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January 16, 2001

Mr. John HOWE
3 Campaspe Esplanade,
Victoria 3564

Phone +61 3 54821047
Fax +61 3 54802578


Dear Peter,

I have been researching my ancestors for about 20 years or so. My great grandfather George Albert HOWE was born at Wybourn's Farm, Minster on the Isle of Sheppey, on 12 February 1826 and baptised on 16 March 1826 in Minster Abbey Church. George came out to Australia in c1850. Details of the Howe family on Sheppey follows: Baldwin Richard Duppa HOWE was born at Hoo on 29 April 1794 the eldest son of James HOWE and Phillipa HANCORN (Phillipa's father was Baldwin DUPPA formerly HANCORN of Stoke) Baldwin married Francis Ann SWIFT (daughter of William SWIFT & Sarah HEAD) Baldwin & Frances HOWE were living at Tadwell Farm in the parish of Minster in 1816 when their first child was born. By 1822 he was a farmer at Wybourn's Farm, Minster and in 1832 he was a miller at Pigtail and 1837 a miller at Mill Hill, Minster. By 1844 Baldwin was operating the ferry and the Ferry House Inn at King's Ferry where he died on 14 June 1856. He was buried in the nearby Iwade Churchyard. His widow, Frances HOWE latter lived her son Alfred and his family at his "Fountain Hotel" in Sheernes, she died in November 1784 at the home of her widowed daughter, Martha Keddell in Edward Street, Banks Town, Sheerness. They had 11 children:-

  1. James Duppa HOWE born 5 July 1816 at Tadwell Farm, married 2 October 1844 Caroline BIGG at Minster. Died 10 May 1890 at Gravesend.
  2. Phillippa Eleanor HOWE born 1818 married 31 May 1849 John SALES of Woolwich, at Minster. She died 27 January 1912 at Blackheath.
  3. Martha Frances HOWE born November 1819 was a barmaid in her fathers, Ferry House Inn at King's Ferry at the time of 1851 census. Married 26 Nov 1862 to Doctor John Staple KEDDELL. She died 29 March 1904 at Rushey-Green, Catford.
  4. 4. Baldwin Walter HOWE born 30 April 1822 at Wybourn's Farm, Minster. Went to London where he had a wharf in 1851. Married Martha YATES 17 Aug 1842 at Chatham.
  5. 5. William Brian HOWE born 12 Jan 1824 at Wybourn's Farm. Was still at home in 1851 at King's Ferry.
  6. George Albert HOWE born 12 Feb 1826 at Wybourn's Farm. A miller working at Chatham before coming to Australia in 1850. Married Elizabeth Date SILKE 30 Nov 1852 at Melbourne in the Colony of Victoria. They lived in the Bendigo district. George was a store keeper, miner and publican. He died 23 Aug 1882 at his "Fleece Inn", Bendigo.
  7. Alfred Whittaker HOWE born 1828 at Wybourn's Farm. He became a very sucessfull Sheppey businessman. In 1860 he became the representative and agent for the Sheerness and Sittingbourne and East Kent Railway Company. At Queenborough Pier he supplied all the labour for the Flushing Royal Mail boats as well as holding the catering contract for the mail boats. He tookover the Royal Hotel, The Broadway, Mile Town in 1861 and the Fountain Hotel 1862 where he stayed 22 years. He was a founding member of the Kent County Council until his death. Alf was elected to a seat on the first popularly elected Queenborough Council and served till he died. He was elected Mayor in 1886 and held this position for 11 years. A large portrait of him hangs in Queenborough Guildhall. Alf was a J.P. on the Sittingbourne Bench. He died 8 Feb 1915 at his residence, The Manor House, Marinr Parade, Sheerness. He and his widow Charlotte ?? are buried at Iwade. They had 1 son Alfred who died 8 May 1818 of war wounds at St Leonards. Also a daughter Elizabeth who married William Robert GOODHEW of Whitstable.
  8. June Elizabeth HOWE born 23 Aug 1830 at Wybourn's Farm died 23 Aug 1844. Buried at Iwade.
  9. Mary Louisa HOWE born 12 Dec 1832 at Pigtail. Married 31 Aug 1859 to Edward William BRIGHTMAN at Minster Abbey Church. She died 24 March 1812 at Mile Town, Sheppey.
  10. Frank HOWE born 27 March 1835 at Pigtail. Living with parents at King's Ferry House in 1851. Died 29 Sep 1861 at East Farliegh.
  11. Louisa HOWE born 23 July 1837 at Mill Hill, Minster. Married Thomas TOKELY on 21 April 1857 at London.
I would be pleased to make contact with anyone interested in the above people or their famillies. Hope you can add this to the site.

John Howe.