Ancestor Research for Weaver Family Branches
Elizabeth Whittingham Fowler of Malmesbury, England

Elizabeth Whittingham Fowler was born in Malmesbury, Wiltshire County, England. Her birth record, a copy of which was obtained from the General Register Office, shows that she was born on May 09, 1845. The birth was registered on June 19th of that year. Elizabeth's parents were John Fowler, a Malmesbury shoemaker, and Martha Callaway (or "Calloway") Fowler. [Certified copy of a birth entry, no. 271, for Elizabeth Whittingham Fowler (Register of Births, 1845, in Malmsbury East, Wiltshire County, England; copy issued on September 13, 2002, at the General Register Office), BXBZ 636462.] Malmesbury church records show that Elizabeth's baptism didn't take place until July 20, 1856, the same day as the baptisms of her six brothers (Samuel, John Matthew, Frederick, Joseph, Frank, and William Vincent). [Bishop's transcripts for Malmesbury, Wiltshire County, England (Salt Lake City, Utah: The Genealogical Society of Utah, 1985-1989), FHL BRITISH Film 1596128 (Item 2).]
Although the year of Elizabeth's emigration from England to the United States is uncertain, an entry for an "Elizabeth W. Fowler" appears on an 1863 manifest for the S.S. Edinburgh. The ship sailed from Liverpool and arrived on December 24, 1863, at the Port of New York. [Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897 (Washington, D.C.: NARA, roll M237_236, list no. 1250, line 48). (<>) online database. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 (Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006). Accessed on November 17, 2008.] This Elizabeth was nineteen years old, the approximate age of Elizabeth Whittingham Fowler. My assumption appears to be correct because my Elizabeth was living at 173 6th Avenue in New York City in 1865, the year of her marriage to William Munson Weaver. On November 16, 1865, Elizabeth and William were married at St. John's Chapel, Parish of Trinity Church, in the presence of John M. and Margaret Fowler. The minister was Sullivan H. Weston. [Trinity Wall Street Registers & Churchyards (<>) online database. Accessed on June 08, 2010.] John M. Fowler was John Matthew, one of Elizabeth's brothers, and Margaret was Margaret Shaw Fowler, John's wife. Several children were born in the New York City area before Elizabeth and William moved their family to Colorado about 1874 and spent a number of years in and around South Pueblo and Denver. [Lucius E. Weaver, History and Genealogy of a Branch of the Weaver Family (Rochester, N. Y.: The Du Bois Press, 1928; facsimile reprint, Salem, Mass.: Higginson Book Company), 508, 579.] The family returned to New York City in 1882, shortly before William's death. Elizabeth died on January 20, 1899, on Macon Street in Brooklyn. [City of New York, Borough of Brooklyn, Death Certificate No. 1342.] She was buried on January 23, 1899, in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York. [Woodlawn Cemetery interment records.]

Brothers of Elizabeth W. Fowler

[Most of the following information is supported by General Register Office copies of Malmesbury birth, marriage, and death entries.]

  • Samuel Fowler (b. June 09, 1838, Westport, Malmesbury; m. August 10, 1859, in Malmesbury, Frances Caroline Jacobs; d. June 08, 1874, Malmesbury)

  • John Matthew Fowler (b. March 12, 1840, Westport, Malmesbury; m. October 08, 1865, in New York, New York, Margaret Shaw; d. July 16, 1882, New York, New York)

  • Frederick Fowler (b. March 29, 1842, Malmesbury; marriage and death unknown)

  • Joseph Fowler (b. May 22, 1848, Malmesbury; marriage and death unknown)

  • Frank Fowler (b. May 24, 1850, Malmesbury; d. September 03, 1862, Malmesbury)

  • William Vincent Fowler (b. December 30, 1852, Malmesbury; marriage and death unknown)

Fowler Family of Malmesbury, England

Fowler Family Neighbors in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England

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