BOWLES, Richard - Extra Data


(see correspondence of William MENEZES)


Grahamstown Journal 2 June 1863:

DIED at his residence Kariega on the morning of the 25th May, Richard BOWLES, aged 86 years. One of the Original British Settlers of 1820, born Dova [sic, should be Dover]. He died as he lived, trusting on the Lord. Oh, reader, that your end may be like his.


Canterbury Cathedral Archives


Possible baptism:

Richard the son of John BOWLES and Sarah his wife of the parish of St.James, Dover born on the 26th day of November 1780 was baptised on the 19th day of April 1781 in ZionChapel, Dover.


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) [John and Ann GREEN were also settlers in MENEZES' Party and Ann married Richard BOWLESafter Elizabeth's death]


There is a good deal of conflicting information about the AMOS/BOWLS saga. The story in The Settler Handbook is that Elizabeth TAYLOR 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. (See notes for Henry AMOS.)


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. The contact is given as Henry HERBERT. There is a marriage of a Henry HERBERT to a Mary TAYLOR in River, Kent in 1821, with the baptisms of two children, Ann and James, in 1822 and 1823. Mary TAYLOR may have been Elizabeth TAYLOR's daughter, born just prior to her marriage to Edward AMOS, and subsequently brought up as a sister to Edward and Elizabeth's children. The map of Dover here shows St.Peter and St.Paul Church, River, very close to Crabble Mill, so "Crab Oak" may have been in this area. Three further children, Elizabeth (1826), Mary Ann (1829) and Sarah (1831) were born in River to Henry and Mary HERBERT, after which it seems they did emigrate to the Cape. This is borne out by the Death Notice (Cape Archives) of their daughter Harriet, which says she was the daughter of Henry HERBERT and Mary Ann AMOS. It therefore seems certain that when Richard BOWLES requested permission for a daughter and son-in-law to join him he was actually referring to his stepdaughter Mary, the eldest child of Elizabeth TAYLOR.