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William Drury (Druary) Dowers and Catherine Kerr

William Drury (Druary) Dowers and Catherine Kerr

Posted: 1370955200000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dowers, Kerr
Seeking information on William and Catherine who married in Victoria Australia in 1868. They had 5 children William Hamilton b.1860, Margaret Mary b.1868, Caroline Elizabeth b.1870, James William b.1871 and Peter Charles b. 1874. Any information about dob, parents, nationality etc would be greatly appreciated.Thanks!

Re: William Drury (Druary) Dowers and Catherine Kerr

Posted: 1370997614000
Classification: Query
The marriage certificate will give you the information you seek.Certificates are available to download from Victorian BMD.

Re: William Drury (Druary) Dowers and Catherine Kerr

Posted: 1370999498000
Classification: Query

As warncoort1 said their marriage cert would give you info
Even the Pioneers CD ( BDMS of VIC to 1888) does . Says Catherine b Glasgow and William b London
Are a couple of Catherine KERRs in the VIC Pro passenger arrivals who came here as children in early 1850s . Again this marriage cert would help sort out if one of these fit . Costs $20 and can be downloaded



Re: William Drury (Druary) Dowers and Catherine Kerr

Posted: 1371000789000
Classification: Query
William Druary Dowers was born in London his father James Theophilus Dowers, and Mary Caroline Druary. (a web site say birth 6/5/1838)
He died 1921 Collingwood
Catherine Kerr was born in Glasgow, her parents Peter Kerr and Margaret Hamilton. Catherine died 1881 aged 30 at Sandridge Victoria
They married 1868 in Victoria
Their children: Margaret 1868, Caroline 1870-1871, James 1871, Peter Charles 1874-1875, William Hamilton 1880-1881.
You have William Hamilton birth as 1860 but on official site it is 1880. Catherine would have been born abt 1851 so
she would not have a child at age 9.
Hope this makes sense and helps

Re: William Drury (Druary) Dowers and Catherine Kerr

Posted: 1371001090000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1371001157000
William Drury Dowers died 1921 in Collingwood. Born 6 May 1838. Father James Theophilus Dowers. Mother Mary Caroline Drury.

Catherine Dowers nee Kerr died 1881 in Bendigo (="SRidge"). Year of birth about 1851. Father Peter Kerr. Mother Margaret Hamilton.

James Theophilus Dowers (1814-1885) married Mary Caroline Drury on 30 May 1836 at St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, London, Middlesex.

James Theophilus Dowers baptized 22 Jan 1815 (born 28 Dec 1814), son of David & Elizabeth Dowers at St Margaret, Westminster, London, Middlesex. They lived at Orchard Street and he was a Labourer.

James Theophilus Dowers died Dec Q 1885 in Poplar, London.

1851 census:
James 37 born Westminster, London, Middlesex
Mary C 31 born Ratcliffe, London, Middlesex
William D 13 born Ratcliffe, London, Middlesex (William Drury)(JunQ1838)
Charles 9 born Ratcliffe, London, Middlesex (Charles Cowdery)(SepQ1842)
Ann 7 born Ratcliffe, London, Middlesex (Ann Drury)(MarQ1845)
Susannah 4 born Ratcliffe, London, Middlesex (Susannah Matilda)(JunQ1847)
James 1 born Ratcliffe, London, Middlesex (James Theophilus)(MarQ1850)
(After 1851 census)
George 1851-1852 (George Cowdery)(DecQ1851-DecQ1852)(buried 6 Jan 1853 at age of 13 months as George Cowdery Dowers)

Mary Catherine Dowers nee Drury died Mar Q 1858

1881 census
James (widower) 69 born Shadwell, London, Middlesex
Charles 40 born Ratcliffe, London, Middlesex

Catherine Kerr had some siblings showing up in the BDM records for Victoria:
James (c1857–1899 Melbourne)
Alexander (c1859–1867 Bendigo) (then known as Sandhurst, Sandridge)
Margaret Ann 1861 Bendigo – 1862 Bendigo
Elizabeth Ann 9 May 1862 Bendigo – 1948 “Tbury”
Flora 1864 Bendigo
(Twin) 1867 Bendigo – 1867 Bendigo (2weeks)
(Twin) 1867 Bendigo – 1867 Bendigo (1week)

Catherine Kerr’s parents are shown in this family tree as from Glasgow, Scotland

Possible death for Peter Kerr in 1879

Re: William Drury (Druary) Dowers and Catherine Kerr

Posted: 1371001356000
Classification: Query
Marriage certificates in Victoria SOMETIMES give you information on parents, age and place of birth. Not always.

Re: William Drury (Druary) Dowers and Catherine Kerr

Posted: 1371265088000
Classification: Query
Thanks everyone for your help :-)

It's given me a few new starting points so will keep searching.. I'm having "fun" with the Scottish and Irish records - everyone seems to have the same name aargh

Thanks again

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