Castle Camps: Families


Family Notes

Here you will find information sent to me by other researchers along with their contact details.


The first of "our" Wallis line in Castle Camps was William Wallis, who married Judith Redhouse at Castle Camps in 1826.  William wasn't local; he was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, the son of an Ostler called John Wallis.   Judith Redhouse was however a local girl.  Her mother was Jemima Webb, and Jemima's family were from Castle Camps.  Her Redhouse forebears were blacksmiths and innkeepers from Essex and Suffolk.

William and Judith lived in Balsham for a while, where William is referred to as schoolmaster at the baptism of one of their children.  But the schoolteaching was short-lived and William and Judith moved to Castle Camps where he had to work as a Labourer. More children followed, and then in the 1840s William became the village postman, a job he held until his death in 1864.

I am descended from William and Judith's son James.  He was a groom and also a domestic coachman for the Duchesne family. James and Martha had 9 children who lived to adulthood - 6 boys and 3 girls.  None of the boys stayed working on the land, and as we know, three of the boys emigrated.  

Sophie Andrews Wallis Family


John Bowyer(1786-1855), journeyman blacksmith, born Kedington, Suffolk, to Emund Bowyer and Hannah Wallaker. John married Hannah Missen(1790-1857) at Carlton Cum Willingham, Cambs, on 21 Jan 1808. They had eight children born at various locations. William(b.20 Apr 1808-1850) was baptised at West Wickham, Cambridge, on 18 Jun 1808. William's brother Henry may have been a twin, but no credited baptism. The other siblings were Elizabeth Missen Bowyer(bt London Dec 8, 1810-1871), Eliza(bt West Wratting Jul 31, 1813 -1863), John(bt Cambridge Jul 1, 1818-83), Mary Ann(bt Stetchworth 11 March, 1816-82), Emily(bt Cambridge 21 Jan 1821-1883), and Edward Missen(1825-25).

The Bowyers listed above are part of what the family refers to as the "Kedlington Bowyers", since that is from where they historically originate. They share a common ancestry from William and Maude Bowyer of Wickhambrook(1494-1556) with the "Stradishall Bowyers", since that is where this branch originated(It is slightly boring to everyone else, but it is the benchmark from which we all originate. 

2.- The reference to CC Congregational Church are records of the "Stradishall Bowyers".  Mary, known as Polly, you refer to as daughter of shepherd Josiah Bowyer(b.27 Jan 1843, Castle Camps) and Elizabeth Freeman(b. 25 Dec 1842, Weston Colville), is part of the second generation Bowyers of Castle Camps.

The first of our Bowyers in CC are the children of shepherd Jonathon Bowyer of Stradishall(1815-1884), who married Charlotte Taylor(1819-1873) of Hundon in CC on 8 Nov 1833. They both died in the village, having raised 10 children there over 23 years. John and Charlotte(Taylor) lived in CC in 1871 in Bumpstead Road and in 1881 at Park Street. Charlotte was 54 when she died. She was buried in CC on 27 Jan, 1873. Her youngest child, Ellen, was then only 10 years old. Should you require details of these children and their children, they are on file but it is extensive.

In slight expansion, it was Jonathon's second child, Mary(1865-1956), listed as baptised at CC Congregational Church on 8 Apr 1866. She married the milkman, Stephen Cleaver George Flint (1840-1946) from Shillington, Beds, and they subsequently emigrated to Bishops Stortford, Herts.  Mary and elder brother Thomas (1863-1934) were the only two of the 10 born in CC, the remainder being born in Cherry Hinton/Fulbourn, Cambs. These included, as previously mentioned, the war veterans who featured in last year's WWI exhibition in Cherry Hinton Public Library, with photos and taped commentary I supplied. One of these was Henry, father of Henry Freeman,my father, both from CH. They both survived action in their respective wars and that has continued down the line, so CC has a reputation of producing battling survivors, all volunteers.

Michael Bowyer