Peasants to Puddles
My Family History - By Nicky Rowberry
For a long time we had a Stephen Rowberry born in 1746 in Herefordshire who disappeared and a Stephen Rowbry who appeared in Essex in 1780 when he married Sarah Spicer, but no way of proving they were one and the same person. Now, thanks to the wonders of DNA testing, it has been proved. Descendants of the Essex Rowberry have the same yDNA (passed exclusively down the male line) as my side of the family, which could only happen if they shared a common ancestor.
Stephen was born in Marden in Herefordshire, but at some point as a young man moved across to the Chigwell area of Essex. He married Sarah Spicer and together they had at least 6 known children before his death in 1793. I've no idea yet what his occupation was, but it was presumably work that took him away from Herefordshire.
Of Stephen's children, at least Stephen junior and Charles produced large families of which there are many descendants today. Stephen junior worked variously as an Ostler or a labourer in and around the Dagenham area. He and his wife Mary Ann Bird had at least 9 children. His brother Charles managed to get himself a trade and was a blacksmith in the Barking area. He and his wife Ann Dangerfield had at least 6 children - of these 2 emigrated to Australia and there are still Rowbury descendants there today.
The family tree below summarises what I know about the above generations of the Rowberry family. It is hopefully reasonably accurate, but if you spot any errors, or any relatives, please feel free to E-mail me
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If any of the above is of further interest, please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Peasants to Puddles - My Family History. By Nicky Rowberry