchester Guardian 13 Mar 1942; 17 May 1944.
10) UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960, through Ancestry.com, accessed 28 May 2013.
11) England and Wales National Probate Calendar, calendar for 1959, p.785, through Ancestry.com, accessed 27 May 2013. His death was registered at Southport, Dec quarter 1959, vol.10f, p.541.

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