My paternal grandmother was Edith May Bowley of Mansfield Woodhouse (b. 24 Sep 1893, married Jonathan Brookes, b. Methly, Yorks, 13 Apr 1893).Her father was John Bowley (b. 1856) who moved to MW from Great Bedwyn, Wilts.If anyone has researched the Great Bedwyn Bowleys, please let me know if you have come across John's father.There are several possibilities from the census but I am somewhat immobilized and unable to travel to the nearest LDS center to narrow things down.
And if anyone has tracked down the Jonathan Brookes connection, what on earth happened to his father, Thomas Brookes?His grandson, my father, Eric Brookes, said there was some sort of taboo on mentioning his grandfather's name, although he remembers visiting with his grandmother, Sarah Brookes (b. Bilsden, Staffs, around 1845?), and living in Woodhouse Mill on the 1901 Census (with her younger children and a lodger, Samuel Lewis, but no Thomas. . .).
I know Glenn Wilson has done a good deal of research on the Bowleys but he's in resting mode at the moment and I don't want to bother him.
I would be grateful for any relevant information and happy to share what other bits of family history I know.