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Traces of Annie

posted Jun 18, 2011, 4:41 PM by Paul Sampson   [ updated Jun 19, 2011, 1:56 AM ]

As we all know, Annie Styles (née Bone) 'disappeared', reputedly with a policeman called (phonetically) Lowry, Lowery, Lowrey. The last child she bore with William, in North Shields, was Clara, in 1914. This was after the twins Mona and Daniel who were born at 8:45 pm and 9:45 pm respectively on 18 September 1912. Clara died in 1922.


We're told (by announcements in the press) that by 1955 she was dead. She's referred to as the late Annie in February 1955 in the death notice of her second son, Sidney.

And again, when William died in 1957, the death notice in the Shields Evening News of 16 November 1957 refers to him as the dearly loved husband of the late Annie Styles.

Although neither of these public notices constitute proof of her death - merely that she was considered dead (at least, one would imagine, by her daughter Julia - who would be the most likely source of both of those notices) - it is quite likely that she was indeed in that condition by then.

The Lowrey connection is, we believe, confirmed by the birth and early death of a child called Annie Lowrey Styles (25 May 1918 - 28 August 1918) where the mother is registered Annie Styles formerly Bone of 16 Hewson Street, Carlisle (an odd coincidence, her mother's maiden name being Hewson) on both birth and death certificates. The father is unacknowledged (also on both certificates) but held to be the aforementioned Mr Lowrey.

In the 1911 census (RG14PN29630 RD545 SD1 ED30 SN93) for Hartlepool, there is a young policeman, the only policeman in the area (Northumberland and Durham) called Lowery. His name is John Robert Lowery, he's a 23 year old police constable, born in Sunderland, and he's resident in the Police Station at Church Square, West Hartlepool, on census night. Obviously, this was before William and Annie (resident that same night at 64 Middle Street, North Shields, according to RG14PN30764 RG78PN1758 RD559 SD2 ED32 SN242) had had their twins. If this indeed be he, then we must somehow find evidence of his moving north, encountering the older Annie, and ensnaring her with his youthly wiles. That's assuming he hasn't already.

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Paul Sampson,
Jun 19, 2011, 1:46 AM
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Paul Sampson,
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Paul Sampson,
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