William Monkhouse Bowker, b2 (1803 - 1876)

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Birthplace: Mitford Hall, Mitford, Northumberland, England
Death: Died
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About William Monkhouse Bowker, b2

Bathurst, Cape of Good Hope

41. William Monkhouse Bowker, Bachelor, and Hessey Susannah Oosthuisen, Spinster, both of this District, were married by Banns according to the rites and ceremonies of the United Church of England and Ireland, at Bathurst on Friday the 9th day of September 1836 by me.

James Barrow, Colonial Chaplain

This marriage was solemnized between us

  • { W. M. Bowker (signed)
  • { H. S. Oosthuisen (signed)

in the presence of:

  • { T. H. Bowker (signed)
  • { B. E. Bowker (signed)

Notes 1820settlers.com

Like his brother Lt. John Mitford Bowker, William Monkhouse Bowker was also a member of the 1828 campaign against the M'fecani. He was Commandant, Corps of Guides in the war of 1834-1835, being mentioned in despatches and appointed Commisioner for Native Locations. He was Commandant, Thorn Kloof Station in the war of 1846-1847 and Field-Commandant, Somerset Volunteers in that of 1850-1853. He was Field-Cornet , North Fish River in 1858 and Member of the House of Assembly from 1864 to 1865.


Grahamstown Journal, Saturday 12 February 1853


A party of juveniles, about 50 in number, attended by 10 gentlemen, went out on a picnic excursion to the waterfall at Mr. HART’s house at Glen Avon. Tho of the gentlemen, Messrs. W. BOWKER and R. HART, having their guns with them ,proposed going a little further up the kloof to look for a bush buck, but they had gone only a few yards when they found the fresh spoor of Kafir.

Following it in silence for some distance they saw a Kafir seated about 40 yards from them, occupied in brushing the flies off his face. BOWKER was going to shoot him at once but HART persuaded him to try and get a little nearer, and in doing so the Kafir caught sight of them and instantly bolted. At this moment perceiving that there were two Kaffirs, both armed with guns, BOWKER fired, and heard one of them fall heavily to the ground, while HART fired and wounded the other. On reaching the spot where the man had fallen they found that he had got up and made off. After following his spoor a short distance, HART turned into a hole under the krantz, where the Kaffirs had made an almost inaccessable lurking place by piling up immense quantities of wood; only one person could get in at a time, and then had to climb up a very steep place, so that two or three fellows could have defended this stronghold against a host. Nothing daunted by his surprise at unexpectedly finding such a place close to his father’s homestead, HART climbed the steep pathway which terminated in a sort of cave, and there discovered, comfortably wrapped up in his kaross and fast asleep, a huge Kafir, whom he instantly shot dead. We presume this picnic party terminated rather abruptly, and the following day a different party visited the spot, and led by BOWKER and HART they followed the blood spoor of the wounded men for about 3 miles, to a place where an ox had been killed by them, but could not trace it any further. The whole number of Kaffirs seen on the previous day amounted to six, whereof two were wounded and one killed. We much require a rural police to assist in routing out such nests of thieves and murderers. ~~ Lost, found and installed, . . . at last

The history of the four magnificent stained glass windows recently installed in St David's Church, Bushman's River, reads like a comedy of errors, writes Peter Bowen. Well over a hundred years old, the windows were originally built into the walls of St Michael and All Angels chapel, a family church on the farm Middleton, near Carlisle Bridge. Mrs Hessie Bowker had donated one window in memory of her husband William Monkhouse Bowker, and another in memory of Bourchier Bowker, who had supervised the erection of the church. Early in the 1950s the church began slowly to disintegrate, and the windows were removed and stored over the years in a variety of "places of safety". Well-known Carlisle Bridge farmer, the late Beresford Manning, moved to Bushman's River where he became, at various times, Chapel-warden and Lay Minister.

Remembering the lovely windows and, judging the East Window at St David's to be rather plain, he approached the Bowker family who were only too pleased to donate the windows to a "living church". Time had not been kind to the windows and they were taken to a lady in PE who claimed to be an expert restorer of stained glass.

from :- http://www.pechurchnet.co.za/. ~~

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William Monkhouse Bowker, b2's Timeline

March 10, 1803
Mitford Hall, Mitford, Northumberland, England
December 25, 1837
Age 34
October 22, 1841
Age 38
Bowden, South Africa
August 20, 1844
Age 41
March 27, 1847
Age 44
Coldspring, Grahamstown Dist., Cape Colony, South Africa
Age 45
June 3, 1852
Age 49
Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 51
February 5, 1876
Age 72