Castle Camps: Families


Grace Rooks

Grace Rooks was baptised on 18 Mar 1792 in Castle Camps and married Edward Cowell (son of William COWELL and his wife Lydia (nee HAYLOCK)) on 24 Mar 1810 in Colchester St Leonard. She died in 1833 and was buried on 27 Jun 1833 in Castle Camps.

Edward was born about 1780, was baptised on 7 Jan 1781 at All Saints. He served in the 20th Regiment of Foot, enlisting in 1799, and discharged in 1815. He was 33 years of age on discharge. A published regimental history of the 20th Foot states that this regiment was named the East Devonshire Regiment of Foot. The history says the regiment was recruiting up to the summer of 1799 (when Edward enlisted), and received many volunteers from Militias in counties including Cambridge. Two battalions were formed and then the regiment embarked for Holland. In 1800 the regiment embarked for Ireland, and were stationed in Cork. There was then an expedition against Belle Isle, followed by Minorca. His final muster, taken in 1815 shows he was discharged on 2nd February 1815. The regiment was stationed at Waterford then, however, Edward was at the Depot on the Isle of Wight at the time of the previous muster. Edward's record in the Chelsea pension books shows him admitted on 2nd February 1815 with a "gun shot wound of the thigh". His trade as "Labourer", and he was 5'7 1/2" tall with black hair, hazel eyes, and a swarthy complexion.Edward died on 5 Jun 1866 in East London and was buried on 10 Jun 1866 in Castle Camps.

They had the following children

Abraham Rooks Cowell married Deborah Webb, daughter of Samuel Webb and Catherine ANDREWS, on 8 May 1841 in Castle Camps (Deborah Webb was baptised on 25 Jul 1819 in Castle Camps and died on 13 Dec 1902.) They had the following children:

Edward Cowell married Hannah Webb, daughter of Samuel Webb and Catherine ANDREWS, (and sister of Deborah above!)on 28 Dec 1844 in Castle Camps. Thus two sisters Andrews married two brothers Cowell. Hannah Webb was baptised on 10 Dec 1826 in Castle Camps.

They had the following children:

Siblings : Abraham

Parents : Francis & Ann