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Re: Mills Farmer (1783-1834)
Posted by: peter Meadows (ID *****5953) Date: February 05, 2011 at 07:57:26
In Reply to: Re: Mills Farmer (1783-1834) by Jim Farmer of 5605


Although I haven't come across Mills Farmer before I have some interesting information which may be of interest to you concerning this family.

When studying my Bower family I had reached probably as far as I could go on them when I discovered that my gt gt gt grandfather, Robert Adolphus Farmer Bower (1808 Gloucester, England-1867 Burnham, Bucks) had married twice and decided to obtain his second marriage certificate, his first marriage to my gt gt gt grandmother, Maria Wiltshire taking place before registration on 20 December 1828 in Collingbourne Kingston, Wiltshire. He has signed his full name of "Robert Adolphus Farmer Bower" on the entry. On his second marriage certificate I was extremely surprised when it said his father was Robert Adolphus Farmer, Lieutenant in the Royal American Regiment. Robert junior's occupation was usually Guard or Porter on the Great Western Railway and later Publican and when he died Newspaper Agent. I have been unable to trace a Will. There are no indications in the slightest that this family were wealthy (far from it) and his daughter (my gt gt grandmother Sarah Bower (later Laker and then Smith) died in Warwick Workhouse in 1909. The middle surname of "Farmer" crops up in the family. I have read the Robert Rea book and the other book you mention and have worked out that it could be possible that Robert Adolphus Farmer was Robert Farmer Bower's father as he leaves America for England and disappears at around the time he could have started another family in England although I am the first to admit it sounds far-fetched to say the least. I believe Robert Adolphus married Elizabeth Taplin, daughter of William Taplin, Labourer, at Marlborough, Wiltshire on 31 December 1807. He is down as Robert Bower on this occasion. On censuses Robert Farmer Bower resides in London on one occasion (minus his young family) and from the births of his children resided in Milton Lilbourne, Wiltshire, Collingbourne Kingston, Wiltshire and Upton cum Chalvey (now known as Slough) Bucks (now Berks). I have been unable to trace Robert Adolphus Farmer and Elizabeth nee Taplin in any census. Elizabeth was born in Collingbourne Kingston (a twin of Mary Taplin) in 1786. Robert Farmer Bower had eight children, Charles, Louisa, William Farmer, John, Sarah (my gt gt), George, Robert and Maria. Where did the idea of "Bower" as a surname come up?

The books have been extremely interesting to read and notice that when Robert Adolphus was a child he went to school in London at Tower Hill. His father visited London also and wonder if Robert Adolphus was born in London as I found an entry on the Mormon igi. The parents are Robert and Mary which fit also. As you are probably aware the name changes to Fermor when you go back in history and the estate of Easton Neston, Northants. Numerous Kings and Queens of Europe appear in the family tree of which I have done extensive research.

I have more information on the family but I won't go on any more at the moment and hope you find this information of interest for the time being.

Helen Meadows

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