BOWLES, Richard - Extra Data
(see correspondence of William MENEZES)
Canterbury Cathedral Archives
Richard BOWLS, widower, married Elizabeth AMOSS, widow, on 8 November 1819 in St.James the Apostle, Dover, Kent.
Both made their mark
Witnesses: Jno. GREEN and Ann GREEN (X)
There is a good deal of conflicting information about the AMOS/BOWLS saga. The story in The Settler Handbook is that Elizabeth (maiden name unconfirmed) was married to a soldier named AMOS(S) who was supposed to have been killed.
She ‘married’ Richard BOWLS and had a daughter Esther, and then her husband re-appeared, so she went back to him and had further children under the name AMOS. When she became a widow in truth she and Richard married in Dover, immediately prior to emigrating. The Muster Roll of HMS Weymouth (ADM37/6145 (National Archives, Kew) lists Richard BOWLS and Henry AMOSS as adult male settlers, Elizabeth BOWLS as an adult female settler, and Esther BOWLS as a settler child along with Charlotte, Rebecca, Thomas, Sarah and Edward AMOSS (with those spellings). Esther married John OPENSHAW in Grahamstown on 1 April 1822 by Licence, and the Matrimonial Court Minutes give her age as 17, so she was older than listed in The Settler Handbook.
There is a baptism for 20 July 1806 in Ss.Peter & Paul, River, Kent (Canterbury Cathedral Archives) for an Esther BOWLES, daughter of Richard and Esther BOWLES
See also 1826 correspondence of William SHEPHERD at CO48/69 where Richard BOWLES requests a daughter, son-in-law and two children living in Dover to join him.