Brighton and Beyond

A History of the Cowley Family

Reproduced by kind permission of The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove

From Thomas Cowley (1772) ?

Emma Marion

Cowley

b Abt 1862

d Not known

From Francis Tugwell Cowley (1863) Tugwell parents Tugwell parents From William Woolley (pre 1800)

From Francis Cowley (1837)

Q1 1869

Steyning

Sussex

Q2 1865

Brighton

Sussex

Q2 1860

Brighton Sussex

Q3 1869

Portsea

Hampshire

From Caroline Hart Cowley (1873) From Maria Louise Cowley (1872)

Mary Anne

Tugwell

b Abt  1833

d Abt 1864

From Charles Leonard Cowley (1883) X

Q2 1915 Lambeth London

Q3 1882 Brighton Sussex

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Mary Ann

Hart

b Abt 1832

d Abt 1881

John Henry

Tugwell

b Not known

d Abt 1866

Charlotte Louisa

Woolley

b Abt 1849

d Abt 1930

William

Naylor

b Abt 1844

d Abt 1876

Maria Louise

Cowley

b Abt 1871

d 8 Sep 1932

Caroline Hart

Cowley

b Q3 1873

d 11 Dec 1923

Eric Thomas

Cowley

b Q2 1891

d 13 Jun 1917

Charles Leonard

Cowley

b 15 Jul 1883

d 14 Mar 1966

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Francis Tugwell

Cowley

b 11 Aug 1863

d 17 Jan 1927

William

Naylor

b Abt 1872

d 1965

Robert Barnes

Naylor

b 14 Sep 1870

d Not known

James Priestnall

Naylor

b Abt 1874

d Not known

Catherine

Spry

b Abt 1893

d Not known

Ellen A.

Cowley

b Abt 1884

d Not known

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Francis

Cowley

b Abt 1837

d 19 Dec 1903

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Born in Brighton, Charles divorced his first wife after she had an affair on her return from South Africa.  He worked as a commercial traveller for Mazawattee Tea.  He served in the Natal Field Artillery during the 1906 Natal rebellion and served in the Royal Artillery during WW1.

Charles Leonard Cowley


Photo of Charles and second wife, Ellen, in 1912. Click on image to enlarge.  


More photos on the ‘Bits & Pieces’ page.

Wikipedia - Mazawattee Company Research notes

Eric was born in Brighton, Sussex and at some time between 1911 and 1917 he moved to London where he married Catherine Spry.  Tragically Eric was killed in a German air raid on London on 13 June 1917 when he was just 26 years old and had been married for only two years.  His death certificate makes very sad, but fascinating reading. He was "found dead on 13th June 1917 at Barretts Foundry, Beech Court" in London City. There was an inquest on 15th and 18th June and the cause of death was recorded as "Shock, haemorrhage, severe injuries to the body by explosions of bombs dropped by enemy airmen".


There was clearly much outrage at this air raid as questions were asked in Parliament.  Click on the links below to see the full story.





Eric Thomas Cowley


Research notes Hansard report - House of Commons debate Wikipedia - German strategic bombing WW1

Francis Tugwell Cowley

Francis T. Cowley

Sugar model of the White Rock Pavilion in Hastings

White Rock Theatre 2011

Thanks to Alison Besley & White Rock Theatre for the photographs

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Research notes

Francis Cowley

Francis was born in Brighton, Sussex in 1837 and christened in St Nicholas’ Church. Researching Francis’s marriages was complicated as his first two wives both had the forenames ‘Mary Ann(e)’.  Following the death of his first wife, Mary Anne Tugwell, Francis married his late wife’s sister in law (nee mary Ann Hart), the widow of John Henry Tugwell.  After the death of his second wife Francis married another widow, Charlotte Louisa Naylor (nee Woolley).


From the three marriages Francis had seven children and became stepfather to a further three from his third wife’s first marriage.

St. Nicholas' Church, Brighton Research notes